Agilent Technologies Inc. announced that Simplay Labs LLC, the company operating four of the eight global HDMI Authorized Test Centers (ATC), has selected Agilent Technologies as its High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) test solution provider. Agilent's test solution meets, or exceeds, the requirements of the HDMI Compliance Test Specification (CTS) Version 1.4 and is listed as recommended test equipment. The Agilent test solution addresses four sectors: source testing, sink testing, media physical layer evaluation and protocol test. The test solution was designed to reduce development costs while providing accurate test results with greater flexibility.

Agilent's HDMI solution is unique in the market due to its full automation software, which speeds up testing; efficient electrical performance of the devices and fast test throughput, which increases productivity; and the HEAC (HDMI Ethernet and Audio Return Channel) sink test setup, which is independent of the TMDS signal generator, often heavily used for high-speed electrical sink testing.

Agilent has been involved with the HDMI specification since the standard was first established to help companies meet compliance testing and address the challenges presented by this technology. Agilent has developed tools in the physical, data link and protocol layers to meet the challenges posed by the standard. They are designed to reduce development costs, provide accurate test results and simplify the measurement processes for test engineers in the consumer electronics, cable manufacturer and semiconductor industries.

ATCs are using Agilent's HDMI platform to test products, identify problems, measure data and determine whether tests have passed or failed. Agilent's modular and reliable HDMI test platform helps customers improve the quality of their consumer electronics products and meet the demand of this rapidly advancing market.

"Upgrading our US, Korean and two China facilities will enable us to serve our customers with all HDMI Specification Version 1.4 test services," said Joseph Lias, President of Simplay Labs LLC. "Continuing to work with Agilent and its partner BitifEye Digital Test Solutions ensures that our customers' products can be effectively tested in our ATCs for HDMI 1.4 features such as 3D over HDMI, 4K video format, Content Type and the new Color Spaces."

"Being able to use advanced measurement tools for physical, data-link and protocol layers of HDMI enables developers to address potential design issues early in the design cycle and get products to market faster," said Thomas Dippon, HDMI Program Manager at Agilent. "Our scalable, modular HDMI test solution enables our customers to meet the requirements and challenges presented by HDMI 1.4."