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First ATCA probing product?

Posted: 20 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:e2943a? active probe? probe? asi? advanced switching interconnect?

Product for atca probingWith a product that enables connectivity for protocol analysis and traffic generation of ASI (Advanced Switching Interconnect), agilent technologies announces ATCA (advanced telecommunications computing architecture) probing.

Agilent's package includes support for the AMC (Advanced Mezzanine Cards) standard. The AMC is an additional PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) standard; it defines the base-level requirements for a wide range of high-speed mezzanine cards optimized for ATCA carriers.

A switched-fabric standard
ASI is a switched-fabric standard based on PCI Express, that permits components such as processor nodes and I/O nodes to be interconnected in a variety of topologies. ATCA is the key mechanical form-factor used for ASI applications.

The ATCA standard is an open industry spec sponsored by the PICMG for carrier-grade equipment incorporating high-speed switched fabric technology. The ATCA standard is capable of switching and processing 2.5Tbps in a single shelf.

ATCA also incorporates the latest trends in high-speed interconnect technologies, next-generation processors, and offers improved reliability, manageability, and serviceability.

Multi-phase testing
The new product should go a long way to help you increase flexibility in testing to these high-speed standards. Agilent's new E2943A ATCA active interposer probe board and its E2944A ATCA passive interposer probe board enable you to quickly and thoroughly test designs and boards based on the ATCA backplane form-factor.

You can use these products to test at every phase of development, from first board turn-on to overall backplane verification.

The E2943A active probe board

Both software and hardware engineers in R&D, validation, and quality assurance can test either single or multiple ATCA interfaces within a backplane, with complete test coverage. This reduces the risk of expensive, time-consuming rework, while increasing test coverage dramatically.

Emulating real ASI designs
The E2943A active probe board lets the exerciser be plugged in the ATCA backplane to emulate real ASI designs or topologies. The active probe board also offers analyzer and exerciser support for the new AMC standard.

For its part, the E2944A passive probe board enables non-intrusive capturing of ASI transactions between two line cards in an ATCA-based backplane. Alternatively, the exerciser can be used to emulate one of the line cards of the test setup.

An industry-first
According to Agilent, its E2943A and E2944A comprise the industry's first product that provides the ATCA interposer probing with AMC support for protocol analysis, as well as protocol exercising. It can be deployed during bring-up and debug, validation, and compliance testing of ATCA form-factor-based ASI boards and backplanes.

"Hardware bring-up, testing, and validation are critical elements for any new design," observes Rajeev Kumar, president of the ASI SIG (ASI Special Interest Group). Kumar is also the ASI Initiatives manager at Intel. "Agilent is among several companies demonstrating a leadership role in the industry by being first to market on tools to support ASI and the SIG's compliance program."

Protect your PCI Express investment
"The Agilent offering with Analyzer and Exerciser, including ATCA probing, gives the telecommunication and computing industry tools to test designs to accelerate time to market," adds Kumar. "That's required for fast technology adoption as well as protecting any investment in PCI Express test equipment."

The E2943A and E2944A can be ordered now, with shipments starting in August. The E2943A active interposer probe board is priced at $14,500. The E2944A passive interposer probe board is priced at $20,400.

- Alex Mendelsohn

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