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Test & Measurement: Agilent board approves Keysight separation

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Agilent Technologies’ board of directors has approved the separation of its electronic test business as Keysight Technologies. The company said that the separation will be official following a distribution of stock on Nov. 1. Keysight’s stock is expected to start trading on the NYSE on Nov. 3.

Keysight also launched a new signal analyzer for components, boards and systems for use in military, public safety, radar and satellites, among others. The M9290A CXA-PXIe signal analyzer tests frequencies up to 26.5 GHz and includes swept and FFT modes in one PXI instrument. The analyzer is compatible with code written for Keysight’s X-series signal analyzers and ESA spectrum analyzers.

Anite gave an update on its performance so far this year, and said that the company is ahead of its performance compared to last year. The company’s handset testing has been particularly strong, with demand from the Asia-Pacific region, while its network testing business had a slower start to the year — but Anite said that it is seeing encouraging momentum.

Anite also held its annual general meeting, and the company’s seven directors on its board were all re-elected. For a summary of the votes, look here.

Ixia announced a new customer win with Jaguar Network, which provides business Internet and cloud-hosting services in France. Jaguar will be using Ixia’s IxNetwork test solution in order to assess large-scale networks prior to deployment in order to ensure quality of service.

Rohde & Schwarz expanded its line of value-marketed instruments from its Hameg subsidiary with new power supplies. The new HMC series supplies have extra functionality that includes data logging and an integrated energy meter that R&S says “are completely new” for the price class below 1,000 Euros. The power supplies come in models with one, two or three channels and deliver up to 100 watts of power.

“More functions — that was our premise in developing the R&S HMC804x series,” said André Vander Stichelen, managing director for Hameg Instruments. “Supplying current and voltage in a secure, flexible and precise manner is something that other power supplies do as well. What makes the difference is that we provide a number of useful tools that make practical work easier and open up many new applications for the devices despite their very affordable prices.”


Kelly Hill
Kelly reports on network test and measurement, as well as the use of big data and analytics. She first covered the wireless industry for RCR Wireless News in 2005, focusing on carriers and mobile virtual network operators, then took a few years’ hiatus and returned to RCR Wireless News to write about heterogeneous networks and network infrastructure. Kelly is an Ohio native with a masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on science writing and multimedia. She has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian and The Canton Repository. Follow her on Twitter: @khillrcr

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