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Agilent's new instruments meet U.S. DoD requirements

Posted: 16 Sep 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:agilent technologies? autotestcon? microwave synthetic instrument? lxi? lan extensions?

Agilent Technologies Inc. disclosed it will present prototypes at Autotestcon of its high-performance microwave synthetic instruments, which are said to meet the demands of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) NxTest vision for flexible, morphable modular instrumentation.

The new components, in the new LXI (LAN extensions for instrumentation) format, offer a smaller footprint, and are one of the highest-performance microwave instrumentations available. They also offer obsolescence protection for automated test systems (ATSs), which lowers the cost of ownership.

Pat Byrne, VP and GM of Agilent's RF and Microwave Communications Business Unit, said, "Unlike cardcage-based modules, our LXI-based synthetic instruments require less rack space, making system expansion easier."

The LXI microwave synthetic instruments take advantage of the same measurement science as the company's microwave PSA Series spectrum analyzers, PSG signal generators, and other high-performance instruments.

The LXI architecture

LXI is the next-generation, LAN-based modular architecture standard for ATS managed by the LXI Consortium, a not-for-profit corporation. LXI provides the basis for long support-life instrumentation implementations, as it is not subject to changing bandwidth, software or computer backplane architectures.

Agilent's synthetic instruments are expected to be available for order in late 2005.

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