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Signal analyzer has added measurement, security features

Posted: 10 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MXA signal analyzer? added instrument security? mobile WiMAX measurement? N9020A MXA?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has added significant measurement and security enhancements to the Agilent N9020A MXA signal analyzer, including the ability to create complete instrument security via CPU and HDD removal.

N9020A MXA also features a new phase-noise measurement application, Matlab drivers, time gating and an enhanced 802.16 OFDMA (mobile WiMAX) measurement application, making the MXA suitable for R&D and manufacturing engineers analyzing complex and time-varying signals.

The Agilent MXA is said to be the industry's fastest signal analyzer with the highest accuracy of any mid-range analyzer. It seamlessly integrates a broad range of standards-based measurements such as WiMAX with Agilent's 89601A vector signal analysis software in a single instrument. The MXA enhancements provide an advanced tool set for making flexible signal and spectrum analysis measurements during the design and manufacture of wireless communication devices to current and emerging standards. This enables engineers to troubleshoot new designs, increase throughput of WiMAX products or adhere to secure defense measurement needs, said Agilent.

The MXA Instrument Security option allows the instrument to leave secure environments for routine maintenance and servicing to comply with government mandates dictating that no residual information related to the use of the test equipment can leave the lab. The Instrument Security option also increases the use of a single piece of MXA equipment by allowing it to be shared between multiple secure programs or between secure and non-secure programs.

The phase noise measurement application and Matlab drivers enhance the MXA's open Windows XP environment for custom application development. The phase noise measurement application allows engineers to troubleshoot and measure short-term signal stability. It is said to be the only phase noise application to incorporate two swept measurements and one I/Q acquisition into an intuitive GUI, including spot frequency and log plot measurements, using MXA's enhanced 12-marker functionality.

Together, the phase noise measurement application and Matlab drivers further optimize MXA for use by R&D engineers working on emerging and cellular communication formats as well as many general-purpose RF and microwave measurements.

The MXA signal analyzer also offers a number of enhancements to its 802.16 OFDMA measurement application. These new features include enhanced gated sweep for bursted power measurements and auto UL/DL zone-map detection for faster modulation analysis setup. With easier measurement setups and one-button power measurements requiring gated functionality, manufacturing engineers and managers now have a means of accelerating throughput in manufacturing 802.16 OFDMA or other bursted-signal type devices, said Agilent.

The N9020A/N9020A-503 MXA signal analyzer (3.6MHz) is priced at $25,900 and the N9068A phase noise measurement application is priced at $4,700. The N9075A WiMAX measurement application costs $10,000, while the N9020A-CPU Instrument Security option, additional CPU/HDD, is priced at $4,000. There is no charge for Matlab drivers or gating functionality.

The phase noise measurement application and Instrument Security option are now available for order with a new instrument purchase or as upgrades for existing MXA instruments.

- Gina Roos

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