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TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Introduces Compact USB 3.0 Test Setup

Agilent Will Demonstrate Setup at USB-IF Compliance Workshop

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced it significantly enhanced its SuperSpeed USB test solution portfolio with the introduction of new test fixtures and the support of automated compliance tests and characterization with the new J-BERT N4903B. The new, compact setup will be unveiled at the USB-IF Compliance Workshop in Portland, Ore., Nov. 2-4.

USB 3.0 is an update of the well-established, widespread standard driven by USB Implementers Forum, Inc., a non-profit corporation founded by the group of companies that developed the Universal Serial Bus (USB) specification. USB receiver jitter tolerance testing became mandatory with the recent release of the USB 3.0 specification version 1.0. USB 3.0 is also known as SuperSpeed USB.

Agilent streamlined its USB 3.0 test solution for transmitter and receiver test, now comprised of a DSA91304A Infiniium oscilloscope, a USB 3.0 test fixture, a pattern checker and pattern generator based on the J-BERT N4903B high-performance serial BERT, and the N5990A test automation software platform from Agilent's partner BitifEye Digital Test Solutions. J-BERT's new internal SJ and SSC generation eliminates the need for external signal and noise generators used in the previous test setup.

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, comprised of Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, NEC Corporation, ST-NXP Wireless and Texas Instruments, developed the USB 3.0 specification. The group now has transitioned the specification's management to the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the managing body of USB specifications. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group is now accepting adopters of the USB 3.0 specification, which has been finalized at the 1.0 level. To download both the specification and adopter agreement, visit

"This live demo of the compact USB 3.0 transmitter and receiver test setup continues Agilent's phased introduction of its USB solution portfolio," said Jim Choate, USB program manager with Agilent's Digital Test Division. "With our first solution, introduced earlier this year, we successfully supported early adopters. With this new, compact setup, we are facilitating widespread adoption of USB 3.0 compliance testing."

"By supporting J-BERT N4903B high-performance serial BERT, the test automation software N5990A provides even more value to customers," said Alexander Schmitt, co-founder of the Agilent partner company BitifEye. "With J-BERT B's built-in jitter sources, system calibration is significantly reduced. This saves customers time and enhances productivity. With J-BERT B and N5990A, test parameters such as the random or sinusoidal jitter can be modified on the fly over a wide range, without the need for calculating and loading synthesized waveforms. This is especially important for characterization and troubleshooting."

Benefits of Agilent's USB 3.0 transmitter and receiver test solutions include:

  • complete and accurate transmitter and receiver design and characterization test capability;
  • investment protection due to signal generation and analysis capability for many popular serial bus standards such as USB, PCI Express[R], SATA and DisplayPort testing;
  • simplified, accurate and fast compliance testing.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Pricing for Agilent's DSO91304A Infiniium oscilloscope USB 3.0 transmitter test solution starts at $102,819. The USB SuperSpeed receiver tolerance test is based on the Agilent J-BERT N4903A/B, starting at $137,000, and N5990A test automation software platform. The products are available now.

Additional information on Agilent's USB 3.0 compliance test solution is available at High-resolution images are available at

A backgrounder about USB technology and Agilent's test solutions is available at

View the recorded webinar, "How to handle USB 3.0 physical layer test requirements," at

About USB

USB Implementers Forum, Inc. (USB-IF) is a non-profit corporation founded by the group of companies that developed the Universal Serial Bus specification. The USB-IF was formed to provide a support organization and forum for the advancement and adoption of Universal Serial Bus technology. The Forum facilitates the development of high-quality compatible USB peripherals (devices), and promotes the benefits of USB and the quality of products that have passed compliance testing. More information can be found at

Agilent's Digital Test Standards Program

Agilent's solutions for digital applications are driven and supported by Agilent experts who are involved in various international standard committees. We call it the Agilent Digital Test Standards Program. Our experts are active in the Joint Electronic Devices Engineering Council (JEDEC), PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG([R])), Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), USB-Implementers Forum (USB-IF), Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance, Ethernet standards (IEEE 802.3), Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF), and many others. Our involvement in these standards groups and their related workshops, plugfests, and seminars enables Agilent to bring the right solutions to the market when our customers need them.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 18,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.8 billion in fiscal 2008. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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