TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Announces Faster RF Signal Generation and
Analysis to Significantly Improve Manufacturing Test Throughput for Power
Amplifier Front-End Module Test
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- August 27, 2013
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the M9391A, a 1-MHz to 3-
or 6-GHz PXIe vector signal analyzer, with up to 160-MHz bandwidth designed to
test the latest wireless standards. Used in combination with Agilent’s modular
X-series applications, the M9391A delivers a consistent user interface, common
measurement consistency, and backward-compatible APIs to accelerate test
development and throughput.
The M9391A is a complementary product to the M9381A PXIe VSG for testing and
design validation of wireless power amplifiers, transceivers and cellular base
stations, primarily picocell and femtocell. The new analyzer performs more
tests in less time, significantly reducing costs. It features innovative
Fastune technology that enables unprecedented servo-loop test times through
rapid frequency and amplitude adjustments. Plus, its hardware-accelerated
power measurements maximize throughput while retaining measurement integrity.
“The new PXIe vector signal analyzer has impressed customers with its easy
programmability and seamless integration into their existing test systems,”
said Mario Narduzzi,modular solutions marketing managerofAgilent’sSoftware
and Modular Solutions Division. “Once they witness this significant increase
in overall test throughput for power amplifier manufacturing test
applications, this solution is an obvious choice.”
Agilent X-Series measurement applications for modular instruments support a
common set of standard measurements for wireless communications signals. By
using proven X-Series software with the new PXI VSA, engineers can increase
measurement speed while ensuring code compatibility and measurement
continuity. X-series measurement applications enable the testing of major
wireless communications and connectivity formats, such as LTE, GSM, W-CDMA and
802.11ac right from the start, and ensure easy access to emerging standards
without returning or replacing hardware.
Engineers can use the Agilent M9391A PXIe VSA with the M9381A and modular
X-Apps to test wideband power amplifiers, front-end modules, transceivers and
more. The PXI VSA comes with 40-MHz RF bandwidth and can be upgraded to 100-
or 160-MHz bandwidth supporting extremely fast modulation analysis by
real-time hardware resampling. The hardware is license-key upgradeable to
adapt to new and changing requirements.
Agilent’s unique, industry-leading calibration core-exchange strategy
maximizes system uptime by providing fast repairs. In addition Agilent offers
one-day start-up assistance and a standard three-year return-to-Agilent
warranty as part of the standard product.
The M9391A PXIe vector signal analyzer is the latest addition to Agilent’s
growing lineup of PXI and AXIe modular products.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
Available now, the Agilent M9391A PXIe vector signal analyzer consists of the
following: M9350A downconverter, M9301A synthesizer, M9300A frequency
reference, and M9214A digitizer. The base configuration sells for $25,215.
License key software upgrades are available for increased analysis bandwidth,
frequency range, memory, and faster switching. Four PXI VSAs can be housed in
a single 18-slot PXI chassis.
Additional information about Agilent’s modular test solutions is available at
www.agilent.com/find/M9391A. Product photos are available at
www.agilent.com/find/M9391A_PXI_VSA_images. A video describing the M9391A is
available at www.agilent.com/find/M9391A_Video.
An in-depth Agilent modular products backgrounder is available at
Additional information on Agilent’s wireless test solutions can be found at
www.youtube.com/AgilentCellular and www.youtube.com/AgilentWireless.
Agilent Modular PXI and AXIe Products
Agilent offers a complete lineup of PXI and AXIe products, including
digitizers, arbitrary waveform generators, digitizing oscilloscopes, digital
multimeters and a range of switches.
Agilent Fastune is an electrical power and radio frequency switching
technology that uses digital baseband power-level changes and frequency
offsets (while maintaining amplitude and phase-calibrated accuracy) to provide
the speed and accuracy needed to reduce the cost of testing modern
communication equipment during manufacturing.
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 net revenues of $6.9 billion in fiscal
2012. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.
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