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PXIe instruments for advanced wideband research

22 March 2017 Test & Measurement

Keysight Technologies announced 10 new PXIe instruments, including a new arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) that includes three highly synchronised channels for precise tuning of IQ waveforms and envelope tracking, as well as the industry’s first full-featured PXI oscilloscope.

The AWG and oscilloscopes provide up to 1 GHz bandwidth to support complex baseband IQ signal generation and analysis for evaluating emerging 5G and aerospace and defence wideband technologies.

“Keysight, through proprietary chip technologies, is producing very high performance instruments in modular form factors, and the release of these 10 new ones is evidence of that,” says Steve Alves, marketing director at Keysight’s southern African partner, Concilium Technologies. “The scope, for example, boasts full-blown X-Series scope performance rather than simply being a digitiser with a scope GUI.”

The new PXI offering includes AWGs and digitisers that allow engineers to build onto the instrument’s core capabilities or insert custom algorithms into the onboard FPGAs. A graphical design environment makes it easy to add customisation required for emerging technologies, research and design, while accessing the full performance and speed of the FPGA. The M3xxxA AWGs and digitisers use the FPGA and PXI reference clock to provide real-time sequencing and multi-channel/multi-module synchronisation to support advanced multi-channel applications like multi-user beamforming technologies and quantum computing.

Ideal for creating digitally modulated waveforms for wideband communication systems and high resolution waveforms for radar and satellite test, the M9336A PXIe AWG includes multiple independent or synchronised signal outputs. It provides advanced performance in a single-slot PXIe module including 16-bit resolution, up to 1 GHz modulation bandwidth, and individual channel control of gain, offset and skew. Engineers can generate industry-standard and custom waveforms for the AWG by using Signal Studio, MATLAB, Waveform Creator or other tools, and easily integrate them into multiple application development environments.

The M9243A PXIe oscilloscope is built with Keysight’s InfiniiVision oscilloscope technology, providing up to 1 GHz bandwidth for quick analysis and troubleshooting of wideband signals. With a 1 million waveforms per second update rate and advanced probing technology, the oscilloscope enables troubleshooting of random and intermittent signals not easily seen with digitiser technology. Powerful features include cursors and markers, advanced triggering, waveform averaging, masks and 31 selectable measurements. When the scope is combined with 89600 VSA software, engineers can demodulate and evaluate complex IQ waveforms with a full 1 GHz bandwidth.

For more information contact Lizzy Mabaso, Concilium Technologies, +27 (0)12 678 9200, info@concilium.co.za, www.concilium.co.za



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