6/10/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced the industry's first one-box test set that measures both WLAN 802.11a/b/g and Bluetooth(TM) modules from a single platform. The Agilent N4010A wireless connectivity test set with WLAN option 102/103 combines a fully calibrated vector signal generator and wide bandwidth signal analyzer into a single test set, maximizing manufacturers' flexibility and significantly lowering the cost of test by eliminating the need to purchase separate WLAN and Bluetooth measurement systems.
The test set supports all chipset manufacturers and provides simpler system integration, improved RF performance and faster, more accurate measurements than golden radio-based systems(1). These capabilities combined with the test set's low price significantly reduce the cost of testing WLAN and Bluetooth modules.
"WLAN and Bluetooth module manufacturers need test equipment that will help them quickly ramp production lines to volume," said George Taylor, vice president and general manager of Agilent's South Queensferry Division. "Agilent's one-box test set helps contract and original device manufacturers increase throughput by providing fast, accurate and repeatable measurements at a cost significantly less than purchasing and integrating multiple test set components."
The majority of WLAN manufacturing test sets consist of a golden WLAN radio, spectrum analyzer, power meter and power supply. The Agilent N4010A replaces the golden radio with a more efficient digital source and integrates the other components into a single box, simplifying the test set and significantly reducing calibration requirements. Engineers using test set options 102/103 are able to verify multiple 802.11a/b/g chipsets operating in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands. The test set provides superior RF performance to golden-radio based systems, and enables industry-standard modulation quality measurements such as error vector magnitude (EVM), which are critical for testing 802.11a/b/g devices. Using the test set Bluetooth option 101, engineers can make transmitter and receiver measurements as defined in the Bluetooth RF specification.
Additional information about the Agilent N4010A wireless connectivity test set is available at www.agilent.com/find/n4010a. Images are available at www.agilent.com/find/wlanobt_images.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The new options 102/103 for the N4010A are expected to be available in August 2004. The N4010A and option 101 are available today.
N4010A Wireless connectivity test set: $12,000
Option 102 2.4 GHz WLAN: $10,000
Option 103 5 GHz WLAN: $13,000
Option 101 Bluetooth: $4,500
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 www.agilent.com.
(1) Golden radio is a calibrated module used as a standard against which other products are measured.
Bluetooth is a trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., U.S.A., and licensed to Agilent Technologies Inc.
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