Agilent Captures Bi-directional PCI Express Traffic on x16 Platform

9/17/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) demonstrated the first capture of bi-directional PCI ExpressTM traffic on Intel's first x16 test platform. Agilent's comprehensive suite of PCI Express test tools enable developers of high-bandwidth designs to debug and validate all layers of PCI Express devices implementing links that range from x1 to x16. These measurement and analysis capabilities help speed time to market for next-generation PCI Express designs for the computing and communications industries.

"Agilent has a ten-year history providing leading physical layer, analysis and exerciser test tools that development teams rely on for PCI design validation and compliance test," said Ron Nersesian, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Design Validation Division. "This demonstration is an industry milestone for the enablement of cutting-edge PCI Express technologies."

The demonstration shows the Agilent N4220A packet analysis probe, which features dedicated packet triggering and packet decoding to capture bi-directional, x16 PCI Express traffic. Using the probe, combined with the Agilent 16700 Series logic analyzer and the 16753/54/55/56A logic analyzer modules, engineers now have full triggering, cross-correlation, and detailed measurement capabilities for debug and validation of PCI Express system hardware.

"Logic analyzer tools are critical to Intel's design and validation of next-generation PCI Express chipsets," said Bala Cadambi, Intel PCI Express initiative manager. "Small footprint, low-load connectorless probes, such as those from Agilent, enable the PCI Express standard and reduce development times."

About PCI Express
PCI Express is a new high-speed serial I/O bus that uses point-to-point signaling and a fully packetized protocol to offer design engineers in the computing and communications industries a scalable and extensible architecture with up to 32 selectable lane widths handling high-bandwidth frequencies.

Further Information
More information on Agilent's PCI Express design, validation and debug tools 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 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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