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Agilent's toolkit analyses jitter in multi-Gbit comm

Posted: 03 Jul 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:signal integrity  design automation  EDA verification tool 

Agilent Technologies Inc. has unveiled a new Signal Integrity Verification Toolkit designed for use with Agilent's Advanced Design System EDA software platform. The Agilent toolkit identifies and analyses sources of performance-degrading jitter in multi-gigabit communication link designs before hardware prototyping begins to eliminate costly redesigns later in the development cycle.

The latest offering contains patented technology used in Agilent's real-time sampling oscilloscopes for accurate jitter characterisation. The company says ADS is the first and only EDA tool in the industry that provides diagnostic jitter analysis tools integrated into a high-speed channel design flow.

The latest release of Agilent's ADS also provides significant enhancements to its Serdes modelling capability. The new library of Serdes components includes 8B10B encoders/decoders, 64B66B encoders and decoders with and without scrambling, non-adaptive and adaptive feed forward and decision feedback equalisers, and a new digital signal source capable of producing a de-emphasis waveform with random and periodic jitter modulation and transition wave shaping.

The Agilent ADS offers a complete set of front-to-back simulation and layout tools as well as instrument links for RF and microwave IC design in a single, integrated design flow. The EDA software platform can simulate a serial link consisting of models for frequency-domain interconnect, time-domain driver/receiver, physical layout, Serdes, compiled and scripted Matlab-based functions, System-C, Verilog-A, HDL, and C++. The seamless signal flow across this wide spectrum of simulation technology allows designers to fully characterise a high-speed serial link and accurately determine BER and jitter performance, said Agilent.

The Agilent Signal Integrity Verification Toolkit is available now and included with the ADS Signal Integrity Designer Pro and Premier Suites. It also may be added to other ADS configurations. Pricing starts at Rs.2.86 lakh ($7,000).

- Gina Roos

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