News | March 27, 2012

Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry's Widest-Bandwidth MIMO PXI Vector Signal Analyzer For Wireless Chipset Design And Verification

New Multichannel Solution Enables Full Analysis of 802.11ac Signals

Agilent Technologies Inc., recently announced the availability of a wideband MIMO PXI vector signal analyzer that delivers the industry's highest-bandwidth signal analysis. The new analyzer enables R&D and test engineers to validate their MIMO 802.11ac designs with a unique combination of accuracy, speed, bandwidth and scalability in a small form factor.

Specifically designed for flexibility and growth, the wideband MIMO PXI vector signal analyzer (based on the M9362A-D01 downconverter and M9202A IF digitizer) is ideal for customers requiring 80 + 80-MHz SISO, and 80-MHz or 160-MHz MIMO 802.11ac measurements today – and it provides 780-MHz analysis bandwidth to address tomorrow's wireless standards.

By adding Agilent's 89600 VSA software, engineers can gain greater insight into their next-generation 802.11ac WLAN chips and devices, regardless of the 802.11ac format implemented.

With one to four channels in a single PXIe chassis, the solution provides analysis capabilities for up to 4x4 MIMO in a 4U form factor M9018A chassis.

"We equipped this wideband, multichannel instrument with new broadband modulation, MIMO schemes and electronic beam forming to address test challenges in the design and validation phases of a project," said Mark Pierpoint, VP and general manager of Agilent's Software and Modular Solutions Division. "This solution is unique in providing up to 780 MHz of acquisition bandwidth to cover both today's and tomorrow's communication systems."

The wideband MIMO PXI vector signal analyzer consists of Agilent's M9362A-D01 four-channel downconverter, M9202A 12-bit digitizer, M9302A LO, M9168C RF attenuator, and the M9352A IF amplifier/attenuator modules for one to four measurement channels. This multichannel solution further enhances Agilent's fast-growing lineup of more than 50 PXI and AXIe modular products.

This solution can also be used in combination with Agilent Command Expert, which is a free software application that provides fast and easy instrument control in many PC environments. It combines instrument command sets, documentation, syntax checking and command execution in a single interface.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The two-channel wideband MIMO PXI vector signal analyzer is available now for $114,000.

Multichannel analysis capability for the M9362A-D01 is available through a free download of the M9202A software.

Additional information about Agilent's modular test solutions is available at Product photos are available at A video demonstrating the MIMO solution is available at

An in-depth Agilent modular products backgrounder is available at

Agilent Modular PXI and AXIe Products
Agilent offers a complete lineup of PXI and AXIe products, including digitizers, arbitrary waveform generators, digitizing oscilloscopes, digital multimeters and a range of switches.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc., is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, electronics and communications. The company's 18,700 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $6.6B in fiscal 2011. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Agilent Technologies