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PXB MIMO Receiver Testers available from Agilent Technologies

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Agilent Technologies  have announced the new PXB MIMO Receiver Tester for quick and accurate test of Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) receivers early in the design cycle.

The PXB MIMO Receiver Tester reduces development cycle time. The new instrument has the ability to minimise design uncertainty and equipment and lab setup time while maximising the performance and scalability needed to meet future test needs.

Such capabilities make the new PXB MIMO Receiver Tester suitable for R&D engineers developing and integrating MIMO receivers for 3GPP LTE, WiMAX(tm) and wireless standards.

The Agilent Technologies’ PXB MIMO Receiver Tester delivers up-to-date, signal creation and channel emulation capabilities for the LTE and WiMAX standards. It supports 2x2, 2x4 and 4x2 MIMO with a bandwidth of 120 MHz, and features custom MIMO correlation settings ( channel models, antenna pattern and correlation matrix).

Agilent Technologies’ signal studio signal-creation software runs in the instrument and provides up-to-date standards-compliant signal creation.

Using PXB MIMO Receiver Tester, R&D engineers can simulate real-world conditions in the lab that test corner cases and stress devices beyond standards requirements. Engineers can also test co-existence to ensure design robustness early in the design process.

Using Agilent Technologies’ signal studio or advanced design system, or the engineer's own waveform creation tool, up to four high-performance baseband generators (BBGs) can be summed for multi-format co-existence testing.

Each BBG supports 120MHz modulation bandwidth with 512Msa of playback memory for long, complex signal simulation. As design problems can be identified early in the lifecycle, engineers can reduce design uncertainties, minimising rework and shortening time-to-market.

A feature of the PXB MIMO Receiver Tester is its ability to minimise equipment and lab setup time. Its signal routing and automated power calibration eliminate the system setup required for fading and multi-format co-existence signal summing, and minimise test time.

Further test-time reductions come from pre-defined test configurations, which allow the engineers to define complex instrument settings for BBG and fading. An intuitive graphical user interface with easy-to-use drop-down menus provides quick and easy setup of test settings (MIMO channel models and editable path configuration table) and shortens the user's learning curve.

Agilent Technologies’ new PXB MIMO Receiver Tester features a scalable platform based on a field upgradeable architecture. The PXB MIMO Receiver Tester supports the test needs of future technologies such as 4G and higher order MIMO implementations.

The Agilent signal studio family of signal-creation software features a portfolio of WiMAX and 3GPP-specific solutions.

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