SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 27, 2008 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and Beceem Communications today announced they will extend their WiMAX(TM) collaboration to include Mobile WiMAX Wave 2 Protocol Test. Agilent and Beceem will ensure that customers can confidently use Agilent protocol test systems with Beceem's Mobile WiMAX reference designs. Both companies will verify that their designs are accurate implementations of Mobile WiMAX standards, thereby enabling their customers to bring reliable solutions to the market fast.
Protocol Conformance Test (PCT) is a vital part of the WiMAX Forum® certification process. The availability of rigorous and efficient protocol test solutions is a must for ensuring that the latest WiMAX technologies are delivered with a high degree of device interoperability. This level of assurance helps to create customer confidence and drive market growth.
Beceem is a leading supplier of terminal chipsets for the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard. Beceem's current BCS200 chipset is being used by leading Mobile WiMAX equipment makers and is being used in the trials and deployments of leading Mobile WiMAX operators.
"Our customers need the kind of independent and robust test solutions that Agilent is delivering," said Aditya Agrawal, senior director of Marketing, Beceem Communications. "Working with one of the Wireless Industry's test leaders, means that our customers have access to test solutions that support all aspects of our designs, whatever the application may be. Agilent's test-product suite provides the ability to test terminals, protocol compliance, RF and application performance. We are excited that our customers can now fully utilize Agilent's expertise for the qualification of their Mobile WiMAX products."
Agilent's N6430A PCT solution delivers a comprehensive suite of test solutions for 802.16-2004/Cor2 D3 Mobile WiMAX PCT and development testing with a scripting interface to a fully functional radio bearer. The Agilent E6651A portfolio of solutions supports many R&D testing needs in addition to PCT, including base-station emulation, RF parametric measurements and Radiated Performance Testing.
"We are thrilled about the extension of our PCT partnership with Beceem," said C. J. Meurell, European Operations general manager of Agilent's WiMAX and WLAN one-box-tester products. "Our partnership will accelerate the progress of both companies as we move ahead with Mobile WiMAX Wave 2. Beceem is one of the leaders in the Mobile WiMAX industry and we see them as an excellent company with which to partner."
For more information about the Agilent N6430A WiMAX Protocol Conformance Test and Development Solution see www.agilent.com/find/pct. Photos of Agilent's N6430A Protocol Conformance Test and Development Solution and E6651A Mobile WiMAX Test Set are available at www.agilent.com/find/Wave2_PCT_images.
Agilent in WiMAX Forum
A principal member of the WiMAX Forum (www.wimaxforum.org), Agilent is actively contributing to the WiMAX Forum's Protocol Conformance Test program, and is an active participant in the development of WiMAX Radio Test techniques.
Agilent has extended its expertise into manufacturing to help customers get designs to market faster and more efficiently, and will continue to provide comprehensive test tools as the lifecycle progresses into installation and maintenance.
Information about Agilent's WiMAX test solutions is available at www.agilent.com/find/wimax.
About Beceem Communications
Beceem Communications Inc. is the leading provider of semiconductor solutions for the mobile broadband market, and the first with commercially available terminal chipsets for Wave 1 and Wave 2 profiles of the WiMAX Forum that are based on the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard. For more information, please visit the company's Web site at www.beceem.com.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2007. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.
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