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Where is the Keysight Megazoom V ASIC?

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EEVblog:
It's been almost 11 years to the day that Agilent/Keysight released the Megazoom IV ASIC. Way past the, IIRC, 6 years or so between previous generations.
What's up? :-//
I know the 2000/3000/4000 series scopes are still selling and they are milking that Megazoon IV ASIC, but geeze, 11 years now?

SeanB:
Probably have a few hundred full wafers still in storage, fully tested but not packed, and an equal number of assembled packages of them as well. So will be using them, and making the product, till they are near the end of that stock, and only then start to look at making a new version.

EEVblog:

--- Quote from: SeanB on February 11, 2022, 07:31:47 am ---Probably have a few hundred full wafers still in storage, fully tested but not packed, and an equal number of assembled packages of them as well. So will be using them, and making the product, till they are near the end of that stock, and only then start to look at making a new version.

--- End quote ---

It takes years to develop a new ASIC like this and get it into a product, they would have started a long time ago. I'm sure it's already done.

tautech:

--- Quote from: EEVblog on February 11, 2022, 07:27:12 am ---It's been almost 11 years to the day that Agilent/Keysight released the Megazoom IV ASIC. Way past the, IIRC, 6 years or so between previous generations.
What's up? :-//
I know the 2000/3000/4000 series scopes are still selling and they are milking that Megazoon IV ASIC, but geeze, 11 years now?

--- End quote ---
:-//
Go talk to Mark at IPD to see what he knows.

nctnico:

--- Quote from: EEVblog on February 11, 2022, 07:38:46 am ---
--- Quote from: SeanB on February 11, 2022, 07:31:47 am ---Probably have a few hundred full wafers still in storage, fully tested but not packed, and an equal number of assembled packages of them as well. So will be using them, and making the product, till they are near the end of that stock, and only then start to look at making a new version.

--- End quote ---

It takes years to develop a new ASIC like this and get it into a product, they would have started a long time ago. I'm sure it's already done.

--- End quote ---
I'm not so sure that a new ASIC brings much advantage to the table in this day & age. They could put more memory inside the ASIC (or use external memory) but  that solves only 1 problem and still is outdated on the day of release. Nowadays DSOs are moving quickly into becoming more versatile signal analysis machines. It makes more sense to add a lot of computational power and do operations in software. IMHO a better choice for Keysight would be to leave the ASIC path and go for a platform with lots of computational power. I think a combo of a fast CPU with a decent GPU would offer great flexibility while still offering snappy operations.

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