Andrew Chooses Agilent for Power Amplifier Testing Solution

3/4/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that Andrew Corporation, a global provider of complete radio frequency subsystem solutions for service providers in the evolving global communications industry, is the first company to incorporate the Agilent GS-9200 multi-carrier power amplifier (MCPA) test system as part of its platform for power amplifier testing. The Agilent MCPA test system enables Andrew to quickly and accurately make the measurements needed to increase product yields while reducing the overall cost of power amplifier testing.

"Our Agilent test system enables us to reduce the time necessary to produce prototype multi-carrier power amplifiers," said Jude Panetta, vice president of operations, Andrew Corporation's RF Power Amplifier Group. "It gives us the ability to utilize one test source from the get go, and the flexibility to set up and maintain a standard MCPA testing platform at any of our manufacturing bases around the world without having to rewrite software."

The Agilent GS-9200 MCPA test system offers base station and contract manufacturers a scalable, fully integrated turnkey solution for power amplifier testing. In addition to extensive hardware capabilities, the MCPA test system utilizes advanced instruments to help streamline the transition from R&D to manufacturing. Agilent's MCPA automatic test system runs on Microsoft(r) Windows(r) 2000 and comes with a standard platform for MCPA testing and worldwide, 24-hour support to enable quick ramp-up of MCPA production.

The GS-9200 supports multiple radio formats, including W-CDMA, cdmaOne and GSM. The platform also handles calibrated MCPA measurements, such as MCPA feed-forward testing with automatic measurements and pre-distortion analysis for accurate, repeatable measurements in production. The GS-9200's unique tuning display shows multiple parameters in real time on one screen, helping customers significantly reduce the tuning time for MCPA feed-forward designs.

"The Agilent MCPA test system is a key tool for customers aiming to increase production yields and reduce overall cost of test," said Amir Aghdaei, business unit manager of Agilent's Worldwide Communication Solutions organization. "Our comprehensive portfolio of test instruments engages every link in the wireless networking chain, from research -- including developing integrated circuits, components and network equipment -- to product verification in manufacturing."

More information about the MCPA test system is available at

Pricing and Availability
The Agilent GS-9200 MCPA test system is currently available with prices starting at $295,000, depending on the configuration chosen.

About Andrew Corporation
Andrew Corporation is a leading global supplier of infrastructure equipment systems for wireless, fixed-line and broadband and Internet service providers and broadcasters throughout the world. Andrew is an S&P 500 company listed on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol: ANDW.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 35,000 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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