Agilent unveils DOCSIS 3.1 waveform creation software

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) has introduced the M9099 Waveform Creator 2.0 software, providing new capabilities for engineers working on DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems and other complex multi-format communications devices such as radars, satellite communications, and military radios.

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) has introduced the M9099 Waveform Creator 2.0 software, providing new capabilities for engineers working on DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems and other complex multi-format communications devices such as radars, satellite communications, and military radios.

Agilent says Release 2.0 of its Waveform Creator software provides new waveform segment types that are easily combined into multiple tracks and can be aggregated into one composite waveform.

The software enables R&D and manufacturing test engineers to build or import a variety of signals, mix them together, and add IQ impairments and noise to simulate real-world environments. The complex composite waveforms are easily created using the software’s drag-and-drop interface – much like today’s popular audio and video editing tools, Agilent says.

Engineers can use the resulting waveforms with a wide variety of Agilent vector signal and arbitrary waveform generators, including the M9381A PXIe VSG. The Waveform Creator 2.0 software also supports the M8190A, M9330A/M9331A and 81180A/81180B arbitrary waveform generators. The software will support additional waveform types and instruments in the future.

Release 2.0 of the Waveform Creator software includes:

  • a 89600 VSA software recording plug-in
  • the DOCSIS 3.1 modulation plug-in
  • AM/FM/PM modulation capability
  • a spectral display
  • output plug-ins for control of complex instrumentation.

The 89600 VSA software recording plug-in captures signals and combines them with other custom waveform segments. This capability is ideal for capturing an unknown signal in a complex RF environment, such as a large city, Agilent says. Engineers can playback the real-world signals at a later time and incorporate them into composite waveforms.

The DOCSIS 3.1 modulation plug-in provides a waveform creation tool for upstream and downstream signals, in compliance with the latest DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem standards. 89600 VSA setup files can be created automatically to demodulate and analyze signals for DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem design and test.

Pricing for the M9099T Waveform Creator Software starts at $4,200. The new DOCSIS 3.1 plug-in is priced at $5,000.

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