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Agilent Technologies’ Test Portfolio Now Includes Industry-First Automated USB SuperSpeed Pattern Generator Calibration


Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced it has expanded its Universal Serial Bus (USB) test portfolio with the industry’s first automated calibration of a USB 3.0 pattern generator required for receiver test. This enhancement will significantly reduce test system setup time and is a major step toward fully automated receiver tests.

USB receiver testing jitter tolerance became mandatory with the recent release of the USB 3.0 specification version 1.0. USB 3.0 is also known as SuperSpeed USB. USB 3.0 is a new revision of the well-established, widespread standard driven by USB Implementers Forum Inc (USB-IF). The USB-IF is a non-profit corporation founded by the group of companies that developed the USB specification.

Agilent’s enhanced USB test portfolio will help computer and consumer-electronics manufacturers manage USB interface challenges and speed their USB standards-based next-generation product development while meeting emerging standards.

Computer and consumer electronics companies are competing to produce and launch faster and more-advanced devices to meet consumers’ demands. Without meeting the latest USB, DDR, PCI Express(r) or SATA requirements, they will not succeed. Agilent is enabling these companies to comply with measurement standards as they design the latest and greatest life-style electronics.

Agilent offers a USB 3.0 test solution for transmitter and receiver test, comprised of a DSA91304A Infiniium oscilloscope, a pattern checker and pattern generator based on the J-BERT N4903A/B high-performance serial BERT, an N5181A MXG RF analog signal generator, 81150A pulse function arbitrary noise generator and the N5990A test automation software platform.

“Our USB transmitter and receiver test products provide the most flexible, comprehensive solution for design, characterization and debug, as well as compliance testing,” said Jim Choate, USB program manager with Agilent’s Digital Test Division. “It’s important to provide not only the tools for USB 3.0 compliance test, but the test capability to support the design engineer through the entire USB development cycle, including margin test and characterization. Without automated USB pattern generator calibration, the latter are not possible.”

Benefits of Agilent’s USB transmitter and receiver test solution include:

* comprehensive transmitter and receiver design and characterization test capability;
* investment protection due to signal generation and analysis capability for the bus standards USB, PCI Express, SATA and DisplayPort testing; and
* easy, fast compliance testing.

In March and April, Agilent is holding a series of USB seminars in Asia, including Taipei and Hsinchu, Taiwan, and Seoul, Korea.

In addition, on April 15, Agilent will present the webcast “USB 3.0 SuperSpeed PHY Testing Challenges: Verify your 5Gbps Design to the Specification.” Further information is available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Pricing for Agilent’s DSO91404A Infiniium oscilloscope USB 3.0 transmitter test solution starts at $102,819. The USB SuperSpeed pattern generator is based on the Agilent J-BERT N4903A/B and N5990A test automation software platform. Pricing starts at $137,000. The products are available now.

Additional information about Agilent’s USB test solution is available at High-resolution images are available at

About USB

USB Implementers Forum, Inc. (USB-IF) is a non-profit corporation founded by the group of companies that developed the Universal Serial Bus specification. The USB-IF was formed to provide a support organization and forum for the advancement and adoption of Universal Serial Bus technology. The Forum facilitates the development of high-quality compatible USB peripherals (devices), and promotes the benefits of USB and the quality of products that have passed compliance testing. More information can be found at
About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company’s 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.8 billion in fiscal 2008. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at


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