7/18/2002 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced new enhancements to the RF Measurement Suite for the Agilent 93000 SOC Series that enable customers to test radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for wireless local area network (WLAN) standards. Leading-edge error vector magnitude (EVM) measurements and 6 GHz orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) stimulus capabilities enable the Agilent 93000 to cost-effectively test a broad range of WLAN RFICs.
"EVM transmit and receive measurements provide true performance verification, eliminating the need for many other RF tests, and resulting in a lower cost of test." said Bruce Myers, general manager, Systemonic Inc. "This capability on the Agilent 93000 enables us to provide quality ICs at a competitive price."
"Our flexible, scalable platform has been enhanced to minimize the cost of test for every type of wireless LAN RFIC," said Steve Fossi, vice president of Agilent's Wireless Semiconductor Test Solutions Group. "The Agilent 93000's strong RF, analog, digital, embedded memory and scan test capabilities enable the platform to test even the most highly integrated wireless LAN devices."
According to In-Stat/MDR, production volume of next-generation WLAN devices is expected to rise sharply in the coming years. Production volume for 802.11a devices is expected to increase from 805,000 in 2002 to 16,331,000 by 2006. Volume production of 802.11g devices is projected to increase from 6,700,000 in 2003 to 23,700,000 in 2006 (1).
The new EVM test capability performs critical transmitter and receiver tests on WLAN ICs. By performing EVM measurements, the device is tested under conditions similar to its final use environment, providing ultra-accurate performance verification. In most cases, a single EVM measurement can replace other RF tests, thereby reducing test time. Additionally, the RF Measurement Suite's new 40 MHz IF bandwidth RF receiver allows the system to perform adjacent channel power ratio (ACPR) and complex modulated power measurements in a single acquisition, further reducing test times and driving down the cost of test. For more information on the Agilent 93000 RF Measurement Suite visit: www.agilent.com/see/93000rf
802.11a ICs require at least 5.8 GHz modulated stimulus, as they operate within frequency ranges from 5 to 5.8 GHz. The Agilent 93000 with RF Measurement Suite supports true 6 GHz OFDM modulated stimulus capability. This eliminates the need for upconverters on the DUT board, simplifying design and reducing debugging time. By enabling cleaner DUT board designs, the true 6 GHz stimulus of the 93000 improves the accuracy and repeatability of crucial RF measurements.
New WLAN Capabilities Demonstrated at Semicon West 2002
Agilent is showcasing the 93000 with RF Measurement Suite's WLAN test capabilities on a Systemonic 802.11a+b chip and also on an 802.11b+g chip in dual-site. The demonstration will be held at booth no. 10516 at Semicon West. For more information visit: www.agilent.com/see/93000wlan
About the Agilent 93000 SOC Series
The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is the industry's fastest-growing, lowest cost single, scalable platform with over 400 installed systems. The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is designed to meet both the demanding performance and cost challenges of SOC testing. Models are configured to span the widest range of applications that may require ultra-high-speed digital data rates, up to 10 Gbps, and the broadest range of mixed-signal and RF capabilities. With this range of capabilities, the 93000 SOC Series is the first choice for SCMs and the workhorse for high-volume manufacturing. For more information on the Agilent 93000 and RF Measurement Suite visit: www.agilent.com/see/93000RF
Systemonic delivers complete silicon system solutions for the global wireless communications market. Pioneers in multi-protocol and multi-band technology, Systemonic's silicon systems deliver wireless streaming video, data, and voice applications in homes, offices, and public places. Headquartered in San Jose, CA and Dresden, Germany, Systemonic also has operations in Maynard, MA and representation throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information visit: www.systemonic.com
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 37,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2001. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com
(1) Source: In-Stat/MDR publication "WLAN Chipset Market - The Incredible Journey Is Just Beginning," dated March 2002.
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