Product News: Software
Protocol Decoding Software debugs SSIC and CSI-3 interfaces.
Press Release Summary:
January 13, 2014 - Designed to run on 90000A, 90000 X-, and 90000 Q-Series oscilloscopes, N8819A USB 3.0 SSIC and N8820A MIPI CSI-3 software decode protocol packets for SSIC v1.0 and MIPI CSI-3 v1.0 specifications, respectively. Programs support correlated protocol decode information with analog waveforms; symbol, packet, frame, and payload detail of protocols; high-speed and low-speed pulse-width modulation transmission modes; and cyclical redundancy check on packets.
Original Press Release
Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry's First USB 3.0 SSIC and MIPI CSI-3 Protocol-Decoding Software for Oscilloscopes
Press release date: January 8, 2014
SANTA CLARA, Calif., – Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the industry’s first software for decoding USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Inter-Chip (SSIC) and MIPI Camera Serial Interface 3 (CSI-3) protocols on oscilloscopes. The new protocol decoders provide design and validation engineers with a fast, easy way to validate and debug their SSIC and CSI-3 interfaces.
SSIC is used for point-to-point communication between chips using the USB 3.0 protocol. The SSIC standard was developed by the USB-IF standards body, leveraging the MIPI™ Alliance MIPI M-PHY electrical layer to transfer USB 3.0 protocol. It allows USB 3.0 intellectual property and designs to be adopted into mobile applications.
The CSI-3 standard is the next-generation camera interface, developed by the MIPI Alliance to increase performance throughput and enable a greater feature set than the current CSI-2 standard. It also has better power-per-bit efficiency than the previous specification. The CSI-3 interface runs on top of the MIPI UniPro protocol layer as well as the MIPI M-PHY electrical layer.
Agilent’s N8819A USB 3.0 SSIC and N8820A MIPI CSI-3 protocol decoders are designed to run on 90000A, 90000 X- and 90000 Q-Series oscilloscopes. They decode protocol packets for the SSIC v1.0 and MIPI CSI-3 v1.0 specifications, respectively. In addition to using the software for start-up debugging, R&D design and validation teams can use the software to snoop at traffic on the interfaces. They also provide accurate timing measurements associated with the protocols.
The software supports:
- Correlated protocol decode information with the analog waveforms
- Symbol, packet, frame and payload detail of the protocols
- High-speed (HS-BURST) and low-speed pulse-width modulation (PWM-BURST) transmission modes
- Cyclical redundancy check (CRC) on the packets
- Search capability for various frames, sequence and errors
Used together with N2809A PrecisionProbe software, the protocol-decode software increases design margins and gives engineers increased confidence in their product performance. The N8805A USB 3.0 protocol decoder, N8808A UniPro protocol decoder and U7249B transmitter conformance software package are also available.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent N8819A USB 3.0 SSIC and N8820A MIPI CSI-3 protocol decoders are available now for $3,500 and $3,000, respectively. Additional information is available at www.agilent.com/find/n8819a and www.agilent.com/find/n8820a.
Agilent’s complete portfolio of oscilloscopes is available in a variety of form factors, from 20 MHz to 90 GHz, offering industry-leading specifications and powerful applications.
Agilent’s Digital Test Standards Program
Agilent Digital Test Standards Program experts are involved in various international standards committees, including the Joint Electronic Devices Engineering Council, PCI-SIG, Video Electronics Standards Association, Serial ATA International Organization, Serial Attached SCSI (T10), USB-Implementers Forum, MIPI Alliance, Ethernet 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.
MIPI is a licensed trademark of MIPI, Inc., in the U.S. and other jurisdictions.