Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced a measurement system optimized for analyzing modulated wideband communications signals that require wide-bandwidth signal analysis -- going beyond the capabilities of traditional spectrum analyzer-based analysis approaches. The Agilent VSA80000A ultrawideband (UWB) vector signal analyzer (VSA) system makes precise, accurate measurements for signal bandwidths up to 13 GHz. It is ideal for engineers working on UWB designs who need to run key compliance-based tests or troubleshoot and debug their systems.

UWB technology is enabling the move from hard-wired USB computer peripherals to wireless USB, and it offers users greater flexibility. Originally used in aerospace/defense applications such as wideband radar and satellite communications, UWB technology is being adopted for commercial solutions for short-distance communications and networking. New applications include WiMedia-based multiband orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) ultrawideband physical-layer signals, such as those in the Certified Wireless USB standard.

Agilent’s VSA80000A UWB VSA is built around Agilent Infiniium real-time oscilloscopes, which acquire signal bandwidths up to 13 GHz, and the Agilent 89601A vector signal analysis software, which measures and analyzes the modulated signals. The company says the 89600 VSA software is the industry’s premier tool for developing and troubleshooting new and emerging technologies like ultrawideband technology.

The Agilent VSA80000A UWB VSA is available at a starting price of $38,000.