Agilent Technologies Introduces CAN-dbc Symbolic Triggering and Decoding, Differential Active Probes for Testing CAN Serial Buses with Oscilloscopes

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 3, 2013

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced CAN-dbc symbolic decoding and triggering in its InfiniiVision 4000 X-Series and all Infiniium Series oscilloscopes, along with two differential active probes that are ideal for automotive measurement applications, including Controller Area Network serial buses. CAN buses are used extensively for control and sensor monitoring in automotive applications as well as a broad range of industrial and medical equipment applications.

For years, oscilloscopes have been the primary measurement tools used by automotive and industrial engineers to debug and verify the signal integrity of the CAN bus physical layer. With the new CAN-dbc symbolic decoding and triggering capability in Agilent's oscilloscopes, engineers now have the ability to trigger and view messages and signals symbolically by importing an industry-standard .dbc file that defines their specific networks.

"The plus for the InfiniiVision 4000 X-Series scope is that it can display a particular CAN message symbolically, along with the associated waveform," said Brian S. Czuhai, P.E., Robert Bosch LLC. "So, if I have a noisy CAN bus or node, I can now see the physical-layer waveform time correlated with the symbolically decoded message. This will allow me to test and debug my system faster."

CAN is based on differential signaling, and the new active probes offer differential support for physical-layer signals on this bus. The new N2818A 200-MHz bandwidth differential active probe with Agilent's AutoProbe interface has a high-input impedance of 1 MΩ and low-capacitive loading of just 3.5 pF, which is ideal for CAN bus measurement applications. The new N2819A differential active probe provides 800-MHz bandwidth for higher-bandwidth measurement applications in automotive ECUs. Agilent also offers probes with long cable and high-temperature measurement capability, which often are required for automotive environmental testing.

Additional information about the CAN symbolic support option for InfiniiVision 4000 Series oscilloscopes is available at www.agilent.com/find/CANdbc and www.agilent.com/find/scopes-auto. More information about the option for Infiniium oscilloscopes can be found at www.agilent.com/find/9000_CAN.

Additional information about the new differential active probes is available at www.agilent.com/find/N2818A and www.agilent.com/find/N2819A. Product photographs and screen images of CAN-dbc symbolic decoding and triggering are available at www.agilent.com/find/CANdbc_images. Product photographs and screen images of the new differential active probes are available at www.agilent.com/find/N2818-19A_images. A backgrounder can be found at www.agilent.com/find/CANdbc_backgrounder. Information about the CAN standard can be found at www.can-cia.org.

Agilent's complete portfolio of oscilloscopes is available in a variety of form factors, from 20 MHz to 90 GHz, offering industry-leading specifications and powerful applications.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The DSOX4AUTO CAN/LIN triggering and decoding option is priced at $1,530. The entry-level price of an Agilent InfiniiVision 4000 X-Series oscilloscope with this option is $7,140. Customers who already own an Agilent 4000 X-Series oscilloscope with the DSOX4AUTO option can upgrade their oscilloscopes at no charge with the latest firmware to enable CAN-dbc symbolic decoding and triggering.

The Infiniium CAN/LIN/FlexRay triggering and decoding option is priced at $1,842. Customers who already own an Agilent Infiniium Series oscilloscope with the CAN/LIN/FlexRay option can upgrade their oscilloscopes at no charge with the latest firmware to enable CAN symbolic support.

The N2818A 200-MHz differential active probe is priced at $2,100. The N2819A 800-MHz differential active probe is priced at $3,200.

All of these products are available now.


About Agilent Technologies

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