Teardown & Analysis of a Keysight InfiniMax III N2802A 25GHz Active Probe

In this episode Shahriar takes a close look at one of Keysight (Agilent) InfiniMax III active probes. The model N2802A offers 25GHz of analog bandwidth, 17.5pS of rise time and a total differential input capacitance of 32fF at 10k-Ohm input impedance. The front-end amplifier of this active probe is designed in an in-house InP process, the same process responsible for the front-end of the X-Series Keysight oscilloscopes.

The teardown of the probe shows the control circuitry in the main probe body built around a PIC 16F877 microcontroller coupled to a DAC, EEPROM memory and various high-current and precision op-amps for biasing. The main front-end microwave module reveals the InP ASIC and supporting microwave circuity. There seems to be a dual-path design to provide a large DC common-mode offset capability as well as a high-bandwidth.

6 comments

  1. Erik says:

    Can you post the close up pictures?

  2. NYbill says:

    Oi, lets hear from you, pal. Its been ages. (hope all is well.)

  3. robert says:

    Did you notice that the probe body at the scope side has two external buttons, but three internal ones?

  4. Kirk says:

    Great video!
    What do you mean by “three-five” process?

  5. Justin says:

    Thanks Shahriar. Very much appreciate your generosity with both your time and the money you spent just for the teardown.
    I enjoyed the journey into something I would very rarely get the chance to see.

    Regards Justin

  6. Vasily says:

    Thanks Shahriar — not something we ever get to see. Good work.

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