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Agilent Technologies’ New MXG ATE Signal Generators Target Production Environments

New MXG Enhancements Offer Higher Power, Improved Distortion
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 2, 2008

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced new N5161A and N5162A MXG ATE analog and vector RF signal generators for the cost-sensitive automated test equipment (ATE) environment. In addition to these new models, Agilent announced a series of enhancements to the MXG RF signal generators designed to deliver up to +23 dBm output power, extend the industry-leading distortion performance, and provide phase coherency support for MIMO and beamforming applications. Such enhancements make the MXG RF signal generators the ideal solutions for R&D and manufacturing engineers defining, developing, and optimizing wireless network and mobile communications test systems.

New MXG ATE RF Signal Generators

The MXG ATE RF signal generators provide the same industry-leading capabilities, performance and form factor of the popular MXG RF platform — all at a reduced price. These signal generators have been streamlined for ATE needs with removal of the front-panel display and all connectors relocated to the rear panel for convenient and secure rack configurations.

The N5161A MXG ATE analog signal generator provides CW and analog modulation, while the N5162A MXG ATE vector signal generator supports a multitude of digital modulation types up to 6 GHz. Combining the outstanding MXG performance, in two rack-unit heights, with a base price reduction over the N5181A and N5182A MXG products, makes the MXG ATE RF signal generators ideally suited for today’s demanding production environment.

Enhanced Power and Distortion Capabilities

A key enhancement to the MXG is a hardware change that results in the best combination of high output power and low distortion performance:

Output power — increased from +13 dBm to up to +23 dBm (20 MHz to 3 GHz), and from +11 dBm to +16 dBm (3 to 6 GHz) with Option 1EA. With its best-in-class output power, the MXG RF signal generators are able to overcome losses and drive high-power devices without an external amplifier, thereby simplifying test setup.
Distortion — specified ACPR performance of -71 dBc for single-carrier W-CDMA up to +5 dBm. Greater test margins and increased measurement accuracy stem from the signal generators’ low distortion performance at high power levels. This performance not only improves test yield, but also allows the engineer to test higher-performance components.
MIMO and Beamforming Capabilities

Thanks to its new enhancements, the MXG RF signal generators now offer complete solutions for WLAN, WiMAX(tm), and LTE MIMO test, in as little as four rack units. The MXG offers a compact, easy-to-use phase coherent test solution for 2xN MIMO and beamforming, and also enables system expansion to support up to 4xN. When combined with the flexibility of Signal Studio software for signal creation, engineers now have a lower price alternative for beamforming and MIMO applications.

The MXG RF signal generators, available in two rack units, offer scalable performance that can be tailored to meet the stringent test requirements for components and devices used in cellular communications and wireless networking. With options for frequency range, modulation, enhanced dynamic range and an internal baseband generator up to 125 MSa/s, the MXG can be configured to fit needs in R&D and manufacturing. The N5181A comes in 1/3/6 GHz frequency ranges, while the N5182A, N5161A and N5162A come in 3/6 GHz frequency ranges. The optional 100-MHz (125 MSa/s) bandwidth arbitrary waveform generator in the vector version supports W-CDMA/HSDPA, cdma2000, WLAN, LTE, WiMAX, GSM/EDGE, and more general and format-specific arbitrary waveforms.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The new enhancements to the Agilent MXG RF signal generators are now available. Pricing is as follows:

MXG ATE analog signal generator
starting price $6,997

MXG ATE vector signal generator
starting price $13,967

Option 1EA — high output power starting price* $2,500

Option 012 — phase coherency starting price* $1,500

* Note: Option 1EA and 012 prices are the same for N5161/62A and N5181/82A MXG RF signal generators.

For information about the new MXG ATE analog and vector RF signal generators and enhancements to the MXG RF signal generators, go to Photos of the MXG ATE signal generators and MXG enhancements are available at

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

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