Collecting Data From Agilent 54622A Oscilloscopes

One of the issues we have in our electronics lab is how to collect the data off of our oscilloscopes, so I decided to put together this document to explain the procedure.

These oscilloscopes are connected to lab computers via Serial Port (COM 1). There is an application on these computers to collect the data. This application is "Agilent IntuiLink" under All Programs.

Start >> All Programs >> Windows Virtual PC >>Windows XP Mode Applications >> Agilent IntuiLink >> 54600 >> Data Capture for 54620 Series Oscilloscopes:

Be patient while the application is starting. You should see a panel just like the one in Figure 1.

 

Agilent IntuiLink Data Capture Program
Figure 1 - Agilent IntuiLink Data Capture Program

 

Once the application is open, from the menu go to "Instrument" and select "54620 Series": You may see a figure similar to Figure 8. If so, scroll down to that figure and continue from there.

 

Set I/O
Figure 2 - Set I/O

 

Click on "Find Instrument" and you will see Figure 3:

 

Find Instrument
Figure 3 - Find Instrument

 

If COM1 is not selected, select it and click on "Identify Instrument(s)". All the default parameters should be ok, so click "OK". Figure 4 is what would appear on screen:

 

Identify Instrument(s)
Figure 4 - Identify Instrument(s)

 

Select the instrument (Oscilloscope) and click "Connect". Once connected, click "OK" and again "OK" for the next screen. At this point, you should be able to see the trace of oscilloscope on your monitor. You could save your data including the X-axis in a ".csv" format to use in Excel. Here are screen shots of what you see after the one of Figure 4:

 

Instrument Selected
Figure 5 - Instrument Selected

 

Instrument Connected
Figure 6 - Instrument Connected

 

Graph
Figure 7 - Graph

Alternately, you may see the following: Here you can select the active Channel and Number of points.


Figure 8 - Trace Selection

Once you have made your selection, click OK. For best results, select 100 points. Figure 7 would be the result. It is suggested to select "Include X-axis data on save" as in Figure 9.


Figure 9 - Include X-axis data on save is selected.

Now, go to File >> Save As... and change the "Save as type" to "CSV (*.csv)" as in Figure 10.


Figure 10 - CSV type has been selected.

After saving your data, you could open your file in MS Excel and manipulate it however you want.