Concilium Technologies partner, Agilent Technologies, has unveiled five software applications that provide advanced measuring capabilities enabling engineers to be quicker and more accurate in solving advanced design problems.

Andrew Lees, internal sales team leader at Concilium Technologies, says the suite saves design teams from having to spend hours on analysis and eliminate errors caused by manual data interpretation.

"The five software applications helps customers obtain accurate and reliable measurements and gain diagnostic clues while identifying problem signals quickly," says Lees.

According to Concilium Technologies, the Agilent logic analysis applications include high-speed multilane serial buses which are quickly moving to embedded applications.

Using Agilent’s Packet Viewer, design teams are able to view serial data in a protocol-rich manner for quick analysis. In addition, trigger setup is done at the protocol level. This allows design teams to operate at a higher level of abstraction and more quickly resolve protocol debug issues.

The application supports a number of multilane serial buses, including PCIe, SATA, Parallel Rapid IO, ASI and Infiniband.

Agilent’s new E9524A trace toolset for Xilinx MicroBlaze provides a trace core to quickly connecting the right processor signals to logic-analyser channels, and an inverse assembler to display software-execution measurements. An industry first, the Agilent application facilitates deep trace measurements captured by an external logic analyzer, even when Xilinx MicroBlaze cache is enabled.

In addition, Agilent is updating its B4655A FPGA dynamic probe by adding support for Xilinx’s recently-introduced Virtex-5 family.

The Agilent View Scope application is the industry’s first solution that connects scope and logic-analyzer measurements using off-the-shelf BNC and LAN cables.

The application quickly allows designers to time-correlate parametric scope measurements with functional logic-analysis measurements when high-speed design problems cross both domains.

Wireless design teams are quickly moving to architectures where the measurement spots for analogue RF signals are no longer present. Rather, measurement is only available on digital signals. Agilent has combined logic-analysis capture of these signals with its digital VSA (vector signal analysis) software.

Since the 1s and 0s that a logic analyser captures tend to be foreign to wireless designers, the ability to import this information into the digital VSA application allows teams to view the information in the traditional formats required to validate and optimise wireless designs. In addition, Agilent’s new signal extraction software allows design teams to quickly extract I and Q information from digital acquisitions.

"Design teams that need to debug complex and sophisticated systems will have the tools to increase productivity by working at a high level of abstraction," says Sigi Gross, general manager of Agilent’s Digital Verification Solutions division.

"The development of these software applications was driven by customer feedback on key industry trends that affect their development processes."