TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Introduces FieldFox Pulse Measurements to Simplify Radar Field Testing

  TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Introduces FieldFox Pulse Measurements to
  Simplify Radar Field Testing

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- October 1, 2013

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced a pulse measurement
option for its FieldFox handheld analyzers that is designed to further
simplify radar field testing.

Radar is the most important element in any aerospace/defense communication
system. However, testing radar in the field can be challenging due to the
multitude of instruments engineers and technicians are required to carry.
Additionally, handheld products traditionally lack the performance necessary
to measure pulsed signals, and field measurements typically do not correlate
with those taken using laboratory instruments.

With the new pulse-measurement option, Agilent’s FieldFox analyzers allow
users to carry a single instrument into the field to verify and measure radar
pulse characteristics, S-parameters, spectrum analysis and transmitter power.
Moreover, all measurements made with FieldFox are consistent with those of
benchtop analyzers.

The FieldFox pulse measurement option efficiently characterizes radar signal
quality by leveraging Agilent U202x peak-power sensors (available in 18- and
40-GHz models). Working together, the pulse measurement mode and U202x enable
maintenance crews to check radar signal quality without having to carry a
heavy benchtop instrument into the field. With a single push of a button,
users can perform pulse characterization in the field and obtain all key
performance indicators.

“Carrying precision into the field is the key driver behind Agilent’s FieldFox
analyzers,” said Dan Dunn, handheld general manager for Agilent’s Component
Test Division. “Our new pulse measurement further builds on this idea by
enabling customers to use FieldFox to simplify their radar testing in the
field, while continuing to deliver Agilent-quality measurements.”

Improved Calibration Engine

The FieldFox calibration engine now features ECal module support. ECal support
reduces calibration time and the need to make multiple connections during
testing, while also providing for greater consistency between measurements.
For FieldFox users, that translates into fewer human errors and increased

Efficient Radar Field Test

FieldFox analyzers boast a number of features that help simplify radar field
testing. They include InstAlign, a built-in spectrum analyzer with time gating
(Option 238), burst trigger and pre-trigger, and verification of most RF pulse
transmitters in the field.

InstaAlign is a spectrum analysis technique to accurately measure radar
spectrum and power without time-consuming amplitude alignment and instrument
warmup. The time-gating function, specifically geared toward engineers testing
the pulse characteristics of their radar systems, allows users to view both
frequency and time domain at the same time. With time gating and burst
trigger/pre-trigger capabilities, Agilent’s FieldFox analyzers can measure
very narrow RF pulses (less than 1µs wide) with sweep time as small as 8 µs.

Agilent also offers a suite of economical microwave waveguide calibration kits
to support C, X, Ku and K band radar, satellite and microwave backhaul
communication measurements. The kits, which are ideal for field maintenance
and troubleshooting, provide users excellent measurement results at lower

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Agilent’s new pulse measurement capability (Option 330) is now available for
all FieldFox RF and microwave analyzer models at a price of $1,200.

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Agilent’s FieldFox handheld analyzers received Frost and Sullivan’s 2013 New
Product Innovation Leadership Award for Handheld General Purpose Test
Equipment. FieldFox was selected for its leading-edge product technology,
increased customer ROI, and superior value-added features and benefits.

Agilent will demonstrate the FieldFox pulse measurement capability, along with
its newest test solutions in microwave, millimeter-wave and submillimeter-wave
systems, antennas and propagation and wireless technologies at European
Microwave Week (Booth 105), Oct. 6-11 at the Nürnberg Convention Center in
Nuremberg, Germany. A 10-year Platinum Sponsor, Agilent will also present a
number of workshops, including a hands-on 3-D electromagnetic workshop using
EMPro and another on correlating microwave measurements between handheld and
benchtop analyzers using FieldFox. Registration is required to attend either

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
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