Agilent Rolls Out MIPI D-PHY Protocol Test Solution

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) announced the industry’s first MIPI D-PHY (Mobile Industry Processor Interface) protocol test solution, supporting Camera Serial Interface (CSI-2) and Display Serial Interfaces (DSI) for mobile devices. This solution, which is based on Agilent’s 16900 logic analyzer platform, facilitates MIPI D-PHY hardware and software debug and reduces interoperability testing.

The emergence of standard high-speed serial, protocol-based interconnects between components in mobile devices is driving changes in the debug and test methodologies, where compliance and interoperability test become increasingly important. Simultaneously, as power requirements must be kept to a minimum, it is difficult to test the nature and operation of these interconnects with traditional tools; specific test solutions are required.

As a contributing member of the MIPI Alliance, Agilent is committed to the development of test solutions that address these emerging needs and help accelerate the adoption of MIPI D-PHY-enabled devices. The MIPI Alliance promotes standardized interconnects for mobile devices.

Agilent N4851A analysis and N4861A stimulus MIPI D-PHY probe solutionsBoth the real-time analysis hardware and the stimulus hardware support MIPI D-PHY CSI-2 and MIPI D-PHY DSI. They accelerate development by providing bit-level to image-level test capabilities, hierarchical protocol display, real-time error detection and automated tools for test-vector generation that allow users to efficiently simulate, troubleshoot and verify designs.

This logic analyzer-based solution completes Agilent’s previously introduced DigRF v3 test solution to offer a unique functional debug platform for next-generation mobile devices.

“For our Mobile eXtreme Convergence platforms, which simultaneously support both CSI and DSI, the Agilent MIPI D-PHY analysis solution saved us significant development time during the integration and validation phases of our design cycle,” said Lane Schaller, product manager for Freescale.

“The introduction of this solution illustrates Agilent’s commitment to use its expertise in logic, serial protocol and wireless test to help our customers transform mobile device architectures to digital technologies with a new set of tools that are well integrated into the wireless use model,” said Sigi Gross, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Digital Test Division.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent N4851A analysis probe and N4861A stimulus probe are available now. Pricing for the N4851A starts at $13,561, and N4861A pricing starts at $14,566.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company’s 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2007.