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Migration from the 34401A to the New 34461A Truevolt Digital Multimeter (DMM)

The 34461A DMM is the next-generation 34401A DMM. This new Truevolt DMM was designed by the same group as the 34401A DMM, with many of the same R&D engineers participating. With this continuity of experience and expertise, Agilent has made a DMM that is a virtual drop-in replacement for the 34401A while continuing to improve usability and measurement technology.

If you are looking to migrate from the 34401A to a 34461A DMM and want to fully understand all of the differences between the two models, the application note below will help you migrate from your 34401A to a 34461A DMM effortlessly.

View 34461A & 34401A DMM Comparison Guide (compatibility & differences)

Key Features & Model Comparison

  34461A Truevolt Digital Multimeter 34401A Digital Multimeter
Resolution 6½ digits 6½ digits
Input terminals Front and rear Front and rear
1-year DCV accuracy: ± (% of reading + % of range) 0.0035 + 0.0005 0.0035 + 0.0005
Measurement speed @ 4½ digits 1000 readings/s  1000 readings/s
Reading memory 10,000 readings, front panel USB 512 readings
Measurements

  DCV, ACV

100 mV – 1000 V

  DCI, ACI

100 µA – 3 A, 10 A

10 mA – 3 A

  2- and 4-wire resistance

100 Ω - 100 MΩ

  Continuity, diode

Yes, 5 V

Yes, 1V

  Frequency, period

3 Hz – 300 kHz

  Temperature

RTD/PT100, Thermistor

n/a

Documents & Downloads

Compatibility and Differences: 34461A and 34401A Digital Multimeters - Application Note 
This application note discusses the compatibility and differences between the Agilent 34461A and 34401A Digital Multimeters.

Application Note 2013-06-20

New Truevolt Digital Multimeter Offers 100 Percent Drop-in 34401A Replacement Compatibility - Demo 
Agilent senior test engineer Jim Walters shows a small example of a program written for the 34401A running on Agilent's 34461A.

Demo

Moving from the 34401A to the Truevolt Digital Multimeters 34460A & 34461A - Demo 
Users will find a lot of the 34401A features more easily with the large display on the Truevolt multimeters.

Demo

34460A & 34461A 6½ Digit Truevolt Series Digital Multimeters - Data Sheet 
Descriptions and technical specifications for the Truevolt Series 6½ digit digital multimeters.

Data Sheet 2013-04-05

34461A and 34460A Truevolt DMM Interactive On-Line Demo 
Take an interactive demo tour of Agilent’s new Truevolt DMMs. See the new graphical user interface, display and measurement capabilities.

Demo

34450A, 34460A, 34461A, 34401A, 34410A, 34411A Digital Multimeters - Product Fact Sheet 
This quick fact sheet (QFS) focuses on the Agilent 34450A, 34460A, 34461A, 34401A, 34410A, 34411A digital multimeters and includes product specifications, upgrades and options.

Promotional Materials 2013-06-04

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Digital Multimeter (DMM) Connectivity Utility Software 
Easily control, capture and view the Agilent digital multimeters on your bench with a single click. This is a free download, and replaces Agilent IntuiLink connectivity software for digital multimeters.
Previous Versions

Computer Software Current Version: 1.0.2.0 | 2013-06-15

No Programming Required: Digitizing Signals and Analyzing Data with a DMM - Application Note 
This measurement brief explains how the new Agilent DMM app can help you digitize your signals and understand your data faster. In a couple of clicks, it can graph your measurements.

Application Note 2013-05-02

No Programming Required: Multisignal Capture and Analysis DMMs - Application Note 
This measurement brief describes how to use a DMM to make multisignal captures and analysis without programming.

Application Note 2013-05-01

Viewing Graphical Results on a DMM Display - Application Note 
The 34461A offers a way to get insight into your measurement data without transferring your data to a PC.

Application Note 2013-03-30

34461A and 34460A Truevolt Series Digital Multimeter Standard Shipped Components 
List of standard components shipped with 34460A and 34461A Truevolt Series digital multimeters.

Reference Guide 2013-04-16