Agilent Technologies Offers Three New Modules for ParBERT Test Solution

3/26/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced three modules for Agilent's award-winning ParBERT 81250 Bit Error Ratio (BER) test solution. The platform is now the industry's first to cover a frequency range of 500 Mb/s to 13.5 Gb/s and provide built-in full differential input/output, clock data recovery (CDR), enhanced jitter capabilities and unrivalled flexibility and expandability for both present and future test needs.

The new 13.5 Gb/s measurement units will enable R&D, design verification and manufacturing engineers to perform full parametric measurements across a wide range of technologies and applications. The modules' built-in capabilities and their ability to address serial, multiple-serial and parallel interfaces will help customers protect investments in measurement instrumentation. The new 13.5Gb/s pattern generator, analyzer and central clock units deliver unmatched performance and cover a broad frequency range across most popular line speeds.

"The Agilent ParBERT 81250 platform delivers critical test gear for R&D and manufacturing to customers in the computation and communication industries," said Siegfried Gross, vice president and general manager for Agilent's Digital Verification Solutions Division. "The new ParBERT 13.5 Gb/s modules' extended bit rate range and new features enable customers to efficiently test high-speed multiple serial and parallel components. This announcement reflects Agilent's long-term commitment to lower customers' total cost of ownership by providing industry-leading, high-quality test solutions based on a flexible, scalable and expandable platform for a wide range of applications and devices."

Customers can use the 81250 to test semiconductor chips, modules and line cards on both the serial side and on the parallel side. The instrument can perform bit error ratio (BER) tests and analyze signals through eye diagrams and jitter measurements. An eye-mask capability enables quick pass/fail tests for the production floor. The 81250 can test receivers by generating PRBS signals, and it can test transmitters by making BER and jitter measurements.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The new Agilent E4809A, N4872A and N4873A modules are expected to ship in August 2003. An entry system including the new ParBERT 13.5 Gb/s modules starts at $165,000. Additional information is available at

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

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