TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies to Showcase Bit Error Ratio Tester at DesignCon

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  New Options Enable 32-Gb/s ASIC Component and Optical Transceiver Designs

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- January 24, 2013

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced it will demonstrate a
32-Gb/s bit error ratio tester with fast rise time and higher output amplitude
at DesignCon (Booth 201) in Santa Clara Convention Center, Jan. 29-30.

A new era of data center infrastructure enabling cloud computing, big data and
analytics is driving the development of new high-speed data transfer standards
such as 100-Gb Ethernet and 32-Gb Fibre Channel. The higher speeds create new
testing challenges for optical and electrical component designers. More
stringent requirements for component characterization necessitate faster
rise/fall times. Optical transceivers and transmitter optical subassemblies
(TOSAs) require high drive voltages that standard pattern-generator outputs
cannot supply.

To address the issue, Agilent has created remotely mountable pattern-generator
heads for use with its N4960A BERTs (bit error ratio testers). The new
pattern-generator heads (N4951B Option H32 and Option H17) feature improved
rise and fall times of 12 ps to give ASIC designers the headroom necessary for
signal fidelity at the test pin.

In addition, these new options integrate higher voltage output drivers into
the pattern generator. This feature allows designers of optical transceivers
to directly drive VCSELs, TOSAs and laser modulators for higher-data-rate
applications such as 100-Gb Ethernet and OIF-CEI-28G, without the need for
external driver amplifiers, associated interconnecting cables and power

“Across our broad range of BERT solutions, Agilent offers choices for
applications in R&D, validation and manufacturing,” said Jürgen Beck, vice
president and general manager of Agilent’s Digital Photonics Test Division.
“Each of our BERTs delivers accurate, repeatable results that help engineers
precisely characterize performance and ensure compliance with industry
standards. We have improved the rise/fall times of our 32-Gb/s N4960A serial
BERT family so high-speed component designers now have the signal fidelity and
headroom they need to test their next-generation devices.”

As part of the N4960A BERT family, the new pattern generators are configured
as remote heads connected to the BERT controller with a cable. This
configuration allows the pattern generator to be located close to the device
under test, minimizing the length of the signal cable, which helps minimize
signal degradation.

Additional information about Agilent’s new N4960A BERT is available at Product images are available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The new fast rise time and high voltage options (N4951B-H17, H32) are
available now. Agilent N4960A Serial BERT starts at $177,428 for the 32-Gb/s
configuration with the higher voltage output option. For existing N4960A
serial BERT system owners, the 17-Gb/s and 32-Gb/s pattern generators with
integrated higher voltage outputs are available starting at $42,800.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company
and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics,
electronics and communications. The company’s 20,500 employees serve customers
in more than 100 countries. Agilent had revenues of $6.9 billion in fiscal
2012. Information about Agilent is available at

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