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AWGs ease communication equipment testing

Posted: 09 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:arbitrary waveform generators? electronic testing? PXI? LXI?

Two 15bit arbitrary waveform generators (AWGs) that can create simultaneous wide-bandwidth and high-resolution signals for electronic testing of radar, satellite, telecom or military communication equipment is being offered by Agilent Technologies Inc. The PXI-based N6030A and the LXI-based N8241A use 15bit vertical resolution to generate the most realistic wideband waveforms available in commercial AWGs. Spurious-free dynamic range is less than -65dBc for each channel, DC to 500MHz. Noise floor is less than -150dBc/Hz across the full channel bandwidth.

When combined with the Agilent PSG vector signal generator wideband I/Q upconverter, Agilent's AWGs can achieve modulation bandwidths of 1GHz at high frequency up to 44GHz for authentic signal simulations for IF and RF subsystem testing as well.

Channel features
The 4-slot PXI N6030A and the LXI N8241A feature two channels, each offering 1.25GSps with up to 500MHz of signal bandwidth, and a standard waveform length of 8MS per channel that is expandable to 16MS. The N8241A is also available with a 625MSps sampling rate at up to 250MHz per channel. Dual output channels drive both single-ended and balanced designs without the need for balun or hybrid adapters in the test path.

Advanced sequencing and extended waveform memory of the AWGs provide long scenario simulations for extended playback times. Multiple programming interfaces, such as the complete instrument control from MATLAB enable easy integration into existing test environments as well as simplify waveform-development tasks.

The Agilent PXI (N6030A, N6031A, N6032A, N6033A) and LXI (N8241A, N8242A) families of products are available now. Lower-performance and lower-price instruments also exist in both families. Pricing starts at $25,675 for the PXI family and at $28,756 for the LXI family.

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