Agilent Technologies Introduces Breakthrough in Jitter Measurement Accuracy
Agilent 83496A Clock Recovery Module is First to Offer Multi-Rate Compliance Testing
PALO ALTO, Calif.---Agilent Technologies Inc. introduces the 83496A multi-rate optical/electrical clock recovery module for the Agilent 86100C Infiniium digital communications analyzer (DCA-J). The single, plug-in module performs clock extraction for waveform analysis with continuous, unbanded tuning from 50 Mb/s to 13.5 Gb/s, ultra-low residual jitter and Golden PLL (phase locked loop) operation. Now optical and electrical component and system designers in high-speed digital communications can achieve higher measurement accuracy and increased performance margins in industry-standard compliance testing.
In today's competitive environment, it is critical to avoid obscuring true product performance caused by inadequate instrumentation. The 83496A is not only a tool to extract a timing reference, but an essential element in a compliant test system. With the widest range of telecom/datacom transmission rates and lowest intrinsic jitter in the industry, the 83496A will provide the necessary test-system flexibility as new rates emerge.
"The Agilent 83496A represents a significant technology breakthrough in test instrumentation," said Siegfried Gross, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Digital Verification Solutions Division. "Increased eye mask and jitter measurement accuracy is critically important to designers and manufacturers of high-speed transmission devices."
The 83496A was developed in close collaboration with Agilent Labs---Agilent's central research organization---and Agilent's test and measurement business. It is the industry's first clock recovery module with the necessary accuracy for high-speed waveform analysis at any data rate. Its unique, continuously adjustable loop bandwidth from 30 kHz to 6 MHz makes the 83496A ideal for jitter compliance tests across a wide range of industry standards.
The 83496A can function as a Golden PLL by setting the loop bandwidth to the exact value required for any data rate within its operating range, making it a key component for standards-compliant jitter tests. Its ultra-low jitter performance removes the limitations of traditional test equipment, allowing designers to measure the true jitter of devices.
The Agilent 83496A clock recovery module sets new standards for flexibility, precision and accuracy:
* Continuous unbanded tuning from 50 Mb/s to 13.5 Gb/s (and any rate in between) provides ultimate flexibility and value in one plug-in module.
* Less than 300 femtoseconds rms jitter results in negligible residual jitter of the output clock and precise measurements of very low levels of signal jitter.
* Tunable loop bandwidth from 30 kHz to 6 MHz allows configuration as a Golden PLL with optimal loop bandwidth for accurate, industry-standard compliance testing.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent 83496A is available for order now. Pricing starts at $18,000, and the product is expected to ship in April 2005. Pricing for the Infiniium DCA-J oscilloscope mainframe starts at $17,500.