Agilent Offers Lower Priced L-Series Vector Network Analyzers

1/13/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced the ENA-L and PNA-L vector network analyzers that deliver performance and features ideally suited for basic network analysis at significantly lower prices than Agilent's flagship ENA and PNA models. The new ENA-L and PNA-L instruments were specifically designed for cost-conscious engineers working in production-line applications ranging from wireless communications to CATV, aerospace and defense.

Compared with Agilent's market-leading 871x and 872x instrument families, the new analyzers provide increased performance, a modern Windows(r) interface, and more features to enhance productivity.

ENA-L: Basic RF Network Analysis for Production Test
The ENA-L network analyzers are designed to provide the basic capabilities needed for characterization of active and passive components such as filters, amplifiers, antennas, cables, and CATV taps and distribution amplifiers. The addition of the ENA-L to the ENA Series adds two low-cost models, covering 300 kHz to 1.5 GHz and 300 kHz to 3 GHz. The S-parameter test set options provide the most accurate measurements, while transmission/reflection test set options offer the lowest-cost solutions.

Compared with the Agilent 8712 and 8714 instruments, the ENA-L has the following enhancements:

The ENA-L instruments offer substantial benefits in the manufacturing environment. Their sweep speed is nearly seven times faster than the 8712/8714, which translates into increased throughput. In addition, they offer powerful productivity features that reduce total test time, including an intuitive user interface, limit-line testing for pass-fail evaluation, and simplified calibration with ECal.

The ENA-L also offers versatility for specific applications. For CATV component manufacturers the ENA-L provides 75-ohm test port options, and 6- or 12-port solutions with the 87075C test set. For cable manufacturers, the fault location and structural return loss (SRL) analysis option simplifies thorough cable testing.

PNA-L: High-Speed Measurements to 50 GHz
The PNA-L is Agilent's next generation of basic microwave/millimeter-wave network analyzers and provides basic S-parameter measurement capability and frequency-offset capabilities for evaluating frequency conversion devices. These new lower-cost instruments are available in models covering 10 MHz to 20, 40 or 50 GHz. Compared to the 8720/8722 instruments, the PNA-L provides increased performance in nearly every area. For example, the PNA-L has frequency coverage to 50 GHz (versus 40 GHz), dynamic range at 20 GHz of 108 dB (compared to 100 dB), trace noise at 20 GHz of 0.006 dB (versus 0.03 dB), and measurement speed of less than 9 microsecond/pt (compared to 200 microsecond/pt).

Like the PNA Series, the PNA-L instruments are powered by the Windows operating system in an open environment, which lets users run any compatible software within the instrument, and allows the instruments to become part of an enterprise network. Their broad connectivity, COM/DCOM programming and extremely high measurement speed make them suited to high-volume manufacturing test.

In addition, the PNA-L Series' new features include:

More about the ENA-L and PNA-L instruments and their significance to both Agilent and the RF and microwave community can be found in the "Crafting the Next Generation of Low-Cost Network Analyzers" backgrounder.

Additional technical and application information about both instruments is available at and

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent ENA-L network analyzers range in price from $12,300 to $23,500. The PNA-L network analyzers range in price from $62,000 to $98,000. Both are available now.

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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