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Agilent Technologies Introduces Software for the DCA-X Oscilloscope to Test Digital Communications Systems at Rates up to 32 Gb/s

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced two new test applications that leverage the high bandwidth and low jitter performance of the Infiniium 86100D DCA-X oscilloscope. Agilent N1012A compliance test software is the industry's first automated application for the Optical Internetworking Forum's Common Electrical Interface (OIF CEI) 3.0 Implementation Agreement. Agilent N1019A user-defined application, on the other hand, enables engineers to rapidly develop their own automated test applications. Both software packages help developers save time and money.

Increased demand for video and other data-intensive Internet services have stressed the capacity of today's networks. Operators seek fast, cost-effective ways to increase capacity, which they can achieve by using multiple lanes at 25 to 28 Gb/s. These high data rates increase the importance of flawless equipment interoperability, which necessitates more extensive equipment testing and stringent test limits. The OIF CEI 3.0 Implementation Agreement covers eight interfaces with nearly 120 tests. Several other standards also address tests at these data rates.

Agilent N1012A compliance test software performs a wide range of oscilloscope-based and network analyzer-based tests for the OIF CEI 3.0 Implementation Agreement. The software also provides 5- to 28-Gb/s physical-layer transmitter measurements for engineers designing to the requirements of OIF CEI 3.0, including the 28G-VSR (very short reach) interface. Product developers can use debug mode to rapidly troubleshoot their designs.

The Agilent N1019A user-defined application expands the capability of the existing N5467A user-defined application for Agilent's real-time oscilloscopes to include the 86100D DCA-X. Users can create their own tests, automated test groups, test limits with descriptions, measurement configurations, and customized reports.

"We are pleased to expand the rich offering of Agilent compliance and test applications to the 86100D DCA-X oscilloscope," said Jay Alexander, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Oscilloscope Products Division. "Developers are working quickly to create and launch new devices to accommodate higher data rates, and they will appreciate the significant improvement in test times offered by these new applications."

The new applications for 86100D DCA-X oscilloscope provide design and validation engineers with a fast and easy way to verify physical-layer transmitter compliance to the appropriate standards.

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