Agilent Unveils Low-cost RF SOC Tests for Advanced Wireless Applications

1/7/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced a new low-cost RF SOC test solution that tests, in quad-site, all devices in a wireless radio for all wireless applications for less than $860,000, comparable to industry expectations. The solution includes a new RFIC IQ analog option, which provides the performance demanded by the high data rates of emerging wireless standards, including 3G and 4G.

This new configuration includes all the digital, analog and RF functionality required for quad-site test of all devices in a wireless radio, from an LNA (low-noise amplifier) chip to today's highly integrated, zero IF RF transceivers. It also has the wide bandwidth and measurements necessary to cover the range of requirements for even the most data-intensive applications, including wireless LAN, BluetoothTM, cellular, GPS, cordless and others. Such a wide application coverage on a single test system ensures the highest utilization, which is critical in a seasonal, consumer-driven wireless market. High utilization, combined with the low capital cost and high throughput of this new RF SOC solution, lowers cost of test.

The new RFIC IQ analog option meets the stringent IQ test requirements of emerging RF SOCs. With data rates quickly rising to support consumer demands for streaming video, multimedia gaming, and Internet access on wireless products, more complex modulation formats are emerging in wireless standards such as 3G and 4G cellular. As a result, higher performance RF SOCs are being designed and tested, requiring higher-performance test equipment than previous generations of devices.

The new RFIC IQ analog option provides a relative amplitude accuracy of +/- 0.05 dB and a relative phase accuracy of +/- 0.2 degrees, exceeding the tight specifications necessary to meet these market trends. With dual-core 14-bit arbitrary waveform generators and dual-core 12-bit digitizers operating at 100 MSa/s, the RFIC IQ analog option can source and measure IQ channels in parallel, boosting throughput. In addition, the built-in signal processing further reduces test times. Since the RFIC IQ analog option uses the existing wide-bandwidth RF receiver of the RF Measurement Suite, capital cost is minimized while still ensuring the highest-quality test.

Agilent's low-cost RF SOC test solution includes:

About the Agilent 93000 SOC Series
The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is the industry's fastest growing, lowest cost single, scalable platform with more than 600 installed systems worldwide. 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 Gb/s, and the broadest range of mixed-signal and RF capabilities. With this range of capabilities, the 93000 SOC Series is the first choice for subcontract manufacturers (SCMs) and the preference for high-volume manufacturing. More information is available at

More information about Agilent's semiconductor test products is available at

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 29,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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