Agilent Demonstrates Data Capture of First Advanced Switching System

2/19/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) demonstrated data capture of the world's first Advanced Switching (AS) system. Advanced Switching, a standards-based extension of PCI Express technology, brings the benefits of a widely accepted standard that enables lower development costs, reusability of technology and shorter time to market. Its sophisticated fabric features extend the reliability, scalability and availability of PCI Express-based modular building blocks to multiprocessor, peer-to-peer systems in storage, blade server, communications and embedded platforms.

"The demonstration of the first Advanced Switching test equipment is a significant step toward bringing Advanced Switching-based products to market," said Rajeev Kumar, president of the ASI-SIG and Advanced Switching initiatives manager at Intel. "Logic and protocol analysis tools for verifying product designs, such as those from Agilent, are a key part of the ecosystem and help facilitate the quick introduction of silicon products based on the Advanced Switching interconnect standards."

The demonstration shows an asynchronous transfer mode application featuring Intel IXP2400 network processors, Xilinx Virtex-II Pro FPGAs and Xilinx Advanced Switching LogicCORE. Live traffic data from the Advanced Switching system was captured using Agilent's N4220A packet analysis probe, which features dedicated packet triggering and Advanced Switching packet decoding, and then displayed on the Agilent 16702B logic analyzer. The packet analysis probe, combined with Agilent 16700 Series logic analyzers and Agilent 16753/54/55/56A logic analyzer modules, provides engineers with full triggering, cross-correlation, and detailed measurement capabilities for debug and validation of PCI Express and Advanced Switching system hardware.

"Agilent is extending its leadership and expertise in test and measurement tools for validating high-speed serial buses such as PCI Express into this new industry standard," said Ron Nersesian, vice-president and general manager of Agilent's Design Validation Division. "This demonstration is an industry milestone for the enablement of Advanced Switching technologies."

Additional information about Agilent's N4220A packet analysis probe 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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