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Test and Measurement

Agilent Technologies Offers Industry-First HSPA+ Test Solution for 3GPP-Compliant Components

April 22, 2008
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 22, 2008 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that its Vector Signal Analysis (VSA) software now offers HSPA+ analysis capability, making it the only commercially available HSPA+ signal analysis test solution in the industry. In addition, Agilent's Signal Studio software for 3GPP W-CDMA simplifies creation of the HSPA+ higher order modulation used in testing 3GPP-compliant components for base or mobile stations. Together, these software tools provide today's R&D engineers with the data they require to successfully troubleshoot PHY layer signal problems. "Agilent's Signal Studio and VSA software applications are cost-effective, powerful tools that allow users to gain tremendous insight into signals when developing wireless components," said Guy Sene, vice president of Agilent's Signal Analysis Division. "With their support for the 3GPP standard, these popular tools are now more critical then ever in helping R&D engineers confidently drive this emerging wireless standard forward." Agilent's 89600 Series VSA software provides a powerful R&D tool for gaining greater insight into the signals employed in today's emerging cellular and wireless networking formats such as HSPA, LTE and WiMAX(tm). The newly added HSPA+ functionalities include 64 QAM analysis for the downlink and 4-PAM (16QAM) analysis for uplink. Also supported are a predefined setup for Test Model 6 for the downlink, Code Domain Power, Composite EVM, Symbol EVM and more. Engineers can use the software to make HSPA+ measurements anywhere in the block diagram, from baseband to antenna, on digitized or analog signals -- both uplink and downlink. In addition, the software works with more than 30 Agilent instruments, using spectrum and signal analyzers, oscilloscopes and logic analyzers. The Agilent N7600B Signal Studio software provides a flexible, application-specific solution for generating arbitrary waveform signals that comply with the 3GPP HSPA+ PHY layer specification, including 16QAM, 64QAM, 4PAM modulation, uplink sub-tests, and Test Model 6 predefined setups. When paired with the N5182A MXG vector signal generator, the N7600B delivers industry-best ACLR performance. The Agilent Signal Studio family features a complete portfolio of 3GPP-specific solutions for the GSM, EDGE, EDGE Evolution, LTE, HSPA, HSPA+ and W-CDMA standards. The base price for a five-pack option starts at $1,289, depending on the options selected. For a platform comparison of the various VSA Software connection options, go to http://www.home.agilent.com/agilent/product.jspx?cc=US&lc=eng&ckey=1000002649:epsg:pgr&nid=-34675.0.00&id=1000002649:epsg:pgr. The base price of the 89600 VSA software will vary depending on the options selection. More information about Agilent's Signal Studio 3GPP software is available at http://cp.literature.agilent.com/litweb/pdf/5989-6448EN.pdf or online .

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