TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Unveils Beidou GNSS Signal Simulation at International Wireless Symposium

  TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Unveils Beidou GNSS Signal Simulation at
  International Wireless Symposium

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- April 15, 2013

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced that it has enhanced the
capabilities of its Signal Studio for Global Navigation Satellite Systems
(GNSS) software and added real-time multi-satellite simulation of China’s
Beidou system.

Agilent is demonstrating the enhancements at the first IEEE International
Wireless Symposium, under way through April 18, at the China National
Convention Center in Beijing.

The Beidou satellite navigation system, also known as Compass or Beidou 2,
began offering service for the Asia-Pacific region in December 2012. It
currently has16 satellites in service; a full constellation of 35 satellites
is scheduled for completion in 2020. Following the official release of the
Interface Control Document with specifications for the Beidou B1I open service
signal, an increasing number of companies around the world have begun
developing Beidou chipsets and receivers.

A key enhancement to Agilent’s N7609B Signal Studio software, Option WFP,
supports these development efforts by enabling real-time simulation of Beidou
B1I satellite signals. The software enables engineers to simulate stationary
or moving receivers. A scenario-generation capability enables them to create
and edit custom scenarios.

Option WFP may be used with Agilent’s N5172B EXG or N5182B MXG X-Series signal
generators. It will be available for use with Agilent’s N5106A PXB baseband
generator and channel emulator at a later date.

“While the Chinese Beidou system is farther along in deployment than its
European counterpart, Galileo, it still faces the same test challenges,
especially with regard to receiver test,” said Jim Curran, marketing manager
of Agilent’s Microwave and Communications Division. “Addressing these
challenges is critical for its continued deployment and for proliferation of
Beidou receivers in consumer devices. Our software enhancements address these
challenges head on by providing users with the real-time capabilities they
need to easily simulate Beidou signals and generate Beidou-specific

Additional Real-Time GNSS Enhancements

Agilent has added a number of enhancements to the N7609B Signal Studio
software to improve its real-time GNSS capability. For example, 40 channels
for line-of-sight and multipath signals are now available for any combination
of GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou satellite navigation systems. Sixteen additional
channels are available for the Galileo system. Additionally, ephemeris and
assistance data output is now available for Galileo scenarios. The output of
simulated scenario data (truth data) can also now be accessed for comparison
with results from the receiver under test.

Product Option Changes

Included in the enhancements are a series of changes to Signal Studio’s option
structure. Previously, the real-time simulation function and scenario
generator function were offered as separate options for each GNSS
constellation. Since most users require both functions, these separate options
have been combined into a single offering for each constellation. The new
real-time and scenario generator options for the N7609B Signal Studio software
are as follows: Option PFP for GPS functionality, Option SFP for GLONASS
functionality, Option UFP for Galileo functionality, and Option WFP for Beidou

The previously available real-time GPS capability (Option QFP), as well as the
RFP, TFP and VFP scenario generator options are all being discontinued. Option
EFP for basic single-satellite waveforms will still be offered. Additionally,
Option 9FP has been added to support basic single-satellite waveform
capability for Agilent’s M9381A PXIe vector signal generator.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Agilent’s new N7609B Signal Studio for GNSS software enhancements will be
available May 1. Pricing for each of the new options is as follows:

Option WFP   Advanced Beidou real-time and scenario generation    $13,000
Option PFP     Advanced GPS real-time and scenario generation         $11,500
Option SFP     Advanced GLONASS real-time and scenario generation     $12,500
Option UFP     Advanced Galileo real-time and scenario generation     $12,500
Option EFP     Basic waveform generation                              $3,490
Option 9FP     Connect N7609B to M9381A PXIe VSG                      $0

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About Agilent Technologies

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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
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