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Agilent Showcases Mobile WiMAX Test Solutions

September 26, 2007
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Agilent Technologies Inc. announced that it is showing its comprehensive set of WiMAX™ and Mobile WiMAX test solutions this week at WiMAX World. On display will be a full complement of test solutions for R&D, design verification, manufacturing, protocol conformance and interoperability test, as well as network deployment and maintenance. These solutions provide today's engineers with a level of performance and functionality not currently available from competing solutions.


Among the solutions at the show will be the Agilent Advanced Design System, which offers a complete set of front-to-back simulation and layout tools as well as instrument links for RF and microwave IC design in a single, integrated design flow. Included are a Mobile WiMAX Wireless Library and MIMO support.

Show attendees will also see a range of new test capabilities that support physical layer signal generation and analysis for Wave 2 system profiles -- crucial to the successful deployment of Mobile WiMAX products. Specific capabilities include matrix A and matrix B signals for downlink, uplink collaborative MIMO, and creation of HARQ bursts and uplink sounding zones. In addition, attendees will see MIMO-fading embedded in a waveform, enabling testing of MIMO receivers without the added expense of fading hardware or software.

Also on display will be Agilent's E6651A Mobile WiMAX Test Set with planned Wave 2 enhancements, including MIMO downlink STC, SM and uplink collaborative MIMO measurements, and the addition of a second integrated RF source and/or analyzer. The E6651A is also at the heart of the Agilent Protocol Conformance Test solution, which adds a script-based mode for script development and for running protocol conformance test cases to verify that a product developer's implementation conforms to the WiMAX standard.

Also featured at the show will be the new Agilent N8300A Wireless Networking Test Set for Mobile WiMAX applications. The N8300A is based on an architecture that integrates Agilent's state-of-the-art Vector Signal Analysis and Vector Signal Generator hardware, and features an easy-to-use front panel graphical user interface and SCPI command set.

Agilent's Mobile WiMAX drive-testing capability will be on display with the E6474A Wireless Network Optimization Platform for IEEE 802.16e-2005. This product enables WiMAX network equipment manufacturers and service providers to authenticate the actual subscriber experience in real-world, WiMAX environments. This capability allows manufacturers to develop faster and more reliable WiMAX-enabled products.

"The exceptional line-up of leading-edge, performance-based systems demonstrates our broad offering of WiMAX test solutions that are enabling a successful WiMAX marketplace deployment," said Agilent's Ron Nersesian, vice president of Agilent's Wireless Business Unit. "It's this leadership and dedication to address the issues not fully addressed by other test solutions on the market that will empower today's engineers to create a new range of WiMAX-based communication possibilities tomorrow."

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