Agilent launches wireless communications test set and adaptor

Telecom Lead America: Agilent Technologies has launched
the E6607B EXT wireless communications test set and companion E6617A multiport

The EXT/MPA combination is designed to enhance test
throughput and reduce the cost of test in the manufacturing of smartphones and

Both the E6607B EXT wireless communications test set and
the E6617A multiport adapter are available in the US now, with prices starting
at $43,900 and $19,500, respectively.

Optimized for non-signaling testing, the EXT is an
integrated one-box tester that includes a vector signal analyzer, vector signal
generator, high-speed sequence analyzer and multiformat hardware. It offers
capabilities such as full cellular-band coverage up to 3.8 GHz (including LTE
TDD Band 43) and support for the fast-sequenced test modes implemented in the
latest chipsets.

Moreover, the cost-effective MPA adds simultaneous
receiver testing, sequential transmitter testing and simultaneous GPS testing
of up to four dual-antenna devices at a time.

Joe DePond, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s
Mobile Broadband Operation, said that the E6607B combined with the E6617A has
shown improvements in measurement throughput. This blends with its measurement
technology and software applications to help customers achieve unprecedented
improvements in throughput and cost of test.

To anticipate future needs in manufacturing test, the EXT
can be configured with a variety of X-Series measurement applications for
cellular communications, wireless connectivity and digital audio/video. The new
EXT test set includes three additions: LTE TDD, TD-SCDMA and analog
demodulation. Individual X-Series measurement applications can be included with
the original instrument purchase or added later.

Agilent Signal Studio makes it easy to create
non-signaling downlink signals for use with the EXT. In preproduction, Agilent
Sequence Studio enables engineers to quickly create and troubleshoot test
plans. To help accelerate time-to-volume, Agilent’s chipset software provides a
graphical user interface and programming interface to enable device control,
calibration and verification.

On the production line, the EXT helps manufacturers
achieve faster test times and increased yield. One key element is the advanced
sequence analyzer, which works in synchronization with the test modes in
wireless-modem chipsets to eliminate signaling overhead and enable multiple
measurements from a single acquisition.

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