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Agilent Technologies Extends PXA Signal Analyzer with Embedded LTE and HSPA+ Measurement Applications

 

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 15, 2010

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that it will demonstrate how new advanced measurement applications embedded in the Agilent N9030A PXA signal analyzer are used to test radio frequency (RF) transmitters. The demonstrations will take place at the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The advanced measurement applications test a variety of signal standards in cellular communication and digital video. Signal standards include LTE-FDD, LTE-TDD, W-CDMA/HSPA/HSPA+, DVB-T/H and ISDB-T.

For LTE FDD and TDD, the N9080A and N9082A applications enable one-button testing that simplifies the design, validation and manufacturing of base stations (BTS) and user equipment (UE) in accordance with 3GPP standards (TS 36.141 and TS 36.521-1). The applications support all LTE channel bandwidths; channels and signals for uplink and downlink; in-band transmitted signal quality measurements; and out-of-band unwanted emissions measurements. Key measurements include error vector magnitude (EVM), frequency error, adjacent channel power (ACP), spectrum emissions mask (SEM) and transmit on/off power (unique to TDD). The applications also include a wealth of essential measurement functions and provide a unique capability to recall enhanced test model (E-TM) setups for modulation quality measurements, simplifying RF transmitter conformance tests.

The N9073A W-CDMA/HSPA/HSPA+ measurement application provides one-button RF transmitter conformance measurement of BTS and mobile station (MS) devices in accordance with 3GPP test standards (release 99 to 8). Key measurements include error vector magnitude (EVM), frequency error, peak code domain error, spectrum emissions mask (SEM), and adjacent channel power (ACP).

The N6153A DVB-T/H and N6155A ISDB-T measurement applications provide one-button, standards-based power and modulation analysis capabilities. These simplify the design, evaluation and manufacturing of DVB-T/H and ISDB-T modulators, transmitters, amplifiers, tuners and gap fillers/repeaters.

The PXA signal analyzer is the highest-performance member of the Agilent X-Series. Combining the PXA with an embedded measurement application provides excellent dynamic range, up to -87 dB for 3GPP ACLR, and power meter-like accuracy of (0.19 dB, reducing the number of tools needed in BTS R&D and manufacturing.

The PXA is the only signal analyzer to provide simultaneous 140 MHz bandwidth with up to 75 dBc of spurious-free dynamic range. This allows multi-carrier signal analysis as well as analysis and troubleshooting of the digital predistortion (DPD) techniques used in power amplifiers in wide-bandwidth systems such as LTE. For engineers transitioning from 3G to 4G, the 140-MHz bandwidth is the best choice for true 4G mobile broadband systems such as LTE Advanced, which extends LTE to a 100 MHz bandwidth.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The N9030A PXA signal analyzer is currently available worldwide. Base prices range from $51,900 for the N9030A-503 (3.6 GHz) to $66,300 for the N9030A-526 (26.5 GHz). Additional information is available online at www.agilent.com/find/pxa_apps.

N9073A, N9080A, N9082A, N6153A and N6155A advanced measurement applications for the PXA will be orderable starting March 1. Prices for perpetual licenses are as follows:

  • N9073A W-CDMA measurement application: $7,900 for W-CDMA, $6,000 for HSPA and $2,000 for HSPA+;
  • N9080A LTE FDD measurement application: $12,800;
  • N9081A LTE TDD measurement application: $12,800;
  • N6153A DVB-T/H measurement application: $7,500; and
  • N6155A ISDB-T measurement application: $8,200.

More information about the PXA signal analyzer is available at www.agilent.com/find/pxa_apps . High resolution images and video clips are available at www.agilent.com/find/PXA_images.

A backgrounder on the Agilent PXA is available at www.agilent.com/find/PXA_backgrounder. An overall X-Series backgrounder is available at www.agilent.com/find/X-Series_backgrounder.

Agilent will showcase the PXA signal analyzer at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 15-18, 2010 Hall 8, Stand A77. Agilent also will display its wide range of hardware platforms and software solutions that address the complex technical issues inherent in mobile communications.


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 16,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 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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