TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry-First Solution for Testing SD UHS-II Receivers

  TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry-First Solution for
  Testing SD UHS-II Receivers

Automated Solution Based on J-BERT Accelerates Testing of SD Memory Card Host
                             and Device Receivers

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- April 22, 2013

AgilentTechnologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced the industry’s first
receiver testing solution for secure digital ultra-high-speed (SD UHS-II) host
products and memory card devices.

Unveiled at the SDA event in Osaka, Japan, N5990A test automation software
Option 120 accelerates accurate characterization and compliance verification
of receiver ports in host products and memory card devices that support the SD
Association’s emerging UHS-II memory card standard. The automated receiver
testing solution for the physical layer is based on Agilent’s J-BERT N4903B
high-performance serial BERT with supplementary instruments and accessories.

SD is the leading standard for removable memory cards for portable consumer
products such as cameras, mobile phones, laptops and GPS receivers. The new
UHS-II memory card standard is based on SD revision 4.0. It provides
high-definition video recording, low power consumption and data rates of up to
1.56 Gb/s for next-generation SD memory cards, such as SDHC and SDXC.

Design and test engineers face several challenges when verifying standard
compliance and margins of UHS-II receiver port designs: Many combinations of
reference clocks, data rates and device types multiply test effort. To
validate a receiver’s stress tolerance, the pattern generator must allow
injecting various types of jitter, such as random jitter, sinusoidal jitter
and intersymbol interference over the complete data rate and reference clock
range. Complex pattern sequencing is required to bring the device under test
into loopback mode and force EIDLE entry and exit states.

“Agilent has been heavily involved in the UHS-II test specification working
group and is one of the key early contributors in test methodology
discussions,” said Miki Takahashi, director of Signal Integrity Engineering at
Granite River Labs. “Agilent’s UHS-II receiver software is an easy-to-use,
optimized solution supporting UHS-II receiver tests that include complex
receiver measurements like jitter calibration.”

“For UHS-II host and device designers, our solution speeds up receiver testing
and provides accurate results for hosts and devices,” said Ken Sakata,
Agilent’s representative in the SDA UHS TG working group. “The flexible
architecture of our J-BERT, along with our expertise in receiver, transmitter
and return loss testing, allowed us, once again, to address emerging test

The Agilent receiver test solution encompasses the J-BERT N4903B
high-performance serial BERT, the N4880A reference clock multiplier for
testing host receivers, the N4877A clock data recovery for testing devices
below 1 Gb/s, an Infiniium 90000 Series oscilloscope, N5990A-120 software for
automating UHS-II receiver testing (developed by Agilent’s solution partner
BitifEye), and accessories. UHS-II test fixtures for device and host are
available from Astek in the U.S. and from BitifEye in other countries.

Benefits of the Agilent UHS-II receiver characterization solution include:

  *Support for host testing with the ability to lock the J-BERT pattern
    generator to the system’s reference clock, even under real operating
    conditions with low voltage levels, slow transition times and
    spread-spectrum clock modulation.
  *Device testing support for point-to-point and ring topologies with the
    ability to provide a reference clock with coherent and non-coherent
  *Reduced test time from days to hours enabled by the UHS-II
    receiver-testing software, which simplifies pattern generation for
    loopback training and automates stress calibration, device and host
    receiver tests and EIDLE tests.
  *Investment protection enabled by using Agilent instruments and test
    automation software that can be repurposed for accurate characterization
    for multiple gigabit test applications, such as MIPI™ M-PHY, PCIe®, USB,
    SATA and DisplayPort.

For UHS-II transmitter testing, Agilent offers the N6461A automated test
solution for Infiniium 90000 Series oscilloscopes.

More information about the Agilent UHS-II receiver-testing solution is
available Photos of the solution are available

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The N5990A Option 120 UHS-II automated receiver test with loopback training
software is available now and is priced at $14,600. One year of free software
updates is included.

Agilent’s Digital Test Standards Program

Agilent Digital Test Standards Program experts are involved in various
international standards committees, including the SD Association, Joint
Electronic Devices Engineering Council, PCI-SIG®, Video Electronics Standards
Association, Serial ATA International Organization, Serial Attached SCSI
(T10), USB-Implementers Forum, MIPI Alliance, Ethernet standards (IEEE 802.3),
Optical Internetworking Forum and many others. Agilent’s involvement in these
standards groups enables the company to bring the right solutions to market
when customers need them.

About BitifEye

BitifEye Digital Test Solutions GmbH is an Agilent partner offering test
software and accessories that complement Agilent’s product portfolio. Using
the BitifEye ValiFrame test automation software platform (marketed as the
Agilent N5990A test automation software platform), engineers can combine
instruments and test accessories into highly integrated and automated
application-specific test systems. Information about BitifEye is available at

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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