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A collective blog from the experts in measurement and design, discussing the latest tools for circuit-level modeling through system verification for General RF/uW, 4G Communications, and Aerospace/Defense applications. Learn about these applications and the EDA simulation software, test and measurement equipment and techniques behind state-of-the-art RF, microwave and high speed design.

Extending the Life of Test Systems that Support Long-term Programs

Jim Curran, Keysight Technologies, Inc. (formerly Agilent Technologies electronic measurement business)

At the beginning of every new product program, tremendous amounts of time, attention and money go into defining and integrating the required test system. The system is used to test the new products, ensuring that they function at the required levels and remain highly productive. The system is also expected to last for the life of the program.

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Reducing the Test Time Required to Calibrate a Multi-channel Antenna

By Dave Brannon and Alex Dickson, Keysight Technologies, Inc. (formerly Agilent Technologies electronic measurement business)

 For active antenna arrays, a significant amount of production test time is spent on calibration.  Large arrays can consist of hundreds or thousands of elements and it is necessary to characterize the phase and gain alignment between these elements to ensure precise beam-forming.  In addition, the test time to align these elements can increase dramatically as the number of elements increases.  Hence, the ability to accelerate test by using multiple coherent measurement channels is a significant benefit. 

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RF & Microwave Switches: Selecting the right switch technology for your application

QuekTheng Theng Quek is a business development manager in Keysight Technologies’ (formerly Agilent Technologies) Component Test Division. She joined Agilent as a product marketing engineer in 2006. Prior to that, she was an R&D engineer for Motorola where she gained experience in two-way-radio design. Theng-Theng holds a degree in B.Eng (Hons) from Multimedia University of Malaysia, majoring in Microwave and Communication.

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Adapting for Success with Firm-Fixed-Price Contracts

DuaneWith over 25 years of new product introduction, manufacturing and support experience, Duane Lowenstein, Business Development Manager, Americas
Agilent Technologies, has assisted many Fortune 500 companies in improving their business results by assisting in the implementation of leading-edge operations theory and processes improvements using Agilent’s hardware, software and solutions. 

Currently Duane is engaging with customers to deliver Manufacturing Process Consulting (MPC), Test Process Consulting (TPA), Instrument Migration Planning Services (IMPS), Cost of Test solutions (COT) and, Test simulation and Diagnostic Software (FD). His experience has spanned many industries including computer, wireless, automotive, aerospace and defense, as well as commercial electronics. His focus on measurable results has led customers to dramatic reductions in the cost of test, test time, reduction in work- in-progress and increasing yields while growing the Agilent presence in the account.

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Bucking Conventional Wisdom to Boost Quality and Reliability

eric_taylor_agilentEric Taylor is Vice President of Customer Experience and Quality at Agilent Technologies. He joined the company in 1992 at the former Colorado Springs Division. He held a variety of positions before being promoted to product support manager in the Electronic Measurements Division in 1997, where he worked on several cross-EMG processes, such as out-of-box defects. Over the next four years, he held several division marketing positions, including sales and business development manager for the Measurement Products Unit, and division marketing manager for the former Basic, Emerging, System Test (BEST) Division.

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A Few Thoughts While Traveling in China

Todd CutlerTodd Cutler is General Manager at Agilent Technologies’ EEsof  organization, responsible for worldwide Marketing, Services, and the ESL Business. Agilent’s  EEsof EDA is the industry leader in high-frequency design software. The division’s revenue places it in the top 5 EDA companies. 

During Todd’s 30-year career, he helped found the EDA division, which began in 1986 as the computer aided engineering group within Hewlett Packard’s Test and Measurement group. In 1998, Cutler later left H-P to be CEO of Eagleware Corporation, the EDA company that pioneered the affordable Genesys RF and microwave design software. In 2005, he joined Agilent Technologies following its acquisition of Eagleware. Todd earned a BEE from Georgia Tech and an MSEE from Stanford University.


Todd gives us a few of his thoughts as he travels in China.

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Getting ready for one-on-one time at MTT-S IMS 2012

Barry AlcornBarry is a Market Segment Manager responsible for deployment of Agilent’s broad range of RF, microwave, and digital products in the Americas. He has held this position since June of 2007.

Barry started his career in HP’s Manufacturing Test Division in 1984. He has worked as a designer in R&D, R&D Project Manager, and R&D Section Manager.  Barry has also done business development, sales support and training and been a manager for product marketing, learning products and support. He has worked in manufacturing and spent time overseas working to deploy specialized equipment into manufacturing. His industry experience spans wireless communications, automotive, aerospace defense and general manufacturing test equipment.

Barry holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University and a Master of Science from Colorado State University.

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Remembering Dr. Roger Pollard: A Life of Innovation, Collaboration and Leadership

By Henri Komrij, Agilent Technologies
This is a belated tribute to Dr. Roger Pollard, an esteemed collaborator and colleague who passed away last December at the age of 65—much too soon. All in the industry are invited to attend a special session in Roger’s honor during IMS 2012 in Montreal: session TH3H-1, Thursday, June 21, 1:50 to 2:10 p.m., in room 511CF.
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Racehorses or workhorses? Bandwidth alone won’t cut it in the scope world.

AsayBrig Asay manages product planning and strategic marketing for Agilent’s high performance oscilloscope business. Brig joined Agilent Technologies in 2005 as a Technical Support Engineer.  During his 5 years with Agilent, he has held the following positions:

  • Marketing Operations Manager, where he oversaw the marketing budget and managed the technical support and learning products teams.
  • Technical Support Engineer, which he helped solve numerous customer problems.

Previously to Agilent, Brig worked at Micron Technologies, Inc. as a Test Engineer.  Brig graduated with an MBA from Northwest Nazarene University and BS Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming.  He is a published technical author.

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