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Testing tools roll for Certified Wireless USB devices

Posted: 11 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Aglient? certified wireless USB? USB-IF? WUSB? UWB?

Agilent's signal quality tester

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced it is shipping key test equipment and software necessary to verify operation of devices based on Certified Wireless USB from the USB Implementer's Forum (USB-IF).

Similar to wired USB technology, Certified Wireless USB makes it easy for consumers to connect peripherals and electronic devices to a PC or to each otherbut it does so wirelessly using WiMedia ultra-wideband technology. Industry analysts expect Certified Wireless USB to be a major connection strategy for electronic devices in computing, entertainment, communications and automotive markets.

Testing devices based on WiMedia ultra-wideband and Certified Wireless USB technology requires test equipment that can generate and receive signals with integrity. Device designers need to isolate and analyze the functionality of their transmitters and receivers within strict boundary conditions established by the USB-IF.

"It is paramount to ensure consumers using Certified Wireless USB products experience the same interoperability, ease-of-use and security they expect from wired USB," said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF chairman and president and Intel technology strategist. "The testing capabilities offered by our various member companies, including Agilent's transceiver testing solution, will help product designers deliver on that promise."

Agilent's UWB test tools consist of the N7619A Signal Studio for multiband OFDM UWB software, Agilent N6030A arbitrary waveform generator and Agilent E8267D vector signal generator for receiver testing. For transmitter testing, the Agilent DSO80000B Series oscilloscope is used to acquire the signal, and Agilent 89600A vector signal analysis software Option BHB provides signal quality measurements on WiMedia UWB radios based on Certified Wireless USB Technology. High level simulation of multiradio implementations is done using Agilent's Advanced Design System software. Additional information on these tools is available at

Prices for Agilent's transmitter testing solutions start at $85,000, with receiver testing solutions starting at $150,000. All hardware and software components are currently available.

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