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Millimetre-wave signal analyser

15 November 2017 Electronics Technology

The N9041B UXA X-Series signal analyser from Keysight Technologies provides frequency coverage to 110 GHz with a maximum analysis bandwidth of up to 5 GHz. Utilising advanced front-end circuitry that achieves low loss and efficient mixing, the instrument boasts a displayed average noise level (DANL) as low as –150 dBm/Hz when characterising wideband modulated signals in the millimetre-wave band.

The challenges of designing systems at these frequencies are significant, and this increases the need for integrated tools in design, simulation, measurement and analysis. Keysight software solutions for design and simulation provide an efficient workflow that accelerates development of next-generation devices and systems. These tools were used in the development of the N9041B UXA and enabled first-time-correct designs of its millimetre-wave circuits.

Keysight engineers also used the company’s advanced millimetre-wave measurement tools, including network analysers, oscilloscopes, spectrum analysers, signal generators and associated application software, to fully characterise their devices.

Current applications of these tools include development of 5G wireless communications, millimetre-wave backhaul, satellite communications, automotive radar, military radar and electronic warfare systems. Emerging applications encompass development of devices and systems capable of performing high-resolution materials measurements for manufacturing, pharmaceutical and medical.



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