|[January 27, 2014]
TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Introduces TDR/TDT Solution for Accurately Characterizing Multiport 25/28/100-Gb/s Designs
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Agilent (News - Alert) Technologies Inc. (NYSE:�A) today introduced the Agilent
N1055A 35/50-GHz (8-ps) time-domain reflectometry and transmission module
for the Agilent 86100D DCA-X platform. The module provides fast,
accurate impedance and S-parameter measurements on high-speed designs
that have up to 16 ports.
On next-generation digital communication systems such as IEEE (News - Alert)
802.3ba/bj/bm (40-Gb/100-Gb Ethernet), engineers face significant
challenges, such as assessing crosstalk across many channels and
controlling impedance at faster edge speeds.
The 86100D DCA-X oscilloscope mainframe can be configured with one to
four N1055A TDR/TDT plug-in modules to provide a 2- to 16-channel
TDR/TDT measurement system that is both economical and accurate. The 2/4
port TDR/TDT remote heads can be configured with a sampler bandwidth of
35 GHz or 50 GHz, providing single-ended and differential measurement
capability, including True-Mode stimulus functionality.
"Time domain reflectometry is an intuitive and easy-to-use method for
characterizing signal paths," said Jay Alexander, vice president and
general manager of Agilent's Oscilloscope and Protocol Division. "But as
the industry transitions to higher data rates, classic TDR measurement
instruments may no longer have the performance required for new designs.
Agilent's new 86100D-based TDR/TDT solution is engineered to give
customers the fast and accurate impedance and S-parameter measurements
they need for their next-generation designs."
Highest-Resolution TDR/TDT Measurements
High TDR resolution is essential for accurately characterizing complex
high-speed structures such as connectors, interconnects and printed
circuit boards that must operate at data rates to 28 Gbps and beyond.
With TDR step edge speeds as fast as 8 ps and receiver bandwidths of 50
GHz, the DCA-TDR solution resolves the magnitude and location of
impedance discontinuities with unmatched performance.
Fast, Accurate Multiport S-Parameters
With Agilent 86100D Option 202 enhanced impedance and S-parameter
analysis software, scattering parameters (S-parameters) are generated in
real time within the oscilloscope and simultaneously displayed with time
domain results. The N1055A's fst rise time enables calibrated
S-parameter measurements to 50 GHz and above. The high-channel-count
capability of the DCA-TDR solution also helps to minimize cable
reconnections and facilitate more efficient near-end crosstalk and
far-end crosstalk measurements in both R&D and high-volume test
World's Easiest-to-Use Solution
TDR/TDT calibration dramatically enhances measurement accuracy by
removing systematic imperfections in the instrumentation as well as the
impact of adapters, cables and fixtures used to connect to the DUT. The
DCA-TDR solution achieves a significant breakthrough for accuracy and
ease-of-use with its support for electronic calibration (ECal) modules,
leveraging an advanced calibration technique originally developed for
vector network analyzers and recognized as the "gold standard" in
S-parameter measurements. A special Agilent N4694A DC 67-GHz ECal module
was developed for the DCA-TDR to let users calibrate and de-skew
channels and TDR modules quickly. The result is a fully integrated
TDR/TDT/S-parameter measurement system that provides calibrated results
on up to 16 channels in real-time.
Additional information about the Agilent N1055A can be found at www.agilent.com/find/N1055A.
Product images are available at www.agilent.com/find/N1055A_images.
Further information about the Agilent 86100D DCA-X wide-bandwidth
oscilloscope family is available at www.agilent.com/find/dcax.
oscilloscope portfolio�includes instruments with a variety of form
factors and with bandwidths from 20 MHz to 90 GHz.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent N1055A 35/50-GHz 2/4-port electrical remote sampling head
module with TDR/TDT capability can be ordered now, with prices starting
at $45,000. Complete systems, including 86100D DCA-X mainframe, start at
Agilent will demonstrate high-speed
digital solutions, including the DCA-TDR solution, in Santa Clara at DesignCon
2014, Jan. 28-31, Booth 201.
About Agilent Technologies (News - Alert)
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.
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