8/12/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) has selected the Agilent 93000 SOC Series test system to characterize its Virtex-II Pro series of ultra-high-speed FPGAs with integrated RocketIO multi-gigabit transceivers. Agilent was selected for at-speed characterization of devices at all popular high-speed serial standard nodes, including 1, 2.5, 3.125, 5, 6.25 and 10 Gbps.
The Xilinx RocketIO multi-gigabit transceivers offer the highest performance and most complete functionality of any embedded or standalone SerDes (serializer/deserializer) in the industry. Xilinx has invested in the Agilent 93000 SOC tester because it is the only test platform that meets customer demand for performance characterization of designs with data rates pushing 13 Gbps. In the future, Xilinx can easily upgrade its installed tester with new capabilities, extending the useful lifetime of installed capital equipment and protecting its long-term investment.
"Our customers have made it clear that our highest-speed serial components are mission-critical to their product success," said Jae Chao, director of product/ test engineering at Xilinx. "The Agilent 93000, coupled with the excellent application support team at Agilent, has been invaluable for validating our components at these ultra-high speeds. It's the only platform that we've found capable of accurately testing our RocketIO multi-gigabit transceivers, especially in jitter tolerance."
With test processor-per-pin functionality and features such as differential signaling, native source-synchronous support, high-throughput jitter measurement and high pin counts, the Agilent 93000 SOC Series provides the technical edge for testing high-speed serial communications interfaces.
"Xilinx consistently pushes the envelope with devices that press the limits of today's ATE equipment," said Tom Newsom, vice president and general manager of Agilent's SOC Business Unit. "Our scalable 93000 Series is the only system that delivers the test capabilities required by Xilinx at all important data transmission nodes. As these nodes transition beyond 10 Gbps, we will anticipate market needs and provide test solutions in lockstep with performance demands."
About the Virtex-II Pro Series
The Xilinx Virtex-II Pro Series FPGAs incorporate up to 20 RocketIO multi-gigabit transceivers, supporting operating ranges of 600 Mbps to 10.3125 Gbps per channel. The devices are the first programmable ICs that can directly drive optical transceivers. Xilinx RocketIO supports all major serial standards, including InfiniBand, Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Serial RapidIO, Fibre Channel, XAUI, PCI Express, UXPI, Aurora and SONET.
Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) is the worldwide leader of programmable logic solutions. Additional information about Xilinx is available at www.xilinx.com.
About the Agilent 93000 SOC Series
The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is the industry's fastest-growing, lowest-cost single, scalable platform 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 Gbps, 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 (SCMs) 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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