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April 16, 2010

Webcast on Evaluating Oscilloscope Sample Rates vs. Sampling Fidelity

Filed under: Oscilloscopes,Webcast — janetsmithagilent @ 10:44 pm
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Agilent will host a webcast for all users and buyers of digital oscilloscopes, particularly those in education and basic research.   “Evaluating Oscilloscope Sample Rates vs. Sampling Fidelity: How to Make the Most Accurate Digital Measurements” will show a counterintuitive concept: scopes with higher sample rates can exhibit poorer signal fidelity because of poorly aligned interleaved analog-to-digital converters (ADCs).

When:         May 05. 2010, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT  /  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Where:         Online: Click here to register or

There is no charge for the webcast, registration is required.

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Webcast on the Basics of De-Embedding and Embedding with Real-Time Oscilloscopes

Filed under: Signal Integrity,Webcast — janetsmithagilent @ 10:13 pm

Today’s high-speed digital design engineers are faced with ever increasing data rates that create a multitude of challenges: interconnects become microwave transmission lines, reflections wreak havoc on timing margins and even the probes used to measure change the results. De-embedding is one of the most misused and misunderstood tools inside the signal integrity lab today. In this Webcast will cover the basics of de-embedding and embedding with a real time oscilloscope. Also included will be the considerations of modeling a system and obtaining the models for real circuits.

When:        April 29, 2010, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT  /  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Where:         Online: Click here to register or

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New Solutions Brochure for Wireless Installation and Maintenance and a Wireless Interference Case Study

Agilent now offers a new solutions brochure that helps wireless engineers find the best I&M tools in the industry to test and monitor more cell sites in less time. This brochure also includes case studies, a product selection guide, and online resources. Also available is a new case study that describes how Agilent and Bryant Solutions helped solve GSM 850 interference and intermodulation issues between a wireless operator and a public safety agency.



March 25, 2010

Agilent Technologies Demonstrates Advanced RADAR System Design

Filed under: EEsof,SystemVue — janetsmithagilent @ 11:23 pm
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What:           This Agilent web presentation will discuss algorithms for pulsed doppler (PD) radar with moving target detection and constant false alarm rate processing using Agilent’s SystemVue. The webcast will show how converging simulation, mixed sources of IP, RF models, and links to measurement equipment saves system development time.

When:          April 14, 2010 10am PT / 1pm ET

Where:         Online: Click here to register or

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Agilent Technologies Showcases Latest i3070 Series 5 In-Circuit Tester at IPC APEX EXPOTM 2010

Filed under: APEX,i3070 Series 5 In-Circuit Tester — janetsmithagilent @ 11:15 pm
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Agilent will showcase its latest Medalist i3070 Series 5 in-circuit tester at IPC APEX EXPO 2010.  This new platform offers many exciting capabilities:

  1. ASRU Speedup to boost output to 120%
  2. Utility Card programming for added functions and flexibility
  3. Power  Monitoring Circuit to protect your ICs
  4. Award-winning Cover-Extend Technology which now covers
    connectors and ICs

Customers who are still using the old i3070 or 3070 testers can upgrade to the Series 5 with up to 80% savings in our Refresh with Less promotion. Talk to our experts at APEX!  In addition, Agilent will feature advances on its low-cost digital tester – the i1000D, as well as applications for the versatile TS-5040 functional tester for automotive, automation, solar and other industries.

When:          April 6-8, 2010

Where:         Booth 1473; Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center, Las Vegas, California

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Agilent Technologies Offers Free Measurement Hints/Tips for Data Acquisition

Filed under: Application Notes,Data acquisition — janetsmithagilent @ 11:03 pm
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What:           Agilent is offering a free Measurement Hints/Tips focused on the Agilent Data Acquisition Switch Unit. This item is available only as a complimentary download on the Agilent website. The new Agilent 34972A Data Acquisition Switch Unit consists of a 3-slot mainframe with a built-in 6 ½ digit DMM and 8 different switch & control modules. This product has built-in LAN and USB interfaces so you can easily connect to a PC or laptop without needing to purchase additional IO cards or converter interfaces.

When:        available now

Where:         To download at: , registration is required.

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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:

Additional information: and

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

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