Agilent Technologies' New High-speed Logic Analyzer Modules and Probes Provide Industry-leading Insight for Emerging Technologies

9/10/2002 - Agilent Technologies introduced logic analysis modules and probes that provide R&D engineers in the computer/peripherals, communications and aerospace industries the critical insight they need to debug and validate high-speed digital designs incorporating emerging technologies with greater confidence and in less time.

Included is a new eye scan mode that enables engineers to examine eye diagrams on hundreds of circuit nodes simultaneously under multiple operating conditions, providing the industry's most comprehensive overview of a prototype system's signal integrity. In the eye scan mode, the Agilent logic analysis modules now show eye diagrams of as many as 340 signals simultaneously, and offending signals also can be identified instantly.

A new line of soft-touch compression probes provide high density, high reliability and low loading without requiring mating connectors on the board.

The Agilent 600 MHz analysis modules are intended for design and validation engineers working on the next generation of high-performance computer systems including processors, chipsets and I/O. Key technologies include Intel® Pentium® 4 processors, DDR memory and PCI Express. With state clock rates up to 600 MHz, 4 GHz simultaneous timing analysis on all channels with 64 Ksamples deep memory, and main memory depths up to 64 Msamples, the modules also deliver reliable logic analysis for engineers developing and validating aerospace/defense, communications switch and router hardware and other high-speed digital designs operating at clock speeds up to 600 MHz.

The Agilent 600 MHz state and timing analysis modules features include:

Agilent and FuturePlus Systems collaborated in the development of several new analysis probes. The probe products, including a new 333 MHz DDR memory probe available from Agilent and FuturePlus Systems, include software to automatically configure the Agilent logic analyzer, as well as to translate the data acquired from the hardware probe into bus transactions. The 333 MHz DDR analysis probe is also available from Agilent as model number FSI-60066.

"The combination of Agilent's new 600 MHz analysis modules with the Agilent 16700 logic analysis system, analysis probes from Agilent and FuturePlus, and protocol analysis tools enables R&D engineers to reduce the risk associated with deploying emerging technologies — ultimately shortening the design-to-market window," said Ron Nersesian, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Design Validation Business.

The Agilent E5387A 17-channel differential soft-touch probe is expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2002, with an estimated price of $2,000. A single-ended 34-channel soft-touch probe will be available in the first quarter of 2003. The FuturePlus 333 MHz DDR memory analysis probe is available as Agilent model number FSI-60066 at a price of $7,800. Availability is estimated at 4 weeks.

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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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