Agilent Debugs 8B/10B

Agilent's 8B/10B analysis package for oscilloscopes speeds debug, characterization, and validation of high-speed serial bus designs

May 5, 2004

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PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the industry's first serial data analysis (SDA) package for its Infiniium 54850 Series oscilloscopes that translates analog waveforms, consisting of hundreds of data points, into simple, two-digit 8B/10B symbol codes. 8B/10B is an algorithm that encodes data for transmission over high-speed serial buses, including PCI Express, Serial ATA and Fibre Channel. The Agilent E2688A SDA package provides advanced analysis techniques for 8B/10B that help engineers save days of time in debugging, characterizing and validating new high-speed serial bus designs for the computer, communications and semiconductor industries.

The optional Agilent N5393A PCI Express pre-compliance test package for the SDA allows designers to perform rigorous tests on their products to determine if they will comply with PCI Express standards. The package includes pass/fail results, detailed HTML reporting features and archived screen shots for each test, including failure highlighting.

"Agilent has been tracking the high-speed serial bus trend that is fundamentally changing the nature of today's fastest electronic designs," said Ron Nersesian, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Design Validation Division. "Waveform analysis is becoming more complex, particularly with the increased use of high-speed standards such as Fibre Channel. Agilent is the first to offer a solution for analyzing 8B/10B codes, the latest in our growing line of application software for oscilloscopes. We have received rave reviews from engineers beta-testing the new SDA and PCI Express pre-compliance test packages."

Agilent Technologies Inc.

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