Microwave Journal

Agilent Technologies Introduces FieldFox RF Analyzer, World’s Most Integrated Handheld for Wireless Network Installation, Maintenance

October 1, 2008
Calibration-Ready Measurements and Fast Test Times Improve Productivity

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 1, 2008 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the FieldFox handheld RF analyzer -- the world’s most integrated handheld instrument for wireless network installation and maintenance (I&M). FieldFox improves RF field engineers’ and technicians’ productivity to perform base station I&M more efficiently and accurately.

Key measurements include cable and antenna test from 2 MHz to 4/6 GHz, spectrum analysis from 100 kHz to 4/6 GHz, vector network analysis, and true average power measurements. The Agilent FieldFox handheld RF analyzer is the first and only RF tool for base station I&M that is calibration-ready at the test port. It combines multiple RF measurement capabilities in one rugged, compact and lightweight package and can tackle complex wireless networks with test times that are more than 50 percent faster than traditional testers.

Agilent’s FieldFox is the only handheld analyzer that can make return-loss and distance-to-fault measurements at the same time. This allows users to quickly check system performance and identify potentially degraded system components simultaneously, doubling the efficiency compared to traditional testers.

“Fast test times, superior accuracy and a high level of integration are capabilities which set FieldFox apart from other commercially available test solutions in the I&M market,” said Gregg Peters, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Component Test Division. “These capabilities -- coupled with the RF analyzer’s unmatched measurement integrity and backed by Agilent’s leadership in RF/microwave network and spectrum analysis for 40-plus years -- ensure today’s wireless service providers have the most productive test solutions to address complex network issues in the field.”

Key features of Agilent’s FieldFox handheld RF analyzer, include:

ο Integrated QuickCal eliminates the need to carry a calibration kit into the field, simplifying cable and antenna test and providing worry-free accuracy and repeatability with every measurement.

ο Immediate calibration with FieldFox’s CalReady makes the unit calibration ready at the cable and antenna test port immediately following power-up or preset.

ο A task-driven user interface derived directly from standard field test procedures guides performance tasks naturally and easily.

ο Unmatched sweep speed reduces time-to-problem resolution with test times more than 50 percent faster than traditional RF handheld instruments.

ο Fast fault location with 1001-point resolution and 96-dB dynamic range in the spectrum analysis mode.

ο Versatile field usability with its lightweight (6.2 lbs.), transflective display, backlit keys, simple data transfer and modern connectivity. The water-resistant chassis withstands wide temperature ranges and humid environments, meeting tough environmental standards (MIL-PRF-28800F).

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent FieldFox handheld RF analyzer, product number N9912A, is available worldwide at a starting price of $7,600.

More information about the new RF analyzer is available at www.agilent.com/find/fieldfox and in a backgrounder titled “Addressing the Challenges and Needs of the Wireless Network Installation and Maintenance Market” at www.agilent.com/find/fieldfox_backgrounder. A flash video of Agilent’s FieldFox handheld RF analyzer is available at www.agilent.com/find/fieldfox_intro. Photos of FieldFox are available at www.agilent.com/find/fieldfox_images.