Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that the Agilent
HDMI 2.0 test solution has been certified by the HDMI Forum as an
official compliance test tool. The solution has the widest coverage for
HDMI Physical layer compliance test. Certification was achieved with the
collaborative framework of Panasonic; the solution will be used at the
Panasonic Authorized Test Center, in Osaka, Japan.
As an HDMI Forum member, Agilent collaborated on the development of
official test standards and specifications with Panasonic Corp.
In the new HDMI 2.0 specification, the transmission bandwidth of 18 Gbps
is one of the most important extensions to allow the 4K image
transmission with 4:4:4 full-color format. However, since the
transmission rate is doubled and it is necessary to support existing
HDMI cables, interoperability issues due to signal quality distortions
has become a big technical challenge.
To address the technical challenge, Agilent and Panasonic derived the
basic measurement data, such as the effect of cable loss, reflection,
skew and impedance mismatch, by using measurement technology that
combines simulation and measurement. The measurement equipment used to
address the test standards was an Agilent E5071C ENA option TDR, an Infiniium
90000 series oscilloscope with transmission simulation option, a ParBERT
81250A, and an AWG
M8190A with low jitter and high-quality output.
Through this collaboration with Panasonic, the HDMI test solution was
certified as an official compliance test tool. It can cover the most
test items in the industry for HDMI 2.0 physical layer test, such as
test item HF2-6, Sink Video Timing test for 2160p 24 bit.
"The biggest technology challenge in HDMI 2.0, with its 18 Gbps
high-speed transmissions, is to guarantee reliable interoperability,"
said Hiroyuki Iitsuka, Panasonic Corp., AVC Networks, Manager of the
Format Verification Laboratory (ATC). "This is twice the speed of
conventional HDMI, but it must support existing HDMI cables. Panasonic
has been working with Agilent to verify this required specification, and
we are pleased to be the first Authorized Test Center in the world to
offer the 18 Gbps physical layer compliance test capability."
"We have been an active member f the HDMI Forum since its inception and
have been very engaged in developing the HDMI 2.0 test solution with
Panasonic," said Agilent's Juergen Beck, vice president and general
manager of the Digital and Photonic Test division. "This solution will
help to speed up HDMI 2.0 development for many R&D customers and other
ATCs requiring compliance test equipment."
The Agilent HDMI 2.0 test solution covers all physical layer compliance
tests, such as source and sink test. Agilent HDMI
compliance software N5990A is available to provide test automation
for fast and easy compliance testing. Additional information is
available at www.agilent.com/find/HDMI.
Agilent HDMI compliance test solution images are available at www.agilent.com/find/hdmi_images.
Agilent's Digital Test Standards Program
Agilent Digital Test Standards Program experts are involved in various
international standards committees, including the SD
Electronic Devices Engineering Council, PCI-SIG®,
Electronics Standards Association, Serial
ATA International Organization, Serial Attached SCSI (T10), USB-Implementers
standards (IEEE 802.3), Optical
Internetworking Forum and many others. Agilent's involvement in
these standards groups enables the company to bring the right solutions
to market when customers need them.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement
company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences,
diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company's 20,600
employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had
revenues of $6.8 billion in fiscal 2013. Information about Agilent is
available at www.agilent.com.
On Sept. 19, 2013, Agilent announced plans to separate into two publicly
traded companies through a tax-free spinoff of its electronic
measurement business. The new company is named Keysight Technologies,
Inc. The separation is expected to be completed in early November 2014.
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