Agilent Technologies Inc. has released high-speed inter-chip (HSIC) compliance test software for real-time oscilloscopes. U7248A HSIC software automatically tests signals according to HSIC specifications.
In conjunction with Agilentís N5464B USB protocol triggering and decoding software, U7248A software offers debug and test capabilities that enable HSIC product developers to validate HSIC electrical and protocol compliance. The company claims HSIC digital buses enable designers to use USB technology for low-power, chip-to-chip interconnects at speeds up to 480 MB/sec., reducing the complexity, cost and power consumption of electronic devices.
The U7248A HSIC compliance test software includes HSIC physical-layer tests, including data eye and mask testing, rise and fall time measurements, packet parameters, and bus state timing measurements.
Available now and compatible with Agilentís 90000X, 90000 and 9000 Series Infiniium oscilloscopes with operating software revision 3.10 or higher, the U7248A HSIC test software is priced at approximately $6,000. Agilentís N5464A/B USB protocol triggering and decoding software sells for around $1,800.
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