Agilent Adds Automated PCI Express Interconnect Standard Testing

5/13/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that the Agilent 93000 SOC test system has become the first automated test system capable of testing the new PCI ExpressTM interconnect standard. PCI Express, a state-of-the-art serial interconnect technology from the PCI-SIGTM, is poised to become an important feature inside a wide variety of next-generation computation and communications products.

The Agilent 93000 NP-model is the only automated test system proven to successfully test PCI Express interconnects, bridging the gap between current design and prototype activities and future volume production of PCI Express technology-compliant silicon.

"The PCI-SIG welcomes the efforts of active members working to enable PCI Express technology," said Al Yanes, PCI-SIG president. "Testing is a key part of the product development cycle to help companies accelerate time-to-market. We appreciate Agilent's support of the PCI Express specification."

"Agilent worked closely with several customers to create a robust test strategy for the PCI Express interconnect. In doing so, we found that the Agilent 93000 NP-model had the speed and bandwidth necessary to test this challenging technology," said Tom Newsom, vice president and general manager of Agilent's SOC Business Unit. "The immediate availability of our automated test solution for PCI Express technology helps our customers move these products to market on time, helping each customer maximize their return on this new technology."

The Agilent 93000 NP-model is currently available to test PCI Express technology-based silicon. The NP-model addresses bandwidth challenges posed by critical measurements for PCI Express technology-based silicon such as de-emphasis testing. The system tests at speeds in excess of 2.5 Gb/s, and features low jitter of less than 2.5 picoseconds to deliver the precision necessary for PCI Express testing.

More information about Agilent's PCI Express solutions is available at:

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. More information is available at

More information about Agilent's semiconductor test products 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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