NVIDIA Tests PCI Express-based Graphics Processors with Agilent 93000

8/5/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that NVIDIA Corp. (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, has selected the Agilent 93000 SOC Series for testing its current PCI Express-based devices. The BIST Assist 6.4 solution, an extension to the 93000 SOC Series' single scalable architecture, enables NVIDIA to benefit from the industry's lowest-cost test solution for high-speed interfaces such as PCI Express and maximizes its investment in test equipment.

Traditional at-speed test approaches of automated test equipment (ATE) and bench instruments offer the highest fault coverage but at a price that is not competitive for volume manufacturing of cost-sensitive consumer devices. BIST Assist 6.4 combines the fault coverage of traditional ATE and the low cost associated with loopback. This allows for a scalable, cost-effective, high-speed serial link testing solution that maximizes capital equipment investment.

Agilent BIST Assist 6.4 enables signal integrity testing of high-speed serial interconnects up to 6.4 Gb/s using a cost-effective loopback/BIST (built-in self-test) and reduces costs by more than 50 percent over conventional at-speed production solutions.

"By using the Agilent 93000 SOC BIST Assist 6.4, Nvidia can unleash the full performance potential of the high-speed PCI Express interface in our graphics processors," said Keith Katcher, director of test and product engineering, Nvidia Corp.

"BIST Assist 6.4 is an example of our commitment to extending test capabilities that maximize capital equipment investment for our customers," said Tom Newsom, vice president of Agilent Technologies and general manager of Agilent's SOC Business Unit. "As designs become increasingly complex, Agilent is dedicated to continuous innovation for delivering next-frontier testing solutions that allow our customers to benefit from technology advances."

More information about PCI Express is available at the Agilent PCI Express ATE Forum: forums.ate.agilent.com/pciexpressate.

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 www.agilent.com/see/soctest.

More information about Agilent's semiconductor test products is available at www.agilent.com/see/atenews.

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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