Wire­less stan­dards out­break

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s new wire­less stan­dards like the WLAN 802.11ac, WiMAX, LTE and high-through­put 802.11ad roll out, it be­comes even more chal­leng­ing for test en­gi­neers in In­dia and around the globe. Bharti Air­tel has al­ready launched its 4G ser­vice in Kolkata, mak­ing In­dia com­mer­cially de­ploy this cut­ting-edge wire­less tech­nol­ogy. As RF and wire­less ap­pli­ca­tions ex­pand to be­come gen­er­alpur­pose, the in­stru­men­ta­tion seg­ment might also be­gin to mir­ror this trend with the adoption of RF in­stru­men­ta­tion to such a level that it be­comes as im­por­tant as our dig­i­tal mul­ti­me­ters.

A com­mon prob­lem that test en­gi­neers face with the ex­plo­sion of dif­fer­ent stan­dards is that they have to con­tin­u­ously set up dif­fer­ent test plat­forms for each stan­dard.

Sadaf Arif Sid­diqui, tech­ni­cal mar­ket­ing spe­cial­ist at Agi­lent Tech­nolo­gies, pro­vides more in­sight: “A test en­gi­neer work­ing on fast emerg­ing stan­dards may have to bear the pain of set­ting up dif­fer­ent test in­stru­ments and dif­fer­ent test plat­forms or soft­ware. Mov­ing to an easy-to-use, up­grade­able and multi-stan­dard vec­tor sig­nal anal­y­sis soft­ware and in­stru­ments such as X-se­ries anal­y­sers will re­duce this pain and test times to a large ex­tent, thereby op­ti­mis­ing the test time and costs.”

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