Agilent Enhances 93000 RF Measurement Suite for Advanced Wireless Apps

5/26/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced enhancements to its 93000 SOC Series RF Measurement Suite for characterization test of advanced wireless applications. The enhancements provide maximum performance and robust capability for characterization and production tests. This low-cost RF SOC solution is available for $865,000 and is configured to test all devices (in quad site) in a wireless radio for all wireless applications.

Advanced wireless standards, such as 3G, provide higher data rates to meet the demands of consumer-driven, data-intensive applications such as streaming video, MP3 downloads, multimedia gaming and messaging, and wireless Internet access. To achieve higher data rates, these new standards use more complex modulation formats, resulting in wider bandwidths and higher dynamic range signals. As a result, next-generation RF SOCs are designed with even higher performance to meet these new requirements.

The enhanced RF Measurement Suite for the Agilent 93000 SOC test system offers industry-leading performance to meet the rigorous requirements of next- generation devices for advanced wireless applications, in both production and characterization. The performance parameters of the system have been optimized to provide the dynamic range required to make low-level signal measurements, including noise figure and ACLR, for 3G devices. A wide dynamic range and low noise floor provide increased accuracy with less averaging for these sensitive measurements, ultimately allowing higher throughput and yield.

The RF Measurement Suite has the necessary RF capability to meet stringent test requirements due to a noise floor down to -161 dBm/Hz for noise figure measurements on devices with built-in LNAs, and ACLR performance better than -60dBc to meet first- and second-channel ACLR requirements as well as other guidelines. Combined with the high-performance RFIC IQ analog option, the RF Measurement Suite is able to test a range of RF devices, from the LNA to the highly integrated RF transceiver for characterization and production.

Several factors affect the performance of noise figure measurements, including noise floor, the evaluation technique and the calibration method. The RF Measurement Suite uses the cold noise technique to make measurements, which under typical conditions is faster and provides better performance than other methods, especially in a production environment. The noise figure calibration includes a two-port s-parameter calibration and a receiver tuner calibration to provide accurate and repeatable measurements.

Time to market, a critical factor in today's short device life cycles, is addressed by the Agilent 93000 RF Measurement Suite's ability to enable fast correlation throughout the device life cycle, speeding test plan development. Since the Agilent 93000 uses the same measurement algorithms, signal definitions and libraries as Agilent's EDA tools and benchtop equipment, correlation is faster, and the 93000 can be used both in characterization and production. Additionally, the RF debug tools and the ability to download signal formats and impairments created in Agilent's EDA tools, speed test plan development.

"The RF Measurement Suite offers unparalleled testing flexibility to our customers while minimizing costs and decreasing risks," said Tom Newsom, vice president and general manager of Agilent's SOC Business Unit. "We have developed this product to meet high-definition standards and provide characterization and production benefits that will continue to reinforce our dedication to future testing."

About the RF Measurement Suite
The Agilent 93000 RF Measurement Suite includes features such as fast switching sources to provide rapid frequency and power level switching, system level tests such as EVM and BER, and built-in processing with an on-board DSP for fast test times. The low-cost RF SOC solution at $865,000 is based on a C200e model with 64 digital pins and the RF Measurement Suite.

The new enhancements for the Agilent 93000 RF Measurement Suite will be available in June 2004. Additional information is available at

About the Agilent 93000 SOC Series
The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is the industry's fastest growing, lowest cost single, scalable platform architecture with more than 800 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 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 28,000 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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