Agilent, Amherst Measure Jitter with Repeatable Oscilloscope

9/3/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and Amherst Systems Associates Inc. (ASA) announced the industry's most accurate, repeatable jitter oscilloscope measurement system for high-speed, high-precision serial buses. Under the terms of the software and patent license agreement, ASA's M1 software is integrated with Agilent 6 GHz real-time Infiniium oscilloscopes and 7 GHz InfiniiMax probes, giving semiconductor, computer, communications, and aerospace and defense engineers rapid insight into subtle timing anomalies of high-speed signals for accurate design characterization.

"Accurately measuring jitter is one of the top issues facing designers of high-speed computer and communications systems," said Ron Nersesian, general manager of Agilent's Design Validation Division. "By integrating ASA's M1 jitter analysis software with the industry's leading probes and oscilloscopes from Agilent, we have provided our customers a complete measurement package that offers the accuracy they need."

The E2690A Time Interval and Jitter Analysis software includes a comprehensive set of tools for investigating a wide range of timing behaviors in designs. One of the most important classes of these behaviors is the jitter found in serial data streams. The E2690A software separates random and deterministic jitter to help identify the sources of jitter in high-speed digital systems. In addition, the Agilent InfiniiMax differential probe technology reduces measurement system jitter when combined with the Agilent high-performance Infiniium oscilloscopes. Design engineers now get more accurate timing measurements such as total jitter and eye-openings.

Additionally, through this agreement, Agilent plans to develop timing and jitter analysis tools in collaboration with ASA in the future.

"ASA and Agilent have enjoyed a close working relationship since 1990," said Mike Williams, president of Amherst Systems Associates. "This software and patent license agreement immediately benefits our customers by integrating two powerful tools -- Agilent Infiniium oscilloscope measurement system and ASA's M1 software -- to measure high-speed serial-data signals and clocks more accurately than ever before. I am equally excited about the potential collaborative opportunities that this agreement provides."

Further Information
Information about the new E2690A is available at
Additional information about Agilent Infiniium oscilloscopes, InfiniiMax probes and jitter measurement tools is available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent E2690A Time Interval and Jitter Analysis software package can be ordered now. Prices start at $7,500.

About Amherst Systems Associates, Inc.
Amherst Systems Associates, Inc. is an engineering/technology company focused squarely on clock & timing engineering and related measurement science. As an innovator and a leader in this field for the past 22 years, ASA has helped forge how clock & timing is done today, as well as contributing significantly to what future clock and measurement technologies will look like. ASA's patented approach to analyzing jitter and timing in both clock and data-streams is instantiated in the M1 product family, which has become the de facto standard for how high-precision timing is measured. The M1 family of timing and jitter analysis tools is both the functionality and precision leader in every market segment in which it competes, and is the only tool which runs on the instruments of all of the major manufacturers. By combining unique know-how and experience with industry leading measurement products, ASA is in a unique position to deliver significant, genuine value to its hundreds of clients and partners worldwide. Information on Amherst Systems is available on the web 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 30,000 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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