Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) announced a complete link test solution for Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI) interconnects, supporting Reference Point 3, RP3-01, Reference Point 1, and Ethernet Interfaces used between the BaseBand subsystem and Radiohead subsystems within a base station architecture. This is the most reliable link test solution for OBSAI interconnects. It accelerates hardware and software debug, and reduces interoperability testing time, enabling earlier availability of OBSAI-based systems in the market.
The emergence of standard high-speed electrical and optical, protocol-based interconnects between subsystems in base stations is driving changes in the debug and test methodologies; interoperability and robust testing are becoming increasingly important. In addition, as all subsystems may not be present during the test time, it becomes crucial to emulate missing devices to ensure proper operation of the device under test.
Agilent’s test platform provides multichannel stimulus and real-time analysis capabilities with frame decoding for extensive link layer test. These capabilities accelerate development by providing bit-level to frame-level functionality, hierarchical protocol display and automated tools for test-vector generation that allow users to efficiently emulate, troubleshoot and verify designs.
Because reliability is essential for base stations, it is critical to validate the performance of each subsystem with test equipment that has a high level of reliability. To maximize the accuracy and dependability of the measurement results, Agilent has performed intensive subsystem validation in addition to working closely with the key equipment manufacturers in the marketplace. The Agilent base station link test module provides deterministic error injection capabilities on multiple channels combined with error-triggering and error-occurrence counting reports.
Since OBSAI architectures are modular and scalable, one of the key requirements for the test environment is to offer the same degree of scalability. Thanks to the modular architecture of the Agilent platform, the test environment can be extended to fit exactly with the subsystem’s test needs. Moreover, the logic analyzer-based software environment helps each user customize the views according to his or her own test needs.
“The introduction of this solution illustrates Agilent’s commitment to use its expertise in logic, serial protocol and network test to help our customers transform mobile device architectures to digital technologies with a new set of tools that are well integrated into the wireless use model,” said Sigi Gross, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Digital Test Division.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent N5341A base station link test module and N5340A base station test module extension are available now. Pricing for the N5341A starts at $80,000 The N5340A starts at $30,000.
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.