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Next Generation Digital Multimeters in Systems (6 1/2 to 8 1/2 digits of resolution)

Using High Performance Digital Multimeters in Test Systems

Welcome to the Systems Instruments pages - your "one stop" guide designed for using an instrument in a test system.  This page will help you choose which high performance digital multimeter (DMM) suits your test needs and provides information on the next-generation industry standard DMM´s from Agilent.

Browse through this index of resources generated to ease your test-system design challenges. Here you will find the system specifications, programming examples and instrument drivers for the most common programming languages and related products; and much more.

System References by Product

DMM manuals, guides, application notes, etc.

Product Family Comparisons

View comparison tables for the Digital Multimeters, and other useful information to assist you in building a test system.

--GENERAL--

Product Name Product View Digits of Resolution Accuracy System Throughput Measurements
  34410A Digital Multimeter, 6 ½ Digit High Performance Agilent 34410A Product Photograph 6 ½ digit dcV: 30 ppm
acV: 600 ppm
6 ½ digits: 1,000/sec
5 ½ digits: 10,000/sec
Query: <500us
Temperature, Capacitance, Peak Measurements, Offset Compensated Ohms, DCV, ACV, DCI, ACI, 2/4Ω, Frequency, Period, Continuity, Diode Test
  34411A Digital Multimeter, 6 ½ Digit Enhanced Performance Agilent 34411A Product Photograph 6 ½ digit dcV: 30 ppm
acV: 600 ppm
6 ½ digits: 1,000/sec
5 ½ digits: 10,000/sec
4 ½ digits: 50,000/sec
Query: <500us
Analog Level Triggering, Pre- and Post-Triggering, Temperature, 1 MB additional Reading Memory, Capacitance, Peak Measurements, Offset Compensated Ohms, DCV, ACV, DCI, ACI, 2/4Ω, Frequency, Period, Continuity, Diode Test
  34401A Digital Multimeter, 6 ½ Digit 34401A Digital Multimeter Product Image 6 ½ digit dcV: 35 ppm
acV: 600 ppm
6 ½ digits: 6/sec
5 ½ digits: 300/sec
4 ½ digits: 1,000/sec
Query: 5ms
DCV, ACV, DCI, ACI, 2/4Ω, Frequency, Period, Continuity, Diode Test
  Agilent 34420A Product Photograph 7 ½ digit dcV: 0.003+0.0004
acV: N/A
4 ½ digits: 250/sec
5 ½ digits: 25/sec
6 ½ digits: 1.5/sec
7 ½ digits: 0.15/sec
Direct SPRT, RTD, Thermistor, Thermocouple
  3458A Digital Multimeter, 8 ½ Digit Agilent 3458A Product Image 8 ½ digit dcV: 8 ppm  (4 ppm option)
acV: 0.007+0.002
4 ½ digits: 100,000/sec
5 ½ digits: 50,000/sec
6 ½ digits: 5,300/sec
7 ½ digits: 60/sec
8 1/2 digits: 6/sec
2- and 4-wire ohms with offset compensation, Superior AC voltage

--RACK MOUNTING--

Mounting
Arrangement
34410A 34411A 34401A 34420A 3458A Comments
Single Instrument Rack Mount Kit:
34190A
- OR -
Option #1CM
Rack Mount Kit:
34190A
- OR -
Option #1CM
Rack Mount Kit:
34190A
- OR -
Option #1CM
Rack Mount Kit:
34190A
- OR -
Option #1CM
Rack Mount Kit:
Option #907 (Front Handle for 3458A)
Order 5063-9226

Option #908 (Rack mount for 3458A)
Order 5063-9212

Option #909 (Rack mount and front handles for 3458A)
Order 5063-9219

GTLS (Agilent part supply) 5062-3975C
*In order to prevent overheating, do not block the flow of air into or out of the instrument. Be sure to allow enough clearance at the rear, sides, and bottom of the instrument to permit adequate internal airflow
Two Adjacent Instruments
(equal depths)
Lock-link Kit: 5061-9694

Flange Kit: 5063-9212

Shelf Kit: 5063-9255

Slide Kit: 1494-0015
Lock-link Kit:  5061-9694

Flange Kit: 5063-9212

Shelf Kit: 5063-9255

Slide Kit: 1494-0015
Lock-link Kit: 5061-9694

Flange Kit: 5063-9212

Shelf Kit: 5063-9255

Slide Kit: 1494-0015
Lock-link Kit: 5061-9694

Flange Kit: 5063-9212

Shelf Kit: 5063-9255

Slide Kit: 1494-0015
The 3458A utilizes a ""System II" enclosure.  The System II rack slides listed in the Enclosure Solutions Product Catalog 2005 will work with the 3458A.  Note: The 3458A instrument depth is about 500 mm.    Enclosures Solutions Product Catalog 2005. *The Lock-link kit works only for instruments of equal depth. If you want to mount an Agilent 33220A and an instrument of a different depth,   click here for the following instructions.

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--I/O & CONNECTIVITY--

Product Name Standard Interfaces Cables Comments
  34410A Digital Multimeter, 6 1/2 Digit High Performance LAN (10/100 base-T Ethernet), USB (2.0), GPIB (IEEE-488) Standard LAN & USB 2.0 cables, 10833B - 2 meter cable Output terminals are located on the front of the instrument
  34411A Digital Multimeter, 6 1/2 Digit Enhanced Performance LAN (10/100 base -T Ethernet), USB (2.0), GPIB (IEEE-488) Standard LAN & USB 2.0 cables, 10833B - 2 meter cable Output terminals are located on the front of the instrument
  34401A Digital Multimeter, 6 1/2 Digit RS-232 standard, GPIB (IEEE-488) 10833B - 2 meter cable Output terminals are located on the front of the instrument
  34420A NanoVolt, Micro-Ohm Meter RS-232 standard, GPIB (IEEE-488) 10833B - 2 meter cable Output terminals are located on the front of the instrument
  3458A Digital Multimeter, 8 1/2 Digit GPIB (IEEE-488) 10833B - 2 meter cable Output terminals are located on the front of the instrument

Using a connection via your PC? - Find interface cards and converters

Connecting using GPIB? GPIB, USB, Accessories, Racks

Programming your Instrument

Software downloads, drivers and code samples

Software/Firmware:

Software and Firmware Downloads by Product

IO Libraries Suite, T&M Toolkit, VEE Pro Downloads

Instrument Drivers

34401A Drivers

34410A Drivers

34411A Drivers

34420A Drivers

3458A Drivers

Code Samples:

Programming Examples in Visual Basic, Visual C++, Excel etc.