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Agilent Technologies' New X-Series Digital Video Measurement Applications Automate DVB-T/H and DTMB Measurements

Agilent Technologies' New X-Series Digital Video Measurement Applications Automate DVB-T/H and DTMB Measurements


Agilent Technologies Inc. introduced the first set of digital-video measurement applications for its X-Series signal analyzers. The Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial/Handheld (DVB-T/H) and Digital Terrestrial Multimedia Broadcasting (DTMB) measurement applications provide one-button, standard-based power and modulation analysis capabilities to help broadcasting and digital video customers design, evaluate and manufacture DVB-T/H and DTMB modulators, transmitters, amplifiers, tuners and gap fillers/repeaters.

Both measurement applications will be showcased at the 2008 IBC Exhibition, Booth M291, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sept. 12-16.

DVB-T/H is the European-consortium standard for broadcast transmission of digital terrestrial/handheld television. DTMB is the broadcasting standard for Chinese national terrestrial digital TV. The complexity of each standard demands flexible and accurate modulation analysis for system development and evaluation. Agilent's DVB-T/H and DTMB measurement applications work with the X-Series analyzers to provide a more complete picture of DVB-T/H and DTMB signal problems and their causes for better design troubleshooting. The industry-leading speed of Agilent's X-Series analyzers ensures the resulting measurements on transmitter/modulators and components are not only accurate, but extremely fast as well.

The DVB-T/H and DTMB measurement applications feature easy-to-use, standard-compliant DVB-T/H and DTMB power and modulation analysis measurements for the MXA and EXA X-Series signal analyzers. Running on the X-Series analyzers, the measurement applications allow users to access functionality that extends beyond digital video (e.g., phase noise, noise figure and cellular communications formats). Users now have access to RF power measurements, spectrum emissions mask, digital demodulation, and general spectrum analysis all in one analyzer, dramatically simplifying DVB-T/H and DTMB system development and manufacturing analysis.

The ability to use the measurement applications with either the MXA or EXA signal analyzer -- each at a different price point, but with the same user interface -- provides the user with the utmost flexibility in addressing a wide range of application, performance and budgetary needs.

Agilent's DVB-T/H and DTMB measurement applications contain user-friendly features (e.g., auto detect and "PASS/FAIL" indicator support) specifically designed for more convenient use in R&D, manufacturing and performance test. Along with an intuitive user interface, these features expedite troubleshooting and design verification.

"Accurate, flexible measurements and fast measurement speed set the DVB-T/H and DTMB measurement applications apart from other commercially available digital video measurement solutions," said Hai-Tao Zhang, operation manager of Agilent's China Video Operation. "These capabilities, coupled with the easy-to-use measurement applications on the X-Series signal analyzer platform, ensure customers working in DVB-T/H and DTMB system development and manufacturing have the most productive test solutions to address the complexity of emerging digital video standards."

Other key benefits of Agilent's DVB-T/H and DTMB measurement applications include increased reliability and SCPI command support, which help streamline manufacturing. An optional RF or analog IQ input (only available in the MXA) increases measurement flexibility.

Agilent X-Series signal analyzers feature the MXA and EXA solutions. The Agilent MXA is the industry's fastest, most accurate mid-range signal analyzer. Agilent's EXA offers speed at a lower price point. Together they offer unprecedented speed and application coverage.

More information about the N6153A digital video measurement application is available at and For information on the N6156A, go to and

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