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Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced its PCIe® 3.0 test solutions and the new Agilent Digital Test Console. The Digital Test Console is the industry's only complete and integrated x1 through x16 protocol analyzer and exerciser solution for the PCI Express 3.0 specification, currently under development within the PCI-SIG®. The Digital Test Console offers the industry's largest capture buffer and fastest download interface, with multiple non-intrusive probing options that employs the latest ESP technology. The Digital Test Console was designed to assist with PCIe 3.0 development and provide accurate test results.
The transition to PCIe 3.0 will require test engineers and validation labs to address the higher bus speeds and backwards compatibility requirement. In addition, PCIe 3.0 features a change in the encoding scheme and a number of new advanced protocol features. Agilent's Digital Test Console addresses these enhancements by providing the industry's only equalization snoop probe (ESP) technology for reliable data capture at 8 GT/s; an LTSSM Exerciser to validate new encoding and protocol state machine designs; and a flexible GUI to help debug the advanced protocol.
Agilent's test solutions include tools to test and validate the complete requirements of PCIe 3.0 technology, from electrical layer to protocol layer. The test solutions include the following products and benefits:
The new Agilent Digital Test Console, a complete and integrated x1 through x16 protocol analyzer and exerciser solution, comprised of an equalization snoop probe (ESP) technology for reliable data capture at 8GT/s, an LTSSM tester for exercising and validating new encoding and protocol state machine designs, and a flexible GUI for helping debug advanced protocol features;
"The test solutions designed for PCI Express 3.0 expand on our commitment to provide the best and most comprehensive test and debug equipment in the industry," said Rick Eads, senior PCIe program manager at Agilent and member of the PCI-SIG(r) board of directors. "With our active role in the PCI-SIG and close partnership with industry leaders, we are able to assist early adopters in meeting the requirements of an evolving specification and help them to more effectively transition to the new specification."
"The next generation of PCI Express will soon be integrated into new products, and it is vital to have testing tools and analyzers specifically created to assist developers," said Jim Pappas, director of initiative marketing for Intel Corporation. "Companies such as Agilent are developing robust testing solutions that are vital to the continued ecosystem adoption of the new specification."
The PCI-SIG continues to evolve the PCI standard to meet the industry's needs. Through interoperability testing, technical support, seminars and industry events, the PCI-SIG enables its members to generate competitive and quality products.
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