Agilent Technologies has released an innovative test solution in support of the draft-802.11n specification. The 802.11n standard adds Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) to increase data throughput and increase range. The accuracy, fast measurement speed and reliability of Agilent's new test solution make it the ideal choice for manufacturing managers and engineers performing high-volume test on draft-802.11n devices or modules.
Agilent's solution consists of the N4011A MIMO/Multi-Port Adapter and the N4010A Wireless Connectivity Test Set, configured with Option 103 for WLAN Tx/Rx analysis and Option 108 for 802.11n MIMO modulation analysis. A MIMO upgrade kit is available for customers who currently own the N4010A test set.
The N4011A connects to the N4010A test set to provide four switchable RF I/O ports for testing devices of all WLAN formats, including draft-802.11n. The N4010A Option 108 and N4011A combination provides fast electronic switching to allow capture and analysis of WLAN bursts on multiple channels without compromising measurement accuracy. This innovative technique allows full demodulation of the MIMO signal, providing greater insight to failure mechanisms revealed by measurements such as channel isolation and single-channel or MIMO EVM.
In high-volume manufacturing environments, the speed of the N4010A/N4011A provides increased throughput, while its measurement accuracy and repeatability provide users with confidence in the quality of the test device. This level of performance is critical to ensuring the lower cost of test that today's manufacturing managers and engineers demand. In the process, it helps them improve their overall competitiveness as well as profitability.
Agilent's draft-802.11n MIMO test solution also provides an interface to connect the device-under-test to a golden radio. This 19-inch rack-width setup enables calibrated multi-channel receiver tests and uplink/downlink throughput testing. When coupled with N4010A's parametric tests, these capabilities provide a comprehensive test functionality, which ensures product quality.
The Agilent N4010A Wireless Connectivity Test Set is flexible enough to measure the emerging wireless standards. As a versatile multi-format wireless connectivity test solution, it can be configured to meet the needs of today's Bluetooth(r), Bluetooth EDR, WLAN 802.11a,b,g and n and ZigBee applications.