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Handheld Analyzers enable in-field radar performance validation.

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March 20, 2014 - Able to operate in harsh and hard-to-reach locations, FieldFox functions as basic cable and antenna analyzer with spectrum and vector network analysis capabilities. Line replaceable unit (LRU)-level measurements include full pulse analysis capability to 40 GHz using U2022XA Peak Power Sensor and relative timing measurement of transmitter main to auxiliary pulses. Along with built-in power meter, features include support for Stable Local Oscillator phase alignment via vector voltmeter mode.

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Original Press Release

Agilent Technologies' FieldFox Handheld Analyzers Provide Easier, More Cost-Effective, Complete Solution for Precision Radar Performance Validation in the Field

Press release date: March 12, 2014

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that its FieldFox handheld combination analyzers offer an easier, more cost-effective solution than benchtop instruments, with the accuracy and functionality required for performing precision radar system performance validation, including maintenance and repair in the field.

FieldFox analyzers have a proven track record of reducing cost-of-test while also increasing the uptime of mission-critical systems-critical capabilities for modern radar systems. Such systems are typically classified as ground-based, airborne, ship-based or space-borne and have numerous applications, including civilian air-traffic control, meteorology, traffic enforcement and military.

Civil air-traffic control radar systems are comprised of numerous line replaceable units (LRUs) and have been in place for decades around the world. To maintain these complex mission-critical systems, maintainers have traditionally been forced to use benchtop equipment, frequently beyond its normal support life. Until now, using expensive, high-performance equipment was the only way to ensure accurate and repeatable radar measurements.

"FieldFox analyzers, with their accuracy, ruggedness and wide range of functionality, represent a breakthrough for systems as complex as radar," said Dan Dunn, general manager of Agilent's RF handhelds. "The FieldFox combination handheld analyzers, with their all-in-one capability, give radar maintainers the capabilities they need to perform precision radar measurements on complex mission-critical systems in even the most difficult test environments."

The easier, more cost-effective FieldFox combination analyzer solution for radar system performance validation includes:

An all-in-one combination analyzer that functions as a basic cable and antenna analyzer with spectrum and vector network analysis capabilities.
A built-in power meter and vector voltmeter.
LRU-level measurements, including a full pulse analysis capability to 40 GHz using the U2022XA Peak Power Sensor, and relative timing measurement of transmitter main to auxiliary pulses.
Support for Stable Local Oscillator phase alignment via vector voltmeter mode.
Compliance with IEC/EN 60529 IP53 requirements for protection from dust and water.
Compliance with U.S. MIL-PRF-28800F Class 2 requirements.

The Agilent FieldFox combination analyzers deliver benchtop-instrument accuracy in field-test environments. This performance, coupled with their ability to operate in harsh conditions and hard-to-reach locations, allows radar maintainers to use them for all their radar ground station installation and maintenance measurement needs.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Agilent's FieldFox combination analyzers are now available starting at $10,795. A fully optioned FieldFox analyzer configured and optimized for radar testing in the field is approximately $24,500.

More information on the FieldFox combination analyzers is available at www.agilent.com/find/FieldFox. Images of the analyzers are available at www.agilent.com/find/FieldFoxradar_images. Go to www.agilent.com/find/FieldFoxradar to watch a video, download application notes and listen to the on-demand webinar on Precision Validation of Radar System Performance in the Field. A backgrounder on the use of the FieldFox combination analyzers for precision validation of radar system performance is available at www.agilent.com/find/FieldFoxradar_backgrounder.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company's 20,600 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had revenues of $6.8 billion in fiscal 2013. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.

On Sept. 19, 2013, Agilent announced plans to separate into two publicly traded companies through a tax-free spinoff of its electronic measurement business. The new company is named Keysight Technologies, Inc. The separation is expected to be completed in early November 2014.

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Janet Smith, Americas
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