Agilent Debuts Multi-clock Domain Test Capabilities for 93000 SOC

12/10/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced a new multi-clock domain test option on the Agilent 93000 SOC Series test system. The Agilent 93000 multi-clock domain solution enables users to more efficiently test emerging PC chipsets, graphics controllers and network processors featuring multiple advanced interconnect interfaces, such as PCI Express and HyperTransport, with multiple independent clock domains.

Today's most advanced system-on-a-chip (SOC) devices require multiple interconnect interfaces to efficiently transfer data on and off chip. These different interconnects transfer data at different speeds, or clock rates, creating a complex test environment for traditional automated test systems. Traditional ATE tests these interfaces one at a time, providing limited functional test coverage and slowing test throughput.

The Agilent 93000 multi-clock domain solution uses its multiple independent clock domains to create a true working environment for SOC devices, simultaneously testing the device's multiple interconnect interfaces at speed. This real-world environment results in a more comprehensive test in a single pass, even for devices with complex bus frequency ratios. Additionally, this new solution employs phase lock alignment of all independent signal paths at the beginning of each test insertion, producing excellent test stability and repeatability in volume production test.

Agilent's new offering can test two independent clock domains simultaneously. Another solution, with up to eight domains, is slated for availability later in 2004. The option is fully compatible with the existing installed-base Agilent 93000 SOC Series test systems, requiring customers to exchange only one clock board and upgrade to the latest version of SmarTest, the operating software for the Agilent 93000.

"With the development of a multiple independent clock domain solution, we're extending the Agilent 93000's leadership in this crucial market," said Tom Newsom, vice president and general manager of Agilent's SOC Business Unit. "As new high-speed test needs emerge, we'll continue to develop new solutions that enable our customers to gain even more test value from their single scalable platform investment."

About the Agilent 93000 SOC Series
The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is the industry's fastest growing, lowest cost single, scalable platform with more than 600 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. More information is available at

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About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 29,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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