Wireless standards outbreak
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.”