SOURCE: Frost & Sullivan

September 07, 2011 09:33 ET

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Agilent for the Development of a Key Enabling Technology in the Arbitrary Waveform Generator Market

Agilent's M8190A 12 GSa/s AWG Is the First to Introduce Wide Bandwidth and High Resolution Simultaneously to Testing Scenarios

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 7, 2011) - Based on its recent analysis of the arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Agilent Technologies Inc. (Agilent) with the 2011 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Enabling Technology for its M8190A. This unique, high-quality, and highly differentiated product is designed to meet the current market demand for technology that supports wide bandwidth and high resolution simultaneously.

"The M8190A AWG has the capacity to carry out more precise and realistic testing scenarios, raising the bar for AWG in the market," states Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Mariano Kimbara. "The potential for growth in the AWG market is enhanced with the introduction of M8190A packaged in the Advanced TCA Extensions for Instrumentation and Test (AXIe) form factor, an open standard for high performance modular instrumentation that will likely become an industry standard."

With the available AWGs in the market today, there are limitations to the information that can be obtained. When an AWG is not able to recreate desired realistic signal simulations due to technological limitations, field testing is required and test costs increase. Agilent's M8190A provides high signal fidelity, versatility and highly realistic signals that can reduce costs by reducing expensive field testing and eliminating the need for additional hardware such as power combiners.

"The AWG market has shown increased growth potential with the introduction of AXIe, which offers marked improvements over PXI - a power per slot of 200W versus 30W and 900cm2 of board space per slot compared to 160cm2," explains Research Associate Fernando Nara. "Therefore, packaged in the AXIe form factor, the M8190A not only simultaneously provides high bandwidth and high resolution, but also reduces a system's size, weight and footprint, which augurs well in terms of market adoption."

In the current market dynamics, few vendors are open to transitioning to new technologies or standards, due to the investment required to modify existing procedures and the cost of leaving behind test equipment. However, there is an increasing need from end users to create signals easily and to analyze complex signals efficiently in order to increase their confidence in the test results. Agilent's implementation of the AXIe form factor simplifies the measurement set up and reduces the number of platforms needed for measurement, which is extremely valuable in the eye of the customer. Moreover, combining high resolution and wide bandwidth, Agilent's new generation of AWG enables the highly reliable signal scenarios test engineers are looking for.

"Due to its unique capability in offering an analog bandwidth of 5 GHz with a 14 bit resolution, the M8190A will gain increased market acceptance in end user segments such as aerospace & defense and communications," concludes Kimbara. "Frost & Sullivan believes that Agilent's M8190A 12 GSa/s AWG will hold a leadership position over other contenders for the next two years before a similar product is introduced into the market."

Based on the above-mentioned competitive metrics, Frost & Sullivan is pleased to present the 2011 Enabling Technology Award in the AWG market to Agilent. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that has developed a pioneering technology that not only enhances current products but also enables the development of newer products and applications. The award recognizes the high market acceptance potential of the recipient's technology.

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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 18,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2010. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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