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Validation software boosts 10GBASE-T Ethernet testing

Posted: 27 Oct 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:software validation? fixture test?

From Agilent Technologies Inc. comes new electrical performance validation software and test fixtures that enable engineers working on 10GBASE-T (10-Gigabit Ethernet over twisted-pair copper wiring) designs to easily test and validate their devices. This test solution, says the company, is ideal for engineers working in the wireline networking, data communications and data storage industries and will help facilitate the deployment of 10GBASE-T products.

The U7236A 10GBASE-T Ethernet electrical conformance application software, which runs on Agilent 90000 Series Infiniium oscilloscopes and digital signal analyzers, helps engineers confirm their devices conform to the 10GBASE-T specifications as defined by the IEEE 802.3an-2006 specification, claims Agilent. The U7237A 10GBASE-T transmitter electrical test fixture gives engineers access to probe the 10GBASE-T electrical signals.

The software reduces test setup complexity and makes testing more convenient. Engineers can select from a list of tests, run them with the push of a button, and view the results in a flexible and informative HTML format that can be saved for distribution. They also can run multiple trials on selected groups of tests and view a statistical report with worst cases highlighted.

The Agilent U7236A software and U7237A test fixture were developed using IEEE Standard 802.3an-2006 compliant 10Xpress 10GBASE-T PHY devices from Solarflare Communications.

The Agilent U7236A software and U7237A test fixture are available now and pricing starts at $6,000.

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