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Agilent Introduces USB-Based Power Sensors

July 3, 2007

The devices provide power measurements without a power meter and do not require external power adapters and triggering modules for synchronization with external instruments or events.


SANTA CLARA, CA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Agilent Technologies Inc. announced the release of the Agilent U2000 Series of USB-based power sensors, which are more affordable and lighter weight than typical power meters and similar power-sensing solutions. Because the sensors operate without power meters or extra hardware modules, they save bench space and make fieldwork easier and simpler.

These sensors can be used with a variety of Agilent signal sources, spectrum analyzers, and network analyzers, extending each instrument's capabilities to perform accurate average-power measurements. In addition to fast and easy setup with plug-and-play USB connectivity, the sensors also ease monitoring and troubleshooting with the feature-packed N1918A Power Analysis Manager software.

Because the Agilent U2000 Series sensors are USB-powered and provide built-in triggering, they don't require external power adapters and triggering modules for synchronization with external instruments or events.

"The U2000 Series USB sensor's ability to operate without a power meter marks a breakthrough in our offerings for power measurements," said Ee Huei Sin, Vice President and General Manager of Agilent's Basic Instruments Division. "With the rising need for multiple-channel power measurements in various industries, these power sensors are the affordable, simple solution that our customers have requested."

"From hardly mobile conventional power measurement solutions to highly portable solutions of the U2000 Series, this introduction demonstrates, yet again, our commitment to provide affordable, reliable, and continually improved test and measurement solutions," said Gooi Soon Chai, Vice President and General Manager of Agilent's Electronic Instruments Business Unit.

Further Information
The Agilent U2000 Series currently includes four models that deliver up to 250 readings/s, 9 kHz to 24 GHz frequency range, and –60 dBm to 20 dBm power range. Each sensor includes a high-speed USB 2.0 interface for simple, quick setup. With internal zeroing capability, calibration can be done without disconnecting the sensor from the device under test, reducing test time and sensor wear and tear.

The sensor displays power measurement results on a PC or selected Agilent instrument with the N1918A Power Analysis Manager software. On top of the normal waveform monitoring option, the software also eases monitoring and troubleshooting with functions such as limit and alert settings, record and playback, multiple-list view, overlay, and channel mathematics.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent U2000 Series is available now. Pricing starts at $2300. Customers can order online.

More information about the Agilent U2000 Series can be found on the company's Web site.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies is one of the world's premier measurement companies and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences, and chemical analysis. The company's 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $5.0 billion in fiscal 2006. Information about Agilent is available on the company's Web site.


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