Agilent Showcases Prototypes of Microwave Synthetic Instruments

9/17/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced it will present prototypes at Autotestcon of its high-performance microwave synthetic instruments, which meet the stringent demands of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) NxTest vision for flexible, morphable modular instrumentation. These components -- in the new LXI (LAN extensions for instrumentation) format -- offer a smaller footprint and the highest-performance microwave instrumentation available. They also offer obsolescence protection for automated test systems (ATSs), which lowers the cost of ownership.

"By leveraging Agilent's industry-leading microwave technology into a modular form conducive to the DoD NxTest vision, customers can design high-performance ATSs with Agilent's traditional microwave products and then build the operational ATSs with their synthetic instrument counterparts when they become available in 2005," said Pat Byrne, vice president and general manager of Agilent's RF and Microwave Communications Business Unit. "Unlike cardcage-based modules, our LXI-based synthetic instruments require less rack space, making system expansion easier."

Agilent's industry-first LXI microwave synthetic instruments take advantage of the same measurement science as Agilent's microwave PSA Series spectrum analyzers, PSG signal generators, and other Agilent high-performance instruments. The synthetic instrument demonstrations at Autotestcon (Booth No. 305) include:

LXI Platform
LXI is the next-generation, LAN-based modular architecture standard for automated test systems managed by the LXI Consortium, a not-for-profit corporation. LXI provides the basis for long support-life instrumentation implementations, as it is not subject to changing bandwidth, software or computer backplane architectures. LXI's compact, flexible package, high-speed I/O and prolific use of LAN meet the needs of aerospace defense engineers developing radar, EW, satellite and military communications systems.

Further Information
Images of the synthetic instruments prototypes are available at
About the LXI Consortium product offerings, licensing and specification is available at
A backgrounder on LXI is available at

The Agilent synthetic instruments are expected to be available for order in late 2005.

About Agilent System-Ready Test
Agilent simplifies the process of connecting and programming test systems to help engineers design, validate and manufacture electronic products. Agilent offers open connectivity for a broad range of system-ready instruments, open industry software, PC-standard I/O and global support, which are combined to more easily integrate test system development. More information 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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