Agilent Offers Tools for Validating Systems with Fully Buffered DIMMs

9/8/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced the industry's first comprehensive suite of test tools that provide designers complete visibility into systems using fully buffered DIMMs (FBDs). By providing visibility from the physical layer to the protocol layer, these tools offer unprecedented validation, debug and optimization capabilities for FBD.

Servers and high-end workstations constantly need more memory to support resource-heavy applications. FBD addresses this need by offering a high-speed link between memory controllers and FBDs, and by placing a buffer on the DIMMs that allows multiple DIMMs to be placed behind each FBD channel. This significantly increases the amount of memory available compared with traditional memory architectures.

"Agilent's breadth of test and measurement products puts us in the unique position of offering a complete line of test tools to designers working on FBD," said Ron Nersesian, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Design Validation Division. "Providing a 'one-stop shop' for customers takes the confusion and anxiety out of getting reliable, capable test equipment and allows customers a single point of contact to simplify and speed their development cycle."

By providing insight into all layers of an FBD system, the test suite's eight new tools provide unprecedented debug capabilities:

"FBD is revolutionizing the way designers build memory systems for computers and servers," said David Zimmerman, technology development manager for Intel's Platform Memory Operations. "As FBD becomes more widespread, it is important to have test tools that can provide accurate and repeatable measurements."

Further Information
Additional information about the Agilent suite of test products for FBD systems is available at
Additional information about Fully Buffered DIMMs (FBD) is available at
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U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent suite of test products for FBD systems is available for order now, with shipments expected in October 2004.

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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