Agilent Technologies Inc. announced that Sequans, a provider of Mobile WiMAX silicon and reference designs, has awarded Agilent a contract for Mobile WiMAX Protocol Conformance Test (PCT). Sequans will use Agilent's N6430A Mobile WiMAX PCT system to perform pre-certification testing on its mobile station and base station reference designs.

"To be selected by Sequans is a great endorsement of Agilent's N6430A PCT system," said C. J. Meurell, European Operations general manager of Agilent's WiMAX and WLAN one-box-tester products.

Agilent's N6430A PCT solution delivers a comprehensive suite of test solutions for 802.16-2004/Cor2 D3/802.16e-2005 Mobile WiMAX PCT and development testing, from a scripting interface to a fully functional radio bearer based on the Agilent E6651A platform. The N6430A supports a significant and growing number of validated WiMAX PCT test cases. The Agilent E6651A portfolio of solutions supports multiple R&D testing needs in addition to PCT, including base station emulation, RF parametric measurements and Radiated Performance Testing.

Sequans is a supplier of chipsets for the Mobile WiMAX IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard, as well as for the fixed WiMAX IEEE 802.16-2004 standard. Sequans' Mobile WiMAX mobile station chip, the SQN1130 Wave 2-ready MIMO chip, delivers more than 30 Mbps throughput while drawing less than 280 mW of power. Its Mobile WiMAX base station chip, the SQN2130, can be used to build any size base station -- femto, pico, micro or multisector macro, due to its high-throughput, yet low-cost design.

"Selecting Agilent's N6430A PCT system was an easy choice for us," said Bernard Aboussouan, Sequans vice president of marketing and business development. "The Agilent system is the most flexible and comprehensive WiMAX PCT test solution available today."