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Agilent Technologies Adds 7.2/2 Mbps HSPA IP Data Connection, HSUPA Measurement Capabilities that Support Test of Wireless UMTS User Equipment


Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced new 7.2/2 Mbps HSPA IP data connection and HSUPA RF measurement capabilities for its Wireless Communications Test Set running the Special High Data Rate W-CDMA/HSDPA Lab Application. This one-box benchtop test solution supports parametric through functional test of wireless UMTS user equipment, and is available via subscription release to Agilent 8960 customers with E6720A annual contracts.

These new HSPA capabilities build on the 8960 Lab Application’s value of providing the broadest, most cost-effective benchtop solution for meeting a wide variety of user equipment (UE) design needs, including functional test and RF measurements for device validation, integration and regression testing. It is the first one-box tester to combine a 7.2 Mbps HSDPA/2 Mbps HSUPA IP data connection with real-time 3GPP network emulation and HSPA/W-CDMA/GGE RF measurements. As a result, the 8960 enables today’s cellular designers to effectively evaluate, on the bench, a device’s ability to process HSPA IP data flowing at rates of 7.2 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up. It is also the only one-box tester to provide all of the HSUPA functions -- RB test mode, PS data and power, ACLR, spectrum emissions mask, and code domain measurements -- with real-time connection status reporting and HSPA IP data.

Agilent’s new HSPA IP data connection capability helps to ensure UE design will meet the most stringent network conditions by testing the impact of data rates on UE hardware components and analyzing RF parametric performance of the UE transmitter and receiver. It allows cellular designers to further stress their design by testing data throughput while emulating a real HSPA network with additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN), fading, and inter-RAT voice and data handover.

“Agilent continues to be a leading provider of HSPA test solutions, ranging from Advanced Design System software and signal generation to spectrum analysis and network emulation,” said Niels Fach, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Mobile Broadband Division. “The addition of HSUPA test capabilities to the 8960 further extends this leadership role and reaffirms our continued commitment to deliver cost-effective, innovative and value-added solutions to manufacturing and R&D activities in support of new and emerging communication technologies like HSPA.”

The Agilent E6703T Special High Data Rate Lab Application works with Agilent’s 8960 Wireless Communications Test Set to create a cost-effective desktop network-in-a-box with RF measurement performance to meet the needs of today’s UE design environment. With its high accuracy and repeatability, this integrated solution expedites the chip, module, application and wireless-device development process.


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