Agilent Technologies Unveils Integrated WLAN Test System

11/13/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced the industry's first integrated WLAN manufacturing functional test system, which enables more efficient testing of WLAN 802.11a/b/g modules to help speed time to market and improve manufacturing yields. Agilent will provide a live demonstration of the new GS-8300 WLAN manufacturing functional test system at Productronica 2003 in Munich, Germany, Nov. 11-14, Booth no. 343 in Hall A1.

The Agilent GS-8300 is a fully integrated manufacturing test system that enables WLAN chipset and reference design manufacturers to spend less time developing and supporting functional test systems, and more time focusing on product development. In addition, automated WLAN tests from the Agilent GS-8300 provide critical feedback on manufacturing quality to help improve yields.

"The Agilent GS-8300 WLAN manufacturing test system, the only integrated WLAN automated test system available today, provides a high level of repeatability and a support structure not possible with WLAN test systems created by in-house R&D organizations," said Amir Aghdaei, vice president of Agilent's Worldwide Communication Solutions Unit. "The GS-8300's flexible, scalable system responds quickly to changing technological and market demands and helps WLAN manufacturers to be competitive and profitable."

The GS-8300 uses Agilent's one-box tester, which combines the source and analyzer in one box, to enable accurate, reliable functional test measurements without the need for a golden unit inside the test rack to set measurement standards. The ability of the Agilent GS-8300 to run two fixtures at the same time helps manufacturers increase throughput and improve asset utilization. The Agilent GS-8300 also offers several fixturing options that provide high-quality RF isolation, multiple test-step capabilities, and multi-interface PCI extensions. Low-cost shielded fixtures, such as the WLAN 6 GHz fixtures, provide excellent shielding, help ensure reliable and repeatable measurements, and support fast line changeover with flexible nest designs. Agilent's flexible, easy-to-use Wireless Test Manager interface software supports multiple wireless formats to help improve overall testing efficiency.

Agilent provides comprehensive consultation services to help with critical manufacturing functions, including transferring capacity to new manufacturing sites, optimizing manufacturing line processes, installation, training and RF expertise. Agilent provides a single point of contact so that customers can quickly access the services they need. Agilent's worldwide, locally delivered support services, including calibration, maintenance and spare parts, help ensure high system uptime.

Further Information
Additional information on Agilent's new GS-8300 WLAN manufacturing functional test system is available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent GS-8300 N4993A WLAN manufacturing functional test system can be ordered Dec. 1, 2003, with shipments expected in January 2004. Prices start at $66,000, depending on options.

Agilent in Communications
Agilent Technologies is a leading provider of components, test, measurement, monitoring and management solutions for the communications industry. Agilent's broad set of solutions and services, which include optical, wireless, Internet and broadband technologies spanning the entire communications life cycle, enable designers, manufacturers and service providers to accelerate the delivery of next-generation devices, networks and services.

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

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