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PXIe multiport vector network analyser supports up to 9GHz

Posted: 07 Sep 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Keysight Technologies? vector network analyser? PXIe? base station?

Keysight Technologies Inc. has unleashed what it touts as the industry's highest performance PXIe multiport vector network analyser geared for high-volume wireless component manufacturing of front-end modules, switches and filters used in mobile phones and base stations. The M9485A VNA has a true multiport architecture that promises measurement speed up to 30 per cent faster than competing offerings, while maintaining high dynamic range, stated the company.

Frequency coverage of 1MHz to 9GHz is suitable for future component designs. Customers can configure exactly the port count they need, saving money and enabling fast re-configuration as test needs change.

During volume manufacturing, test speed is critical and space is often limited. With its true multiport capability up to 24 ports, all receivers synchronise with a common source to measure all S-parameters at once. When measuring multiport devices, this configuration drastically reduces the sweep time as compared to a switch matrix-based solution. These capabilities speed test by improving both productivity and throughput, while also minimising space.

M9485A VNA

The M9485A PXIe multiport VNA claims to provide the industry's best performance with a fast speed (5ms at 201 points with 2-port calibration) and wide dynamic range (up to 142dB dynamic range). The VNA also delivers low trace noise (0.001dBrms at 10kHz IFBW) and high stability (0.005dB/C). When coupled with the M9485A's multiport and multi-site measurement capabilities, this level of performance helps decrease the cost of test, Keysight added.

The multiport PXIe VNA supports a frequency offset mode, time domain analysis, and N-port calibrated measurements based on the same measurement science and calibration science as trusted PNA/ENA network analysers. By using the PXI module concept, the VNA allows users to perform flexible upgrade and repair as necessary. Users also gain significant space savings as compared to bench-top type instruments with an equivalent number of ports.

The M9485A PXIe multiport VNA is available worldwide. A 12-port configuration of the VNA is available for $120,000, while a 24-port configuration is available for $197,000 (including the M9018A PXIe chassis and M9037A controller).

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