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TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies’ Introduces Complete Test
Solution for PCI Express® 3.0 Featuring the New Digital Test Console
SANTA CLARA, Calif., DesignCon, Booth 301, Feb. 1, 2010 -- Agilent
Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced its PCIe®3.0 test solutions and the
new Agilent Digital Test Console. The Digital Test Console is the industry’s only
complete and integrated x1 through x16 protocol analyzer and exerciser solution
for the PCI Express 3.0 specification, currently under development within the PCISIG®. The Digital Test Console offers the industry’s largest capture buffer and
fastest download interface, with multiple non-intrusive probing options that
employs the latest ESP technology. The Digital Test Console was designed to
assist with PCIe 3.0 development and provide accurate test results.
The transition to PCIe 3.0 will require test engineers and validation labs to
address the higher bus speeds and backwards compatibility requirement. In
addition, PCIe 3.0 features a change in the encoding scheme and a number of new
advanced protocol features. Agilent’s Digital Test Console addresses these
enhancements by providing the industry’s only equalization snoop probe (ESP)
technology for reliable data capture at 8 GT/s; an LTSSM Exerciser to validate
new encoding and protocol state machine designs; and a flexible GUI to help
debug the advanced protocol.
Agilent’s test solutions include tools to test and validate the complete
requirements of PCIe 3.0 technology, from electrical layer to protocol layer. The
test solutions include the following products and benefits:
the new Agilent Digital Test Console, a complete and integrated x1 through x16
protocol analyzer and exerciser solution, comprised of an equalization snoop
probe (ESP) technology for reliable data capture at 8GT/s, an LTSSM tester for
exercising and validating new encoding and protocol state machine designs, and
a flexible GUI for helping debug advanced protocol features;
o the 90000 Series Infiniium oscilloscopes, incorporating integrated deembedding capabilities as well as CTLE equalization software necessary for
ensuring electrical compliance of future PCIe 3.0 devices;
o the 86100C Infiniium DCA-J, combining precision waveform analysis, jitter
measurements, and TDR and S-parameter measurements with one-button easeof-use;
o the J-BERT N4903B high-performance serial BERT, with complete jitter
tolerance testing for accurate receiver characterization and compliance testing;
o the N5990A test automation software, for complete automation of PCI Express
compliance testing with the J-BERT, ParBERT and other Agilent instruments;
o the Advanced Design System (ADS), with a complete set of simulation ranging
from frequency, time, numeric and physical domain simulation to
electromagnetic field simulation for design characterization and optimization
“Agilent has been supportive of PCIe starting with the first release of the
technology in 2002,” said Al Yanes, chairman and president of the PCI-SIG. “We
are very pleased to see Agilent offering test solutions for the upcoming PCIe 3.0
standard and appreciate the continued support of SIG activities, including
workshops, technology seminars and the annual PCI-SIG Developer’s
“The test solutions designed for PCI Express 3.0 expand on our commitment
to provide the best and most comprehensive test and debug equipment in the
industry,” said Rick Eads, senior PCIe program manager at Agilent and member of
the PCI-SIG® board of directors. “With our active role in the PCI-SIG and close
partnership with industry leaders, we are able to assist early adopters in meeting
the requirements of an evolving specification and help them to more effectively
transition to the new specification.”
“The next generation of PCI Express will soon be integrated into new
products, and it is vital to have testing tools and analyzers specifically created to
assist developers,” said Jim Pappas, director of initiative marketing for Intel
Corporation. “Companies such as Agilent are developing robust testing solutions
that are vital to the continued ecosystem adoption of the new specification.”
The PCI-SIG continues to evolve the PCI standard to meet the industry’s
needs. Through interoperability testing, technical support, seminars and industry
events, the PCI-SIG enables its members to generate competitive and quality
products. For additional information on the PCI-SIG and its specifications, go to
Additional information about Agilent’s PCI Express test platform can be
viewed at High-resolution images are available
A PCI Express technology and Agilent’s test solutions backgrounder is
available at
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent Digital Test Console for PCIe 3.0 is available now. The average
system price is $100,000.
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