TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies’ PNA Network Analyzer Metrology Option Sets New Standard in Precision S-Parameter

  TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies’ PNA Network Analyzer Metrology Option Sets
  New Standard in Precision S-Parameter Measurements

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- October 17, 2013

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today introduced a metrology option for
its PNA family of network analyzers that offers national metrology institutes
and calibration laboratories around the world the ultimate in S-parameter
measurement accuracy.

Stability and measurement accuracy are key characteristics metrology
laboratories look for in a network analyzer. Most solution providers, however,
fail to characterize the thermal stability of their instruments. With no
specific data on stability, laboratories are unable to determine its impact on
resulting measurements.

Agilent’s new metrology option employs a unique technique for accurately
characterizing the thermal stability of its network analyzers, independent of
the effects from cables and adapters. The technique provides 48 hours of
stabilization data that accurately characterizes instrument drift stored on
the analyzer’s hard drive. This data can be used to calculate measurement

In addition, the new metrology option has optimized the raw performance of the
PNA family to address the specific measurement needs of metrology
laboratories. For example, all front-panel loops were removed to improve
stability. The PNA’s raw source match and load match were also optimized.
Breakthrough receiver linearity was realized by specialized hardware
techniques based on Agilent’s in-house semiconductor processes.

“Minimizing uncertainty is absolutely essential to our customers and others
working in metrology labs around the world,” said Gregg Peters of Agilent’s
Component Test Division. “Our new PNA metrology option was specifically
designed by metrologists for labs requiring the ultimate in S-parameter
measurement accuracy. Thanks to the unequalled stability and unsurpassed
measurement accuracy it delivers, the Agilent PNA network analyzer is now
setting a new standard in precision S-parameter measurements.”

Agilent’s PNA family of network analyzers includes the PNA-L, PNA and PNA-X
Series, covering frequencies from 300 kHz to 1.05 THz. The PNA-L is designed
for general-purpose network analysis; the PNA is the world’s
highest-performing vector network analyzer; and the PNA-X provides complete
linear and nonlinear component characterization in a single instrument with a
single connection. The PNA family offers advanced connectivity via LAN, USB
and GPIB; an easy-to-use open architecture based on the Microsoft Windows
operating system; and an extensive embedded help system. The PNA family’s CPU
and operating system can be upgraded as technologies evolve.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Agilent’s new metrology option is now available on both two-port and four-port
versions of all PNA frequency models up to 67 GHz. It does not support the
configurable test set, attenuator or bias tee hardware options. Pricing starts
at $84,130.

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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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