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New application revs up Agilent's signal analyzers

Posted: 11 Feb 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:VXA Vector Signal Analyzer? measurement application? test software? digital signals? signal PHY problems?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced the VXA Vector Signal Analyzer measurement application for its X-Series signal analyzers. The new application is said to provide design, design verification and manufacturing test engineers with what the company claims is the deepest, most flexible set of measurement tools.

Complementing the speed of Agilent's X-Series analyzers, the VXA promises some of the fastest measurements in the vector signal analyzer market, making it suitable for evaluating today's digitally modulated signals, speeding transmitter testing and troubleshooting signal PHY layer problems.

Addressing challenges
Today, finding the right test software can present a dramatic challenge. Consider, for example, that when a signal is not designed to a commercial open standard, finding off-the-shelf one-button test software for the signal is simply not possible. As a result, design validation and manufacturing test engineers must assemble their own tests. What and how the engineers test their designs depends on the signal and its specifications. The new VXA Vector Signal Analyzer measurement application provides the measurement flexibility and deep set of measurement tools necessary to address the wide range of test possibilities for this "do it yourself" testing. It also speeds the test definition process since the engineer has to come up with fewer "work-arounds" and is no longer forced to omit a test due to lack of a measurement for the test.

For the design engineer, the VXA's deep set of measurement tools enable better, faster design troubleshooting. Essentially, the designer is able to assemble a more complete picture of the signal problem and its cause.

The VXA measurement application works with Agilent's X-Series analyzers to provide fast and easy measurements. This helps design validation engineers squeeze more testing into the limited time they are typically allowed. For manufacturing test, it translates into higher product-line volume.

Another key benefit of the VXA measurement application is its ability to put comprehensive vector signal analysis in the test rack with familiar automation tools like SCPI programming and LAN/LXI compatible interfaces. As a result, the engineer spends more time designing and implementing tests, and less time learning programming tools and instrument interfaces.

"Measurement flexibility and speed are key requirements for today's R&D, design verification and manufacturing test engineers," said Guy Sene, VP of Agilent's signal analysis division. "The new VXA measurement application is a continuation of Agilent's strategy to provide the X-Series analyzers with the most complete set of measurement applications on the market. By offering more measurements, with more flexibility to tune individual measurements, along with better measurement speed than other commercially available solutions, the VXA ensures today's engineers can successfully achieve their measurement goals."

Agilent X-Series signal analyzers feature the MXA and EXA solutions. The Agilent MXA is the industry's fastest, most accurate mid-range signal analyzer. Agilent's EXA offers speed at a lower price point. Together they offer unprecedented speed and application coverage.

The Agilent VXA Vector Signal Analyzer measurement application for the X-Series Analyzers is available now through Agilent's direct sales channels at a starting base price of $5,500.

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