BitBlitz Communications Selects Agilent Technologies 93000 SOC Series to Test its New High-speed Devices

11/21/2002 - Agilent Technologies announced that BitBlitz Communications, a leading designer of high-speed physical layer CMOS devices, has selected the Agilent 93000 SOC Series test system to test several new high-speed devices. The Agilent 93000 enables BitBlitz to slash cost of test (COT) and shorten test times by up to 80 percent for its high-speed SerDes/Repeater devices, used to boost the performance of servers, workstations and personal computers.

"The Agilent 93000 exhibited unmatched performance and versatility in high-speed applications during our evaluations," said David Jensen, VP of Operations, Bitblitz Communications. "Through the system's performance and an innovative DUT board design, we were able to reduce the test times for these devices by up to 80 percent, and dramatically shorten our time to market. This performance ultimately means we can consolidate more of our testing needs onto a single platform, reducing our overall cost of test."

"BitBlitz' leading-edge SerDes devices provide a window into the future of wired communications design, where high-speed, multi-channel devices will be the standard," said Tom Newsom, vice president and general manager of Agilent's SOC Business Unit. "Agilent's tester performance will scale to meet BitBlitz' needs as their chips grow faster and more complex."

The Agilent 93000 enables BitBlitz test engineers to conduct both characterization and production tests on a single system, saving capital equipment costs and further reducing COT. BitBlitz capitalized on the Agilent 93000's performance by implementing an innovative DUT board design capable of performing both characterization or production tests for all of their new SerDes/Repeater devices. The DUT board design can test these different types of devices either together or independently, resulting in a quicker time to market and a significant COT reduction. The 93000 also uses the same measurement algorithms as Agilent's design lab instrumentation, providing BitBlitz with a high degree of measurement correlation between the design, development and production test processes.

BitBlitz' new SerDes/Repeater devices support full duplex speeds up to four channels at 3.125 Gb/s -- performance that lies beyond the reach of many ATE systems on the market today. With new high-speed communications applications taking hold, production volumes for these complex high-speed devices are poised to climb, driving a need for low-cost, high-performance ATE systems. The Agilent 93000 is a proven high-speed SOC test system that scales to meet the price and performance needs that exist in the high-speed device market.

About the Agilent 93000 SOC Series
The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is the industry's fastest growing, lowest cost single, scalable platform with over 400 installed systems. The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is designed to meet both the demanding performance and cost challenges of SOC testing. Models are configured to span the widest range of applications that may require ultra high-speed digital data rates, up to 10 Gb/s, and the broadest range of mixed-signal and RF capabilities. With this range of capabilities, the 93000 SOC Series is the first choice for high volume manufacturing.

About BitBlitz Communications
BitBlitz Communications is a leading innovator of high-speed communications semiconductors. A venture-funded semiconductor company based in Fremont, Calif., its high-performance serial communication integrated circuits are used in data and telecommunications networking systems deployed worldwide in local, wide-area, metropolitan and storage networks. The company is an active participant in industry standards organizations, including the 10 Gigabit Alliance and Higher-Speed Backplane Initiative (HSBI). For more information, contact BitBlitz Communications at 510-656-4600.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 36,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002.

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