Agilent Wins ElectronicaUSA Best of Show Award for FPGA Dynamic Probe

4/8/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that its field-programmable gate array (FPGA) dynamic probe received the Instrumentation Best of Show award at electronicaUSA with the Embedded Systems Conference. The Agilent B4655A FPGA dynamic probe, the industry's first commercially available logic-analysis application, yields significant productivity improvements for engineering teams debugging their designs using Xilinx FPGAs, including the Virtex-II, Virtex-II Pro and Spartan-3 families. The tool simplifies validation of computer, communications, semiconductor, aerospace and defense, automotive and wireless designs that include FPGAs.

"Agilent's dynamic probe for FPGAs is both innovative and useful," said Jim Turley, editor-in-chief of Embedded Systems Programming and judge of the Best of Show awards. "It gives engineers a powerful new way to debug complex chips that should simplify and speed up design and reduce frustration. Agilent's new logic-analyzer application has raised the bar for FPGA debugging tools that will, in turn, promote future innovations. We're pleased to recognize this achievement with the Best of Show award."

The Agilent B4655A FPGA dynamic probe application interacts with an on-chip virtual probing technology to enable logic analyzers to measure up to 64 internal FPGA signals for each debug pin. Traditional logic analyzers can measure only a single internal FPGA signal for each debug pin. Engineers can now select new groups of internal signals to probe in seconds and automatically map internal signal and bus names, giving design teams a new, faster way to validate their Xilinx FPGA designs.

"Winning the electronicaUSA Best of Show award for instrumentation is a result of our focus on providing innovative tools for design and test of today's increasingly complex and fast digital designs," said Ron Nersesian, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Design Validation Division. "In recognition of the rapid growth of FPGA use, we are the first to introduce an application specifically developed to speed debug of designs using FPGAs."

The FPGA dynamic probe is compatible with the new Agilent 16900 Series logic analyzers and the Agilent 1680 Series and 1690 Series logic analyzers.

Further Information
Additional information about Agilent's new FPGA dynamic probe, 16900 Series logic analysis system and the company's complete line of validation and debug tools is available at A backgrounder containing additional information about the 16900 Series logic analysis system 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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