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PXIe Vector Signal Generator is used for testing RF devices.

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September 10, 2012 - Able to simulate complex real-world communications signals through Signal Studio software, M9381A is 1 MHz to 3 or 6 GHz vector signal generator (VSG) with modulation bandwidth of up to 160 MHz. Baseband-tuning technology enables frequency and amplitude switching speed as fast as 10 µsec in list mode and 250 µsec from programming interface. List mode helps increase speed and provides flexibility by allowing engineers to change 80 parameters in as many as 3,201 list mode points.

Agilent Technologies, Inc.

5301 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara, CA, 95051, USA

Original Press Release

Agilent Technologies Introduces World's Fastest PXI Vector Signal Generator

Press release date: September 4, 2012

Exclusive Baseband-Tuning Technology Innovation Improves Switching Speed to as Low as 10µs and Accelerates Test Time

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the world's fastest vector signal generator in a PXI form factor. The Agilent M9381A is a 1-MHz to 3- or 6-GHz VSG that combines fast switching and excellent RF parametric performance: high output power, linearity and superior level accuracy, outstanding adjacent channel power ratio performance (for output levels up to +10 dBm or more) and wide modulation bandwidth (up to 160 MHz) for testing RF devices.

Agilent designed the M9381A for applications such as testing and validating the design of wireless power amplifiers and transceivers, public safety and military radios, and cellular base stations (primarily picocell and femtocell). The new PXIe VSG does more tests in less time, which reduces the cost of testing. Agilent's exclusive baseband-tuning technology innovation enables frequency and amplitude switching speed as fast as 10 µs in list mode and 250 µs from its programming interface. The switching speed is further enhanced by excellent linearity and repeatability associated with Agilent's signal generators.

The versatile list mode helps increase speed and provides flexibility by allowing engineers to change 80 parameters, including frequency, power and modulation in as many as 3,201 list mode points. This enables engineers to meet a wide variety of test requirements while improving test throughput.

Engineers can use the Agilent M9381A VSG to test wideband power amplifiers, front-end modules, transceivers and more, at standard 40 MHz RF bandwidth or options of 100 MHz or 160 MHz bandwidth with real-time corrections and ±0.1, ±0.2, and ±0.3 dB flatness, respectively.

The M9381A, with its excellent modulation quality at high output power, can be used at power levels up to +10 dBm or more depending on the standard with little degradation to adjacent channel power ratio performance. This enables engineers to directly operate at the required power levels without additional amplification to compensate for test system losses. The M9381A delivers ACPR of up to -70 dBc (W-CDMA test model 1, 64 DPCH). The output power up to +19 dBm can be controlled precisely with accuracy of ±0.4 dB.

"The M9381A is the first PXI vector signal generator that delivers the speed and accuracy needed to reduce the cost of test in modern communication manufacturing," said Mark Pierpoint, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Software and Modular Solutions Division.

The Agilent M9381A PXIe vector signal generator simulates complex real-world communications signals through Agilent's Signal Studio software. Signal Studio is a flexible suite of signal-creation tools that offers performance-optimized reference signals validated by Agilent to support standards such as LTE and 802.11ac. Agilent's unique and industry-leading calibration core exchange strategy maximizes system uptime by providing fast repairs.

The M9381A PXIe vector signal generator is the latest addition to Agilent's growing lineup of more than 60 PXI and AXIe modular products.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Available now, the Agilent M9381A PXIe vector signal generator consists of the following: M9311A digital vector modulator, M9310A source output, M9301A synthesizer and M9300A frequency reference. Pricing starts at $25,663 for the base configuration, with license key upgrades available for increased modulation bandwidth, frequency range, memory, output power and faster switching. Four VSGs can be housed in a single 18-slot PXI chassis.

The M9380A PXIe CW source (a configuration without the M9311A digital vector modulator) is also available, starting at $19,000 for the base configuration, with license key upgrades for increased frequency range and output power. The Agilent M9018A all-hybrid PXI chassis and M9036A embedded controller are ideal to complete both configurations.

Additional information about Agilent's modular test solutions is available at www.agilent.com/find/M9381A. Product photos are available at www.agilent.com/find/M9381A_PXI_VSG_images. A video describing the M9381A is available at www.agilent.com/find/M9381A_Video.

An in-depth Agilent modular products backgrounder is available at www.agilent.com/find/modular_backgrounder.

Agilent Modular PXI and AXIe Products

Agilent offers a complete lineup of PXI and AXIe products, including digitizers, arbitrary waveform generators, digitizing oscilloscopes, digital multimeters and a range of switches.

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 20,000 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $6.6 billion in fiscal 2011. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.

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