|[January 21, 2014]
TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Introduces New Series of BER Test Solutions for Faster Design Verification
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Agilent Technologies (News - Alert) Inc. (NYSE:A) today introduced the new M8000
Series BER test solution, a highly integrated and scalable bit error
ratio test solution for physical-layer characterization, validation and
compliance testing for receivers used in multigigabit digital designs.
With support for a wide range of data rates and standards, the new M8000
Series BER test solution provides accurate and reliable results that
accelerate insight into the performance margins of high-speed digital
devices for computer, consumer, server, mobile computing and data-center
When R&D and validation teams characterize next-generation designs, they
face several test challenges. First, the faster data rates of the
emerging next-generation digital computer buses, such as PCI (News - Alert) Express® 4
(with a bit rate of 16 GT/s) and USB 3.1 (with a bit rate of 10 Gb/s),
present new signal integrity test challenges. New 128/130-bit and
128/132-bit coding formats complicate error detection and loopback
In addition, widespread adoption of mobile computing devices means more
and more R&D and test engineers need to test different implementations
of MIPI™ ports, with new data formats, termination models, multiple
lanes and built-in error counting.
Lastly, with the enormous surge in data-center traffic, servers and
storage designs must support much higher bandwidths on their backplane
and networking ports. Data rates of 25 Gb/s and more on multiple lanes
over PC boards, cable or optical interconnects are required by most of
the latest industry standards, such as 100GbE, CEI and Fibre Channel.
Testing such 25-Gb/s receiver ports requires new test capabilities to
characterize device tolerance for interference, channel losses and
"The new M8000 Series BER test solutions will enable R&D and test
engineers to master next-generation receiver test challenges," said
Juergen Beck, general manager and vice president of Agilent's Digital
and Photonic Test Division. "With its unique level of integration and
scalability, the M8000 Series sets the foundation for engineers to
accelerate accurate receiver characterization of high-speed digital
The first model in the new M8000 Series is the J-BERT
M8020A high-performance BERT. It enables fast and accurate receiver
characterization of single- and multilane devices operating at data
rates up to 16 Gb/s and 32 Gb/s. The M8020A accelerates insight into
Streamlining receiver test setup by providing the highest level of
integration. It offers built-in jitter injection, 8-tap de-emphasis,
interference sources, reference clock multiplication, clock recovery
Ensuring accurate and repeatable measurements by automating in situ
calibration of signal conditions.
Reducing the effort required to bring devices into loopback test mode
because the M8020A behaves like a link partner for the device under
test and supports interactive link training for PCIe® devices.
The J-BERT M8020A high-performance BERT is scalable and expandable to
meet future test needs. It supports one to four BERT channels and offers
data rates of up to 8.5 Gb/s and 16 Gb/s with an extension to 32 Gb/s.
The new J-BERT M8020A is based on AXIe, which is the industry standard
for high-performance modular test equipment. The M8020A is controlled
from a user interface via USB. All option are upgradeable.
More information about the Agilent J-BERT M8020A high-performance BERT
is available at www.agilent.com/find/M8020A.
Photos of the solution are available at www.agilent.com/find/m8000_images.
For accurate receiver characterization, Agilent offers several
complementary test instruments: the M8048A
interference channels, N5990A
test automation software, the M8061A
multiplexer 2:1 with de-emphasis, the N4877A
32-Gb/s clock data recovery with demultiplexer and the 86100D
Infiniium DCA-X high-bandwidth oscilloscope.
Agilent will demonstrate high-speed
digital solutions, including the J-BERT M8020A, in Santa Clara at DesignCon
2014, Jan. 28-31, Booth 201.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The J-BERT M8020A high-performance BERT is available now. The price
starts at $122,200 for a one-channel 16-Gb/s high-performance BERT with
built-in clock recovery.
Agilent's Digital Test Standards Program
Agilent Digital Test Standards Program experts are involved in various
international standards committees, including the SD
Electronic Devices Engineering Council, PCI-SIG®,
Electronics Standards Association, Serial
ATA International Organization, Serial Attached SCSI (T10), USB-Implementers
standards (IEEE (News - Alert) 802.3), Optical
Internetworking Forum and many others. Agilent's involvement in
these standards groups enables the company to bring the right solutions
to market when customers need them.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement
company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences,
diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company's 20,600
employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had
revenues of $6.8 billion in fiscal 2013. Information about Agilent is
available at www.agilent.com.
On Sept. 19, 2013, Agilent announced plans to separate into two publicly
traded companies through a tax-free spinoff of its electronic
measurement business. The new company is named Keysight Technologies,
Inc. The separation is expected to be completed in early November 2014.
MIPI is a licensed trademark of MIPI, Inc. in the U.S. and other
PCIe and PCI Express are U.S. registered trademarks and/or service marks
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