Agilent 93000 Characterizes New Rambus High-speed Interfaces

6/11/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that Rambus (Nasdaq:RMBS), a leading provider of chip-to-chip interface products and services, has selected the Agilent 93000 SOC Series test system to characterize Rambus' newest high-speed interfaces, codenamed Yellowstone and Redwood. The Agilent 93000 enables Rambus to conduct at-speed characterization on Redwood, a new parallel bus interface capable of running up to 6.4 GHz, and Yellowstone, Rambus' next-generation memory interface enabling memory bandwidth up to 100 GBytes/s.

Rambus has signed a number of licensing agreements with industry-leading companies to use these interfaces in future broadband applications, including high-end computing and consumer electronics.

"The Agilent 93000 features the most advanced high-speed test capabilities we've seen in an ATE system, providing Rambus with the opportunity to conduct at-speed characterization on our new interfaces," said Samir Patel, vice president of the Memory Interface Division at Rambus. "In addition, cooperative development between our test engineers and Agilent's engineering support team helped ensure the Agilent 93000 was tuned to our test performance specifications and was easily integrated into our test flow."

Redwood, which offers a full range of support extending from 400 MHz to 6.4 GHz data rates, will be characterized using the Agilent 93000 XP solution set. The XP solution set integrates the new Agilent 81250 ParBERT (Parallel Bit Error Ratio Tester) modules into the Agilent 93000, enabling full physical device characterization up to an industry-leading 13.5 Gb/s. Rambus also will use the Agilent 93000 NP2500 3G-XS (extended speed) to characterize the Yellowstone interface, which starts at 3.2 GHz with a roadmap to 6.4 GHz and beyond. The 3G-XS is a software enhancement that runs on the NP-model's proven, reliable hardware with a high bandwidth that enables testing of the Yellowstone interface. This software enables testing devices at speeds beyond 3.2 GHz data rates, providing fast debugging, superior jitter measurement performance, and highest throughput for production.

"Rambus' selection of the Agilent 93000 is a powerful endorsement of the high-performance capabilities of our single scalable platform, which can be upgraded over time to address new test challenges. The Agilent 93000's ability to scale to higher levels of performance allows Rambus and its customers to use the Agilent 93000 throughout the life cycles of Yellowstone, Redwood, and beyond," said Tom Newsom, vice president and general manager of Agilent's SOC Business Unit. "Through continued collaboration, we expect to be able to address Rambus' emerging test needs on the Agilent 93000 well into the next decade."

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 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

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About the Agilent ParBERT 81250 Platform
The Agilent ParBERT 81250 platform provides industry-leading parametric test capabilites for characterizing and verifying parallel, multiple-serial and serial devices from 675 Mb/s up to 45 Gb/s. With its unique platform architecture, ParBERT 81250 is a modular, flexible, scalable test solution designed to fit application needs in R&D and manufacturing. This unique architecture, in combination with its comprehensive software and measurement suite, makes ParBERT 81250 ideal for testing high-speed communication ports, components, chips and modules covering a wide range of applications in the semiconductor and communication industry. More information is available at\find\ParBERT.

About Rambus Inc.
Rambus is a leading provider of chip-to-chip interface products and services. The company's breakthrough technology and engineering expertise have helped leading chip and system companies to solve their challenging I/O problems and bring industry-leading products to market. Rambus' interface solutions can be found in numerous computing, consumer electronic and networking products. 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 32,000 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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