Agilent Technologies introduces oscilloscope-based DDR2 compliance test application

SANTA CLARA, Calif., 15 Dec. 2006. Agilent Technologies Inc. has unveiled its first oscilloscope-based DDR2 compliance test application, for engineers working in the computer, data storage, electronic data processing, and consumer electronics industries. The Agilent N5413A DDR2 test application, which runs on Infiniium 54850 and 80000 series oscilloscopes, provides DDR2 electrical compliance measurements.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., 15 Dec. 2006. Agilent Technologies Inc. has unveiled its first oscilloscope-based DDR2 compliance test application, for engineers working in the computer, data storage, electronic data processing, and consumer electronics industries. The Agilent N5413A DDR2 test application, which runs on Infiniium 54850 and 80000 series oscilloscopes, provides DDR2 electrical compliance measurements based on the Joint Electronic Device Engineering Council (JEDEC) JESD79-2C DDR2 SDRAM Specifications and INTEL DDR2 667/800 JEDEC Specification Addendum Rev.1.1.

The N5413A features Advanced Debug mode, which provides measurements such as eye-diagrams, mask tests, ringing measurements, and other tests not covered in the JEDEC specifications that help engineers discover the root causes of problems in their designs.

DDR2 memory technology is an upgrade to its predecessor, DDR. DDR2 devices will feature higher bandwidths and smaller chip footprints and will consume less power and generate less heat.

With the N5413A DDR2 compliance test application, engineers can use an ordinary oscilloscope to perform automated testing and margin analysis. The application configures the oscilloscope for each test and provides reports. It includes margin analysis that indicates how closely the device passes or fails each test. When engineers conduct DDR2 tests, they may encounter difficulties connecting to the target device, configuring the oscilloscope, performing the tests, and analyzing the measured results.

Current Agilent N5413A DDR2 clock characterization application owners can upgrade to the new DDR2 compliance test application at no cost. The U.S. list price for the N5413A DDR2 compliance test application is $3001. The application is available now.

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