TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry’s First LTE-Advanced 8x8 MIMO Signal-Generation and Analysis Solutions

  TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry’s First LTE-Advanced
  8x8 MIMO Signal-Generation and Analysis Solutions

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- January 3, 2013

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today affirmed its technology leadership
in LTE-Advanced test with its introduction of the industry’s first
LTE-Advanced 8x8 MIMO signal-generation and analysis solutions. The offerings
complement Agilent’s other industry-first solutions for the LTE-Advanced

LTE-Advanced is the evolution of LTE to 4G. Standardization work was done as
part of Release 10 of the 3GPP specification, with further enhancements in
Release 11 and beyond. LTE-Advanced introduces a number of enhancements and
new technologies to enable peak data rates of up to 1 Gbps in the downlink and
500 Mbps in the uplink. To achieve such a high peak data rate, LTE-Advanced
supports a maximum bandwidth of 100 MHz by aggregating up to five component
carriers, each up to 20 MHz wide, and improved multi-antenna techniques in
both uplink and downlink. For downlink, LTE-Advanced introduces transmission
mode 9, which enables Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) with up to 8
spatial streams and antennas.

Agilent’s comprehensive LTE-Advanced 8x8 MIMO signal-generation and analysis
solutions comprise Signal Studio and 89600 VSA software, as well as the
Agilent X-Series vector signal generators and multi-channel signal analyzer
with up to eight measurement channels. The solutions support generation and
analysis of FDD and TDD signals compliant with the 3GPP Release 10 standard,
and are well suited for R&D and test engineers designing and evaluating
transmitters, receivers, basebands, and components for LTE-Advanced base
stations and mobile terminals.

Using the Signal Studio and 89600 VSA software, engineers can start testing
physical layer implementations of LTE-Advanced devices with greater insight
and confidence, while gaining a deeper understanding of the root causes of
design problems. The multi-channel signal analyzer enables full analysis of
LTE-Advanced standards on next-generation antennas, base stations and user
equipment. Working with the 89600 VSA, it enables phase-synchronous and
cross-channel measurements with up to eight RF channels in a single mainframe.

Unlike competing solutions, Agilent’s LTE-Advanced solutions fully support 8x8
MIMO signal generation and analysis. Access to such capabilities enables
design engineers to actively engage in LTE-Advanced development work in
support of broad deployment planning in coming years.

“As a recognized leader and provider of world-class LTE solutions, Agilent
plays a pivotal role in the development, revision and implementation of the 4G
technology, LTE-Advanced,” said Andy Botka, vice president and general manager
of Agilent’s Microwave and Communications Division. “Our first-to-market 8x8
MIMO test solutions further complement Agilent’s comprehensive portfolio of
LTE-Advanced signal-generation and analysis solutions, and reaffirm our
commitment to actively leading the evolution of LTE to a 4G technology.”

Extending the availability of Agilent’s inter-band carrier aggregation
solutions, which already comprised signal analysis, Agilent is also adding a
signal-generation capability with cross-carrier scheduling. As an added
benefit, Signal Studio’s new advanced LTE-Advanced option allows design
engineers to perform receiver tests with fully channel-coded waveforms,
including support of Physical Uplink Control Channel (PUCCH) Format 3. The
waveforms can be created for receiver bit-error-rate, block-error-rate,
packet-error-rate, or frame-error-rate analysis in a range of applications
(e.g., performance verification and functional testing of receivers during
RF/baseband integration and system verification, and for coding verification
of baseband subsystems).

Pricing and Availability

Agilent’s LTE-Advanced signal-generation and analysis solutions with 8x8 MIMO
test are now available. Pricing is as follows:

N7624B-TFP    Signal Studio Advanced LTE-Advanced FDD R10   
                 (requires N7624B-HFP and -JFP)                    $3,300
N7625B-TFP       Signal Studio Advanced LTE-Advanced TDD R10
                 (requires N7625B-EFP and -JFP)                    $3,300
N7109A-C08       Multi-Channel Signal Analyzer, 8-channel
                 configuration                                     $208,500
89601B-BHG       89600 VSA software for LTE-Advanced FDD
                 (requires 89601B-BHD LTE-FDD)                     $3,600
89601B-BHH       89600 VSA software for LTE-Advanced TDD
                 (requires 89601B-BHE LTE-TDD)                     $3,600

More information on Agilent’s LTE-Advanced signal-generation and analysis
solutions is available at For more
information on Signal Studio, 89600 VSA, or the Agilent multi-channel signal
analyzer, go to,
and, respectively. A video on the 89600 8x8 MIMO
solution can be viewed at Images of the
LTE-Advanced solutions with 8x8 MIMO test are available at

Also see,,
and The Agilent book, LTE and the Evolution
to 4G Wireless  (second edition), written by 42 LTE experts, is available at

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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