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TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies’ PXIe Modular Vector Signal Test Solution Accelerates Smarter Micro’s Power Amplifier Development

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 intermodulation.

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 FEM devices.

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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