TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Extends Reach of Its Signal Generators and
Frequency-Extension Modules Address Growing Needs in Millimeter-Wave
Communications, Wireless Networks and Aerospace/Defense
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- September 4, 2013
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today introduced a line of
frequency-extension modules from Virginia Diodes Inc. (VDI), a company that
designs, manufactures and sells millimeter-wave and terahertz devices,
components and systems, for its signal generators and analyzers.
Covering millimeter frequencies up to 1.1 THz, the VDI modules extend the
reach of Agilent’s signal generators and analyzers to address growing needs in
early next-generation wireless research, sometimes referred to as 5G. The VDI
modules are also ideal for working with millimeter-wave communication backhaul
systems and emerging wireless standards such as IEEE 802.11ad, as well as a
range of aerospace/defense applications.
As applications move to higher frequencies to support increased modulation
bandwidth and seek out an uncrowded spectrum, measurement challenges increase
dramatically. Agilent’s signal generators and analyzers, coupled with the new
extender modules from VDI, address these challenges by enabling designers to
accurately generate and analyze complex millimeter-wave signals.
“Access to innovative measurement solutions is essential to early research
into next-generation wireless systems and other millimeter-wave applications,”
said Andy Botka, vice president of Agilent’s Microwave & Communications
Division. “Working with companies like VDI, we’re able to ensure that our
signal generators and analyzers effectively address emerging measurement
The new VDI modules offer much higher performance than other frequency
extenders, enabling better measurement results. The VDI source modules, for
example, offer higher output power, while the VDI signal analyzer modules
reduce conversion loss and increase sensitivity. Performance specifications
such as these provide greater overall dynamic range for a variety of
The VDI signal analyzer modules offer two modes of operation: standard
external mixer and wideband block downconverter. The block downconverter mode
enables analysis of wideband modulated signals using either an Agilent signal
analyzer or wideband digital oscilloscope running Agilent 89600 VSA software.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The new VDI frequency-extension modules are now available from Agilent at
prices ranging from $21,000 to $53,100, depending on the frequency band of the
module. Agilent also re-sells VDI millimeter test heads for its PNA-X family
of vector network analyzers.
More information on the VDI frequency-extension modules for Agilent’s signal
generators and analyzers is available at www.agilent.com/find/SG_mmwave and
www.agilent.com/find/SA_mmwave. Images are available at
About Virginia Diodes Inc.
VDI manufactures state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment for
millimeter-wave and THz applications. These products include modules that
extend the performance of network analyzers, spectrum analyzers and signal
generators to frequencies as high as 1.1 THz. VDI’s other products include
basic terahertz components, including detectors, mixers and frequency
multipliers, as well as power meters and custom systems for reliable operation
up to 3 THz. Information about VDI is available at www.vadiodes.com.
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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