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Agilent Technologies’ New Pattern Generator for Pulse Function Arbitrary Noise Generator Tests Analog, Digital, Mixed Signal Devices


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the 81150A pulse function arbitrary noise generator with a new pattern generator - resulting in the first instrument in the industry able to test analog, digital and mixed signal devices.

The Agilent 81150A is ideal for general purpose bench tests as it is integrated in one instrument, providing a smaller footprint and reduced test time, therefore improving productivity for manufacturers of computer and communication devices.

Simplification of key R&D tasks is critical to speed up design cycles. The Agilent 81150A is designed for the best signal generation to simplify debugging, characterization or compliance tests whether it is applied for sinusoidal jitter or a distorted PRBS.

“The pressure for fast cycle times in high-quality product development requires new, more efficient test approaches,” said Juergen Beck, general manager of Agilent’s Digital and Photonic Test product line. “With its reliable and repeatable measurement capabilities, the 81150A helps R&D engineers focus on design and debug instead of spending time on test setup. The integration in one instrument minimizes cabling, space and test time, and therefore improves productivity. And, especially for mixed signal devices, it is no longer necessary to use a function or arbitrary waveform generator and a pattern generator.”

Agilent’s new pattern generator also supports the new bus standards, such as Flexray, with three level signals, initialization sequences and long patterns. The distortion capabilities of the pattern allow simulation of worst-case situations and provide a new class of tests. The pattern generator supports each development phase for sine waves up to 240 MHz, pulses up to 120 MHz, 14-bit and 2 GSa/s arbitrary waveforms, and PRBS up to 231.

Additional information about Agilent’s 81150A pattern generator is available at High-resolution images are available at

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U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Agilent 81150A pattern generator is available now. Pricing starts at $3,990.
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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