Agilent Technologies Press Release - February 11, 2010
Agilent Technologies and Silicon Hive to Demonstrate Programmable Digital Radio-Frequency Processing at 2010
Mobile World Congress
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 11, 2010 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced it will demonstrate
with Silicon Hive B.V. completely flexible digital radio-frequency processing for UMTS. The demonstration will be
at the 2010 Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 15-19, hospitality suite 3.1HS115. The demonstration
will feature Agilent's vector signal generator and signal analyzer with Silicon Hive's HiveFlex CSP2500-based
programmable digital RF processing for UMTS.
Hive's HiveFlex CSP2500 processor IP supports fully C-programmable multi-standard and multi-band transceiver
platforms used on mobile smart phones and Internet devices. The processor builds on a scalable heterogeneous array
architecture, exploiting both thread-level and VLIW parallelism. The architecture includes a unique post-silicon,
configurable switch matrix, which allows licensees to complement the array processor at any point in the stream
processing flow with hard-wired accelerators.
"Agilent's flexible ESG-C platform is a key component of the UMTS programmable, digital, RF-transmit
demonstration," said Renaud Duverne, wireless R&D marketing initiative manager, Agilent. "We will demonstrate how
designers can perform tests at the digital and RF levels. We also will show how the MXA is the ultimate analyzer
for troubleshooting signals and analyzing any wireless standard, from 2G to 3.9G. Our complete digital/RF test
capability is designed to support the complete 3G/UMTS product lifecycle."
"This exciting display of the world's first programmable UMTS digital RF demonstration using Agilent's test
equipment shows the unmatched performance of Silicon Hive's parallel processing technology," said Ingolf Held,
director of marketing, Silicon Hive. "This unique IP solution supports novel RF IC architectures for cellular and
connectivity devices by combining the advantages of programmability -- such as faster time-to-market, field
upgradability, and easy product differentiation for global offerings -- with the silicon performance of hardwired
The demonstration includes an Agilent N5102A Digital Signal Interface Module that
provides digital inputs to an Agilent E4438C vector signal generator used for up-converting the digital signals
provided by the HiveFlex CSP2500. The RF-modulated, calibrated signals are then shown on an Agilent N9020A MXA
About Silicon Hive
Silicon Hive is a worldwide supplier of semiconductor intellectual property. The
company designs, builds and licenses application-specific solutions for imaging, video and communications
processing using its optimized programmable HiveFlex processor cores and complete vertical HiveGo solutions. IP
cores are supported by HiveCC program development tools, and partner-supplied application libraries. Silicon Hive
products enable semiconductor and consumer electronics companies to make fully programmable System-on-Chips
improving time to market performance. The patented technology originates from 10 years of research within Philips
Research and more recent improvements, additions, and commercialization by Silicon Hive.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier
measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis.
The company's 17,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $4.5
billion in fiscal 2009. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at