Santa Clara, Calif. Agilent Technologies Inc. has claimed the industry's first Digital Radio Frequency (DigRF) V4 test solution. It enables comprehensive stimulus and analysis for developers of radio-frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) and baseband ICs (BB-IC) as well as integrators of wireless handsets.
DigRF V4, driven by the Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance, is a high-speed digital serial bus between mobile baseband and RF chips that is a key enabling technology for LTE and WiMAX. The Agilent test solution allows engineers to work in the digital or RF domain and abstraction level (physical or protocol layers) of their choice to quickly characterize RFICs and solve cross-domain integration problems.
The digital wireless test solution integrates DigRF V4 stimulus and protocol analysis tools into Agilent's portfolio of digital, RF and wireless instruments. The new RDX (Radio Digital Cross-Domain) tester consists of two new modules, the Agilent N5343A exerciser module and the N5344A analysis module, which are housed in small, modular Agilent N2X mainframes. The modular structure is built to accommodate future MIMO designs.
The E5345A and E5346A active probing solutions with ultra-low capacitive loading (less than 0.15 pF) and high sensitivity provide system insight with minimum disturbance at the gigabit speeds used in DigRF V4 testing. Design engineers can choose between the N5345A Midbus Probe with Soft Touch technology for fast probing on prototype boards, and B5346A flying leads probing solutions, which enable monitoring of DigRF V4 links in space-constrained designs.
This solution supports both DigRF V4 and V3 specifications. The test software environment includes protocol generation and analysis, and interoperates with Agilent Signal Studio software and 89600 vector signal analysis software.
Pricing: Starts at $15,000 for each Agilent N5343A analysis and N5344A exerciser modules, and starts at $22,000 for each N5344A and N5345A active probes.
Product information: DigRF and DigRF technology and solutions backgrounder
Agilent Technologies Inc., 1-800-829-4444, www.agilent.com