Agilent Speeds PCI Express Design Validation with E2960A XC Exerciser

12/8/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced measurement innovations for its E2960A serial protocol tester XC exerciser for PCI Express. The new capabilities enable stronger transaction layer support with automated protocol checking, error insertion and real-time performance counters, and improve the usability with more error insertion and algorithmic data generation. Engineers and lab managers in R&D, validation and QA who validate and test PCI Express chipsets, boards, systems and platforms can now increase test coverage to reduce the risk of expensive re-calls and re-spins.

"The new measurement capabilities increase our test coverage significantly and make the E2960A the most efficient test environment for PCI Express designs," said Siegfried Gross, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Digital Verifications Solution Division. "Agilent has further developed its offering for PCI Express measurements to meet the requirements for server validation and to provide superior transaction layer features."

"In the year that the first PCI Express-capable products are emerging, a robust support ecosystem, including test-equipment vendors such as Agilent, has formed to ensure a smooth transition to the new interconnect standard and the myriad of new capabilities it will make possible," said Jim Pappas, director of initiative marketing for Intel's Enterprise Platform Group.

The new features of the E2960A, applicable either through the graphical user interface (GUI) or programming interfaces for test automation, include the following:

The Agilent E2960 test series was selected by Test & Measurement World for the 2004 Best in Test award for offering the most complete and innovative array of test equipment for PCI Express. More information about the award is available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent E2960A exerciser software for PCI Express is free as part of the product and is available as a download with the new software version.

More information about the Agilent E2960 series for PCI Express is available at More information about Agilent's PCI Express product portfolio is available at Photos of the product are 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 $7.2 billion in fiscal year 2004. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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