Agilent Develops Interactive Functional Test Software

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced new Interactive Functional Test (IFT) software for its 8960 Series 10 (E5515C) Wireless Communications Test Set. Expanding on the functional test capability of this test set, the new IFT software provides an automated and simplified interface for realistically testing “user experience” by stress testing cellular mobile devices in real-world network scenarios. By allowing earlier identification of design issues and reducing time to market, this software is ideal for UMTS mobile phone/device developers conducting functional validation, as well as service providers performing acceptance testing.

Agilent will demonstrate the new IFT software in Hall 1, Stand D45 at the Mobile World Congress 2008, Feb. 11-14 at the Fira Congress Center, Barcelona, Spain. Also showcased at the event will be a robust set of test solutions for R&D, manufacturing and service providers, including RF verification and parametric test for chipset manufacturing, LTE UE protocol development solutions, drive test solutions for Mobile WiMAX(tm) Wave 2, MSS End-2-End Monitoring and troubleshooting, LTE distributed performance management, and UU Monitoring.

Agilent Interactive Functional Test software for the 8960 Series 10 Wireless Communications Test Set

Agilent’s N5970A IFT software provides an automated solution for functional test, including parallel test execution, reducing the time it takes to validate a design and allowing more testing in a given release cycle. It can simultaneously test call processing, ftp and SMS — for example, while monitoring current drain and changing the RF power to the phone — to provide a real network test. This solution brings more realistic testing into the design cycle earlier, enabling the user to more easily modify the design. It also ensures the user is able to find complex issues — whether related to hardware, protocol or software — that are specific to how the cellular mobile device will function on the network. Finding such “user experience” issues before a device is rolled out to the network significantly reduces expensive validation cycles.

The IFT software also includes a failure analysis/troubleshooting toolset that enables the user to find corner-case issues in data throughput, protocol and current drain. It provides the data necessary to resolve the issue, reducing problem-resolution time and time to market. By testing beyond the Conformance tests, the IFT software identifies trivial issues early in the design process that can slow down the launch of the design, thereby increasing validation, IOT and field-test success.

Another key feature of the IFT software is its ability to provide easy phone control in situations where the phone UI is not yet fully developed or is not part of the product design (e.g., a data card). This capability greatly simplifies user access to varied and complex commands.

“Agilent is advancing the technology of mobile measurement across the R&D lifecycle,” said Niels Faché, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Mobile Broadband Division. “As mobile devices become increasingly complex, it becomes critical to ensure a positive user experience. Engineers, therefore, need more tools to stress test their devices in a ‘real-world’ environment. Our new IFT software automates and simplifies mobile stress test, providing engineers the functional analysis and troubleshooting tools they need to effectively perform ‘user experience’ testing in design and validation labs.”

U.S. Pricing and Availability
Agilent’s new N5970A Interactive Functional Test software for the 8960 Wireless Communications Test Set can be ordered as of Jan. 15. Pricing is as follows:

N5970A Interactive Functional Test software $ 20,000
E5515C 8960 Series 10 Wireless Communications Test Set $ 37,500
E5515C-003 Flexible CDMA base station emulator $ 6,100
E5515C-002 Second source for GSM/GPRS/EGPRS test $ 3,000
E5515C-H08 Special high data rate/high performance hardware $ 10,000
E6703T HSPA Lab Application $ 37,700
E6701T GGE Lab Application $ 41,500
E6720A-001 Annual contract $ 8,000
E6720A-003 Annual contract $ 12,000
14565B Device characterization software (battery drain), optional $ 1,800

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company’s 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2007.