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Industry Publications on X-Parameters 
A number if important industry publications on X-parameters.

Article 2013-07-12

 
Microwave Journal Article: Streamlining BER Simulation and Measurement 
Bit Error Rate (BER) remains the ultimate quality metric for all communication systems. Emerging 4G systems like LTE specify throughput rate as a metric for system performance. These 4G systems add intelligence by using adaptive modulation based on channel quality, but under the hood, BER is measured while the modulation is adjusted.

Article 2013-07-12

 
Realization and Analysis of Electronically Steerable Phased Array using Scripting & Parameterization 
With the advent of multi-core, high speed processors and abundant memory availability, complex designs using 3-D full-wave electromagnetic (EM) tools have become common choice for microwave and antenna engineers.

Article 2013-07-09

 
Simulation and Measurement-based X-parameter Models for Power Amplifiers with Envelope Tracking 
An investigation of envelope tracking power amplifiers using simulation-based and measurement-based frequency domain static XP models.

Article 2013-06-30

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Enabling Simulation and Test of Custom OFDM Signals 
Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) has become attractive for many current and emerging commercial applications because it provides a combination of data throughput, scalability, and robustness.

Article 2013-04-01

 
A Packaged 60 GHz Low-Power Transceiver with Integrated Antennas for Short-Range Communications 
This paper describes a 60-GHz transceiver with integrated antennas for short range and low power wireless communications fabricated in a CMOS 65nm SOI technology.

Article 2013-03-25

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An Improved SDR FPGA Verification Methodology for Emerging OFDMA Waveforms - TechBriefs Article 
An article on Improved SDR FPGA Verification Methodology for Emerging OFDMA Waveforms.

Article 2013-02-01

 
Designing Multiple-Throw Switches in a MMIC Configuration 
A Chip Design article by P. Sreenivasa Rao, design flow verification expert at Agilent Technologies.

Article 2013-01-31

 
EDN's 19th Annual Innovation Awards Finalists: Agilent's PNA-X NVNA 

Article 2012-11-30

 
Article: COTS Gear Generates Multi-Emitter Test Signals 
This article discusses COTS test hardware and software being used to create multi-emitter test signals using ESL design simulation software and wideband AWGs

Article 2012-09-27

 
Design, simulation and measurement automation 
Link to Electronic Products and Technology article discussing the marrying of both electronic design automation (EDA) tools and processes with measurement for system level design and verification.

Article 2012-08-10

 
Testing Radar and EW Systems for the Real-World 
The solutions described in this Microwave Journal article do more than address a wide range of present and future radar systems: They also help overcome organizational hurdles.

Article 2012-07-12

 
Product How To: Design a polar frequency discriminator 
Polar frequency discriminators (PFD) are widely used in radar and direction-finding applications to determine the unknown frequency of incoming pulses. This article explains how to design the RF portion of a PFD, over a frequency range of 2 to 8 GHz, using Agilent’s ADS software.

Article 2012-06-08

 
How to design a high-performance scope: One team’s approach 
EE Times Design Article on how an Agilent Technologies design team discovers some valuable lessons that could prove useful for any designer or design team looking for success on their next project.

Article 2012-06-07

 
Sorting Through EM Simulators - Article Reprint 
Matching an electromagnetic simulator to a particular application requires an understanding of the different simulation technologies at the heart of these software tools. Article reprint from Microwaves & RF.

Article 2012-04-01

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Tackling MIMO Design and Test Challenges for 802.11ac WLAN 
This article from Microwave Journal shows how the system engineer can use system simulation to help understand the design performance and design requirements needed to achieve transmitter system-level metrics such as EVM.

Article 2012-03-11

 
Using Software Defined Instruments to Address the Mixed-Signal Test Challenges of Today’s Software 
Link to a NASA Tech Brief article which states to ensure successful operation of SDR designs requires use of modern instruments capable of bridging the digital-analog divide, while also addressing any challenges stemming from use of the SDR technology itself

Article 2012-02-01

 
Integrated Solutions for Testing Wireless Communication Systems 
IEEE Communications Magazine, Topics in Radio Communications article on SystemVue test solutions, June 2011.

Article 2011-06-02

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The Coming of Age of the Software Communications Architecture 
Microwave Jounral article reprint on Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology, development tools for complex waveforms and radio applications in aerospace/defense and commercial applications.

Article 2011-04-24

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Multichannel scopes enable MIMO RF testing 
This article discusses troubleshooting techniques with time-coherent multichannel scopes and 89600 VSA software to gain insight into error mechanisms affecting their hardware EVM performance and system-level RF transmitter performance budgets.

Article 2011-04-12

 
Tackling the Mixed-signal Testing Challenges of SDR 
Software-defined radios (SDR) utilize a combination of FPGAs, DSPs and analog/RF designs to achieve the radio’s system performance.

Article 2011-03-09

 
An Innovative and Integrated Approach to III-V Circuit Design 
This article explains how to drive III-V circuit design improvement by unified modeling, Design of Experiments (DOE) simulation, and Pareto Analysis

Article 2011-01-10

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Microwave Journal Cover Article: X-parameters Fundamentally Changing Nonlinear Microwave Design 
Provides an overview of the invention and need for x-parameters to model the behavior of non-linear devices. This is an article reprint from Microwave Journal, Issue March 2010, Vol.53. No.3

Article 2010-03-25

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X-Parameters: Commerical Implementations of the Latest Technology Enable Mainstream Applictions - Ar 
This article reprint from Microwave Journal introduces advances in commercially available solutions for characterization, modeling, and design of nonlinear components and systems based on X-parameters.

Article 2009-10-09

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Fast Multitone Analysis of RF Transceivers 
This Article written by George Estep, Pete Johnson and Vladimir Veremey describes Fast Multitone analysis of RF Transceivers in detail.

Article 2009-03-24

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