Santa Clara, Calif. Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced a new 1xEV-DO Release B test functionality for its 8960 Wireless Communications Test Set running 1xEV-DO lab and test applications. This capability makes the 8960 the first one-box test set to support both 1xEV-DO Release B for manufacturing and 1xEV-DO Release B RF test for R&D, Agilent said.
The 1xEV-DO Release B is designed to help mobile operators improve capacity, throughput and latency on their existing 1xEV-DO networks, and gives engineers developing multi-carrier capable, Release B access terminals early test capability. The 1xEV-DO Release B enhancement supports the new Subtype 3 Physical Layer which, in turn, supports multi-carrier operation and all related Release B protocol messages.
The Release B enhancement allows up to three test sets to be synchronized and connected to support up to three carriers. These carriers are tested in the multi-carrier mode of operation as defined in the Release B standard. The standard specifies this mode as the Multi-Carrier Test Application Protocol. FMCTAP and RMCTAP are protocols associated with the Multi-Carrier Test Application and are used for, among other things, conducting tests on forward and reverse traffic channels, respectively. In addition, a single-carrier Release B call can now be established using just one instrument.
The Agilent E1966A/E6706B test and lab applications work with Agilent's 8960 Wireless Communications Test Set to create a benchtop test solution for real-world network emulation and data throughput analysis. The E1966A 1xEV-DO test application for the 8960 is the first one-box test set to support 1xEV-DO Release A ETAP. The E6706B 1xEV-DO lab application for the 8960 allows developers to set up packet data connection for Release A testing at the IP layer of a mobile device.
- E1966A 1xEV-DO test application: $14,800
- E1966A-102 1xEV-DO Release A: $9,900
- E1966A-103 1xEV-DO Release B multi-carrier option: $6,000
- E1966A-406 Multi-Unit Sync: $5,200
- E6706B 1xEV-DO lab application: $41,000 (Includes all above options)
Availability: The Release B test capability for the E1966A 1xEV-DO test application and E6706B 1xEV-DO lab application are now available. To use the multi-carrier mode, E1966A users must purchase the E1966A-102 1xEV-DO Release A, E1966A-103 1xEV-DO Release B multi-carrier option, and the E1966A-406 Multi-Unit Sync.
Product information: E1966A
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