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Logic analyzers support PCI Express

Posted: 22 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Agilent? mainframe logic analyzer? logic analyzer? FPGA? Altera?

Agilent Technologies Inc. is adding deeper memory to its new mainframe logic analyzers to support high-speed serial interconnects such as PCI Express, as well as adding support for FPGA architectures from Altera Corp. The company is introducing both a two-slot chassis, the 16901A, and two 68-channel analyzer modules, the 16950B and 16951B.

While Agilent offers both hosted logic analyzers and a portable series (the 16800), the 169xx has proven popular with designers, said embedded-test program manager Bill Schulze. The modular system has found use in both high-speed serial interface design and dense FPGA design, he said.

The 16901A is a two-slot chassis with 15-inch touchscreen display. It sports a 3GHz CPU, 1Gbyte of RAM and separate USB ports on both the front and back panels. The 68-channel 16950B module is designed for heavy memory bus test in double-data-rate and DDR3 environments. Its 667MHz state clock rate supports a data rate of up to 1,066Mbps. Memory depth options include 1-, 4-, 16-, 32- and 64Mbytes.

For high-end time-capturing duties in aerospace and defense applications, Agilent has developed the 16951B module, with 256Mbytes of memory.

Bus analysis probe
The 16901A mainframe starts at $14,000. The company's modules are priced starting at $23,500 for the 16950B and $65,000 for the 16951B.

In addition to its own analyzer module, Agilent is working with FuturePlus to provide a dedicated DDR3-1066 bus analysis probe (the FS2350), complete with physical interposer to provide compatibility with 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM dual-in-line memory modules.

FuturePlus also partners with Agilent to provide a dedicated PCI Express Gen 1 analysis probe, based on FuturePlus' FS-4400 hardware.

The bus analysis probe is sold by FuturePlus with marketing support from Agilent. The PCI Express probe is sold by Agilent as the FSI-60112, with prices starting at $19,500.

The FPGA dynamic probes and graphical user interface software in the Agilent logic analyzer series now support Altera architectures, with a probe and support software kit starting at $3,000.

- Loring Wirbel
EE Times




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