Agilent Debuts Multi-Measurement Signal Analysis for Wireless R&D

Novvember 15, 2011. Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced that a new multi-measurement capability is being added to its 89600 VSA software, enabling simultaneous signal analysis of multiple carriers and signal formats for more efficient testing and deeper signal insight in wireless test.

With wireless R&D and manufacturing engineers increasingly working with more than one signal at a time―whether for multi-format/multi-carrier devices or for viewing both uplink and downlink signals at the same time―analyzing one signal at a time is no longer efficient. Moreover, it fails to provide intelligence about the subtle interactions among dissimilar signals within a device.

The 89600 VSA software’s new multi-measurement capability has been engineered to deliver the power of multiple signal analyzers with the convenience of a single, optimized user interface. The software’s advanced architecture will enable engineers to configure multiple measurements simultaneously. Because all measurements reside in memory, any or all of them can be called on for immediate and coordinated execution. In addition, engineers will be able to perform measurements sequentially when signals are spaced too far apart to be captured in a single acquisition. With results then displayed on one screen, they will be able to use trace overlays and user-defined equations to do in-depth comparisons.

“The success of our wireless customers depends heavily on their ability to keep pace with rapidly evolving technologies and standards,” said Guy Séné, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s microwave and communications division. “By adding multi-measurement capability to our 89600 VSA software, which supports a wide variety of Agilent instruments, we will be providing the industry’s most flexible multi-measurement solution—a solution that enables engineers to see through the complexity in their wireless designs.”

The new multi-measurement capability of Agilent’s 89600 VSA is designed for use in a variety of test scenarios, including multi-standard radio (MSR). Along with its recently announced MSR measurement application for X-Series signal analyzers, Agilent now offers a range of test solutions supporting the product lifecycle of the MSR base station from R&D through manufacturing.

Agilent’s new multi-measurement capability will be available in February 2012 as a standard feature of Agilent’s 89600 VSA software. It is being showcased at Productronica November 15-18 in Munich.

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