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Agilent offers HSPA+, E-EDGE test capabilities

Posted: 24 Oct 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:UMTS system  HSPA+  EDGE Evolution  3GPP system 

Agilent Technologies Inc. offers new 21Mbps HSPA+ and E-EDGE test capabilities for its 8960 wireless communications test set platform.

HSPA+ and Evolved-EDGE or EDGE Evolution are the next major enhancements to the 3GPP system. Both of these wireless standards offer numerous improvements designed to increase user data rates, improve network utilisation, and reduce latency. With HSPA+, higher data rates come from the use of 64QAM modulation on the downlink and 4-PAM on the uplink plus 2x2 MIMO. Reduced latency is realised through continuous packet connectivity. Network utilisation is improved with discontinuous reception and transmission. The newest enhancements to the E6703E W-CDMA/HSPA Lab Application add HSPA+ with 64QAM in the downlink, Fixed Reference Channel H-Set 8, and MAC-ehs, in addition to 21Mbps test mode data rate support.

Likewise, the E-EDGE test capability delivers a host of improvements to the E6701F/E6704A Lab Application. E-EDGE Dual Carrier Downlink enables UEs to receive on two radio channels—effectively doubling the EGPRS downlink data rate. Latency reduction is achieved through reduced transmission time interval that halves the current EGPRS radio block transmission time interval from 20 to 10 ms. Fast ACK/NACK reporting provides both latency improvements and enhanced network utilisation.

Agilent's 8960 test set is suited for wireless device development, manufacturing and repair of all major 2G, 2.5G, 3G and 3.5G wireless technologies. It provides test solutions for mobile devices across the entire lifecycle on a single platform. For R&D designers in particular, the 8960 bench-top test set provides a unique combination of automated standards-compliant RF measurements, high data-rate applications test and test solutions such as mobile battery drain, UMA/GAN and others.

Agilent's new HSPA+ for the E6703E W-CDMA/HSPA Lab Application and E-EDGE test capability for the E6701F/E6704A GSM/GPRS/EGPRS Lab Applications will be commercially available by December 2008. The HSPA+ test capability in the E6703E Lab Application and E-EDGE test capability in the E6701F/E6704A Lab Applications are available exclusively for customers who purchase the E6720A option 001 and 003 annual contracts, respectively.

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