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Agilent Technologies Announces Industryís First Integrated Verification Toolkit for Signal Integrity Design


Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the industryís first integrated verification toolkit for signal integrity design. Intended for use with Agilentís industry-leading Advanced Design System (ADS) EDA software platform, the new toolkit identifies and analyzes sources of performance-degrading jitter in multi-Gigabit communication link designs. It helps designers find and remove the causes of jitter before hardware prototyping begins, eliminating costly redesign later in the development cycle.

ďThe recent signal integrity breakthroughs weíve made have expanded our RF and microwave EDA technologies into high-speed digital design,Ē said Joe Civello, product marketing manager with Agilentís EEsof EDA division. For the first time, designers of high data-rate interconnects and serial data links can perform a comprehensive jitter budget analysis to find and correct sources of jitter as well as to quickly and accurately predict Bit Error Ratio performance -- all before committing the design to fabrication and production"

The Agilent Signal Integrity Verification Toolkit contains patented technology used in Agilentís real-time sampling oscilloscopes for accurate jitter characterization. ADS is the first and only EDA tool in the industry that provides diagnostic jitter analysis tools integrated into a high-speed channel design flow.

This latest release of Agilentís ADS also provides significant enhancements to its serializer/deserializer, or SERDES, modeling capability. The new library of SERDES components available with ADS includes 8B10B encoders/decoders; 64B66B encoders and decoders with and without scrambling; non-adaptive and adaptive feed forward and decision feedback equalizers, using a wide variety of tap optimization algorithms; and a new digital signal source capable of producing a de-emphasis waveform with random and periodic jitter modulation and transition wave shaping.

The Agilent ADS offers a complete set of front-to-back simulation and layout tools as well as instrument links for RF and microwave IC design in a single, integrated design flow. Today, it is the only EDA software platform that can simulate a serial link consisting of models for frequency-domain interconnect, time-domain driver/receiver, physical layout, SERDES, compiled and scripted MATLAB-based functions, System-C, Verilog-A, HDL, and C++. The seamless signal flow across this wide spectrum of simulation technology allows designers to fully characterize a high-speed serial link and accurately determine BER and jitter performance.

To request an evaluation of Agilentís Verification Toolkit for Signal Integrity, visit

Additional information about Agilentís signal integrity solution and all of Agilentís EDA software offerings is available at

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U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Agilent Signal Integrity Verification Toolkit is available now and is included with the ADS Signal Integrity Designer Pro and Premier Suites. It also may be added to other ADS configurations, with prices starting at $7,000.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the worldís premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The companyís 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $5.0 billion in fiscal year 2006. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at


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