4/30/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that its System Packet Interface 4 Phase 2 (SPI-4.2) application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) core demonstrates breakthrough data transfer performance of 1 Gb/s, surpassing the previous industry best of 800 Mb/s. This increase in performance allows network switch and router equipment to offer faster processing of voice and data streams. The SPI-4.2 interface standard enables a single piece of equipment to support all major communications protocols used in datacom and telecom applications.
"Our customers look to us to squeeze every ounce of performance out of new ASIC and IP technologies," said James Stewart, vice president and general manager of Agilent's ASIC Products Division. "Our silicon demonstration of a SPI-4.2 ASIC core operating at 1 Gb/s is an industry first and gives our networking customers the extra performance they need to competitively differentiate their products. This is yet another example of Agilent's ability to synthesize, integrate and characterize complex IP to reach optimal performance levels."
Agilent licensed the SPI-4.2 core from Silicon Logic Engineering, Inc. (SLE), a provider of high-end digital ASIC and system-on-a-chip IP and design services, and implemented it in a 0.13-micron CMOS manufacturing process. Agilent cooperated with SLE to reach the 1 Gb/s performance level by designing a custom implementation of the receiver delay line without altering SLE's fundamental architecture.
The SPI-4.2 ASIC core, from Agilent's Semiconductor Products Group, includes both the physical and link layers and incorporates a proprietary real-time tuning algorithm. It is a fully digital, standard cell-based implementation that requires no PLLs or DLLs. The core is ideal for packet and cell transfer in applications such as 10 Gb/s Ethernet, OC-192 ATM, and Packet over SONET/SDH.
Developed by the Optical Internetworking Forum, the SPI-4.2 standard is fast emerging as one of the most important integration standards in the history of telecommunications and data networking. It is a high-speed interconnection for 10 Gb/s aggregate bandwidth applications. SPI-4.2 supports multiple protocols to enable the convergence of LAN, MAN, WAN and SAN environments, including Ethernet for the LAN, SONET/SDH for the MAN/WAN, and Fibre Channel for the SAN.
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. 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 www.agilent.com/view/asic.
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 www.agilent.com.
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