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Agilent's Bluetooth RF test solution speeds development of devices based on TI ICs

May 30, 2012
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Agilent Technologies Inc. announced its Bluetooth low-energy test solution on the N4010A wireless connectivity test set was verified by Texas Instruments Inc. for use with TI’s integrated circuits in Bluetooth Smart and Smart-Ready devices. The Bluetooth low-energy Tx/Rx test capability on N4010A gives manufacturers and design houses reliable and efficient test solutions for single-mode and dual-mode devices.

Bluetooth low-energy technology enables long operational life with minimal power consumption for applications such as mobile communications, sports and fitness, health care, security and home entertainment.

Agilent’s N4010A supports TI’s system-on-chips and combo-connectivity solutions. TI delivers flexible, cost-effective Bluetooth low-energy solutions for Bluetooth Smart (single-mode) sensor applications and Bluetooth Smart-Ready (dual-mode) mobile applications – including the WiLink family. TI’s WL128x solution, which is part of the WiLink 7.0 family, is the industry’s first to integrate mobile Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, Bluetooth low energy, ANT+ and FM transmit/receive connectivity technologies on a true single chip.

“TI is one of the first chipset vendors working with us to validate the new Bluetooth low-energy option on the Agilent N4010A,” said Joe DePond, general manager of Agilent’s Mobile Broadband Organization. “Our solution helps wireless connectivity chipset vendorsexpedite design validation for faster industry adoption. OEMs and contract manufacturers can now simplify their test-case creation, streamline integration and increase manufacturing throughput with fast, accurate measurements for Bluetooth Smart and Smart-Ready devices.”

“Agilent Technologies helps us to better characterize our chipsets and define specifications for successful proliferation of the design throughout the industry,” said Ram Machness, director of marketing, wireless connectivity solutions, TI. “Our customers can achieve higher manufacturing throughput and accelerate time to market by leveraging Agilent’s expertise in Bluetooth low-energy technology for Bluetooth Smart and Smart Ready devices.”

The N4010A wireless connectivity test set delivers a versatile multiformat test solution for WLAN a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 1.1 and 1.2, Bluetooth 2.1+Enhanced Data Rate, Bluetooth Audio, Bluetooth low energy and ZigBee applications. It covers the product lifecycle from development and integration through to production, delivering the lowest cost of ownership in a single-box solution.

Bluetoothlow-energy Tx/Rx option 109 is compliant with the latest Bluetooth 4.0 core specification for RF test requirements. The solution simplifies the process of creating test cases and increases manufacturing throughput with fast, accurate measurements.

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