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Agilent Technologies Introduces 6-GHz Signal Generators with Industry-Best
May 1, 2012 Press Release
May 1, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 1, 2012 – Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced four
new X-Series signal generators that provide
unmatched performance in phase noise, output power, ACPR, EVM and bandwidth. With these capabilities, Agilent's
new MXG and EXG products (available in analog and vector models) support the development of components and
receivers that meet the complex challenges of mitigating interference, speeding data throughput and increasing
signal quality in applications such as radar, military communications and consumer wireless.
aerospace/defense environment requires enhanced radar performance to detect weak signals at long distances. To
provide the pure and precise signals needed to test these designs, the MXG uses an innovative triple-loop
synthesizer to deliver phase noise performance of -146 dBc/Hz at 1 GHz and 20 kHz offset. For developers of radar
components such as mixers and analog-to-digital converters, the MXG also features industry-leading spurious
performance of -96 dBc at 1 GHz.
In wireless communications, demand for more data and better coverage is
driving higher performance in consumer devices and network infrastructure. For designers developing faster data
streaming in 802.11ac devices, the MXG is the only solution with factory-equalized 160-MHz RF bandwidth and ±0.2
dB flatness. For those seeking to enhance range, mitigate interference and boost component performance, both the
MXG and EXG deliver three industry-leading capabilities: low EVM, output power up to +27 dBm, and ACPR of up to
-73 dBc (W-CDMA test model 1, 64 DPCH).
innovation in signal generation is driving the unsurpassed performance our customers need to test their highest
performance devices,” said Andy Botka, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Microwave and
Communications Division. “With signals that range from simple to complex and pure to impaired, the MXG and EXG
support detailed measurements that reveal the true performance of advanced designs.”
To support a broad
range of signals for cellular communications, wireless connectivity, video, and navigation, the MXG and EXG now
provide real-time simulation of complex real-world signals. The associated Agilent
Signal Studio software – a flexible suite of tools that accelerates signal creation – offers support for
rapidly changing standards and highly complex signals such as real-time simulation of
GLONASS constellations and performance testing of
LTE base stations.
In manufacturing test, the cost-effective EXG is optimized for extended uptime and
fast throughput (<900-µs switching). It also provides the signals needed for basic parametric testing of
components and functional verification of receivers.
To reduce cost of ownership, the X-Series is designed
for reliability and fast, easy calibration, service and repair. Today's MXG and EXG leverage technology used in
previous-generation MXG signal generators, which are among the most reliable signal sources ever offered by
Agilent. The recommended three-year calibration cycle and self-maintenance strategy will help reduce support costs
and increase instrument uptime.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
All four X-Series
signal generators are available now worldwide. List prices are as follows:
· EXG N5171B analog
signal generator, from $6,900. · EXG N5172B vector signal generator, from $16,970. · MXG
N5181B analog signal generator, from $15,500. · MXG N5182B vector signal generator, from $19,320.
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement
company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, electronics and communications. The company's
18,700 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $6.6 billion in fiscal
2011. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.