Agilent Focus on Storage Networking Market with 4.25 Gb/s SerDes Core

10/1/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced a new 4.25 Gb/s serializer/deserializer (SerDes) core for use in high-performance application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) developed for storage networking equipment. A leader in the development of highly integrated ASICs for communications, imaging and computing, Agilent now extends its ASIC expertise to Fibre Channel storage applications.

The Fibre Channel storage networking semiconductor market is poised to grow to $570 million in 2004,(1) representing a 16 percent growth rate, according to market research firm IDC.

"Agilent is the clear technology leader in embedded SerDes, having repeatedly demonstrated the highest levels of ASIC integration, jitter performance and power savings," said James Stewart, vice president and general manager of Agilent's ASIC Products Division. "This announcement extends our leadership into the storage networking market, where our customers are looking to Agilent for high-volume, complex ASICs that deliver superior Fibre Channel performance and cost savings."

The Agilent 4.25 Gb/s SerDes core provides a full duplex, point-to-point communications channel for multi-gigabit interfaces. The core has been proven in silicon and is based on a 0.13-micron standard CMOS process. It supports data rates from 1.0625 to 4.25 Gb/s, features typical power consumption of 100mW at 4.25Gb/s, and can be used with a number of standard, high-speed communications protocols such as XAUI, Fibre Channel, and InfiniBand. Each core contains AC Extest (IEEE standard 1149.6) and built-in self-test circuitry, which support a 7/23/31 bit pseudo random bit sequencer and other features such as serializer/deserializer, output driver and receiver.

Agilent's ASIC capability is based on a heritage of high-transistor ASIC designs with extremely high SerDes channel count. Agilent introduced a 3.125 Gb/s SerDes core in November 2002 that offered industry-leading jitter performance and power consumption, enabling the integration of up to 150 SerDes channels (now greater than 200) on a single chip. Agilent was also the first to successfully demonstrate the new IEEE 1149.6 AC-Extest standard. Agilent's broad range of ICs, fiber optic transceivers and test solutions for Ethernet, Fibre Channel and InfiniBand protocols gives it the highest level of expertise for addressing the system-level needs of storage networking OEMs.

With more than two decades of ASIC design and manufacturing experience, Agilent offers state-of-the-art hierarchical design methodology and design-for-test capability. The company has a consistent record of first-pass success in the design and manufacture of these chips. These strengths, combined with an extensive IP portfolio, facilitate rapid integration of quality, high-performance ASICs for applications including communications, imaging, storage and computing. More information is available at

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 30,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

(1) Worldwide Enterprise Storage Connectivity Semiconductor Forecast and Analysis, 2002 - 2007, IDC, June 2003.

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