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April 2, 2014 - Occupying single x8 slot in host PC, 12-bit Model U5303A includes data processing unit based on Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA, which is responsible for controlling module functionality, data flow, and real-time signal processing. Unit offers sampling rate up to 3.2 GS/s and advanced functionalities, such as real-time averager and peak detection. Applications include high-speed medical imaging, LIDAR laser ranging, environmental monitoring, and non-destructive testing.

Agilent Technologies Introduces Real-Time Processing Capabilities for Its PCIe Digitizers

Agilent Technologies, Inc.
5301 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA, 95051

Press release date: March 24, 2014

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced its next-generation real-time peak detection as one of the additional functionalities for its award-winning PCIe high-speed digitizers, starting with the U5303A 12-bit digitizer.

"Use of the U5340A FPGA development kit, a powerful FPGA design set of tools, has allowed us to concentrate on the specific, real-time signal processing requirements identified by our customers as key parameters without worrying about making the 'plumbing' work," said Eduardo Garcia, Agilent FPGA firmware design engineer for digitizers. "This has enabled delivery of the peak detection on-board data processing option. It features unique capabilities such as baseline stability, and the self-trigger mode, which allows achieving unequaled synchronous noise reduction."

These functionalities address very specific needs of OEM customers or research institutes in applications such as high-speed medical imaging, LIDAR laser ranging, environmental monitoring, analytical, and non-destructive testing. Several data processing algorithms can be hosted at the same time in the FPGA, allowing easy and fast switching from one to the other using the high-speed digitizer driver. Furthermore, the data reduction and storage at the digitizer level reduces the data transfer volume by orders of magnitude, and the downstream analysis speed is highly increased.

"The release of the new PCIe platform together with the FPGA development kit last year sets a solid foundation," said Yves Maumary, project manager for the PCIe digitizers, Agilent. "On it we can build advanced functionalities such as the real-time peak detection while preserving intrinsic raw digitizer performance, such as the ultra-fast re-arm time of less than 500 ns between acquisitions. We are now even faster at responding to customer requirements."

"Our U5303A high-speed digitizer recently won the EDN 2014 Best in Test award in the category data acquisition," he added. "I view this as an industry confirmation of delivering real market value."

Additional Information
The peak detect (PKD option) firmware will shortly be orderable on the U5303A two-channel, 12-bit, high-speed PCIe high-speed digitizer; please contact Information about product configuration is available at

About the Agilent High-Speed Digitizers Team
Agilent high-speed digitizers are the result of more than 300 years of cumulative research and development experience in analog-to-digital conversion technology. This ensures the ability to achieve the most effective and reliable analog-to-digital conversion at high resolution and fast sampling rates. Information on the technology and its applications is available 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, 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

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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