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  • EEVblog #148 – Agilent 3000 X Series Infiniivision Oscilloscope Teardown

    Posted on February 21st, 2011 EEVblog 19 comments

    A teardown of the Agilent 3000 X Series infinivision oscolloscope.
    What’s inside?
    How different is it to the lower cost 2000 series?

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    • Brian

      How many people and how long do you think each of these took to design?

    • WipeOut

      Hi,
      Just one question! Where is the blowing up part?!
      Thought I read something about expensive scope, smoke, … :D

    • tinman

      good review, if you check Agilent videos you will find out that one of the slave ASICs didn’t exist on 2M board, so that’s where the sample memory is located (which explain these big caps). I gues the master ASIC can do 500k wfrm/s, additional slave interleaved to it help out to catch the rest to have 1M wfrm/s.
      Each of the “big caps” ASICs have 2M memory – so i gues the 2000X series have probably just crippled 2M memory (down to 100k) and 500k wfrm/s (down to 50k). This give Agilent a good chance to update them in the future, that’s really nice decision (if i’m right).

    • quert

      Well, I think that Dave made this video before “magic smoke”

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    • WipeOut

      Oops, must’ve looked over it! It’s the previous blog! :D

      Murphy is such a know it all ;)

    • f4eru

      Hey Dave

      You should put some funny music in the “screwing” scenes

      F4eru

    • f4eru

      In my opinion, these kind of scopes are now catching up with the good old analog scopes, 20 years after generalization of the digital scopes !

      Dave shows why : the display is not controlled by the CPU. let’s hope other manufacurers soon implement all this on FPGAs (as they probably cannot afford ASICs, appart perhaps from TEK…)

      • http://www.pcbhobbyist.com DB

        If it took Agilent several years to design and build the ASIC as Dave speculates, then FPGA’a probably would not be a good option when Agilent started.
        Now with multi-gigabit I/O capabilities in the newer FPGA’s, I would think any newer designs will rely very heavily on them.
        If some company were brave enough to open their design up, it could allow for a real swiss army knife type device of digital signal processing by directly programming the FPGA.

        • http://www.eevblog.com EEVblog

          FPGA’s don’t really have much hope of matching a fully custom ASIC that’s used in the Agilent.

    • Henner Z.

      At 22:06 you’re talking about 4Meg samples/s but you certainly mean 4Gig samples/s :)

      Other than that: awesome scope. I kept my old Tek2465 around alongside a digital scope for when an analog scope is just priceless. With this technology, affordable digital scopes might actually be able to replace it…

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    • Mason K

      I have no interest on the scope tear down, but really interested on what MSO-X 3000 can do for us.

      I have a old 6000 series with old GUI, looks like the 3000 series has a new GUI, can you do more review on how to operate the scope with the new GUI, that will certainly helpful for me to consider buying this scope.

      • Robert

        Sure he can, just as soon as he gets a new one. The one he has released the magic smoke as you can see by the previous post on the site.

        • Mason K

          That would be real cool, for sure i am not going to spend $12000 for magic smoke, let’s Dave show us what this MSO-X 3000 is capable of. Hope that Agilent can ship him a unit very soon

          • http://www.eevblog.com EEVblog

            They shipped me a new unit within 5 hours!
            I have already shot the review (much shorter than 2000), but have to finish editing.
            For those who want to keep up to date with this stuff as it happens, I suggest you subscribe to my Twitter feed.

    • Nathan

      So would you say it looks like the FFT function is being performed by the ARM9 and not the ASIC or FPGA? The block diagram does have the ARM labeled with the math function.

    • Bernhard

      All these teardowns make me want to buy one of these new oscilloscopes just because they are brilliant. I also like that the 3000 Series is actually a really different design, I always feel ripped off when I see, that a high end hardware is the same as it’s low end brother, just some darn bits preventing it from performing better.

      Thumbs up for Agilent and good luck to the competitors catching back up :)

      • http://www.eevblog.com EEVblog

        Yeah, I guess they couldn’t quite get the cost/performance ratio they needed on the front end to go from 100MHz to 500MHz in the same design. Good to know you do get extra sexy silicon for your extra dollars.