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Agilent logic analysers support Altera's FPGA architectures

Posted: 22 Nov 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Agilent  mainframe logic analyser  logic analyser  FPGA  Altera 

Agilent Technologies Inc. is adding deeper memory to its new mainframe logic analysers to support high-speed serial interconnects such as PCI Express, as well as adding support for FPGA architectures from Altera Corp. The company is introducing both a two-slot chassis, the 16901A, and two 68-channel analyser modules, the 16950B and 16951B.

While Agilent offers both hosted logic analysers and a portable series (the 16800), the 169xx has proven popular with designers, said embedded-test program manager Bill Schulze. The modular system has found use in both high-speed serial interface design and dense FPGA design, he said.

The 16901A is a two-slot chassis with 15-inch touchscreen display. It sports a 3GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and separate USB ports on both the front and back panels. The 68-channel 16950B module is designed for heavy memory bus test in double-data-rate and DDR3 environments. Its 667MHz state clock rate supports a data rate of up to 1,066Mbps. Memory depth options include 1-, 4-, 16-, 32- and 64MB.

For high-end time-capturing duties in aerospace and defence applications, Agilent has developed the 16951B module, with 256MB of memory.

Bus analysis probe
The 16901A mainframe starts at Rs.6.37 lakh ($14,000). The company's modules are priced starting at Rs.10.70 lakh ($23,500) for the 16950B and Rs.29.59 lakh ($65,000) for the 16951B.

In addition to its own analyser module, Agilent is working with FuturePlus to provide a dedicated DDR3-1066 bus analysis probe (the FS2350), complete with physical interposer to provide compatibility with 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM dual-in-line memory modules.

FuturePlus also partners with Agilent to provide a dedicated PCI Express Gen 1 analysis probe, based on FuturePlus' FS-4400 hardware.

The bus analysis probe is sold by FuturePlus with marketing support from Agilent. The PCI Express probe is sold by Agilent as the FSI-60112, with prices starting at Rs.8.88 lakh ($19,500).

The FPGA dynamic probes and graphical user interface software in the Agilent logic analyser series now support Altera architectures, with a probe and support software kit starting at Rs.1.37 lakh ($3,000).

- Loring Wirbel
EE Times

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