Microwave Journal

Agilent Technologies Introduces DDR1 Compliance Software for Infiniium Series Oscilloscope

September 17, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 17, 2007 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced a new oscilloscope-based DDR1 (double data rate 1) compliance test application. This tool is ideal for engineers who need to validate and characterize DDR1 designs for computer, data storage, electronic data processing and consumer products. With the introduction of the DDR1 test application, Agilent becomes the first company to offer compliance software for all three generations of DDR technology: DDR1, DDR2 and DDR3. The Agilent U7233A DDR1 test application, which runs on Infiniium 8000 and 80000 Series oscilloscopes, provides DDR1 compliance measurements based on the Joint Electronic Device Engineering Council (JEDEC) JESD79E DDR SDRAM specifications. It covers clock, electrical and timing parameters. DDR1 is the first generation of a new breed of memory technology where data is transferred on both the rising and falling clock edges. DDR1 doubles the performance of previous memory technologies, which were based on data transfers only on the rising clock edge. As DDR1 manufacturing has matured, product costs have been driven down significantly, which has led to the widespread adoption of DDR technology, especially in the consumer product segment. "With DDR1 memory being a popular choice for designs, we want to help designers and system integrators validate their designs quickly and easily," said Jay Alexander, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Design Validation Division. "We already offer DDR2 and DDR3 solutions, so it makes sense for us to cover DDR1 as well, offering customers a full portfolio of DDR solutions." The DDR1 application automatically configures the oscilloscope for each test and generates an informative HTML report when the test is completed. It compares the results with the specification test limit and indicates how closely the device passes or fails each test. The complex analysis runs seamlessly within the scope, saving users' time and effort compared to making and analyzing measurements manually. For users who need to repeat measurements many times for full characterization, the application provides automated tests to be completed without an operator present. The flexible DDR1 application is supported on the Infiniium 8000 Series and 80000 Series oscilloscopes. For engineers who are sensitive to cost, the Infiniium 8000 Series provides a low-cost solution. Engineers who might want to work on higher-data-rate DDR technology in the future can choose an 80000 Series oscilloscope and upgrade to a higher bandwidth later, protecting their investments. Additional information about Agilent's U7233A DDR1 compliance test application is available at http://" www.agilent.com/find/u7233a. High-resolution images are available at www.agilent.com/find/u7233a_images. The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association is the semiconductor engineering standardization body of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), a trade association that represents all areas of the electronic industry. Learn more at http://www.jedec.org/. U.S. Pricing and Availability The Agilent U7231A DDR1 compliance test application is available now at a price of $2,000.