11/13/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced a one-box platform that enables more efficient RF testing, lowering the cost of test for products and components that incorporate Bluetooth(tm) and other emerging wireless connectivity technologies.
The Agilent N4010A wireless connectivity test set includes an option (Option 101) that speeds measurements and improves accuracy for high-volume manufacturing of products that incorporate Bluetooth technology, such as mobile phones, audio headsets, computers, PDAs, consumer appliances, cameras, VCRs and automotive telematics. During the product development cycle, engineers who design or integrate Bluetooth technology into chipsets, modules and devices will be able to create test sequences more easily and obtain faster, more accurate measurement results.
By Adding I/O connectivity (Option 110), the test set will also work with the Agilent 89601 vector signal analysis software and 89607 WLAN test suite software. This flexible software provides a broad range of signal measurements for evaluating wireless connectivity formats such as wireless LAN (WLAN) in the 2.4 GHz ISM band. Agilent intends to expand these capabilities of the N4010 platform for one-box WLAN testing in both the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz bands.
"As additional capabilities are rolled out, our N4010 platform will give manufacturers unprecedented flexibility to test multiple connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth and WLAN with the same box," said Al Schmidt, vice president of Agilent's Wireless Division. "Just as important, designers can gain greater confidence in their products prior to qualification to quickly move their designs into production."
The N4010A Option 101 makes transmitter and receiver measurements as defined in the Bluetooth 1.1 RF specification. The test set includes an internal test sequencer to shorten test and development time. Built-in capability accomplishes eight of the 16 Bluetooth test cases. The other eight can be made using other Agilent equipment.
Additional features, including audio input/output, RF analyzer/RF generator modes, and a graphical measurement application are expected to be available in early 2004. Agilent plans to introduce new test capabilities as the Bluetooth specification evolves.
Additional information about the Agilent N4010A wireless connectivity test set and Option 101 for Bluetooth is available online at www.agilent.com/find/N4010A.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent N4010A wireless connectivity test set and Options 101 and 110 are expected to be available Jan. 1, 2004. The Agilent 89607A and 89601A analysis software are available now. Prices are as follows:
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 30,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.
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