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Agilent, Sequans partner on mobile WiMAX test systems

Posted: 28 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiMAX? RF test systems? mobile stations?

Agilent Technologies Inc. and Sequans Communications announced a collaboration to support the rollout of mobile WiMAX-compliant equipment in two ways.

The companies will work on pre-validating the Agilent Protocol Conformance Test (PCT) system, and on the speed-optimization of RF power-calibration and production-test systems for both fixed and mobile WiMAX modules.

Sequans is a supplier of chipsets for the IEEE 802.16e-2005 and fixed WiMAX IEEE 802.16-2004 standards. The Agilent PCT system, which is based on Agilent's E6651A WiMAX test set, is undergoing pre-validation testing at a WiMAX Forum-authorized testing laboratory using mobile terminals that use Sequans' Mobile WiMAX chips.

"Sequans' cooperation has allowed us to make great progress with the pre-validation of our PCT," said Niels Fach, VP and general manager of Agilent's mobile broadband division. "Sequans is a very experienced WiMAX chipmaker, and this is evident in our efficient collaboration."

Sequans' chips for WiMAX mobile stations (SQN1110 and SQN1130) feature high throughput and lowe power consumption. Its newest chip, the SQN1130 Wave 2-ready MIMO chip for WiMAX mobile stations, delivers more than 30Mbps throughput while drawing less than 280mW of power.

In addition, Agilent has also extended support for Sequans' chipsets to its MXZ-1000 WiMAX test system. The system incorporates Agilent's high-speed MXA Signal Analyzer and MXG Signal Generator, coupled with test automation software and device interfaces, to optimize the speed of WiMAX subscriber station tests in production. With Agilent's support of Sequans chipsets, modules based on Sequans' ICs can be calibrated and tested with the greatest speed and efficiency.

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