Agilent Upgrades Oscilloscopes

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Agilent Technologies Inc. (A) has introduced upgrades to its InfiniiVision 2000 X-Series oscilloscopes. Agilent’s InfiniiVision 2000 and 3000 X-Series oscilloscopes were introduced in 2011, which incorporated advanced technology to be included in affordable instruments.

The new and enhanced InfiniiVision 2000 X-Series models come with increased memory and a variety of low-cost serial decoding options for computer and embedded systems designers and automotive and aerospace manufacturers. The new models offer bandwidths from 70 MHz to 200 MHz and carry a five-year factory warranty.

Oscilloscopes are used in various technical fields. First, they play an important role in the analysis of video quality in televisions and for monitoring vital functions in electrocardiogram and electroencephalogram instruments. They are also used extensively for control and sensor monitoring in automotive and aerospace applications, as well as in a broad range of industrial and medical equipment applications.

These new oscilloscopes will help engineers to view and analyze small signals. The additional memory and serial decoding options used in these products will give engineers more flexibility and enhance product performance at a lower cost.

The upgrade will also offer optional integrated mixed-signal oscilloscope (MSO) capability, which is used for extensive verification of electronic product designs and helps in debugging digital circuits. Hence, these new oscilloscopes will likely offer the most accurate measurement.

The global digital oscilloscope market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.4% over the period 2012–2016, as per research conducted by TechNavio’s analysts, owing to a surge in demand for self-monitored and signal storage facilities.

Agilent is keeping up a steady flow of new products as there is now an unprecedented demand for wireless connectivity, data bandwidth and energy-related products stemming from the proliferation of connected mobile devices.

Agilent Technologies is a broad-based original equipment manufacturer (:OEM) of test and measurement equipment. Agilent’s revenues in the first quarter were down sequentially but up 2.8% year over year to $1.68 billion. Revenue growth was greatly helped by the Dako acquisition. Earnings per share of 63 cents missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4 cents or 6.0%.

Currently, Agilent has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Other stocks that have been performing well and are worth considering include Intersil Corp (ISIL), Brocade Communications Systems (BRCD) and Priceline.com (PCLN), all carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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