Agilent Targets Mobile WiMax

Agilent announced enhancements to its 802.16e OFDMA (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing access) capability for mobile WiMax

March 7, 2006

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PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced enhancements to its 802.16e OFDMA (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing access) capability for mobile WiMAX applications.

WiMAX is intended to make point-to-multipoint broadband network access widely available without the expense and installation limitations associated with wired options.

Agilent 89601A Option B7Y IEEE-802.16e OFDMA modulation analysis provides an advanced tool set for unfolding the intricate physical layer structure of mobile WiMAX signals. Its ability to analyze frames, zones and individual data bursts in detail makes it ideally suited for RF, IF and baseband engineers designing components and transceivers for 802.16e-compliant base stations and customer premises equipment (CPE).

Wireless metropolitan area network (MAN) signals, like WiMAX, are complex to troubleshoot, especially given the many pieces of the 802.16e physical layer. New enhancements to Option B7Y help simplify the analysis complexity of OFDMA signals. They include a special PRBS status indicator (PSI), detailed analysis at the data burst level, and data-burst-coordinated result color coding.

With Agilent's unique PSI, the zone permutation formula does not have to be correct for successful demodulation. In most cases Option B7Y will still demodulate the signal and then show the PRBS seed that generated the PRBS error.

Data-burst-coordinated color coding and coupled markers speed the process of tracking an error from the constellation through multiple EVM, PVT and spectrum measurements to the zone map. Option B7Y's six displays save the engineer time in switching between measurements.

The 89601A Vector Signal Analysis Software offers a wide range of troubleshooting tools for analyzing digital satellite video and other satellite signals, LMDS, 802.11b wireless LAN, 802.11a and HiperLAN/2 OFDM wireless LAN, Bluetooth(r) systems and more. Its flexible demodulation option is particularly well suited for testing proprietary single-carrier signaling formats. The analyzer features innovative error analysis tools and user-adaptive equalization to help the engineer identify the existence and cause of problems.

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A)

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