Agilent 93000 SOC Tests AMD's HyperTransport for Character

3/5/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that AMD (NYSE: AMD) has implemented the Agilent 93000 SOC test system to perform full characterization test of next-generation HyperTransport( technology source synchronous devices, used in integrated circuits for the computer and communications industry. The Agilent 93000 currently tests next-generation HyperTransport technology interfaces at an industry-leading 2.0 Gigabits per second (Gb/s), exceeding the current industry standard of testing at 1.6 Gb/s, and offers AMD the ability to test their devices at up to 2.5 Gb/s without having to invest in a new platform.

"The HyperTransport technology interface test solution demonstrated on the Agilent 93000 was the result of collaboration between AMD and Agilent test engineers that began with the AMD Athlon( processor," said Ken Kuchar, director of product and test engineering for AMD's Computation Products Group. "AMD continues to work with Agilent to enable HyperTransport technology test and characterization capability for HyperTransport technology infrastructure - including the variety of products built by our HyperTransport Consortium partners and AMD microprocessors."

AMD has upgraded one of its existing Agilent 93000 SOC Series test systems with the NP-model, which is optimized for characterization and production test of high-speed network infrastructures and computer architectures such as HyperTransport technology. To ensure fast characterization, the NP-model includes a fully integrated, built-in scope capable of measuring signals up to 2.5 Gb/s. This enables test engineers to view scope plots for faster debugging and reduced time to market.

Other standard features of the NP-model include true low-voltage differential, which enables AMD to realistically test HyperTransport technology's high-speed differential driver and receiver signals, ensuring more accurate test coverage. These test conditions help ensure that the device will be functional in its intended application, thus improving time to market and time to volume. In addition, native source synchronous testing capabilities in the Agilent 93000 NP-model eliminate the time-consuming task of searching for the "sweet spot" in device testing, consequently increasing HyperTransport technology-based device throughput for production test.

"Working with AMD, the recognized leader in HyperTransport technology, has enabled Agilent to develop a characterization and production test solution for HyperTransport technology interfaces," said Tom Newsom, vice president and general manager of Agilent's SOC Business Unit. "The Agilent 93000 NP-model's 2.5 Gb/s measurement capabilities will provide the necessary headroom to raise the ceiling on HyperTransport technology bandwidth performance."

About the Agilent 93000 SOC Series
The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is the industry's fastest growing, lowest cost single, scalable platform with over 480 installed systems worldwide. 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 SCMs and the preference for high-volume manufacturing. For more information visit

About HyperTransport Technology
HyperTransport technology is a high-speed, high-performance, point-to-point link for integrated circuits, and is designed to meet the bandwidth needs of tomorrow's computing and communications platforms. HyperTransport technology helps reduce the number of buses while providing a high-performance link for PCs, workstations, and servers, as well as numerous embedded applications and highly scalable multiprocessing systems.

About AMD
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor's 500 company, produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $3.9 billion in 2001. (NYSE: AMD).

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 35,000 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

AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, AMD Athlon, and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. HyperTransport is a licensed trademark of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium.

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