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Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry’s First Design and Test Solution for 3GPP LTE-Advanced

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 5, 2011 — Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the industry’s first commercially available 4G system design library for 3GPP Release 10 — the W1918 LTE-Advanced library. The new system design library is available as an option to Agilent’s SystemVue 2011.03 release software. Wireless system architects and chipset makers working to provide the 4G network 1-Gbps peak download speed can now use Agilent’s W1918 LTE-Advanced library for earlier verification of physical layer (PHY) algorithms and system performance.

Today’s explosion in smart phones is driving wireless operators to accelerate deployment of 3GPP Release 8 (LTE or 3.9G) networks, in order to deliver an order of magnitude increase in peak user capacity, and the improved user experience it promises. 4G networks such as LTE-Advanced promise to provide this capacity improvement, but they require a higher level of sophistication to deliver the necessary performance improvement. Agilent’s new W1918 LTE-Advanced baseband verification library helps system architects, baseband algorithm developers and component manufacturers deliver on this performance by providing:

  • superior intellectual property access to earlier working models of the evolving 4G standard;
  • outstanding RF and MIMO channel modeling fidelity;
  • integration between multi-language PHY modeling and wideband test equipment; and
  • greater RF and baseband design-flow integration. 

“As the provider of world-class LTE solutions, Agilent is fully committed to providing engineers with the resources they need to create the next generation of mobile communication devices based on LTE-Advanced,” said Ron Nersesian, president of Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group. “Our delivery of the LTE-Advanced library, almost concurrently with the new standard itself, is a prime example of that leadership. As the LTE-Advanced standard evolves, and infrastructure is deployed, we will continue to honor that commitment by working to keep our customers at the forefront of this technology.”

Key features of the new W1918 LTE-Advanced library include:

  • support for new Rel10 features such as contiguous and non-contiguous carrier aggregation (CA) and downlink /uplink enhancements;
  • support for closed-loop coded throughput simulations with up to 8×8 MIMO with fading and active HARQ feedback;
  • simulation-based support for proposed MIMO over-the-air testing with standards-based fading, through optional W1715 MIMO Channel library;
  • overlay support for 3GPP Release 8; and
  • integration with Agilent’s signal generator/signal analyzer families, enabling early R&D validation of both algorithms and hardware.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The W1918 LTE-Advanced library is available as an option to Agilent’s SystemVue 2011.03 release. Both simulation and measurement integration with Agilent instruments will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona Spain, February 14-17, Hall 1, Stand A46. Initial availability of the library is expected in March 2011.

SystemVue is available now at a starting price of approximately $17,000. A free 30-day evaluation copy is available at www.agilent.com/find/eesof-systemvue-evaluation.

To download new application notes about the SystemVue LTE-Advanced library, view a brief demonstration video, or enroll in the Early Access program, please visit www.agilent.com/find/eesof-systemvue-lte-advanced. A photo of the LTE-Advanced library is available at www.agilent.com/find/SystemVue_LTE_A_images.

About Agilent 3GPP LTE Test

Agilent provides a comprehensive portfolio of LTE solutions. In addition to addressing LTE basics and test challenges, Agilent offers resources for those requiring more in-depth LTE technology information. Through its close involvement with the evolution of the LTE standards, Agilent is able to offer leading products that give greater insight into testing LTE devices in design, conformance test, manufacturing and deployment.

Visit www.agilent.com/find/LTE or www.agilent.com/find/LTE-Insight, for 4G LTE Advanced see www.agilent.com/find/4GLTE. A knowledge library of application notes, CDs and more is available at www.agilent.com/find/LTE-Forward

About Agilent EEsof EDA Software 

Agilent EEsof EDA is the leading supplier of electronic design automation software for microwave, RF, high-frequency, high-speed digital, RF system, electronic system level, circuit, 3-D electromagnetic, physical design and device-modeling applications. More information is available at www.agilent.com/find/eesof.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, electronics and communications. The company’s 18,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2010. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.

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