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IMD application for RF network analyser

26 November 2008 Test & Measurement

Agilent has announced an intermodulation distortion (IMD) application for its high-performance PNA-X microwave network analyser.

The traditional setup for making swept-IMD measurements requires the use of standalone signal generators, a combiner, a spectrum analyser and a computer, all of which leads to slow measurements. Agilent’s network-analyser-based approach does not require any external computer or hardware beyond the PNA-X analyser itself. Instead, dual internal sources and a built-in signal combiner provide fast swept-IMD measurements.

The N5242A PNA-X is suitable for microwave network analysis from 10 MHz to 26,5 GHz. The 2 or 4 port system offers a single-connection solution for pulsed S-parameter, compression, IMD and noise figure measurements. An integrated second source, signal combining network, noise receivers, and internal pulse generators and modulators transform it from a pure network analyser to an RF measurement hub for amplifiers and frequency converters. It leverages all existing features and capabilities of the PNA series of network analysers, including advanced connectivity via LAN, USB and GPIB; an easy-to-use Windows-based open architecture; and an extensive embedded help system.



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