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RF test system targets 3G mobile handsets

Posted: 27 Aug 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RF test system  mobile handset  RF Conformance Test; wireless communications test set 

Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced the latest member of its GS-8800 family of RF design verification and conformance test solutions: the GS-8853 3G RF Conformance Test (RCT) system. This full-featured system for mobile handset conformance test leverages the measurement speed, accuracy and repeatability strengths of Agilent products. These capabilities make it ideal for wireless test laboratories, handset manufacturers, chipset vendors and NEMs performing full wireless RF conformance test.

The Agilent GS-8853 RCT system performs accurate, repeatable measurements, testing handsets for conformance to the individual test standards as prescribed by the Global Certification Forum (GCF) for UMTS mobile phones. PCS-type certification review board (PTCRB) validation is expected shortly. The GS-8853 system builds on the successful Agilent 8960 wireless communications test set. This architecture adds other high-performance Agilent instruments as well as the Anite Base band Processor and Anite System Software to perform RF conformance testing to 3GPP TS34.121-1 test specifications for Release 99 W-CDMA and Release 4/5 W-CDMA/HSDPA technology—all within a single test platform.

Supporting multiple technology formats (e.g., 2G to 3G and 3.5G conformance test) and an extensive range of bands, including Band 1, II and V, the GS-8853 flexibility minimises the user's capital investment, ensures development of quality products and provides an easy upgrade path for Release 6/7 HSPA/HSPA+ formats planned within 2008.

Agilent's GS-8800 family of multi-format RF design verification and conformance systems include the GS-8811 and GS-8812 benchtop design verification systems, as well as the GS-8830 Series rack-mount design verification systems. The GS-8800's measurement capabilities are augmented by an RF Interface Module, which handles RF switching and conditioning, and offers the highest measurement accuracy possible. The software includes pre-defined tests that conform to the individual technology standard, as well as a design verification environment where users can easily configure or modify these tests. Based on a core platform of Agilent test equipment and software, the GS-8800 family provides scalable solutions for the entire product lifecycle meeting the advanced requirements for both R&D design verification and conformance test.

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