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Agilent Technologies’ MIMO/Multi-Port Connectivity Option Turns Wireless Networking Test Set into ‘Multi-Up’ WiMAX™/WLAN Mobile Test Solution

February 16, 2009
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BARCELONA, Spain, 2009 Mobile World Congress, Hall 1, Stand D45, Feb. 16, 2009 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced a MIMO/multi-port connectivity option for its N8300A wireless networking test set. Creating a ‘multi-up’ solution by allowing users to test multiple WLAN (WiFi) devices or modules using a single N8300A, the option is ideal for cell phone and ODM manufacturing engineers testing high volumes of WiMAX and WLAN mobile subscriber devices or modules.

Agilent’s new MIMO/multi-port connectivity option is just one new Agilent measurement solution on display here at the 2009 Mobile World Congress. While each solution features a unique set of functionality, they all share the ability to enable the design and test of products for a mobile world.

The Agilent MIMO/multi-port connectivity option is a 4-port RF I/O switching module for MIMO manufacturing test. Designed for use in WLAN 802.11n manufacturing test, it features high RF output power and improved RF specifications like source amplitude range. Such functionality minimizes external amplification costs and compensates for fixture losses, lowering test costs and simplifying the production test system.

A key feature of Agilent’s MIMO/multi-port connectivity option is its receiver test broadcast mode, which decreases calibration time by up to 3X for faster production throughput. Because it provides simultaneous transmission from the same source to all four ports at a high power level (e.g., greater than +10 dBm for a modulated signal), DUT 1, DUT 2, DUT 3 and DUT 4 receivers can all be calibrated or tested in parallel.

“Agilent’s N8300A solution targets WiMAX and WLAN transmitter and receiver test applications,” said Niels Faché, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Mobile Broadband Division. “The introduction of the MIMO/multi-port connectivity option further increases the value of the N8300A by providing faster receiver calibration for the greatest device throughput using broadcast mode, and lowest test cost using the 4-port RF I/O switching module’s high power and improved RF specifications.”

Agilent’s N8300A wireless networking test set is a multiformat, one-box RF parametric test set for standard-compliant 802.16d and 802.16e physical layer (PHY) testing in fixed and Mobile WiMAX™ transceiver and receiver applications. The N8300A includes the N6302A-1FP measurement application for WLAN 802.11a,b,g,n applications. It features an integrated vector signal analyzer and vector signal generator, graphical user and SCPI user interfaces, and can be enhanced with a 6 GHz hardware option to extend the frequency range up to 6 GHz.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
Agilent’s MIMO/multi-port connectivity capability (Option 404) for the N8300A wireless networking test set will be available starting March 1 via Agilent’s direct sales channels. Pricing is as follows:

N8300A bundle WLAN 802.11a,b,g,n test solution, (N8300A-404, 506 and N6302A-1FP) $64,375
Option 404 MIMO/multi-port connectivity $9,250
Option 506 Frequency range extension to 6.0 GHz $49,925
N6302A-1FP 802.11a,b,g,n WLAN measurement application, fixed perpetual license $5,200
N6302A-2FP 802.11b,g WLAN measurement application – fixed perpetual license $2,860

For more information about Option 404 for the N8300A, go to www.agilent.com/find/N8300A.

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