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Spectrum analyzer for <$10,000

Posted: 19 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:agilent technologies? spectrum analyzer? agilent csa?

Agilent Technologies Inc. unveiled a compact, high-performance spectrum analyzer priced under $10,000 that promises to enable R&D and manufacturing engineers and technicians to make precision RF measurements with speed, ease and confidence.

Available in 3GHz and 6GHz models, the Agilent CSA incorporates a full-featured, general-purpose spectrum analyzer with an internal VSWR bridge and tracking generator. Agilent explained that this allows customers to easily and accurately characterize single- and dual-port devices such as filters, cables and amplifiers. Its convenient form factor, low weight and battery operation makes the analyzer an excellent choice for installation and maintenance of communications systems; while its card slot architecture enables future performance and capability enhancements, added the company.

"The Agilent CSA brings an unprecedented level of performance to our cost- conscious customers, with the best amplitude accuracy and achievable dynamic range in this price class," said Tom Burrell, GM for Agilent's signal analysis division. "For example, high performance at this price point allows consumer electronics manufacturers to increase repeatability, reducing manufacturing and support costs."

Additionally, the Agilent CSA provides ease of measurement, enabling faster insight into engineering challenges. The built-in measurement help leads users through each measurement task step by step. Minimal training and setup is required to achieve sophisticated, accurate measurements even for non-expert users, said Agilent.

The press release further states that installing new firmware with the Agilent CSA is as simple as transferring files from a USB memory stick. Measurement automation is simplified by using Standard Commands for Programmable Instruments (SCPI) syntax over 100Base-T LAN. These standard commands ensure the analyzer can also be easily integrated into existing systems for expansion or upgrade. The new spectrum analyzer is part of the Agilent Open program, which provides system-ready convenience and flexible connectivity.

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