Agilent Debuts P-Series Wide Bandwidth Power Meters and Sensors

6/10/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced its P-Series power meters and sensors that offer a measurement frequency range up to 40 GHz with continuous sampling, calibration-free measurements and backward compatibility with Agilent 8480 and E-Series power sensors. The Agilent P-Series power meters provide fast, accurate and repeatable power measurements for R&D and manufacturing engineers working in wireless communications, wireless 802.11a/b/g networking and aerospace and defense.

"The P-Series power meters and sensors provide best-in-class pulse analysis and peak power specifications compared with any product of their type," said George Taylor, vice president and general manager of Agilent's South Queensferry Division. "This introduction enhances our wide bandwidth power measurement capabilities that are needed in today's fast-paced R&D and manufacturing environments."

The P-Series maximum sampling rate of 100 Msamples per second and video bandwidth of 30 MHz enables engineers to capture single shot events and perform repeatable and accurate peak power measurements. This continuous sampling capability means that multiple measurements of the peak power and rise time of a device under test (DUT), under the same conditions, provide identical results.

Agilent is the first to provide calibration-free power measurements by integrating a DC reference source and switching circuits into the power sensor to enable engineers to calibrate the sensor while connected to the DUT. Since zeroing and calibration are performed without removing the sensor from the DUT, this feature eliminates the multiple connections associated with using an external calibration source, thereby minimizing connector wear, test time and measurement uncertainty. Backward compatibility with all Agilent 8480 and E-series power sensors provides additional choices for conventional average power measurements over a wide dynamic range and frequency coverage from 9 kHz to 110 GHz.

The Agilent P-Series power meters are priced competitively with peak power analyzers. The P-Series power meters join Agilent's EPM Series and EPM-P Series power meters to serve a wide range of markets and customer needs.

Further Information
Additional technical and application information about the Agilent P-Series Power Meters and Sensors is available at Images are available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent P-Series power meters and sensors are expected to be available for order in September 2004 with shipments expected to begin in December 2004. Prices for the P-Series power meters and sensors are as follows:

N1911A P-Series single-channel power meter: $7,075
N1912A P-Series dual-channel power meter: $9,975
N1921A P-Series wideband power sensor (18 GHz): $3,675
N1922A P-Series wideband power sensor (40 GHz): $4,300

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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