An Eye on Agilent Test & Measurement

February 27, 2010

Agilent Technologies’ Complimentary CDs offer Insight on Signal Integrity and Photonic Test

Filed under: Photonic Test,Signal Integrity,Webcast — janetsmithagilent @ 12:05 am
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What:    These complimentary CDs are packed with timely information to help overcome test challenges.

Digital Test: How to Master the High-Speed Test Challenge If you develop embedded designs, you face big challenges when it comes to characterizing forward-clocked memory, CPU interfaces and high-speed digital devices based on PCIe™2, USB, DisplayPort, HDMI and MIPI. Learn about the test requirements of your designs and get answers to your questions about compliance testing of next-generation multigigabit interfaces.

Photonic Test: Be Ready for 40/100G Optical Networks and Components Get ready for the transition to next-generation networking technology. This series of presentations covers test requirements for high-speed communication systems/components and advanced signal and modulation principles. Explore ways to test transients of reconfigurable network elements and measure the polarization and dispersion behavior of new component and network designs.

When:          Starting March 1, 2010, online

Where:    For further details and ordering:

For more information on Agilent’s series of webcast:

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February 19, 2010

Application Note on Testing High Power Devices using Agilent’s Nonlinear Vector Network Analyzer

Filed under: Application Notes — janetsmithagilent @ 10:41 pm
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What:    This application note discusses the challenges involved in testing high-power devices. High-power devices are common building blocks in RF and microwave communication systems. Mobile phones, base-stations and satellite systems all depend on high-power amplifiers. Characterizing the linear and nonlinear performance of such high-power devices is a critical factor in the design and verification process. Agilent’s nonlinear vector network analyzer (NVNA) and X-parameters offers a unique solution to this test environment

When:    Available now

Where:    This brochure is available at

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February 17, 2010

Agilent Technologies presents Second Webcast on PCI Express® 3.0 Testing

Filed under: Webcast — janetsmithagilent @ 11:53 pm

What:    Rick Eads, PCI Express Senior Program Manager at Agilent and member of the board of directors of the PCI SIG® and Yenyi Fu, Product Manager, Digital Debug Solutions at Agilent present “PCI Express® 3.0 Challenges & Agilent’s Test Solutions”.

This presentation will provide an overview of the latest developments in PCI Express 3.0 standards, some of the areas of the specification that would be key to consider for a successful PCI Express 3.0 design. This presentation will also highlight some of the test solutions provided by Agilent to help navigate the challenges in the PCI Express 3.0 specification, covering both the physical layer tests as well as protocol tools for functional and logical test and development.

When:          March 17, 2010, 10 am PST, One hour presentation

Where:    For further details and registration:

For more information on the previous webcast in February:

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February 12, 2010

FAQ: Agilent Signs Agreement to Sell Network Solutions Business to JDSU

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

FAQ: Agilent Signs Agreement to Sell Network Solutions Business to JDSU

Q1. What is Agilent announcing today?

Agilent Technologies has signed a definitive agreement with JDSU to sell its network solutions business to JDSU.

Q2.       Why is Agilent selling this business?

Agilent is selling its network solutions business because it believes the business and its customers will be better served by a company that is focused exclusively on communications network test.

Q3.       What are the financial terms of the transaction?

Buyer is paying Agilent $165 million in cash for the network solutions business.

Q4.       When is the transaction expected to close?

Subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval, the sale of the business is expected to be final in the June calendar quarter 2010.

Q5.       What products is JDSU acquiring?

Network solutions products include network assurance solutions, network protocol test and drive test products.  They focus on the verification, deployment and operation of telecommunication networks.  Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group’s ongoing communication focus is on design and verification of communication devices.

Q6.       Can you tell me about JDSU?

JDSU is one of the industry’s leading test and measurement companies for the communications infrastructure industry.

Q7.       What does this mean for network solutions employees?

JDSU has stated that they expect to offer jobs to substantially all network solutions employees.  The combination of these businesses is expected to be very complementary.  (For any additional information, please have reporter check with JDSU.)

Q9.       How many network solutions employees are affected overall?  Where are they located?

Agilent employs about 700 people in the network solutions business.  Primary locations are in Loveland and Colorado Springs, Colo.; South Queensferry, Scotland; Beijing, China; and Singapore.

Q10.     What does this mean for network solutions customers and partners?  Are they aware of this divestiture?

Customers and suppliers are being notified of this signed agreement.

Q11.     Does the network solutions business have customers in common with the rest of Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group?

The network solutions business serves network equipment manufacturers and service providers worldwide.  There is little or no overlap in buyers and users, and customer functions, between the network solutions business and the rest of Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group.

Q12.     Does this mean Agilent is exiting the communications and the wireless test market?

No.  Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group continues to focus on design and verification of communication devices.  Communications device test for current and leading-edge technologies remains an integral part of our portfolio. Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group remains a leader in high performance test and measurement for the electronic markets, including communications and general purpose instruments.

Q13.     Does Agilent have plans for additional divestitures within its Electronic Measurement Group?

Agilent does not comment or speculate on any possible future transactions. 

Q14.     Will this divestiture impact Agilent’s position in Long Term Evolution (LTE) / 4G?

No.  Communications device test for current and leading-edge technologies remains an integral part of our portfolio, and spans several quadrants of our 4-point strategy, specifically technology leadership in high-end markets and differentiation through application solutions in next-generation standards such as LTE, Long Term Evolution.

Q15. What about David Churchill and his management team.  Are they going with Buyer?

The current network solutions business management team is committed to a successful transition and integration of the business with JDSU.  Their individual roles with the business will be determined during the integration planning period and will be announced after close.

Q16.  Does this divestiture signal that Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group may be sold off?

No.  The Electronic Measurement Group is an integral part of the Agilent portfolio, and it has a solid business strategy

February 11, 2010

Agilent’s Santa Rosa Site Uses Goats to Keep Weeds at Bay

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As part of the Agilent Santa Rosa site’s sustainable weed-abatement program, goats and sheep now roam the site under round-the-clock supervision by a team of shepherds.

About 150 animals live on the site now; up to 900 are expected to graze at the height of the fire season. They will stay until the end of summer. A third-party business, based nearby, owns the animals and manages the service for Agilent.

The grazing animals and the dogs that herd and protect them are enjoyed by employees and visitors at the facility. Comments such as “serene,” “grounding” and “peaceful” are common among those who spot the goats and sheep traversing the 190-acre site.

Using animals to maintain vegetation costs less than doing so with tractors, mowers, weed whackers, etc. The animals graze around the clock, for example. And while machines may not be used in extremely hot weather due to “Spare the Air” days and risk of sparks, the heat poses no problem to the goats and sheep. Efficiency is another advantage: When at full force, the animals will consume more than a ton of vegetation a day.

Animals also impact the land more gently than machinery. Grazing preserves soil by maintaining the root systems and structural vegetation that holds soil, so erosion is minimized.

Santa Rosa’s goats and sheep are contained in temporary paddocks that are reconfigured to suit terrain and vegetation changes. Facilities contractor Johnson Controls oversees the sustainable weed-abatement program and ensures that site fire breaks are maintained.

February 10, 2010

Agilent Technologies Announces Handheld RF Analyzer Training Program

Agilent Technologies is now offering  a training program on RF communications, infrastructure, installation and maintenance. The training program, consisting of three courses, is designed to give users of handheld RF analyzers the knowledge they need to get the most from their equipment.

The program is designed for RF technicians, engineers and contractors who install and maintain RF communications infrastructure equipment. Attendees will receive training on Agilent’s N9330B cable and antenna tester, N9340B spectrum analyzer, and N9912A FieldFox RF analyzer.

“Customers want to make sure they are getting the most out of their Agilent RF field test equipment”, said David Aplin manager of Agilent’s Technical Resource Organization. “The training program allows us to share our expert knowledge and the latest trouble-shooting techniques to ensure customers can get their jobs done as accurately and efficiently as possible.”

The three courses are:

ο      “Line Sweep, Antenna Test Training” a two-day course that covers RF fundamentals, antenna and transmission-line basics and troubleshooting;

ο      “RF Interference Analysis Training” a two-day course that focuses on interference testing and troubleshooting; and

ο      “Line Sweep, Antenna Test and RF Interference Analysis Training” a three-day course that combines line sweeping, antenna test and interference analysis.

Participants will receive an Agilent certificate of completion with each course, dependent upon their written and practical examination scores.


All three courses are offered in English at a number of Agilent locations or hosted at sites requested by customers in the United States and Canada. Dates, locations and registration information can be found at

February 9, 2010

On the Move: Mark Pierpoint to Lead EEsof EDA

Filed under: Employees — janetsmithagilent @ 11:53 pm

Mark Pierpoint has been named the new general manager of EEsof EDA Division, effective immediately.

Most recently general manager of Agilent’s Technology and Services, Pierpoint has a multifaceted background with the company and strong technology, market and industry experience that make him uniquely qualified to take on this important leadership role.

February 5, 2010

Agilent Technologies presents Webcasts on SATA & SAS 6 Gb/s Physical and Protocol Layers Test

Filed under: Serial ATA,Webcast — janetsmithagilent @ 10:12 pm

What:           Min-Jie Chong, product manager for Agilent oscilloscopes business and program manager for storage (SATA/SAS) and mobile interface (MIPI) technology test solutions, and Matthew Hallberg, product manager at SerialTek, present “SATA & SAS 6Gb/s Physical and Protocol Layers Complete Test Solutions”.

This webcast will inform you about what do you need to know about designing and testing SATA and SAS products to ensure they work reliably and meet the standard specifications. In addition it provides details of Agilent’s industry leading SATA and SAS development and compliance test tools.

When:          February 24, 2010, 10 am PT, One hour presentation

Where:         For further details and registration:

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Agilent Technologies’ Case Study Available on LTE Layer 1 Verification using Agilent SystemVue

Filed under: Application Notes,LTE — janetsmithagilent @ 9:58 pm

This case study briefly discusses how Xilinx, Inc. verified 3GPP LTE hardware blocks using precisely configured test vectors from a credible, timely algorithmic. The solution involved Agilent’s SystemVue and Agilent test equipment.

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Agilent Technologies presents Webcasts on PCI Express® 3.0 Testing

Filed under: Webcast — janetsmithagilent @ 12:41 am

Rick Eads, PCI Express Senior Program Manager at Agilent and member of the board of directors of the PCI SIG® and Yenyi Fu, Product Manager, Digital Debug Solutions at Agilent present “PCI Express® 3.0 Introduction & Key Design Challenges” on February 17, 2010, 10 am PT.

This presentation will provide an overview of the latest developments in PCI Express 3.0 standards, with a discussion of likely timeline and development schedules for the PCI-SIG specification development over the next 6 months. It focuses on some of the areas of the specification that would be key to consider for a successful PCI Express 3.0 design.

For further details and registration:

For more information on an additional webcast on March 17, 2010:

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