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Agilent signs on with 10-Gig PHY initiative

Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced it has joined the Unified 10 Gbps Physical-layer Initiative (UXPi) as a con...


January 9, 2004  


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Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced it has joined the Unified 10 Gbps Physical-layer Initiative (UXPi) as a contributing member.

Launched in October by Applied Micro Circuits, IBM, Infineon AG, Texas Instruments and Xilinx, the goal of the group is to advocate a common 10 Gbps physical-layer standard across multiple markets (telecommunications, data communications, computational, etc.) to simplify and accelerate the implementation of next-generation 10 Gbps systems.

Adopting the UXPi standard, Agilent said, will reduce time to market and development costs of products such as high-speed backplanes, routers and switches. The group says it will also enhance opportunities in industry-wide interoperability by providing a common electrical specification that protocols can be built upon.

“(We) look forward to working with UXPi to provide technical contributions toward the development of this new electrical specification,” said Sigi Gross, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Digital Verification Solutions Division. "UXPi will immediately enhance development of high-speed backplanes operating beyond today’s three and four Gbps.”

The testing and compliance methods associated with 10 Gbps standardization are integral to the success of advanced serial standards, said Brian Seemann, chairman of UXPi.

The work of UXPi is designed to complement ongoing and upcoming standardization efforts by other industry bodies such as the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF).

"10Gbps interfaces will form the basis for future high-bandwidth connections in chip-to-chip, chip-to-optical module and backplane applications," said Joe Berthold, president of OIF.