Agilent to support solar-car engineering program

Agilent is to provide a 200-MHz capacitive touch-screen oscilloscope, as well as a handheld oscilloscope and a triple-output power supply, to support the University of Michigan’s solar-car engineering program, from design through competition.

“The new Agilent oscilloscope is incredibly accurate and reliable, offering a lot more measuring options. The color touch screen makes it very easy to use and differentiate between signals. We’ve already used it to analyze multiple signals from the motor and debug several driver interface boards,” said Sarah Spitzer, electrical engineer and driver on the solar-car team. “The portable oscilloscope will allow for roadside debugging. Additionally, the triple-output power supply allows us to power the testing bus while simultaneously testing other individual projects.”

Agilent’s InfiniiVision MSOX4024A, a 350-MHz oscilloscope with four analogue channels and 16 digital channels, will accelerate the design, prototype and testing stages of the program. Students will experience how Agilent’s industry-leading 1-million-waveforms/sec update rate, segmented memory and MegaZoom IV smart memory technology provide faster insight into signal behavior. They will experience the enhanced usability of the industry’s largest capacitive touch display (12.1 inches) and innovative InfiniiScan Zone touch trigger capability. Additionally, these students will be able to take advantage of the unique integration of five instruments in one box: oscilloscope, logic analyzer, serial protocol analyzer, WaveGen 20-MHz dual-channel function/arbitrary waveform generator and three-digit DVM.

Forty-seven teams from 26 countries will gather in Australia on October 6th for the 2013 World Solar Challenge. The 3000km race from Darwin to Adelaide requires that each car get 100% of its energy from the sun or from the kinetic energy of the vehicle.

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