Agilent Rolls Out 14-bit, 100-MHz Digitizer for 93000 SOC Series

5/12/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced a 14-bit, 100-MHz digitizer for the Agilent 93000 SOC Series that offers the industry's highest performance for testing DOCSIS 2.0 and high-definition television (HDTV). The new set-top box solution meets next-generation test requirements, increases throughput and lowers cost of test.

As consumers demand more interactive, two-way communication and entertainment services such as video conferencing, cable telephony and peer-to-peer gaming, the cable television industry is pressed to increase bandwidth and data rates. The DOCSIS 2.0 standard increases upstream data rates to 30.7 Mb/s, three times faster than before, enabling symmetric upstream and downstream bandwidth. HDTV is also increasing in popularity because it provides a sharper picture than analog TV, offering up to four times more pixels. Both trends, DOCSIS 2.0 and HDTV, require higher-performance digital-to-analog converters (DACs) to meet the higher data rate requirements. Higher performance impacts system-on-a-chip (SOC) and system-in-a-package (SIP) devices for set-top box, cable modem and digital television (DTV) applications.

The Agilent 14-bit, 100-MHz digitizer provides exceptional total harmonic distortion (THD) and spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) performance, meeting test requirements while increasing throughput. The digitizer's industry-leading performance of -85 dBc SFDR has the capability to test 12-bit VHF DACs, delivering accurate and optimal performance for characterization and production test of upstream DOCSIS 2.0 and HDTV video DACs. In addition, the digitizer minimizes averaging, which reduces test time and lowers cost of test.

Cost of test further decreases with the Agilent 93000 SOC platform architecture. A high pin count of up to 1024 pins and a test processor-per-pin architecture enables high-efficiency dual- or quad-site test. Throughput can be driven even higher with concurrent test (testing multiple functional blocks in an SOC simultaneously).

Other new Agilent 93000 SOC platform tools:

"The introduction of the 14-bit, 100-MHz digitizer shows our commitment to our customers by focusing on evolving testing demands," said Tom Newsom, vice president and general manager of Agilent's SOC Business Unit. "This card affects an organization's bottom line by lowering cost of test, expanding functionalities and addressing the latest technology applications. Agilent is dedicated to expanding the features of the 93000 SOC Series to address the next frontier of testing."

The Agilent 93000 14-bit, 100-MHz digitizer will be available in June 2004. Additional information is available at

About the Agilent 93000 SOC Series
The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is the industry's fastest growing, lowest cost single, scalable platform architecture with more than 750 installed systems worldwide. The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is designed to meet both the demanding performance and cost challenges of SOC testing. Models are configured to span the widest range of applications that may require ultra-high-speed digital data rates, up to 10 Gb/s, and the broadest range of mixed-signal and RF capabilities. With this range of capabilities, the 93000 SOC Series is the first choice for subcontract manufacturers and the preference for high-volume manufacturing. More information is available at

More information about Agilent's semiconductor test products 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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