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Agilent Technologies Announces Precision Clock Jitter-Analysis Software with Femto-Second Resolution

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the release of precision clock-jitter-analysis software for data-independent clock-jitter evaluation in advanced digital communication systems, and for high-speed clock device design in the semiconductor industry.

Named SSA-J, the software is used in combination with Agilent's Signal Source Analyzer (SSA), and offers ultra-low jitter measurement capabilities with femto-second resolution on both random and periodic jitter.

The SSA-J's femto-second resolution enables precision evaluation of clock jitter that is more than 100 times better than other instruments, such as oscilloscopes, even in microwave bands (up to 7 GHz or 26.5 GHz). Real-time jitter spectrum analysis from 1 Hz to 40 MHz offers system designers and component manufacturers who design and test clock devices more accurate evaluation on random jitter (RJ) and periodic jitter (PJ) within user-definable observation bandwidth in seconds. The software's precise PJ extraction and RJ/PJ separation provide clearer insights into clock jitter characteristics with information in time domain and frequency domain.

The Agilent SSA tests more RF and microwave signal sources than any other single instrument available, evaluating the critical performance characteristics without compromising the performance or features required for any measurement. The SSA tests all types of signal-source devices, including crystal oscillators, voltage-controlled oscillators, surface acoustic wave oscillators, dielectric resonator oscillators, YIG-tuned oscillators, frequency synthesizers and local oscillators. The SSA measures phase noise, power, frequency and DC current consumption, as well as frequency, power and phase transient. It also provides a spectrum monitor function and two built-in ultra-low-noise DC sources for the DUT.

"The jitter analysis software enhances the SSA's ability to quickly and accurately separate random jitter and periodic jitter," said Bob McClung, vice president and general manager of Agilent's component test division. "The SSA continues to offer powerful signal-source characterization in a single instrument without compromising the performance or features required for any measurement."

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Agilent E5001A SSA-J precision clock jitter-analysis software is available now. Prices start at $7,000.

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