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Agilent Technologies Announces Availability of Its First-Ever Transceiver Library for Signal Integrity Design EDA Solutions

Jan 28, 2008

Library, Combined with Agilent's Advanced Design System, Reduces Development Costs and Increases Productivity for High-Speed Design

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the availability of its first-ever transceiver model library, developed in a collaboration with Altera Corp., a leading supplier of transceiver-based Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), for use with Agilent's Advanced Design System EDA software. This multi-gigabit transceiver library reduces development costs and increases productivity compared with classical analog simulation methods for multi-GHz printed circuit board and backplane signal integrity design and analysis.

"In the past, signal-integrity designers wishing to simulate the performance of multi-gigabit transceivers were faced with a single, time-consuming, option: to push the limits of simulators designed for lower-frequency analysis," said Joe Civello, product marketing manager with Agilent's EEsof EDA division. "With this new Stratix II GX FPGA transceiver library, our mutual customers can take advantage of the most advanced simulation technology available for faster and more accurate high-speed serial link design."

"Customers rely on our FPGAs for their high-performance, low power, best-in-class signal integrity, and integrated multi-gigabit transceivers," said David Greenfield, senior director of product marketing, high-end products, at Altera Corp. "Our collaboration with Agilent has resulted in the creation of the Stratix II GX Model Library, which enables designers to accurately and quickly perform an analog simulation of the transceiver signal integrity, in conjunction with extracted or measured channel models, using Agilent's Advanced Design System."

The Stratix II GX Model Library is available to prospective customers from Altera. To request the model library, contact your local Altera sales representative or distributor or send an e-mail to Information about Altera's Stratix II GX FPGA is available at

Agilent will conduct a live demonstration of the Stratix II GX FPGA and the Stratix II GX Model Library at DesignCon 2008, held Feb. 5-6 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Booth 305. For more information about DesignCon, visit

Advanced Design System is an industry-leading high-frequency, high-speed electronic design automation software platform. Recent releases of the software include new signal integrity capabilities, such as the addition of serializer/deserializer (SERDES)/Verilog analog mixed-signal co-simulation for a more complete signal integrity design flow for serial links.

For more information about Agilent solutions for signal integrity design, visit

About Agilent EEsof EDA Software

Agilent EEsof EDA is an industry-leading provider of RF-mixed signal circuit and system-design software. The software is compatible with and is used to design the company's test and measurement equipment. Additional information about Agilent's EDA software is available at

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 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2007. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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