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  Date: 27th Feb 2011

Agilent's network analyzer and oscilloscope approved for SATA

Agilent Technologies has announced that the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) has approved Agilent's 90000 X-Series oscilloscope and E5071C network analyzer with Option TDR (time-domain reflectometry) to provide SATA Gen 3 Interoperability Program Revision 1.4 product testing and certification. The instruments cover the transmitter, return loss and cable test sections of the SATA Interoperability Program.

Serial ATA is the primary storage I/O interface used in computing systems today. The SATA Interoperability Program aims to ensure compatibility between product implementations. Companies who participate in the program can have their products included on the SATA-IO Integrators List when their products pass the testing. Companies may have their products certified at SATA-IO workshops or approved by independent test labs.

"When developers are working on cutting-edge SATA Gen 3 designs, having access to advanced tools helps them address potential issues early in the design cycle and get products to market faster," said Gregg Peters, vice president of Agilent's Component Test Division. "The E5071C network analyzer is already certified for cable measurements in SuperSpeed USB, HDMI and DisplayPort, and we are very excited to add it as a high-precision instrument for return loss and cable measurements to help customers accelerate SATA 6-Gbps testing."

"With their excellent measurement capabilities and performance, the Infiniium 90000 X-Series oscilloscope and E5071C network analyzer Option TDR can greatly improve measurement accuracy and efficiency in SATA Interoperability testing," said Andrew Baldman, senior technical staff member at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory.

Agilent's equipment for SATA test includes the new 86100D Infiniium DCA-X wide-bandwidth sampling oscilloscope, 81134A pulse pattern generator, J-BERT N4903B high-performance serial BERT and N5990A test automation software from Agilent partner BitifEye Digital Test Solutions.


 
          
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