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Migration to the New RF & Universal Frequency Counters

Keysight offers a variety of compatible replacements for your frequency counter/timer needs. The new 53200A Series of Counters are functional equivalents if not better than the previous generation counter family with vastly improved performance and usability. They include “53100 Emulation Mode” enabling 53100 Series Standard Commands for Programmable Instruments (SCPI).

For more information about replacement products, please visit the web pages and related literature links below or contact your local Keysight Technologies sales representative.

Quick Reference Product Replacement Guide

Transitioning from the 53131A, 53132A or 53181A to the 53200 Series RF and Universal Frequency Counter/Timers

53131A, 53132A, 53181A Counters/Timers
If you currently use/order these base models:
NEW 53200A Series Frequency Counter/Timers
Now – order this model:
53181A 225 MHz RF Counter (10 digits/s)
1 channel with optional 2nd microwave channel
53210A 350 MHz RF Frequency Counter (10 digits/s)
1 channel with optional 2nd microwave channel
53131A 225 MHz Universal Counter (10 digits/s, 500 ps)
2 channels with optional 3rd microwave channel
53220A 350 MHz Universal Counter (12 digit/sec, 100 ps)
2 channels with optional 3rd microwave channel
53132A 225 MHz Universal Counter (12 digits/s, 150 ps)
2 channels with optional 3rd microwave channel
53220A 350 MHz Universal Frequency Counter/Timer (12 digits/s, 100 ps) or
53230A 350 MHz Universal Frequency Counter/Timer (12 digits/s, 20 ps)
2 channels with optional 3rd microwave channel

NOTE: For frequency counter option replacement information and additional migration details, please refer to the RF and Universal Counter/Timers Migration Guide.

Documents & Downloads

RF and Universal Counter/Timers Migration Guide - Application Note 
This guide highlights compatibility, key specifications, and differences between the soon to be obsolete 531xxA series to the new 53200A series of RF & Universal Frequency Counters.

Application Note 2015-05-07

RF & Universal Frequency Counter Comparison Guide 
This technical overview provides a comparison of the 53131A, 53132A, 53181A frequency counters and their replacement, the 53200 Series RF & universal frequency counters/timers. A quick reference product replacement guide is also included.

Technical Overview 2011-04-07

Keysight Frequency Counter Programming Comparison Guide 
SCPI Programming comparison guide for the Keysight 53200 Series (53210A, 53220A, 53230A) and 531xxA Series (53131A, 53132A, 53181A) RF and Universal Frequency Counter/Timers.

Application Note 2014-08-02

53200 Series of RF and Universal Frequency Counter/Timers - Selection Guide 
This 8-page family brochure describes the benefits and specifications of the new 53200 family of counters.

Technical Overview 2019-01-17

53200 Series RF/Universal Frequency Counters/Timers - Data Sheet 
This data sheet contains detailed specifications for the 53200A Series RF/Universal Frequency Counter/Timers.

Data Sheet 2018-12-18