TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Introduces Wireless Communications Test Set with Integrated Multiport Adapter for Manufacturing

  TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Introduces Wireless Communications Test Set
  with Integrated Multiport Adapter for Manufacturing Test

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- February 25, 2013

Agilent Technologies 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 production line.

“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 uses 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 FDD, LTE TDD, TD-SCDMA and 2G/3G. Individual
X-Series measurement applications can be included with the original instrument
purchase or added later.

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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Contact:

Agilent Technologies Inc.
Janet Smith, +1 970-679-5397 (Americas)
janet_smith@agilent.com
Twitter: @JSmithAgilent
Sarah Calnan, +44 (118) 927 5101 (Europe)
sarah_calnan@agilent.com
Iris Ng, +852 31977979 (Asia)
iris-hw_ng@agilent.com
 
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