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Agilent Introduces Signal Generator for Wireless Communications Applications

September 8, 2006
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Agilent Technologies Inc. is using EuMW as a platform for launching brand new products to the industry. The first is the MXG signal generators, which offer industry-best adjacent channel power ratio (ACPR) performance and switching speeds, coupled with simplified self-maintenance to maximize uptime. These new analog and vector signal generators are ideal for manufacturing teams producing components and receivers for communications systems.


The Agilent MXG signal generators feature exceptional adjacent channel leakage ratio (ACLR) performance at -65 dBc (-69 dBc measured) for a 4-carrier 3GPP W-CDMA signal, and -71 dBC (-76 dBC measured) for a single-carrier signal. This performance allows for greater test margins, ensuring more accurate measurements and improved yield, and also makes the Agilent MXG signal generators ideal for characterizing high dynamic-range components such as multi-carrier power amplifiers (MCPA).

Agilent MXG signal generators also provide the fast switching speeds that enable a dramatic increase in throughput. With SCPI programming, the generators can make arbitrary switches in frequency and amplitude at ≤1.2 ms. In list mode, simultaneous switching of frequency, amplitude and waveforms takes place at ≤900 µs.

Simplified self-maintenance is another key feature of the Agilent MXG signal generators, making it possible for all users to maintain or repair the instruments in-house and maximize uptime. Typical onsite calibration can be performed in less than one hour and requires only a spectrum analyzer and power meter. With 100-percent internal diagnostic capability and a simple design consisting of five assemblies including the single RF assembly (all are field-replaceable), the average Agilent MXG repair time is just 30 minutes with no calibration required.

“With its exceptional levels of performance and fast switching speeds, we expect the MXG to fully support the needs of engineers working on components for cellular communications and wireless connectivity systems,” said Pat Byrne, president of Agilent’s Electronic Measurements Group. “In these dynamic and fast-paced markets, the functionality and performance ‘firsts’ enabled by the MXG provides users with the capabilities they need to stay ahead of the competition. It stands as a testament to our ongoing and continued commitment to developing innovative solutions that will enable a new range of possibilities in wireless communication.” Details of the company's other EuMW product launches will appear in coming days.






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