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TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies’ PXIe Modular Vector Signal Test Solution Accelerates Smarter Micro’s Power Amplifier Development
|By Business Wire
|July 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced that Smarter
Micro has selected the Agilent PXIe modular vector signal test
solution to accelerate the development of its latest reconfigurable
multimode, multiband power amplifier. Smarter Micro is a fabless
semiconductor company that designs and develops radio frequency (RF)
integrated circuits for the communications industry. Smarter Micro is
using Agilent’s test solutions in the design of its new S308 power
amplifier, which significantly reduces the complexity of the
fourth-generation mobile design.
To achieve multimode hybrid networking and seamless mobile roaming,
mobile device manufacturers must meet the telecom operator’s multimode
and multi-frequency specifications. Smarter Micro is addressing this
need by using Agilent’s modular vector signal test solutions in the
development of its multimode multiband RF frontend OMNI-Smart platform
and the S308 reconfigurable multimode multiband power amplifier (MMPA).
The S308 covers the full frequency bands from 698 MHz to 2690 MHz and is
able to support UMTS, TD-SCDMA, FDD LTE and TD-LTE standards.
“The speed, flexibility and accuracy of Agilent’s PXIe modular power
amplifier test solutions helped us accelerate our multiband multimode
power amplifier S308 development,” said Guoyang Wang, Smarter Micro
marketing vice president. “Agilent’s professional technical support was
critical in the delivery of our OMNI-Smarter, the reconfigurable
multimode multiband power amplifier, which we believe will be the
revolutionary RF front-end solution in the 4G era.”
The full-frequency MMPA is designed to significantly reduce the mobile
radio-frequency design complexity and development cycle, thereby
reducing the total solution cost. However, multimode and multiband
brings additional test challenges, such as longer test times during the
product development, verification and manufacturing stages.
Smarter Micro used Agilent’s PXIe modular vector signal evaluation
system solution during design verification of the S308 power amplifier.
The system included the Agilent
M9381A PXIe vector signal generator, M9391A
PXIe vector signal analyzer, and automatic fast measurement software
with frequency support up to 6 GHz and 160 MHz analysis bandwidth.
The Agilent test solution reduced the verification test times by
enabling power servos to converge faster with outstanding linearity,
repeatability and absolute amplitude accuracy. The test speed exceeded
previous test instruments used and accelerated multiband, multimode and
many other test evaluation requirements. In addition to design
verification, the fast and accurate PXIe modular power amplifier test
solution was suitable for high-volume production.
“It is rewarding to see our PXIe modular solution successfully
implemented in Smarter Micro’s latest power amplifier development,” said
Mario Narduzzi, Modular Solutions marketing manager, Agilent. “Our
industry expertise, measurement science, test innovation and hardware
and software product portfolios are all designed to support our
customers to accelerate their product development and market delivery.”
Agilent recently announced the M9393A
PXIe performance vector signal analyzer (VSA), which offers speed
(up to 27GHz) and accuracy previously unseen in modular instrumentation.
Agilent’s new 89600
VSA software stepped spectrum capability enables the M9393A to
measure across 27 GHz in less than one second and with 10 kHz resolution
bandwidth. This allows for fast measurements of harmonics, spurs and
About Smarter Micro
Smarter Micro is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops
and provides MMIC, RF and analog ICs used in wireless handsets, wireless
communication infrastructure, remote radio units, RF test equipment,
satellite communications, automotive remote control and wireless
networks. The company’s product portfolio includes MMPA, WiFi PA, GPA,
switch, mixer and other MMIC products.
Smarter Micro has a broad range of technology capability and an
intellectual property portfolio of RF, analog and SOC designs. Our
strong technical core competency enables us to develop multimode
multiband OMNI-Smart platform.
Smarter Micro focuses on technical innovation with an efficient
operation model designed to meet its customer’s increasing demand for
high-performance, highly integrated, low-cost and small PCB RF PA and RF
Information about Smarter Micro is available at www.smartermicro.com.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) is the world’s premier measurement
company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences,
diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company’s 20,600
employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had
revenues of $6.8 billion in fiscal 2013. Information about Agilent is
available at www.agilent.com.
On Sept. 19, 2013, Agilent announced plans to separate into two publicly
traded companies through a tax-free spinoff of its electronic
measurement business. The new company is named Keysight Technologies,
Inc. The separation is expected to be completed in early November 2014.
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