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April is Oscilloscope Month: In Which We Uncover Agilent Gives Us a Pleased Deal and a Unhappy Title


Final month I wrote that March is Oscilloscope Month, as a result of Agilent had a deal on the MSOX2000 and MSOX3000 sequence scopes providing larger bandwidth at decrease costs. I acquired an MSOX3034 oscilloscope and saved my firm $3500! (Or relatively, I did not save them something, however I acquired a 350MHz scope at a 200MHz worth.)

The scope included a free 30-day trial for every of the appliance software program modules. I used my 30-day trial for the serial decode + triggering module, to assist debug some UART communications issues I used to be having. The free trial expired a short while in the past, so the subsequent time I would like the UART decode + triggering characteristic, we’ll have to purchase it. The modules aren’t low-cost: it is $500 for the MSOX2000 sequence UART module and $800 for the MSOX3000 sequence UART module, however they’re useful options.

Then I acquired an e-mail from the Agilent gross sales rep. There is a promotion on now. I had seen this earlier than: when you purchase 2 modules you get 20% off, when you purchase 3 modules you get 30% off, and when you purchase 4 or extra modules you get 40% off. That wasn’t the promotion he was speaking about although:

Pleased Deal

Improve to your Final Scope

Beginning April 1, 2014, you’ll be able to activate all software program purposes on an Agilent InfiniiVision X-Sequence oscilloscope for the value of a single choice! Simply buy a single promotional product license, and have all software program purposes enabled immediately. That is accessible to each current Agilent InfiniiVision X-Sequence oscilloscope clients in addition to new scope purchasers.

Hurray! April is Oscilloscope Month additionally! As a result of there’s an supply happening from April 1 – Sep 30 for 2000, 3000, and 4000 sequence scopes. For a similar worth ($500 for the MSOX2000 sequence, $800 for the MSOX3000 sequence, and $1500 for the MSOX4000 sequence scopes) you may get all the software program purposes in a single bundle. For my MSOX3034, the vital ones are:

  • UART decode + set off (DSOX3COMP)
  • I2C/SPI decode + set off (DSOX3EMBD)
  • CAN/LIN decode + set off (DSOX3AUTO)
  • waveform reminiscence improve (DSOX3MEMUP) — from 2Msamples → 4Msamples for the MSOX3000 sequence. The MSOX2000 reminiscence improve is a much bigger deal: it goes from 100Ksamples → 1Msamples.
  • segmented reminiscence (DSOX3SGM) — this lets you cut up the scope’s knowledge reminiscence into segments so you’ll be able to retailer a number of waveforms from separate set off instants. Helpful if you’re attempting to seize uncommon occasions and also you wish to save multiple.
  • sign + arbitrary waveform generator (DSOX3WAVEGEN) — Agilent began together with an onboard waveform generator on their oscilloscopes.
  • built-in voltmeter (DSOXDVM) — ditto for a DVM. This is not as helpful as a standalone battery-powered DMM, but when you have already got a DMM this is able to allow you to use it to measure energy provide present and use the scope to measure an influence provide voltage on the identical time.

I would like the UART/I2C/SPI options; the waveform generator shall be very helpful; and the others shall be useful on uncommon events.

I feel if Agilent actually needed to maximise whole revenue, they’d be higher off simply reducing the costs of their modules to one thing within the $200 – $250 vary, which is low sufficient that engineers like me would simply go forward and order what we’d like, relatively than must hem and haw and haggle with our supervisors to get a purchase order order signed. They’d promote much more licenses. In spite of everything, it is simply software program: no bodily product will get manufactured and shipped, only a license key in an e-mail. Pure revenue from Agilent’s standpoint. However a bundle deal for $800 remains to be fairly candy.

Unhappy Title

These of you of a sure age will bear in mind when oscilloscopes used cathode-ray tubes, and the 2 massive names had been Tektronix and Hewlett-Packard. In 1999, HP cut up into two entities. The corporate that made computer systems and knowledge storage and printers retained the Hewlett-Packard identify. The opposite firm, with take a look at gear and optoelectronics and different issues, acquired the identify Agilent Applied sciences. There was a number of discuss on the time about what a dumb identify that was. I imply, c’mon — Agilent? That is not even a phrase. Hewlett-Packard began again in 1939 as a take a look at gear firm firstly, and now the take a look at gear firm was being kicked away. In 2005 Agilent cut up once more, eliminating its optoelectronics division as Avago Applied sciences, an much more meaningless identify.

Properly, now they’re at it once more. Later this yr Agilent shall be spinning off the take a look at & measurement firm into Keysight Applied sciences. Keysight?!?? WTF? “I simply purchased this new Keysight scope and I find it irresistible!” Does not work. Neither does the crimson Loch Ness Monster brand, in my view, or their alternative of the Univers typeface:

From the press launch:

The identify Keysight conveys the power to see what others can’t, providing the vital or key insights to know and unlock the altering expertise panorama. The brand new firm’s tagline, “unlocking measurement insights for 75 years,” commemorates the 1939 start of the unique Hewlett-Packard Firm, from which Keysight originated.

“Keysight displays our wealthy heritage-a direct line from each Hewlett-Packard’s requirements of integrity and innovation and Agilent’s premier measurement enterprise,” mentioned Ron Nersesian, president and CEO of Keysight.

“This identify captures the spirit of our organization-innovative, insightful and forward-looking,” mentioned Nersesian, who added, “Whereas Keysight is constructed on ‘firsts’ courting again to the start of Silicon Valley, as a brand new firm we’re dedicated to bringing our clients a brand new era of firsts-unlocking insights for them to allow them to in flip convey a brand new era of applied sciences into the world.”

Agilent will retain the opposite divisions, together with life sciences and diagnostics. Yippee skip.

Let’s have a look at right here:

  • Hewlett-Packard (4 syllables)
  • Agilent (3 syllables)
  • Keysight (2 syllables)

You’ve got acquired yet another likelihood, guys. One shot left. I will prevent some grief in selecting a reputation: The final take a look at & measurement firm descended from Hewlett-Packard shall be named Frob Applied sciences.

Properly, I used to be going to dig into an extended diatribe towards silly company names, however I actually cannot beat what Dave Jones has already executed on EEVBlog.

So I assume I will simply grin & bear it. And I am glad I acquired my oscilloscope, earlier than they began utilizing the Keysight model.


© 2014 Jason M. Sachs, all rights reserved.

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