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Test and Measurement

Agilent Technologies, FuturePlus Introduce Industry's First DDR3 1866 Memory Bus Debug Solution

August 10, 2009
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., and BEDFORD, N.H., Aug. 10, 2009 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. and FuturePlus Systems Corp. today introduced the industry's first DDR3 1866 DIMM interposer test solution, which is comprised of the Agilent 16962A logic analyzer module and the FS2352 interposer for next-generation double-data-rate (DDR) SDRAM buses. The new DDR3 1866 DIMM interposer probing solution is the ideal tool for designers performing DIMM validation, failure analysis, and bus functional-parametric validation in servers, supercomputing, desktops and computing applications.

The new interposer is designed for use with the Agilent 16900 Series logic analyzer to provide state analysis and protocol decode at up to 1866 mega transfers per second (MT/s). The FS2352 is the only DDR3 interposer proven to provide reliable 1866 MT/s DIMM data capture using an Agilent logic analyzer.

The industry's first and most comprehensive DDR3 test platform offers the industry's fastest full-channel 2.0GT/s 16962A logic analysis module, a complete probing portfolio for DDR3 BGA and DIMM, and the first DDR3 compliance and performance software environment.

Agilent's 16962A logic analysis module with 2.0GT/s state speed and 2GHz trigger sequence speed enables full capability to reliably trigger and capture DDR3 1866 signals. When used with the new DDR3 probing solution and analysis software tool, this module provides full test capability for system integration in the memory industry.

"The new Agilent 16962A module, when used with the FuturePlus FS2352 Interposer, provides superior insight into DDR3 bus activity," said Jun Chie, marketing manager for Logic and Protocol Test at Agilent. "This solution setup is more proof of Agilent's commitment to provide designers of DDR devices with the ideal toolset to address their test challenges."

"We are always improving our interposer technology, and the FS2352, combined with the Agilent's 16962A module, provides compelling insight into DDR3 bus activity," said Edward Aichinger, president of FuturePlus Systems.

Benefits of the 16962A logic analyzer module and the FuturePlus FS2352 solution setup include:

- Interposer design provides flexibility and ease of use: The low-profile interposer design minimizes probe-induced effects on the DDR3 bus. The interposer is inserted into the target memory socket, while also accepting a memory module in the probe's extender slot. This capability is essential when the target system has only one memory slot, or when a user must probe a fully populated memory bus.

- Software components speed setup and simplify analysis: The solution includes software that helps users to comprehend acquired data and enhance usability. Protocol-decode software interprets bus data and displays it in protocol, hexadecimal or binary format, and auto-configuration files facilitate quick logic analyzer setup.

- Solution supports DIMMs: The solution supports a 240-pin, 933 MHz clock (1866 MT/s data rate), 64-bit, Un-buffered Synchronous Double Date Rate 3 DRAM Dual In-Line Memory Module (DDR3 SDRAM DIMM).

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent 16962A is available now at a price of $38,135. The FS2352 is available now for $40,000.

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