Agilent Rolls Out 10 Millionth ASIC Embedded SerDes Channel

6/1/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced it has shipped its 10 millionth embedded serializer/deserializer (SerDes) channel as part of the company's application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) offering for storage, enterprise computing and network equipment manufacturers. Agilent's embedded SerDes intellectual property (IP) core offers low power consumption and extremely low jitter, enabling Agilent to integrate more than 200 SerDes channels onto a single 0.13 micron CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) chip, each operating at up to 3.125 Gb/s.

This high level of integration is significantly higher than the industry's previous maximum of 150+ on-chip SerDes channels. OEMs are now able to develop high bandwidth networking and storage systems with superior reliability and reduced size, complexity and cost.

"It's gratifying to see our embedded SerDes technology leadership extend to volume leadership as our customers ramp production of their new products," said James Stewart, vice president and general manager of Agilent's ASIC Products Division. "This technology capability, as well as pioneering work in embedded test and solid methodology for high-speed characterization, has made Agilent a clear leader in embedded SerDes ASICs."

Agilent's ASIC capability is based on a heritage of high transistor ASIC designs with extremely high SerDes channel count. Previously, Agilent integrated more than 50 2.5 Gb/s transmit and receive channels on a single CMOS chip and subsequently produced an ASIC with 36 multirate SerDes channels operating at up to 3.125 Gb/s.

Agilent's Semiconductor Products Group offers one of the industry's broadest lines of semiconductor solutions for the storage, computing and networking market. Agilent is the world leader in fiber-optic transceivers and is a major supplier of ASICs, Fibre Channel adapters, protocol and physical layer ICs, and InfiniBand switch ICs. Agilent complements this semiconductor offering with the industry's most complete suite of test and monitoring systems.

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

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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