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Signal integrity toolkit checks jitter, boasts new Serdes lib

Posted: 03 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:signal integrity? design automation? EDA verification tool?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has pulled the wraps off a new toolkit that tests signal integrity design.

The Agilent Signal Integrity Verification Toolkit is designed for use with Agilent's Advanced Design System (ADS) EDA software platform. It identifies and analyzes sources of performance-degrading jitter in multi-gigabit communication link designs before hardware prototyping begins to eliminate costly redesigns later in the development cycle.

The latest offering contains patented technology used in Agilent's real-time sampling oscilloscopes for accurate jitter characterization. The company says ADS is the first and only EDA tool in the industry that provides diagnostic jitter analysis tools integrated into a high-speed channel design flow.

The latest release of Agilent's ADS also provides significant enhancements to its Serdes modeling capability. The new library of Serdes components includes 8B10B encoders/decoders, 64B66B encoders and decoders with and without scrambling, non-adaptive and adaptive feed forward and decision feedback equalizers, and a new digital signal source capable of producing a de-emphasis waveform with random and periodic jitter modulation and transition wave shaping.

The Agilent ADS offers a complete set of front-to-back simulation and layout tools as well as instrument links for RF and microwave IC design in a single, integrated design flow. The EDA software platform can simulate a serial link consisting of models for frequency-domain interconnect, time-domain driver/receiver, physical layout, Serdes, compiled and scripted Matlab-based functions, System-C, Verilog-A, HDL, and C++. The seamless signal flow across this wide spectrum of simulation technology allows designers to fully characterize a high-speed serial link and accurately determine BER and jitter performance, said Agilent.

The Agilent Signal Integrity Verification Toolkit is available now and included with the ADS Signal Integrity Designer Pro and Premier Suites. It also may be added to other ADS configurations. Pricing starts at $7,000.

- Gina Roos

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