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Data capture sol'ns boast high bandwidth

Posted: 30 Sep 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:data streaming? signal analysis? vector signal?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has released its newest solutions in data-capture technology, the M9392A PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation (PXI) vector signal analyzer and M9202A digitizer. The company claims that the PXI-based M9392A and M9202A provide continuous data capture of up to 100MHz bandwidth.

Data streaming over long durations enables customers to capture, detect and analyze signals of interest from their measurement environment.The new solutions allow customers to use the Agilent 89600B vector signal analysis software to characterize complex, time-varying signals or as a customer-developed data analysis tool.

M9392A PXI vector signal analyzer and M9202A digitizer

Agilent's signal analyzer and digitizer captures signals up to 100MHz.

Specifically designed for continuous, gapless data capture of wideband signals for post-capture analysis, the M9392A and M9202A streaming capabilities are ideal for customers requiring up to 100MHz of bandwidth for frequencies of up to 26.5GHz. Data capture can occur either directly to the embedded or external controller for short-duration capture of a few seconds, or to a RAID for long-duration capture lasting from several minutes to more than 13 hours, depending on the storage size of the RAID and the desired measurement bandwidth.

For long-duration data capture applications, Agilent has teamed with JMR Electronics, an industry provider of data storage solutions, to provide several different RAID storage solutions that guarantee the sustained data rates necessary for 100MHz of IQ bandwidth. The storage solution is based upon JMR's BlueStor product line.

"We have been working with Agilent to provide a high-performance PCIe direct-attached RAID device to complement their state-of-the-art instrumentation, and we're very pleased to have such an excellent technology partner," said Steve Katz, vice president, OEM sales at JMR. The configurations use either HDD or SSD drives, depending on the end user's application requirements.

"The new streaming solution provides customers with capabilities not previously available in this market," said Carla Feldman, marketing manager for Agilent's Modular Product Operation. "We developed the streaming capabilities to address our customers' requirements to provide a streaming interface for gapless capture, especially for broadband communications and radar applications, and for customers requiring wideband recording capability."

The streaming capability for Agilent's M9392A and M9202A products further enhances the company's fast-growing line-up of more than 50 PXI and AXIe modular products.

M9392A and M9202A are currently available with the 50MHz version provided free of charge with the hardware products, and the the industry-leading 100MHz version priced at $10,000.

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