Agilent Introduces Speedy 4-port, 20 GHz Network Analyzer

6/10/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced its 4-port, 20 GHz vector network analyzer that offers the industry's best combination of speed and accuracy for measuring multiport, balanced components such as filters, duplexers and RF modules. Agilent N5230A PNA-L network analyzers (options 240/245) enable RF and microwave engineers working in wireless communications, WLAN, signal integrity, and aerospace and defense markets to quickly characterize components, helping reduce the cost of test and increase production throughput.

"Cell phone and other wireless components are increasing in complexity and frequency, and engineers need an analyzer that provides the right combination of speed and accuracy to meet their constantly evolving testing needs," said Pat Byrne, vice president and general manager of Agilent's RF & MW Communications Business Unit. "With the Agilent PNA-L network analyzer, engineers have a comprehensive testing solution that provides the freedom and flexibility to cost-effectively test an array of RF and microwave components."

The 4-port PNA-L offers low trace noise (as low as 0.005 dB rms at 100 kHz bandwidth) and high dynamic range (up to 120 dB at 2 GHz), which provides engineers with greater accuracy and repeatability to minimize measurement uncertainty. In addition, Agilent's optional electronic calibration (ECal) module, a precision, single-connection calibration technique, enables engineers to perform fast, repeatable and highly accurate calibrations. With ECal, full two-, three- and four-port calibration can be performed 10 times faster than mechanical calibration.

The 4-port PNA-L's automatic port-extension feature automatically measures and corrects for fixtures, making measurements of in-fixture devices simple and accurate. Traditionally, engineers used port extensions and made fixture corrections manually, hindering test flow and increasing the chance of inaccurate characterizations. This new feature also corrects for a fixture's insertion loss to further improve accuracy.

Available options include a configurable test set that provides flexibility for measurement applications such as high power measurements, frequency-offset mode for mixer and amplifier measurements, and time domain analysis.

Further Information
Additional information about the Agilent N5230A PNA-L network analyzers is available at Images of the Agilent N5230A PNA-L network analyzer are available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent N5230A (options 240/245) 4-port PNA-L network analyzer will be available for order in July 2004, with starting prices expected to be $70,000.

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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