Breakthrough in Signal Analysis Performance for Current and Emerging Applications
September 25, 2006
PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 5, 2006 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the availability of its MXA signal analysis platform -- heralding the arrival of the next generation in signal analysis. The MXA is the industry's fastest signal analyzer with the highest accuracy of any midrange analyzer. Its industry-leading measurement speed enables dramatically improved throughput and yields in manufacturing. This new platform provides the highest performance in a midrange analyzer, enabling engineers to solve design challenges for current and emerging applications faster and with fewer iterations. Agilent's new MXA platform allows flexible signal and spectrum analysis measurements for the design and manufacture of wireless communication devices to current and emerging standards. It seamlessly integrates a broad range of standards-based measurements, such as WiMAX, with Agilent's industry-leading 89601A vector signal analysis (VSA) software -- all in a single instrument. In addition to the use of an open Windows(r) XP Professional operating system, the MXA provides an advanced signal analysis user interface. All measurement features and functions are intuitively grouped and accessible from the front panel or via a USB keyboard and mouse. Optional measurement application software provides preconfigured test routines for testing 802.16e WiMAX, W-CDMA, HSDPA/HSUPA and phase-noise applications. Running the 89601A VSA software application in the MXA enables advanced signal modulation analysis and troubleshooting of the industries broadest selection of formats including: 2G, 3G, 3.5G, WiMAX, WLAN, digital video, and Private Mobile Radio. Other formats supported are: CDMA (base and mobile), CDPD, GSM, EDGE, NADC, PDC, PHP (PHS), W-CDMA, TD-SCDMA, HSDPA, 1xEV-DO, 1xEV-DV, Bluetooth(r), IEEE 802.11a/b/g/j/p, ZigBee, APCO 25, DECT, TETRA 1, TETRA 2 (TEDS), VDL mode 3, FSK: 2, 4, 8, 16 level (including GFSK), MSK (including GMSK), BPSK, QPSK, OQPSK, DQPSK, D8PSK, π/4-DQPSK, 8PSK, 3π/8-8PSK, 16/32/64/128/256/ 512/1024 QAM, 16APSK, 32APSK, 8VSB and 16VSB. A complete set of one-button-power measurements are standard. These include ACPR, Channel Power, Occupied Bandwidth, Spectrum Emissions Mask, CCDF, Burst Power and Spurious Emission. "Both performance and speed are critical for communications and general purpose applications," said Pat Byrne, president of Agilent's Electronic Measurements Group. "The MXA platform ensures that no compromises are required between performance and speed. It is an ideal complement to our PSA Series, which continues to lead the industry for high performance analyzers with the best accuracy and a 14 bit ADC that provides the highest dynamic range, 80 MHz analysis bandwidth. The MXA highlights our ongoing and continued commitment to developing innovative solutions that exceed the performance and functionality requirements of new and emerging wireless applications." A breakthrough characteristic of the MXA platform is its intrinsic speed, which allows measurements from 30 percent to 300 percent faster than other analyzers. The MXA produces a W-CDMA ACLR fast-mode measurement speed of <14 ms, marker peak search at <5 ms, RF center frequency tune and transfer over GPIB at <51 ms. Measurement mode switching speeds are typically <75ms. This exceptional speed enables a fast and seamless change between WiMAX, W-CDMA, HSDPA/HSUPA, phase noise measurements, and 89601A VSA software. As a result, the MXA provides the fastest local and remote measurements for accelerating design verification and expediting automated tests. The MXA platform supports multiple frequency ranges from 20 Hz to 3.6, 8.4, 13.6 and 26.5 GHz, internal preamplifiers up to 26.5 GHz, and analysis bandwidths of 10 MHz or 25 MHz. This fully scalable performance is complemented by MXA's 15 dBm third-order intercept, -151 dBm/Hz displayed average noise level and 72 dB W-CDMA ACLR dynamic range, as well as industry-leading 0.3 dB total absolute amplitude accuracy, which is made possible by the all-digital, 14-bit ADC IF section. The dynamic range is maximized with a built-in 2 dB mechanical step attenuator over the full frequency range and an available 1dB electronic attenuator to 3.6 GHz. The MXA platform features an enhanced version of Agilent's familiar intuitive user interface. Its new functionality includes six trace displays, 12 markers, trace math to manipulate measurement data, and an auto-tune capability that eases measurement setup. The MXA platform is part of the Agilent Open program, which simplifies test-system setup and integration by offering instruments based on open industry standards, and is fully compliant with the LXI class-C specification. Connectivity is possible via 100 based-T LAN, GPIB and seven USB 2.0 ports. LXI is the next-generation, LAN-based modular architecture standard for automated test systems. U.S. Pricing and Availability The Agilent N9020A MXA signal analyzer is available now and priced as follows: o N9020A-503 Frequency Range, 20 Hz to 3.6 GHz $25,900 o N9020A-508 Frequency Range, 20 Hz to 8.4 GHz $33,900 o N9020A-513 Frequency Range, 20 Hz to 13.6 GHz $37,900 o N9020A-526 Frequency Range, 20 Hz to 26.5 GHz $42,900 o N9020A-B25 Analysis Bandwidth, 25 MHz $15,000 o N9020A-PFR Precision Frequency Reference $2,000 o N9020A-EA3 Electronic Attenuator, 3.6 GHz $3,000 o N9020A-P03 Preamplifier, 3.6 GHz $1,500 o N9020A-P08 Preamplifier, 8.4 GHz $3,000 o N9020A-P13 Preamplifier, 13.6 GHz $4,500 o N9020A-P26 Preamplifier, 26.5 GHz $7,000 o N90608A Phase Noise Measurement Application $4,700 o N9073A-1FP W-CDMA Measurement Application $7,400 o N9073A-2FP HSDPA/HSUPA Measurement Application $4,300 o N9075A 802.16 OFDMA Measurement Application $10,000 Information about Agilent's MXA signal analyzer is available at www.agilent.com/find/mxa. Information about the LXI standard and Agilent Open can be found at www.lxistandard.org and www.agilent.com/find/open, respectively. Photos of the product are available at www.agilent.com/find/MXA_images.