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Breakthrough in signal analysis performance

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AGILENT Technologies has announced the availability of its MXA signal analysis platform -- heralding the arrival of the next generation in signal analysis.

The MXA is the industry's fastest signal analyser with the highest accuracy of any midrange analyser. Its measurement speed enables dramatically improved throughput and yields in manufacturing.

Agilent's new MXA platform allows flexible signal and spectrum analysis measurements for the design and manufacture of wireless communication devices to current and emerging standards.

It seamlessly integrates a broad range of standards-based measurements, such as WiMAX, with Agilent's industry-leading 89601A vector signal analysis (VSA) software -- all in a single instrument.

In addition to the use of an open Windows XP Professional operating system, the MXA provides an advanced signal analysis user interface. All measurement features and functions are intuitively grouped and accessible from the front panel or via a USB keyboard and mouse.

Optional measurement application software provides preconfigured test routines for testing 802.16e WiMAX, W-CDMA, HSDPA/HSUPA and phase-noise applications.

Running the 89601A VSA software application in the MXA enables advanced signal modulation analysis and troubleshooting of the industries broadest selection of formats including: 2G, 3G, 3.5G, WiMAX, WLAN, digital video, and Private Mobile Radio.

Other formats supported are: CDMA (base and mobile), CDPD, GSM, EDGE, NADC, PDC, PHP (PHS), W-CDMA, TD-SCDMA, HSDPA, 1xEV-DO, 1xEV-DV, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/j/p, ZigBee, APCO 25, DECT, TETRA 1, TETRA 2 (TEDS), VDL mode 3, FSK: 2, 4, 8, 16 level (including GFSK), MSK (including GMSK), BPSK, QPSK, OQPSK, DQPSK, D8PSK, p/4-DQPSK, 8PSK, 3p/8-8PSK, 16/32/64/128/256/ 512/1024 QAM, 16APSK, 32APSK, 8VSB and 16VSB.

A complete set of one-button-power measurements is standard. These include ACPR, Channel Power, Occupied Bandwidth, Spectrum Emissions Mask, CCDF, Burst Power and Spurious Emission.

A breakthrough characteristic of the MXA platform is its intrinsic speed, which allows measurements from 30 percent to 300 percent faster than other analysers.

The MXA produces a W-CDMA ACLR fast-mode measurement speed of <14ms, marker peak search at <5ms, RF center frequency tune and transfer over GPIB at <51ms. Measurement mode switching speeds are typically <75ms. This exceptional speed enables a fast and seamless change between WiMAX, W-CDMA, HSDPA/HSUPA, phase noise measurements, and 89601A VSA software. As a result, the MXA provides the fastest local and remote measurements for accelerating design verification and expediting automated tests.

The MXA platform supports multiple frequency ranges from 20Hz to 3.6, 8.4, 13.6 and 26.5GHz, internal preamplifiers up to 26.5GHz, and analysis bandwidths of 10MHz or 25MHz. This fully scalable performance is complemented by MXA's 15dBm third-order intercept, -151dBm/Hz displayed average noise level and 72dB W-CDMA ACLR dynamic range, as well as industry-leading 0.3dB total absolute amplitude accuracy, which is made possible by the all-digital, 14-bit ADC IF section. The dynamic range is maximised with a built-in 2dB mechanical step attenuator over the full frequency range and an available 1dB electronic attenuator to 3.6GHz.

The MXA platform features an enhanced version of Agilent's familiar intuitive user interface. Its new functionality includes six trace displays, 12 markers, trace math to manipulate measurement data, and an auto-tune capability that eases measurement setup.

The MXA platform is part of the Agilent Open program, which simplifies test-system setup and integration by offering instruments based on open industry standards, and is fully compliant with the LXI class-C specification.

Connectivity is possible via 100 based-T LAN, GPIB and seven USB 2.0 ports. LXI is the next-generation, LAN-based modular architecture standard for automated test systems.

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