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One-box RF tester handles HSPA measurements

Posted: 01 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HSDPA HSUPA RF measurement? W-CDMA? UMTS user equipment?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced the new 7.2/2Mbps HSPA IP data connection and HSUPA RF measurement capabilities for its Wireless Communications Test Set running the Special High Data Rate W-CDMA/HSDPA Lab Application. The one-box benchtop test solution supports parametric through functional test of wireless UMTS user equipment and is available via subscription release to Agilent 8960 customers with E6720A annual contracts.

These new HSPA capabilities build on the 8960 Lab Application's value of providing the broadest, most cost-effective benchtop solution for meeting a various user equipment (UE) design needs, including functional test and RF measurements for device validation, integration and regression testing.

According to Agilent, it is the first one-box tester to combine a 7.2Mbps HSDPA/2Mbps HSUPA IP data connection with real-time 3GPP network emulation and HSPA/W-CDMA/GGE RF measurements. Thus, the 8960 enables cellular designers to effectively evaluate, on the bench, a device's ability to process HSPA IP data flowing at rates of 7.2Mbps down and 2Mbps up.

The device is also claimed to be the only one-box tester to provide all of the HSUPA functionsRB test mode, PS data and power, ACLR, spectrum emissions mask and code domain measurementswith real-time connection status reporting and HSPA IP data.

Agilent's new HSPA IP data connection capability helps to ensure UE design will meet the most stringent network conditions by testing the impact of data rates on UE hardware components and analyzing RF parametric performance of the UE transmitter and receiver. It allows cellular designers to further stress their design by testing data throughput while emulating a real HSPA network with additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN), fading and inter-RAT voice and data handover.

The Agilent E6703T Special High Data Rate Lab Application works with Agilent's 8960 Wireless Communications Test Set to create a cost-effective desktop network-in-a-box with RF measurement performance to meet the needs of UE design environment. With its high accuracy and repeatability, this integrated solution expedites the chip, module, application and wireless-device development process.

The 7.2Mbps/2Mbps HSPA IP data connection and HSUPA RF measurement capabilities can be ordered via the E6720A Lab Application annual contract. This contract not only offers all new official releases that will come out during the year, but also gives customers access to subscription releases or early releases of test capabilities added to UMTS Lab Applications. Subscription releases are only available with the annual contract. For HSUPA RF measurement capability only, option 413 to the E1963A Test Application can be added to existing HSDPA test applications.

Pricing for the 8960 Series 10 Wireless Communications Test Set is at $56,600 while the Special High Data Rate W-CDMA/HSPA lab application costs $37,000. The W-CDMA/HSDPA Annual Contract, which requires a valid E6703D/T license, is priced at $12,000.

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