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Fibre Channel SAN tool revs up storage design

Posted: 06 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Fibre Channel SAN tester? protocol analyzer?

1736 module

Agilent Technologies has introduced what it claims is the industry's first dual-purpose 8Gbps Fibre Channel SAN tester and protocol analyzer that is designed to accelerate design and development of next-generation storage devices.

The Agilent 8Gbps 1736 module with the de facto industry standard SAN tester application helps storage equipment manufactures conduct realistic tests on their DUT early in the development and qualification cycle.

The 8Gbps module supports full line rate 8Gbps as well as 4-, 2- and 1Gbps, allowing users to fully test all supported Fibre Channel line rates with a single module. New capabilities of the SAN tester application include additional error-injection features and a sophisticated flow-control stress test that validates ASIC designs early on and increases the test coverage. The 8Gbps protocol analyzer includes Easy Flow and a context-sensitive display to help better visualize the protocol interactions; Agilent's unique dual-channel trigger sequencer to help them get to the root cause of problems faster and post-processing capabilities that help users quickly identify protocol or performance issues.

The 8Gbps module is scalable up to 64 ports. It is also backward-compatible with the previous three generations of modules (1Gbps, 2Gbps and 4Gbps modules). The System Protocol Test platform is multi-protocol and supports cross-correlation with other technologies, such as PCIe 1.0 and PCIe 2.0.

Availability now, the devices are priced at $48,000.

Agilent will be participating at the 7th Embedded Systems Conference-Taiwan (ESC-Taiwan) and the 15th EDA & Test-Taiwan Conference & Exhibition (EDA&T-Taiwan on August 23-24 at Taipei International Convention Center.

- Ismini Scouras

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