SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 4, 2009
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the industry's first solution for the WirelessHD compliance test -- the CTS-1000 automated WirelessHD test system -- designed specifically for manufacturers of WirelessHD modules and chipsets for consumer and computing products.
Agilent also announced a partnership with Compliance Certification Services (CCS), the WirelessHD Consortium's Authorized Test Center (ATC). Agilent will provide WirelessHD test systems to CCS while working with them to continue to define improvements and features for WirelessHD certification test, ensuring device compliance with the WirelessHD Compliance Test Specification.
"The availability of WirelessHD compliance test is a key enabler in accelerating the availability and adoption of WirelessHD technology," said Niels Faché, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Mobile Broadband Division. "Today's product introduction and joint partnership with CCS emphasizes our intent to play a key role in this emerging market and goes a long way in ensuring WirelessHD adopters have the leading-edge tools they need to verify compliance of their designs to the WirelessHD specification."
"Today's partnership announcement marks an exciting and strategic step forward for both CCS and Agilent," said Barbara Judge, vice president of Compliance Certification Services. "By partnering with the world's premier measurement company, we are reaffirming our commitment to provide WirelessHD consortium members with access to WirelessHD certification solutions and services, and ensuring the successful emergence of the market for WirelessHD products as well."
The WirelessHD specification is the next-generation, wireless digital network interface for wireless high-definition signal transmission in consumer electronics, personal computing and portable device products. Architected and optimized for wireless display and audio connectivity, it achieves high-speed data rates of up to 4 Gbps at 10 meters. Based on the 60 GHz millimeter wave frequency band, WirelessHD technology can theoretically support data rates as high as 25 Gbps, allowing it to scale to higher resolutions, color depth and range.
Agilent's CTS-1000 system provides WirelessHD adopters with a complete solution for testing compliance of their devices to WirelessHD standards. The CTS-1000 automates measurements such as error vector magnitude, frequency, power, occupied bandwidth, and packet error rate on signals generated by a WirelessHD device under test conditions. These measurements are critical to ensure proper functioning of a WirelessHD device. The system is comprised of Agilent's industry-leading PSG microwave signal generator, PSA spectrum analyzer, Infiniium DSO 90000A high performance oscilloscope, a purpose-built down-converter, and automated test software. A reference test unit is used to establish a link between the device under test and the CTS-1000.
"The WirelessHD Consortium and its members remain committed to offering the best quality wireless high definition solution with simple network setup," said John Marshall, chairman of the WirelessHD Consortium. "The joint work being done by CCS and Agilent in the area of certification test will ensure that we can stay on target with that goal, further building consumer confidence that products featuring the WiHD(tm) logo have passed rigorous compliance and interoperability testing."
U.S. Pricing and Availability
Agilent's CTS-1000 system will be commercially available on June 1. Custom solutions are available now for early implementers of the WirelessHD specification. The system is priced $350,000 to $500,000, depending on the specific configuration requested.
More information about the CTS-1000 system is available at www.agilent.com/find/cts1000.
About the WirelessHD Consortium
Formed in 2006, Broadcom Corporation, Intel Corporation, LG Electronics Inc., Panasonic Corporation, NEC Corporation, Philips Electronics, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD, SiBEAM Inc., Sony Corporation and Toshiba Corporation, have joined together to create the next generation wireless interface specification for HD media streaming and transmission. The WirelessHD Consortium will facilitate technical advancement by creating a specification focused on fixed and portable devices. WirelessHD technology is the first consumer electronics and technology industry-supported, high definition digital wireless interface for simplified media streaming and HD content portability. For more information on WirelessHD technology, please visit www.wirelesshd.org.
About Compliance Certification Services
Compliance Certification Services (CCS) is the world's foremost regulatory test lab for wireless devices such as communications equipment and consumer electronic devices. CCS deals with customers worldwide from their headquarters in Fremont, Calif., and sales facility in Yokohama, Japan. CCS is currently designated as a Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) in the USA, Canada and Singapore; a Notified Body for both EMC & R&TTE Directives in the EU, and also provides assistance to customers for global regulatory certifications/approvals. Information about CCS is available on the Web at www.ccsemc.com.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.8 billion in fiscal 2008. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.
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Janet Smith, Agilent
Barbara L. Judge, Compliance Certification Services