TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Selected by ST-Ericsson for RF and Digital Design Validation Solution Leadership

  TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Selected by ST-Ericsson for RF and Digital
  Design Validation Solution Leadership

Business Wire

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- December 20, 2012

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced today that ST-Ericsson selected
Agilent’s solution for characterizing RF transceivers, a key component of
every mobile phone.  The  RF wireless and digital laboratory solution required
capabilities for LTE, W-CDMA, GSM, TD-SCDMA, MIMO and DigRF v4.

“The characterization of our RF transceiver requires a huge number of complex
RF and digital measurements mixed together,” said Sylvain Bertrand,
ST-Ericsson, RF broadband validation manager. “Agilent is able to accurately
characterize 2G, 3G and LTE technologies in RF and over the DigRF digital bus
used in mobile phones. The total solution significantly improves our
time-to-market capabilities, while giving us the incredible platform
flexibility and expandability required in today’s competitive market.”

The radio transceiver is a crucial part of any mobile phone because it is the
key between the digital portion of the phone and the cellular network.
ST-Ericsson’s multistandards testing of smart RF transceivers requires a broad
range of RF analyzers and sources such as the Agilent PXA signal analyzer; MXG
signal generator; DigRF emulator, adapter and tester; RF power meter; and
precision power supply, plus software dedicated to the vectorial signal such
as Agilent Signal Studio, 89600 VSA (vector signal analysis) and X-Series
measurement applications. Agilent measurement experts delivered an integrated
RF and digital test solution that combined industry-leading hardware with
application-specific software.

“It was critical to meet the stringent cellular specifications from GSM to
LTE, including W-CDMA, and TD-SCDMA with both speed and uncompromising
accuracy. Our innovative laboratory solution delivers a 10X improvement over
previous methods in system-characterization test time,” said Guy Séné,
president of Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group. “The unmatched
combination of hardware, software and support is characteristic of our 60-plus
years of market leadership in electronic testing, and it spans R&D through
validation and characterization. Agilent’s unique approach not only addressed
the technical requirements but also lowered the total cost of the solution.”

Agilent works with leading technology developers and international standards
groups to help ensure products can be brought to market quickly and with
impeccable quality while accelerating design, validation and compliance
testing. More information is available at and

ST-Ericsson is a global wireless platform and semiconductor supplier to the
top worldwide mobile-device manufacturers. Additional information can be found

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

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