Agilent Technologies Inc. extended its leadership in LTE-Advanced measurement with its latest X-Series measurement application release. The software provides the most comprehensive RF conformance testing of LTE-Advanced FDD and TDD transmitters and components to the 3GPP Release 11 specification. It is available for both benchtop and modular products.

LTE-Advanced is an evolutionary step in the continuing development of LTE. Appropriate test and measurement throughout the entire development lifecycle, however, remains critical to its successful proliferation. Agilent’s previously introduced LTE-Advanced signal analyzer and signal generation solutions, industry firsts, attacked this problem at the R&D stage. Now, Agilent’s embedded LTE-Advanced X-Series measurement application is addressing the test challenge during the design validation and manufacturing phases.

The new LTE-Advanced measurement application provides one-button measurements for Agilent’s X-Series and modular signal analyzers. With fast measurement speed, SCPI programmability, pass/fail testing and simplicity of operation, the application is ideally suited for design verification and manufacturing.

“Validating and manufacturing LTE-Advanced transmitters and components requires the industry’s best, most up-to-date solutions,” said Andy Botka, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Microwave and Communications Division. “Building on our proven track record of innovation in emerging wireless standards, this new embedded measurement application with extensive support for the 3GPP Release 11 specification will ensure our customers have the greater insight and confidence they need for LTE-Advanced wireless testing.”

RF Conformance Testing Simplified

Agilent’s LTE-Advanced measurement application enables the industry’s most comprehensive RF conformance testing of both contiguous and non-contiguous configurations of LTE-Advanced transmitters as defined by the 3GPP Release 11 specification. Specific measurements supported include transmitter characteristics testing of output power, transmitted signal quality, and unwanted emissions of both base stations and user equipment.

Also supported in the measurement application is cumulative ACLR (CACLR) and cumulative spectrum emissions mask (SEM) measurements for intra-band non-contiguous carrier aggregation—a new requirement in 3GPP Release 11. The intra-band non-contiguous configuration introduces unique challenges to the unwanted emissions RF measurements because the spectrum within the sub-block gap can be deployed by another operator. The new CACLR requirement and unique special mask for SEM measurement measures the contributions from carriers on both sides of the sub-block gap. The new LTE-Advanced measurement application is the only solution on the market to provide both CACLR and a special mask for SEM for non-contiguous carrier aggregation.

X-Series Measurement Applications

X-Series measurement applications increase the capability and functionality of the Agilent signal analyzer to speed time to insight. They provide essential measurements for specific tasks in general-purpose, cellular communica­tions, wireless connectivity and digital video applications, covering more than 40 standards or modulation types. Applications are supported on both benchtop and modular, with the only difference being the level of performance achieved by the hardware you select. Choose the level of performance necessary for your application and have full assurance that the calculations and algorithms are the same across your signal analyzers, from develop­ment through manufacturing.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The new LTE-Advanced X-Series measurement application for FDD and TDD is currently available through Agilent’s Early Access Program. The LTE-Advanced options on the N9080B and N9082B for benchtop products and the M9080B and M9082B for modular products are priced at $4,500 each. To preview the software, contact your local Agilent sales representative.

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