Agilent Validates High-Performance PCI Express SerDes Core in Silicon

11/1/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that it has validated a high-performance PCI Express SerDes core in silicon. PCI Express is an industry-standard, high-performance serial I/O interconnect that offers twice the performance of the previous-generation interconnect, PCI-X. Agilent's new PCI Express SerDes core is optimized for storage and networking switch chips and PC core logic chipsets.

"The addition of our PCI Express SerDes core offers customers a proven, fast time-to-market ASIC solution," said James Stewart, vice president and general manager of the ASIC Products Division in Agilent's Semiconductor Products Group. "Agilent is unique in the industry because only it can provide the entire PCI Express solution, from chip design through manufacturing and production test of the system-level product."

The Agilent PCI Express SerDes core meets the PCI Express specification, operates at 250 MHz, and offers 1-, 2-, 4-, 8- and 16-lane configurations. It complements the PCI Express link and physical coding sublayer (PCS) cores in the company's IP library. In addition to storage, networking and computing applications, Agilent's link core has been integrated into two Agilent test instruments used for compliance testing at PCI Special Interest Group (SIG) compliance workshops. Agilent also offers the industry's lowest-cost test solution, the 93000 SOC test system for high-speed PCI Express-based devices.

Agilent's embedded SerDes ASIC development model provides support throughout the entire product life cycle. It incorporates testing capabilities as early as the definition of system-level architecture and accounts for in-circuit manufacturing test, functional test, system turn-on and debug, and field diagnostics. With this model, Agilent enables OEMs to develop high-bandwidth networking, storage and computing systems with superior reliability and reduced size, complexity and cost.

About Agilent's ASIC Solutions
With three decades of ASIC design and manufacturing experience, Agilent offers state-of-the-art hierarchical design methodology and design-for-test capability. The company has a consistent record of first-pass success in the design and manufacture of these chips, and provides in-depth system-level design experience, assurance of supply, and total life cycle support. These strengths, combined with an extensive IP portfolio, facilitate rapid integration of quality, high-performance ASICs for applications, including communications, imaging, storage and computing. More 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 28,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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