Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced it will work with Vprime LLC to improve automated testing for HDMI. The undertaking includes the design and integration of Vprime's VTF-501 FlexEDID, a design that implements flexible Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) circuitry that can be controlled and changed on demand by Agilent's industry-leading HDMI transmitter compliance test software.
The latest development in HDMI is the creation of the HDMI 2.0 specification by the HDMI Forum, an organization formed in 2011 to address the high-resolution and high-end display content for theater and gaming systems. HDMI 2.0 builds on the wide acceptance of the HDMI 1.4b specification, originally developed by HDMI Licensing, LLC.
"Agilent approached Vprime to employ our experience and expertise to develop a product that automates a portion of the HDMI testing process to reduce operator interaction and thus reduce testing costs," said Tim Mostad, president of Vprime. "Our product supplements the advanced capabilities of Agilent's oscilloscopes to bring a unique capability to market."
Vprime has expertise in the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) as well as the EDID standard. The company designed the VTF-501 FlexEDID to meet Agilent's design goals of improving the testability of HDMI products and simplifying testing for customers. The VTF-501 FlexEDID is controlled over a USB interface by an application programming interface (API) that selects standard resolutions and timings using Video Identifier Codes (VICs) in the EDID. The API also enables arbitrary resolutions and timings.
Though optional for customers, the VTF-501 FlexEDID is the final component in a complete standalone HDMI transmitter automated test solution. It complements the test-plan design in Agilent's compliance software and the unique calibration and use of resolution switching for unattended, comprehensive testing of the high-speed Audio/Video TMDS (Transition Minimized Differential Signaling) lanes.
The Agilent HDMI compliance solution is available on the industry-leading Infiniium family of oscilloscopes so that customers can continue to rely on the most accurate and lowest noise performance in the market.
Infiniium DSO/DSA91304A 13-GHz or higher-bandwidth oscilloscope
Agilent N5399C HDMI transmitter compliance test application
HDMI test fixtures supplied through integration partner BitifEye Corp.
Additional information about Agilent's HDMI Compliance test solution is available at www.agilent.com/find/N5399C or through an authorized Agilent representative.
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.
The Vprime FlexEDID VTF-501 is available from the Vprime website, www.vprime.com, for $2,500.
Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Vprime is a market leader providing video testing and video capture equipment for avionics, broadcasting, manufacturing, medical imaging, and military defense applications. Vprime's product offerings include specialized frame grabbers, pattern generators, test fixtures and test tools that support various industry standards such as DisplayPort, HDMI, LVDS, and VGA. Vprime's testing solutions are used in R&D, field installations, and production testing by device and component manufacturers, system integrators, and test labs. Vprime also offers services in integration support, expert technical support, and custom product development. To learn more about Vprime, visit www.Vprime.com.
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.