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Agilent Technologies ships 802.11n Wireless Library designed to speed development of next-generation WLAN products


PALO ALTO, Calif., March 27, 2006, Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the availability of the 802.11n Wireless Library for use with Agilent’s Advanced Design System (ADS) EDA platform. The new library is based on the Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC) proposal, and is expected to speed development of next-generation, high-speed wireless local area network (WLAN) products.

The EWC was formed to help accelerate the IEEE 802.11n development process and to promote a technology specification for interoperability of next-generation WLAN products. The EWC specification was recently adopted by the WLAN 11n joint proposal team as the basis for the emerging next-generation Wi-Fi standard.

“Establishing and conforming to a specification early in the design process is critical to successful transceiver chipset development,” said Afshin Amini, product marketing manager for Agilent’s EEsof EDA division. “Designing to emerging standards with wireless libraries such as the 802.11n can eliminate time-consuming design re-spins, saving developers hundreds of thousands of dollars and getting WLAN products to the marketplace by the quickest possible route.”

The 802.11n wireless library works within the ADS environment and with the Agilent Ptolemy simulator to streamline design and verification of multiple input multiple output (MIMO) circuitry used in orthogonal frequency division multiple-access (OFDM) designs. It contains preconfigured simulation setups, signal sources and fully coded bit-error-rate (BER) analysis, and allows simulation of up to four-by-four MIMO WLAN systems, yielding data rates that are up to twice as high as conventional two-by-two MIMO WLAN systems.

The 802.11n library also can be imported into Aglient’s RF Design Environment (RFDE), allowing RFIC designers to access 802.11n test benches within the Cadence Design Systems platform.

About Agilent ADS, Ptolemy and RFDE

Agilent ADS offers a complete set of front-to-back simulation and layout tools as well as instrument links for RF and microwave IC design in a single, integrated design flow. Agilent Ptolemy is a system-level simulation and design environment within ADS, based on a hybrid of data flow and timed synchronous technologies, that facililitates analog/RF and digital signal processing co-design. Agilent RFDE tightly integrates RF simulation technologies from Agilent ADS into Cadence’s analog and mixed-signal design flow to aid in large-scale RF/mixed-signal IC design.

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U.S. Pricing and Availability

The 802.11n wireless library is available now for purchase with ADS 2005A. Agilent ADS 2005A also is available now, with prices starting at approximately $8,400.
About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company’s 20,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $5.1 billion in fiscal 2005. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at


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