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Agilent Technologies' New LTE Base-Station Emulator Speeds Development and Verification of LTE User Equipment

New LTE Test Platform's Scalable Design Meets Future Test Needs 

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 1, 2010

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the PXT Wireless Communications Test Set, a powerful, common hardware test platform for use across the LTE development lifecycle.

The PXT test set is designed for RF characterization, protocol verification and end-to-end application testing of LTE user equipment (UE). This new instrument transforms LTE device verification by minimizing design uncertainty and reducing lab setup time, while maximizing performance and scalability.

"The PXT Wireless Communications Test Set allows producers of LTE user equipment to 1) rapidly move from development to deployment; 2) improve the integrity and quality of their products; and 3) reduce product cost," said Guy Sene, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Microwave and Communications Division. "With the introduction of this test set, Agilent further strengthens its unmatched portfolio of electronic test solutions for LTE and other wireless technologies."

Agilent's PXT test set represents a significant breakthrough in testing UE for all planned LTE deployments. The PXT offers:

  • frequency coverage to 6 GHz, 20 MHz bandwidth, MIMO, base-station emulation -- all in an integrated unit that can be configured with a wide range of network parameters through an easy-to-use Windows(r)-based user interface;
  • an RF parametric test suite that provides test mode signaling for characterization and verification of the UE transmitter and receiver;
  • a functional and application test suite that supports enhanced protocol and end-to-end application testing; stressing and debugging signaling; and data handling capabilities of UE designs; and
  • real-time protocol logging that adds to its extensive debugging and analysis capabilities.

The PXT test set gives development engineers of different disciplines a vast range of test and verification capabilities and does so in a controlled laboratory environment. As a result, engineers gain greater insight into the complex LTE design issues. Feature updates will be made available as the LTE standards evolve. In addition the PXT is backed by dedicated technical support representatives in all major geographies.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The new Agilent PXT Wireless Communications Test Set is available now. Pricing is dependent on specific instrument configuration.

For information about the new test set go to www.agilent.com/find/PXT. Additional information about Agilent's LTE design and test portfolio is available at www.agilent.com/find/LTE.

The backgrounder "Understanding LTE" is available at www.agilent.com/about/newsroom/tmnews/background/lte. PXT images are available at www.agilent.com/find/PXT_images. The book "LTE and the Evolution to 4G Wireless -- Design and Measurement Challenges" can be ordered at www.agilent.com/find/ltebook.

About Agilent 3GPP LTE Test

Along with its partners, Agilent provides a broad, comprehensive portfolio of LTE solutions. In addition to addressing LTE basics and test challenges, Agilent also outlines the technology; describes deployment and standard milestones; and offers resources for those requiring more in-depth LTE technology information. Agilent is able to offer greater insight into LTE designs because of its insight into complex LTE technology; evolving LTE standards and how to test to them; and deeper insight into the root causes of design problems. Agilent is a recognized leader in wireless access and continues to play a pivotal role in the development, revision and implementation of 3GPP and the new 4G LTE technology.


About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, electronics and communications. The company's 18,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $4.5 billion in fiscal 2009. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.

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