Agilent Technologies and Granite River Labs Test Solution Certified by SATA-IO

June 22nd, 2010 by Admin GRL

SANTA CLARA and MENLO PARK, Calif., June 22, 2010

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and Granite River Labs (GRL) today announced that the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) has approved GRL to provide SATA Interoperability Program Revision 1.4 product testing and certification using the Agilent SATA test solution. The test platform includes tools for transmitter and receiver characterization as well as automated test software.

SATA-IO develops, manages and drives adoption of the Serial ATA specifications. SATA is the industry-standard interface used to manage data transmission between system boards and storage devices on personal computers, laptops and server systems. Devices that use the latest version of the SATA Specification Revision 3.0 can transfer data at speeds up to 6 Gbps, which is twice as fast as the previous version of the specification.

The SATA Interoperability Program was established to ensure compatibility and interoperability of the SATA Specification in product implementations. Companies that participate in the Interoperability Program demonstrate a desire to support industry compatibility and are rewarded with a listing on the SATA-IO “Integrators List” when their products pass the testing. Companies may have their products tested at approved independent test labs.

Granite River Labs provides test services, test solutions and equipment support to help its clients comply with high-speed connectivity standards. GRL consistently teams with companies that are leaders in providing the best solutions in the market and that share a commitment to solving their clients’ test needs.

“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 products to market faster,” said Min-Jie Chong, program manager for SATA applications at Agilent. “Agilent offers a full range of SATA test capabilities to help customers accelerate SATA 6-Gbps tests. We are excited to work with Granite River Labs on this development.”

“GRL is pleased to be certified as an independent test lab for Serial ATA by the SATA-IO,” said Mike Engbretson, chief technology engineer at Granite River Labs. “Agilent’s complete test solution for Serial ATA provides us with the tools we need to perform all the physical layer tests required in Revision 1.4 of the specification quickly and accurately.”

Agilent’s equipment for SATA test includes the DSAX91604A Infiniium oscilloscope, the81134A pulse pattern generator, J-BERT N4903A/B high-performance serial BERT, the86100D DCA-X wide-bandwidth oscilloscope and the N5990A test automation software platform from Agilent’s partner BitifEye Digital Test Solutions.

Additional information about Agilent’s SATA test solutions is available High-resolution images are available

A backgrounder about SATA technology and Agilent’s SATA test solutions is available

Agilent’s Digital Test Standards Program

Agilent’s solutions for digital applications are driven and supported by Agilent experts who are involved in the various international standard committees. Agilent experts are active in theJoint Electronic Devices Engineering Council (JEDEC), PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG(r)),Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), USB-Implementers Forum (USB-IF), Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance, and many others. Agilent’s involvement in these standards groups and their related workshops, plugfests and seminars enables Agilent to bring the right solutions to the market when customers need them.

About Granite River Labs

Granite River Labs (GRL) provides test services and solutions that help customers adopt high-speed connectivity technologies such as SATA, PCI Express, USB, HDMI, and DisplayPort. GRL’s test facilities are conveniently located in Silicon Valley and near Stuttgart, Germany. Information about Granite River Labs is available on the Web at

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, electronics and communications. The company’s 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $4.5 billion in fiscal 2009. Information about Agilent is available on the Web

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Sarah Calnan, Agilent Europe
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