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SATA compliance test software provides ‘industry’s first automated 6Gb/s measurements’

Agilent Technologies has announced the industry’s first automated compliance test package for Serial ATA (SATA) physical layer transmitter compliance testing that includes measurement support for the new SATA 6Gb/s interface.

Devices operating at 6 Gb/s present new measurement challenges that require new tools and procedures for proper validation and margin analysis. Having advance access to measurements enables companies developing cutting edge solutions to address potential design issues early in the design cycle and get their products to market faster.
The Agilent N5411B test software performs a wide range of tests for general specifications, transmitted signal requirements and out-of-band specification for currently shipping SATA products. It also provides early 6Gb/s physical layer transmitter measurements for customers designing to the requirements of the upcoming Serial ATA International Organisation: SATA Revision 3.0 specification. Serial ATA is a high speed serial bus used primarily for data communication between storage devices and hosts; it is capable of operation at data rates up to 6.0 Gb/s.
The N5411B SATA compliance test software for Infiniium oscilloscopes provides design and validation engineers with a fast and easy way to verify physical layer transmitter compliance for SATA 1.5Gb/s, 3.0Gb/s and 6.0Gb/s silicon, host bus adapters, port multipliers, and high density, solid state and optical disk drives.

Chris Shaw

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