|[February 25, 2013]
TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Introduces Wireless Communications Test Set with Integrated Multiport Adapter for Manufacturing Test
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Agilent Technologies (News - Alert) Inc. (NYSE:A) today introduced its new E6607C
EXT wireless communications test set, featuring an integrated
multiport adapter for cost-effective, high-volume wireless device
manufacturing test. Optimized for testing multiple devices
simultaneously, the EXT-C with integrated multiport adapter enables up
to 3x gain in effective test throughput (vs. the EXT-B) for less than
1.3x the price.
Smartphone and tablet volumes continue to grow, and test plans continue
to expand to accommodate multiple radios, formats and frequency bands in
today's complex wireless devices. The Agilent EXT-C uniquely addresses
these test challenges by increasing test throughput while keeping the
overall cost of test equipment affordable and reducing the space and
power used on the manufacturing line.
The EXT-C is an integrated one-box tester that includes a vector signal
analyzer, vector signal generator, high-speed sequence analyzer, eight
bi-directional input/output ports for multiformat cellular testing, and
four output ports for GNSS testing.
Optimized for the fast-sequenced nonsignaling test methods required by
the latest wireless-modem chipsets, the advanced EXT-C sequence analyzer
works in synchronization with the modem chipset to eliminate signaling
overhead and enable multiple measurements from a single acquisition.
Combined with fully calibrated multi-DUT test capabilities, the EXT-C
helps manufacturers achieve faster tests and increase yield on the
"The E6607C EXT is the latest innovation that Agilent brings to the
cellular device manufacturing market," said Joe DePond, vice president
and general manager of Agilent's Mobile Broadband Operation. "This
product seamlessly blends our EXT-B and MPA into a form factor that will
help our customers achieve unprecedented improvements in throughput
while reducing the cost of testing."
To minimize change in test processes and streamline the transition from
R&D to volume manufacturing, the EXT-C uss the extensive X-Series
measurement science available on Agilent spectrum analyzers to deliver
trusted measurement applications tailored for fast manufacturing test.
The EXT-C can be configured with a variety of X-Series
measurement applications for cellular communications, wireless
connectivity and digital audio/video, with support for standards such as
LTE (News - Alert) FDD, LTE TDD, TD-SCDMA and 2G/3G. Individual X-Series measurement
applications can be included with the original instrument purchase or
A comprehensive set of complementary software tools to accelerate test
development is also available with the EXT-C. For example, Agilent
Signal Studio makes it easy to create waveforms to generate
nonsignaling control and test signals with the EXT. In preproduction,
Agilent Sequence Studio enables engineers to quickly create and
troubleshoot test plans. And to minimize production code test
development, Agilent's chipset software offers automated calibration and
verification for specific wireless-chipset modems.
The E6607C is fully backward compatible in terms of functionality with
the previous-generation E6607B EXT and E6617A MPA combination. And, in
anticipation of future test needs, the EXT-C offers full cellular-band
coverage up to 3.8 GHz (including LTE TDD Band 43) and support for the
fast-sequenced test modes implemented in the latest chipsets.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The E6607C EXT wireless communications test set is available for
evaluations now, with volume availability expected in the second quarter
of calendar 2013. E6607C prices start at $55,115. Information about the
E6607C EXT is available at www.agilent.com/find/EXT-C.
Images are available at www.agilent.com/find/EXT_images.
Agilent will show the wireless communications test set at the Mobile
World Congress, Feb. 25-28 in Barcelona (Fira Gran Via, Booth
6D60, Hall 6). Visitors to the Agilent booth will be able to take
advantage of expert resources to help them better understand the
intricacies of the continuously evolving wireless standards. More
information is available at www.agilent.com/find/MWC2013.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement
company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences,
diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company's 20,500
employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had
revenues of $6.9 billion in fiscal 2012. Information about Agilent is
available at www.agilent.com.
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