Agilent announces first 160MHz signal analyser

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Agilent Technologies has launched two new devices for analysis and generation of wide bandwidth signals.

Agilent says the solutions include the industry's first 160MHz analysis bandwidth option for the PXA signal analyser and Signal Studio software for 802.11ac signal creation. According to Guy Séné, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Microwave and Communications Division, The PXA's 160MHz bandwidth enables an extremely wide bandwidth signal analysis. "Technologies such as the emerging 802.11ac WLAN standard present new design and test challenges for both device developers and manufacturers," said Séné. "We address those challenges with our new solutions for signal analysis using the PXA and signal generation software for 802.11ac. They provide industry leading performance and features that enable engineers to quickly verify and troubleshoot their next generation WLAN devices and improve their time to market." The PXA has been designed to address the need for bandwidth signal analysis up to 160MHz, which is necessary to cover all of the bandwidths supported by 802.11ac. When combined with the 89600 VSA software's 802.11ac modulation analysis, the PXA is designed to enable high performance, comprehensive analysis of 802.11ac signals. Agilent's Signal Studio for WLAN software enables the creation of 802.11ac waveforms with BCC or LDPC channel coding, all MCS codes, and single or multi user MIMO up to four streams. Generation of up to 80MHz bandwidth signals are supported with Agilent's ESG, MXG or PSG vector signal generators and the PXB baseband generator and channel emulator; 160MHz bandwidth signal generation is possible with support from two Agilent vector signal generators.