Agilent Technologies Offers First Commercially Available Automated Diagnostic Tool for Packet-based Devices

10/15/2002 - Agilent Technologies announced the first commercially available automated diagnostic tool for packet-based devices, such as cable modems, storage area networks (SANs), switches, routers, base stations and network devices.

Agilent Fault Detective for Data Communications (FDDC) features software and services designed to help network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and test developers more efficiently repair functional test failures in packet-based devices. Agilent FDDC provides a standard and consistent process and tools for diagnosing the causes of corrupted packets, enabling manufacturers to save time and reduce costs.

Agilent FDDC uses live packet streaming to automatically diagnose single and multiple point faults and intermittent failures occurring during the stress test of network devices. Boards that previously took days or weeks and numerous attempts to fix now require only one or two attempts. FDDC's dynamic diagnostics shorten the time needed to gain network insight, enabling users to quickly identify and act upon sources of failure.

Agilent also provides standard tools and a methodology for documenting a device's packet flow and data registry. This enables R&D engineers to better understand the depth of diagnostic capability and degree of fault isolation available in manufacturing and to plan for the testing and diagnosing of devices early in the design process.

"Communications devices have a high degree of complexity and are often used in mission critical situations, especially in areas like the aerospace and defense industry," said Jenny Hopkins, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Global Solutions Business Unit. "Agilent FDDC takes a revolutionary approach to functional test by diagnosing failures using live traffic, which identifies the source of device failure sooner and gives network equipment manufacturers the data needed to facilitate rework of the defective part."

Agilent FDDC provides the following:

Pay-for-Usage Pricing
Agilent Fault Detective for Data Communications is expected to be available in December 2002. The run-time FDDC software for the manufacturing floor is free of charge. Companies pay for each diagnosis, and the price drops as usage increases. The FDDC modeling software for developers has a licensing fee of $12,000 per year. Agilent also offers a host of comprehensive services from initial to on-going support.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 37,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2001.

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