TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry's Lowest-Priced USB 2.0 Signal-Quality Test Option

Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:00am EST

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the industry`s
lowest-priced USB 2.0 signal-quality test option. This option for the
InfiniiVision 4000 X-Series oscilloscopes supports low-speed, full-speed and
hi-speed USB applications. The USB interface is used extensively for computer
applications and for a broad range of embedded connectivity applications. 

For years, oscilloscopes have been the primary measurement tools used by
electrical engineers to verify the signal integrity of their USB designs. With
the new DSOX4USBSQ signal-quality test option on Agilent`s InfiniiVision 4000
X-Series oscilloscopes, engineers can now quickly verify the analog quality of
their signals generated by USB hubs, hosts and devices based on USB-IF
compliance standards. 

Engineers who work with embedded electronics do not usually perform official
USB-IF testing, because USB-IF certification is not typically required for
non-PC products. However, to ensure reliability, embedded-systems designers
often test the physical layer of their designs based on USB-IF standards as a
"reality check" to insure signal-quality standards are met before releasing
their products to production. Agilent's new USB 2.0 signal-quality test option
offers a low-priced way to perform these tests. 

In the traditional computer/peripheral industry, engineers typically do perform
USB-IF physical-layer certification and testing. However, smaller companies may
not be able to afford a complete suite of high-performance test equipment to
conduct precompliance physical-layer testing. With Agilent`s USB 2.0
signal-quality test option licensed on an InfiniiVision 4000 X-Series
oscilloscope, engineers now have a more affordable solution they can use to
perform important signal-quality physical-layer tests before running their final
product through complete certification testing at a USB-IF workshop. 

The USB 2.0 signal-quality test option generates HTML pass/fail reports for
eye-diagram mask testing, jitter analysis, end-of-packet bit width, signaling
rate, edge monotonicity and rise/fall times-all based on official USB-IF
algorithms embedded in the oscilloscope. 

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Agilent DSOX4USBSQ signal-quality test option is priced at $1,020 and will
be available Feb. 15. The entry-level price of an Agilent 200-MHz-bandwidth
InfiniiVision 4000 X-Series oscilloscope for USB 2.0 low- and full-speed
applications is $5,611. For USB 2.0 hi-speed applications, Agilent recommends
the four-channel, 1.5-GHz-bandwidth InfiniiVision DSOX4154A oscilloscope, which
is priced at $19,237. 

Additional Information

Agilent also provides a broad range of passive and differential active probes,
serial decode options and triggering options for USB 2.0 measurement
applications. Also available are various USB 2.0 test fixtures. Information
about these oscilloscope options and accessories can be obtained at
www.agilent.com/find/4000x. 

Photographs and screen images of USB 2.0 signal-quality tests performed on an
Agilent InfiniiVision 4000 X-Series oscilloscope are available at
www.agilent.com/find/USBSQ_images. 

Specifications and information about the USB 2.0 standard can be found at
www.usb.org. 

Agilent will be at DesignCon, Santa Clara Convention Center (Booth 201), Jan.
28- 31, to demonstrate high-speed digital solutions that help engineers design,
simulate analyze and debug their devices and ensure compliant designs while
cutting through the challenges of gigabit digital designs. 

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 www.agilent.com. 

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Agilent Technologies Inc.
Janet Smith, +1 970 679 5397 (Americas)
janet_smith@agilent.com
Twitter: @JSmithAgilent
Sarah Calnan, +44 (118) 927 5101 (Europe)
sarah_calnan@agilent.com
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iris-hw_ng@agilent.com



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