Agilent Unveils Audio/Video Card with 8 Parallel Units for SOC Tester

6/3/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced the Audio/Video 8 analog card for its 93000 SOC Series, the semiconductor test industry's first card with eight independent units for true parallel, multisite analog test. The Agilent Audio/Video 8 reduces cost of test up to 20 percent for cellular baseband and other mixed-signal SOC/SIPs used in consumer devices such as cellular handsets, automotive sound systems, set-top boxes, MP3 players and audio cards for computers.

Unlike existing mixed-signal SOC test options, the Audio/Video 8 does not require users to share the analog resources for multisite test or to purchase additional cards. The Audio/Video 8's unique architecture handles all processing locally, eliminating the need for time-consuming data transfer between the card and workstation and enabling higher multisite efficiency for analog test. To optimize production line flexibility and asset utilization, the Audio/Video 8 can include arbitrary waveform generator and digitizer functionality, and is easily configured for audio or video coverage as needed through the graphical user interface.

Market demand for digital analog converters (DACs) is increasing as high-fidelity audio is used in a growing number of consumer devices. The nature of these high-fidelity audio applications requires the use of more DACs per device. For example, in cellular phones, two DACs are used for stereo sound, further driving the demand for DACs. With 24-bit audio performance, the Agilent Audio/Video 8 card offers the best audio capability in the industry. With up to 16 audio capture cores, the Audio/Video 8 also offers the resources demanded for parallel test of devices with multiple DACs to support applications such as surround sound with multiple speakers.

"Our Agilent 93000 SOC family already offers the lowest cost of test in the industry with the performance demanded by next-generation SOCs and SIPs," said Tom Newsom, vice president and general manager of Agilent's SOC Business Unit. "With the Audio/Video 8's added performance, flexibility and lower cost, customers can build on their existing investments to add 3G, video and high-fidelity audio test."

U.S. Pricing and Availability
Agilent Audio/Video 8 is offered in two versions: one with four source units and four measure units, and one with eight measure units, with each unit providing audio and video test coverage. The Audio/Video 8 card will be available this month, with pricing starting under $150,000 to upgrade existing test systems. More information about the Agilent Audio/Video 8 card 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 800 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

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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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