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Agilent introduces logic analyser modules

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Agilent Technologies Inc., has expanded its industry-leading logic analyser portfolio with a new modular mainframe, two new logic analyser modules offering up to 4X the available memory in the industry, and new applications for developers of PCI Express and Altera FPGAs.

Electronic design teams in the computer, communications, semiconductor, aerospace and defence, automotive, and wireless industries continue to produce increasingly sophisticated hardware designs. Designers use logic analysers to validate and debug those designs. New testing challenges associated with high-speed designs make highly capable logic-analysis tools an essential element of each design team's test process. Agilent has addressed these needs with its new 16900 products.

The Agilent 16901A two-slot modular mainframe comes equipped with an industry-leading 15-inch display and touch-screen interface. Touch-screen capability offers fast, intuitive interaction, and works well when limited bench space hinders the use of a mouse and keyboard. The 16901A provides a multiframe Pro interface, allowing connection and cross-triggering of other Agilent 16900 Series logic analyser mainframes. Multiframe Pro helps to speed the debug of sophisticated digital systems, where more than one logic analyser is needed.

Agilent's new 16950B 68-channel logic analyser offers state analysis capture of up to 667 MHz and maximum data rate of 1066 Mb/s, with up to 64M of acquisition memory. The 16950B offers the performance necessary to validate leading-edge designs in the computer and semiconductor industries, such as DDR3 and front-side bus designs.

Agilent's new 16951B 68-channel logic analyser module offers the same acquisition performance as the 16950B, but in addition, quadruples the industry's maximum memory depth to 256M samples. Logic analysers are fundamentally single-shot instruments that trigger on the infrequent occurrence of problems in digital systems. When these anomalies occur, engineers want to improve the probability that the symptom that caused the failure is contained in the measurement.

Along with these logic analyser introductions, Agilent offers two new applications that will speed the development of PCI Express and Altera FPGA-based designs:

  • Agilent's FSI-60112 PCIe Gen 1 probe offers support for embedded designers adopting the PCIe serial standard within their design. The probes offers support for X1, X2 and X4 lane widths, and when used with the 16800 portable logic analyser, and offers a low-cost logic analyser-based solution for PCIe in the marketplace.
  • Agilent's B4656A FPGA dynamic probe for Altera gives engineers unprecedented visibility into their Altera FPGA designs, allowing them to debug and validate their designs more quickly.

Agilent offers design teams the logic analyser performance and applications they need to validate today's designs. FPGAs and serial buses such as PCI Express are prevalent in embedded systems. Agilent is focused on providing the test tools necessary to help its customers brings these designs to market quickly.

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