USB 3.0 testing

04 October 2010

National Technical Systems (NTS), a provider of engineering services, and Agilent Technologies have announced that NTS has selected Agilent's USB 3.0 test suite for the new Super Speed USB 3.0 testing

National Technical Systems (NTS), a provider of engineering services, and Agilent Technologies have announced that NTS has selected Agilent's USB 3.0 test suite for the new Super Speed USB 3.0 testing.

USB 3.0 is the newest industry standard interface used for data transmission between system boards, hubs and peripherals on personal computers, laptops and server systems.

Among its many testing capabilities, NTS is an authorised USB-IF test lab and provides companies and government organisations with process and product compliance services, technical resources, design engineering services and programme management support.

NTS integrated engineering services include product testing and evaluation, design engineering and managed services.

"When developers are working on cutting-edge designs, having advance access to measurements helps them address potential issues early in the design cycle and get certified products to market faster," said Jim Choate, Agilent Programme Manager for USB applications. "Agilent offers a complete solution for USB 2.0 and 3.0 electrical testing to help customers achieve USB-IF certification. We are excited to work with NTS as its USB test solution provider."

According to industry reports, the USB specification shipped in more than three billion devices in 2009, including the PC, PC peripheral, consumer electronics, communications, and automotive segments. By 2012, the number of wired USB-enabled devices shipped is expected to exceed four billion. The first new super speed USB 3.0 devices, which can transfer data at speeds up to 5Gbps with throughout put rates up to 10 times faster than High Speed USB (USB 2.0), were shipped in late 2009 and found in external hard drives and flash drives. As more USB 3.0 products are developed they will include portable devices requiring increasing amounts of storage, including digital cameras, portable media players, and high-end mobile phones.

"Agilent's USB 3.0 test suite is the most complete solution that fully automates receiver test calibration and execution with seamless integration of transmitter and receiver testing to meet the compliance requirements for Super Speed USB," said Raymond Chung, NTS Programme Development Manager. "Additionally, Agilent's industry-first, fully automated USB 3.0 cable and connector test solution will save us valuable test time. Agilent's industry-leading automation and equipment accuracy are critical requirements for us and for our customers."

Agilent's equipment for USB 3.0 PHY electrical test includes the DSA91304A or DSAX91604A Infiniium oscilloscope, the U7243A USB 3.0 transmitter test application software, the J-BERT N4903B high-performance serial BERT, the U7242A USB 3.0 electrical test fixture, and the N5990A test automation software platform from Agilent's partner BitifEye Digital Test Solutions. Agilent's equipment for USB 3.0 cable and connector certification testing includes the E5071C TDR-TDT one-box solution for high-speed serial interconnect analysis.


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