Agilent Debuts Two Serial Bit Error Ratio Test Instruments

5/7/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced two new members to the Agilent N4900 serial bit error ratio (BER) test series that set a new standard in performance and capabilities. The instruments are the industry's first to provide built-in true differential inputs/outputs, clock data recovery (CDR), enhanced jitter, analysis and measurement capabilities to enable R&D, design verification and manufacturing engineers to perform full parametric measurements across a wide range of technologies and applications.

The two new products cover frequency ranges of 150 Mb/s to 13.5 Gb/s (Agilent N4901A) or 150 Mb/s to 7 Gb/s (Agilent N4902A), providing unmatched signal integrity and analysis capabilities. The instruments' unique new capabilities and their ability to address a broad range of interfaces in the semiconductor and communication industry will help customers protect their investments in test and measurement equipment.

"The Agilent serial BER test series 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. "This announcement reiterates Agilent's long-term commitment to lower customers' total cost of ownership by providing industry-leading, high-quality test solutions based on a new family of high-performance and easy-to-use serial bit error ratio testers for a wide range of applications and devices."

The instruments of the N4900 serial BER test series can be used for design verification and characterization of components, semiconductor chips and modules as well as for general-purpose applications in R&D and manufacturing. The new instruments can perform bit error ratio tests and analyze signals through eye diagrams and jitter measurements. With their intuitive and easy-to-use user interface based on the award-winning Agilent Infiniium platform, the instruments of the serial BER test series are the ideal solution for addressing critical test needs quickly, accurately and efficiently.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
Agilent's serial BER test series is priced as follows: the Agilent N4901A 13.5 Gb/s starts at $165,000; the N4902A 7 Gb/s is $128,000; and the N4906A 3.6 Gb/s is $89,000. The N4901A and N4902A instruments are expected to ship in August 2003, the N4906A is expected to ship in June 2003 . Additional 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 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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