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Agilent develops PCI Express test card

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Agilent Technologies has developed a PCI Express protocol test card allowing engineers to develop next-generation communication platforms, computers, add-in cards and components based on PCI Express.

The card development purposefully coincides with coincides with Intel’s product development for the PCI Express market.

The protocol test card will be an electrical PCI-Express x1 width implementation with a connector to fit host platform slots of any lane width.

Additionally, the test card provides comprehensive test functions to ensure compliance with the PCI Express specification and in addition, interoperability with other PCI Express devices. This will make it affordable for efficient broad industry usage as well as providing sufficient functionality for most protocol-oriented validation environments, according to Agilent's Digital Verification Solutions Division VP Siegfried Gross.

"Agilent supports the adoption of PCI Express technology with its development of a wide range of exercisers and protocol analyzers," Gross said.

"Our collaboration with Intel is a key step in accelerating the development of PCI Express-based products for next-generation computing and communication platforms through compliance tools."

"The joint PCI-Express enabling activity is an important milestone in facilitating the validation of silicon design for PCI Express technology," added Jim Pappas, director of initiative marketing for Intel's Enterprise Platform Group.

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