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Option turns spectrum analyser into 50 GHz measuring receiver

23 August 2006 Test & Measurement

Concilium Technologies has announced the availability of a built-in measuring receiver for its PSA Series of high-performance spectrum analysers by Agilent Technologies.

According to Andrew Lees, sales engineer at Concilium Technologies: "The measurement accuracy and sensitivity, coupled with frequency coverage up to 50 GHz, makes this solution ideal for applications like signal generator and attenuator calibration services, which cover audio to millimetre wave frequencies."

The Agilent N5531S Measuring Receiver System comprises the PSA measuring receiver personality (Option 233) and other associated components. The core of the N5531S, PSA Option 233 provides frequency coverage up to 50 GHz without the need for an external local oscillator, down-converter or external PC.

"The PSA Option 233 easily turns the general-purpose, high-performance spectrum analyser into a measuring receiver. Because it can be used as a standalone solution for metrology/calibration applications or with other applications, it minimises user investment in test equipment," says Lees.

Its 'one-button' capability allows each of the measuring receiver functions to be initiated by pressing just one button on the PSA's front panel. Measurement-specific results, including frequency counter, RF power level and analog modulation analysis, are then shown on the PSA's display. An easy-to-use user interface helps reduce operator errors.

The N5531S Measuring Receiver System offers linearity accuracy of (0,009 dB + 0,005 dB/10 dB step) for tuned RF level (TRFL) measurements, as well as exceptionally-fast TRFL measurement speed, particularly at low signal levels. The system's sensitivity allows for TRFL measurements of signals as low as -140 dBm. The N5531S also includes an audio input and audio signal analysis capability (Option 107). These features make it well-suited for use in analog signal source and step attenuator calibration.

Agilent's Measuring Receiver System features four types of integrated sensor modules with a single input connection to 50 GHz. Fully calibrated and traceable, these modules help streamline the calibration procedure and ensure measurement integrity. Additionally, they minimise measurement uncertainty by eliminating the need to reconnect the device-under-test to the measuring receiver.

For more information contact Andrew Lees, Concilium Technologies, +27 (0)12 678 9200, andrew_lees@concilium.co.za



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