Agilent Technologies’ LTE Test Solutions Now Compliant with March 2008 LTE Standard


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Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced its compliance with the March 2008 release of the 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard included in 3GPP v8.2.0.

Agilent's LTE test solutions for design validation, verification and receiver test, signal analysis and prototype production each support the March 2008 LTE standard release. Agilent will continue to update these solutions to accommodate future LTE standard releases. Featuring a combination of flexible measurements, better measurement speed and exceptional performance, these solutions are designed to speed LTE design for next-generation mobile communications products. While official ratification of the LTE standard is expected in December 2008, Agilent has been shipping LTE test equipment since 2006.

"Agilent is fully committed to delivering LTE-compliant solutions across the entire development lifecycle -- from early protocol development through conformance test," said Ron Nersesian, vice president of Agilent's Wireless Business Unit. "Our compliance with the March 2008 version of the LTE standard further demonstrates this commitment and empowers engineers developing hardware prior to the standard's official ratification to stay at the forefront of this fast-evolving technology."

Agilent's March 2008 LTE standard-compliant LTE test solutions include:

-89600 VSA Software, LTE Option (89601A-BHD): The Agilent 89600 vector signal analysis (VSA) software with LTE modulation analysis provides RF and baseband engineers with a comprehensive set of LTE signal analysis tools, based on the latest 3GPP TS 36 series standard, for LTE physical layer testing and troubleshooting of LTE transceivers and components. It can be used with more than 30 Agilent products to make LTE measurements anywhere in the block diagram -- from baseband to antenna, on digitized or analog signals -- using spectrum and signal analyzers, oscilloscopes and logic analyzers. The latest software release adds support for the March 2008 LTE standard, Tx diversity MIMO analysis, full support for various uplink and downlink channels and signals, enhanced uplink auto detection, and a graphical user interface for manual user allocation.

-N9080A LTE Measurement Application: The Agilent N9080A LTE measurement application for the X-Series signal analyzers brings physical layer testing of uplink and downlink LTE signals to the test rack. It provides the industry's most comprehensive embedded solution with hardkey/softkey and SCPI programming user interface. When coupled with the industry-leading speed of Agilent's X-Series analyzers, it offers some of the fastest LTE measurements in the market, making it especially well-suited for use in automated testing during design validation and prototype production.

-3GPP LTE Wireless Library (E8895): Agilent's E8895 3GPP LTE Wireless Library provides signal processing models and preconfigured simulation setups for the ADS software. It enables designers to create spectrally correct test waveforms that comply with the March 2008 LTE standard. These waveforms can be used to conduct receiver test and measure the EVM, PAPR, CCDF and ACLR performance of 3GPP LTE system RF components. The LTE Wireless Library currently supports 36.211 v8.3.0 of the LTE standard, providing support for fully coded FDD and TDD uplink/downlink, as well as MIMO in the downlink. This release is available in ADS 2008UR1.

-N7624B Signal Studio for 3GPP LTE: The N7624B is powerful, PC-based software for creating standards-based LTE signals using Agilent's N5182A/62A MXG and E4438C ESG vector signal generators, and 16800/16900 logic analyzers. It provides the flexible functionality engineers require to verify the performance of LTE user equipment and base station components or receivers. This solution enables the configuration of transport layer coding, standard-based (HARQ process-based) LTE signals for early receiver test using BLER, and physical layer coding, standard-based LTE signals to verify RF performance (uplink/downlink). The latest software release adds support for the March 2008 LTE standard, including PRACH, sounding reference signal and PUCCH coding for the uplink, and PHICH and PCFICH for the downlink.

About Agilent and 3GPP LTE test

Agilent is leading the way with design automation tools and flexible instrumentation for early R&D design in components, base-station equipment and mobile devices. Along with its partners, Agilent is working to provide a broad, comprehensive portfolio of solutions that address the entire UE lifecycle -- from early development through production test and deployment. Using knowledge gained as a member of the various standards committees, Agilent's design engineers are developing scalable products with best-in-class measurement techniques.

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