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RF signal analysers

28 April 2010 Test & Measurement

Agilent Technologies has introduced its N9000A CXA signal analysers, a pair of low-cost models that offer frequency coverage up to 7,5 GHz. These analysers provide flexibility through a variety of built-in and optional measurement capabilities that can be configured and reconfigured to meet present and future requirements. Target applications include general purpose electronics manufacturing, low-cost R&D and RF education.

The versatility of the CXA analysers starts with built-in one-button measurements and grows with optional advanced measurement applications. The library of measurement applications includes preconfigured test routines for noise figure, phase noise, analog demodulation and more. To ensure measurement consistency, the applications are virtually identical to those that run on the Agilent EXA, MXA and PXA signal analysers. For greater flexibility, the Agilent 89600 vector signal analysis (VSA) software can run inside the instrument, providing advanced analysis of more than 50 demodulation formats.

On the production line, the CXA can return a peak-search result in less than 5 ms and perform a remote sweep-and-transfer in less than 6 ms via LAN. Switching between measurement modes typically takes less than 75 ms. The analysers also offer specifications such as 0,5 dB absolute amplitude accuracy, +13 dBm third-order intermodulation (TOI), -161 dBm displayed average noise level (DANL) and 66 dB W-CDMA ACLR dynamic range. Frequency coverage is 9 kHz to 3,0 GHz or 7,5 GHz with the N9000A-503 or N9000A-507, respectively.

MATLAB data analysis software is available as an Agilent option on all X-series signal analysers. These packages enable users to make application-specific measurements and test modulation schemes, and develop their own customised applications using live signal analyser data.



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