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Agilent unveils integrated tester for HDMI 1.3

Posted: 28 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Agilent? HDMI 1.3? Infiniium oscilloscopes? time domain reflectometer? TMDS signal generator?

Test-and-measurement vendor Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced an integrated sink, source and cable test approach for the new HDMI 1.3 standard. The system is used for manual and automated HDMI PHY compliance tests, as well as for margin-test and characterization during R&D and manufacturing.

Key elements of the product include the company's Infiniium oscilloscopes, a time domain reflectometer (TDR) and a ParBERT-based transition minimized differential signaling (TMDS) signal generator. Other elements include extensions to the company's N5990A test automation software and HDMI-specific accessories, including N1080A series test point access assembly (TPA) adapters.

Point-and-click rapidity
The integrated system is controlled using point-and-click operations. According to Agilent, its calibration time and test throughput can increase productivity up to 50 percent.

To ensure in-depth characterization of HDMI source devices, N5399A Infiniium oscilloscope software provides an industry-first integrated equalizer, as well as jitter-separation capabilities to ensure accurate total-jitter extrapolation.

An E4887A HDMI TMDS signal generator supports complete HDMI receiver characterization, with unique, fully integrated and instant-use jitter-injection capabilities on TMDS clock and data lanes.

Highest bandwidth available
The latest N1080A TPA adapters are also claimed to provide the highest bandwidth available, letting you measure the true performance of your products by overcoming the limitations of existing adapters.

The HDMI extensions to the N5990A test automation software platform combine the performance of the test hardware with the convenience of PC operation. In addition, the external test controller ensures fast calibration and measurements, and provides advanced data management.

According to Sigi Gross, VP and general manager of Agilent's Digital Verification Solutions Division, the company now provides a broad range of standalone instruments for HDMI compliance tests. "For the first time, this portfolio is integrated into a whole solution delivering signal quality, performance, ease-of-use and fast test times," said Gross. "What's more, the test setup supports the test needs for HDMI, as specified in HDMI spec 1.3, and will accommodate the requirements of the 1.3 compliance test specification that's expected to be released soon."

Pricing start at $165,000, depending on configuration.

- Alex Mendelsohn

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