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Agilent discusses Asia business, modular instruments

Posted: 29 Sep 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Agilent Measurement Forum? LTE? modular instrument? education?

So in a nutshell, Agilent is offering our customers a wider suite of solutions, encompassing modular products, and we are also scaling up our offerings to include products on the AXIe platform. Combined with our strong RF leadership and our track record of deep proprietary technologies that we can leverage into the modular space, and our software offerings, we believe all these will put Agilent in a good position to better serve our customers.

How is LTE adoption trending in this region? What is Agilent doing in this space?
The number of worldwide LTE commitments is growing faster than any other wireless technologies ever. As of May 2011, there are 20 commercial LTE networks in 14 countries.

In Asia, MTS and Ucell of Uzbekistan launched their LTE services in 2010 and CSL Limited in Hong Kong and NTT DoCoMo in Japan followed. Smart Communication in Philippines, M1 in Singapore as well as Korean wireless service providers including SK Telecom and LG U+ began commercial LTE services in 2011. A lot more Asian wireless service operators are working in LTE for their future networks to improve wireless data communication rates and spectrum efficiencies. Besides, Asia's key wireless base station, user equipment, and chipset makers are playing an important role in worldwide LTE deployments. We also see huge potential in LTE TDD or TD-LTE, which China is leading. Besides China and India, more than 10 countries are investing in TD-LTE.

Agilent plays a key role in Asian and global LTE FDD and TDD deployments, facing a huge demand from researchers at LTE ecosystems. All of the key wireless players are working with Agilent to develop and move to commercial market of LTE. Agilent is also working closely with key standard bodies to enhance LTE and its future version: LTE-Advanced, which includes many features originally considered for the future ITU IMT-Advanced system. LTE-Advanced provides a global platform on which to build the next-generation of interactive mobile services that will provide faster data access, enhanced roaming capabilities, unified messaging and broadband multimedia. LTE-Advanced technologies, using simulators in its R&D center, have been able to achieve transmission data rates of approximately 1Gb/s on the downlink and 200Mb/s on the uplink. In fact, based on our technical knowledge and expertise, Agilent has proved its LTE leadership through introducing the world's first test solutions for 3GPP LTE-Advanced to the market in January 2011.

In terms of solutions, Agilent offers an extensive range of test equipment for base station and mobile device testing for both design and manufacturing test. Design test solutions include SystemVue Electronic System-Level design software, which offers a complete electronic design automation environment to create next-generation wireless communications systems. Component testing tools include Signal Studio software used to configure test signals for use on Agilent vector signal generators such as the MXG, and 89600B VSA (vector signal analysis) software. We also demonstrated in February the industry's first commercial design support for the physical layer of 3GPP Release 10: the W1918 LTE-Advanced library.

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