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WLAN 802.11ac Test and Design

The latest WLAN technology, 802.11ac, builds on 802.11n with a wider RF bandwidth (up to 160 MHz), MIMO and high density 256QAM modulation. The end result is that WLAN 802.11ac will provide high throughput of 1 Gbps below 6 GHz for multiple stations. Keysight’s 802.11ac software allows engineers to view and troubleshoot all 802.11ac modulation formats, from BPSK up to 256QAM, implemented in components and receivers. For even greater flexibility, the software supports all signal bandwidths, including 20, 40, 80 and 160 MHz, and up to 4x4 MIMO. Using the 89600B VSA 802.11ac software, engineers gain greater insight into their next-generation 802.11ac WLAN chips and devices, regardless of the 802.11ac format implemented. Accelerate Wireless Design and Test with Flexible, High-Performance Platforms

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E6640A EXM Wireless Test Set - Flyer  
The E6640A EXM wireless test set is scalable to meet your production needs. It delivers the speed, accuracy and port density you need to ramp up rapidly and optimize full-volume manufacturing.

Promotional Materials 2014-11-04

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E6640A EXM Wireless Test Set - Configuration Guide  
This configuration guide explains how to order or upgrade the E6640A EXM wireless test set, enabling you to scale the test solution to ramp up rapidly and optimize full-volume manufacturing.

Configuration Guide 2014-08-03

E6640A EXM Wireless Test Set Ready for Volume Production of LTE-A, 802.11ac WLAN Devices 
Agilent Technologies today announced the E6640A EXM wireless test set, which offers breakthrough manufacturing-test scalability in technology coverage, performance and capacity to test up to 32 cellular and wireless-connectivity devices in parallel.

Press Materials 2014-02-13

 
Creating and Optimizing 802.11ac Signals with the M8190A AWG - Application Note 
Designs for 802.11ac WLAN devices require test equipment that can provide the best reference test signals and measurements. N7617B enables this type of signals to be generated with the M8190A AWG.

Application Note 2013-08-13

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What is the difference between IEEE 802.11ac and 802.11ad? 
Microwave & RF article, April 2013. The goal is for all IEEE 802.11 standards to be backward compatible and for 802.11ac and 802.11ad to be compatible at the medium-access-control (MAC) or data-link layer. They should differ only in physical-layer (PHY) characteristics. Read about how that goal is being attained.

Article 2013-04-23

 
Multichannel Measurements in MIMO 802.11ac Baseband IQ Simulation, Design & Test - Application Note 
This solution brief will show Keysight Technologies' complete, end-to-end solution for multichannel measurements of 802.11ac BBIQ simulation, design and test.

Application Note 2013-04-05

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Agilent Technologies Releases New Software for X-Series Signal Analyzers 
Agilent Technologies extended its leadership in 802.11ac WLAN test solutions with its latest measurement application release for X-Series signal analyzers. The software release offers expanded WLAN support to include the emerging 802.11ac standard.

Press Materials 2012-11-01

 
802.11ac Power Measurement and Timing Analysis - Application Note 
This technical article illustrates how Keysight 8990B peak power analyzer able to help technicians and engineers perform some of the test requirements when developing 802.11ac power amplifier module

Application Note 2012-09-02

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Creating and Optimizing 802.11ac Signals Application Note 
This application note details how to create and optimize 802.11ac signals using the N7617B Signal Studio for WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac software with Keysight's RF signal generators to get the highest quality signals from the instruments.

Application Note 2012-07-19

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Testing New-generation Wireless LAN - Application Note 
This application note introduces the new WLAN new-generation testing technology of 802.11ac. Keysight's 802.11ac software allows engineers to view and troubleshoot all 802.11ac modulation formats.

Application Note 2012-05-22

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Agilent Technologies Introduces 6-GHz Signal Generators with Industry-Best Performance 
Today's aerospace/defense environment requires enhanced radar performance to detect weak signals at long distances. To provide the pure and precise signals needed to test these designs, the MXG uses an innovative triple-loop synthesizer to deliver phase noise performance of -146 dBc/Hz at 1 GHz and 20 kHz offset. For developers of radar components such as mixers and analog-to-digital converters, the MXG also features industry-leading spurious performance of -96 dBc at 1 GHz.

Press Materials 2012-05-01

 
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

 
Agilent Technologies Introduces Innovative Multi-Measurement Signal Analyzer Capability for Wireless 
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced that an innovative, new multi-measurement capability is being added to its 89600 VSA software, enabling simultaneous signal analysis of multiple carriers and signal formats for more efficient testing and deeper signal insight in wireless test.

Press Materials 2011-11-15

 
802.11ac Wireless LAN: what’s new and the impact on design and test 
EE times article by Agilent’s Mirin Lew describing the 802.11ac, the technical challenges and comparisons to earlier technologies.

Article 2011-11-09

 
Learn about New WLAN applications 802.11ac and 802.11ad with these useful resources from Keysight 
WLAN literature and sales tools

Promotional Materials 2011-10-25

 
Agilent Technologies' PXA Signal Analyzer Now Enables Wideband Measurement with up to 900  
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced that its high-performance PXA signal analyzer now supports up to 900 MHz of intermediate-frequency bandwidth, enabling it to act as a broadband down converter for analysis of wideband communications and radar signals in aerospace and defense applications.

Press Materials 2011-09-20

 
Agilent Technologies Announces Industry's First 160-MHz Signal Analyzer for Wide Bandwidth Signal 
The PXA's 160-MHz bandwidth enables the wider bandwidth signal analysis that today's engineers demand

Press Materials 2011-09-19

 
Agilent Technologies Introduces Wideband DPD Modeling Platform for LTE-Advanced, 802.11ac  
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the newest release of its W1716 Digital Pre-Distortion Builder (DPD) software, designed to enable the high levels of wireless performance necessary for emerging wideband standards such as LTE-Advanced and IEEE 802.11ac.

Press Materials 2011-08-31

 
Agilent Extends Wireless Leadership with First-To-Market Support for 802.11ac Design and Analysis 
Agilent Technologies announces that its 89600B vector signal analysis software is now able to test 802.11ac signals. This is the first dedicated 802.11ac signal analysis solution on the market.

Press Materials 2011-03-17

 
Custom OFDM Signal Generation Using SystemVue 
This application note describes a new comms standard based on OFDM which is provided by SystemVue 2011 to create both simulation and measurement, with links to the new 89600B VSA software for further demodulation and analysis.

Application Note 2010-12-09

Caution: MIMO Test Challenges Ahead 
Article published by Wireless Design & Development on MIMO testing challenges and methods to achieve higher data rates such as two0 and four-channel MIMO.

Article 2010-09-20

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MIMO Wireless LAN PHY Layer (RF) Operation & Measurement Application Note 1509 
This application note is intended to provide an understanding of MIMO radio operation as it applies to WLAN, and the test configurations for multi-channel radios.

Application Note 2008-04-30