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Agilent develops integrated tester for HDMI 1.3

Posted: 28 Sep 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Agilent  HDMI 1.3  Infiniium oscilloscopes  time domain reflectometer  TMDS signal generator 

Test-and-measurement vendor Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced an integrated sink, source and cable test approach for the new HDMI 1.3 standard. The system is used for manual and automated HDMI PHY compliance tests, as well as for margin-test and characterisation during R&D and manufacturing.

Key elements of the product include the company's Infiniium oscilloscopes, a time domain reflectometer (TDR) and a ParBERT-based transition minimised differential signalling (TMDS) signal generator. Other elements include extensions to the company's N5990A test automation software and HDMI-specific accessories, including N1080A series test point access assembly (TPA) adapters.

Point-and-click rapidity
The integrated system is controlled using point-and-click operations. According to Agilent, its calibration time and test throughput can increase productivity up to 50 per cent.

To ensure in-depth characterisation of HDMI source devices, N5399A Infiniium oscilloscope software provides an industry-first integrated equaliser, as well as jitter-separation capabilities to ensure accurate total-jitter extrapolation.

An E4887A HDMI TMDS signal generator supports complete HDMI receiver characterisation, with unique, fully integrated and instant-use jitter-injection capabilities on TMDS clock and data lanes.

Highest bandwidth available
The latest N1080A TPA adapters are also claimed to provide the highest bandwidth available, letting you measure the true performance of your products by overcoming the limitations of existing adapters.

The HDMI extensions to the N5990A test automation software platform combine the performance of the test hardware with the convenience of PC operation. In addition, the external test controller ensures fast calibration and measurements, and provides advanced data management.

According to Sigi Gross, VP and general manager of Agilent's Digital Verification Solutions Division, the company now provides a broad range of stand-alone instruments for HDMI compliance tests. "For the first time, this portfolio is integrated into a whole solution delivering signal quality, performance, ease-of-use and fast test times," said Gross. "What's more, the test setup supports the test needs for HDMI, as specified in HDMI spec 1.3, and will accommodate the requirements of the 1.3 compliance test specification that's expected to be released soon."

Pricing start at Rs.76.68 lakh ($165,000), depending on configuration.

- Alex Mendelsohn

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