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PXIe vector transceiver speeds up test time

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Keysight Technologies? PXIe? vector transceiver? FPGA? Internet of Things?

Keysight Technologies Inc. has released what it describes as a fully calibrated instrument module that offers vector signal generation and analysis in four slots. With accelerated measurements and deep software, the VXT PXIe vector transceiver is intended for rapid solution creation and faster throughput in manufacturing test of wireless components and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the company indicated.

System developers can easily create test solutions for power amplifiers (PA) and front-end modules (FEM) using the VXT's ready-to-run software and FPGA-accelerated measurements. To reduce programming time, Keysight provides an open-source PA reference solution that includes system configurations and example software routines for PA and FEM testing. These capabilities accelerate time to insight and reduce effort compared to general-purpose alternatives, the company noted.

To accelerate test throughput, the VXT includes features such as real-time FFTs that enable high-speed measurements of signal power and adjacent-channel power ratio (ACPR). For faster automated testing, a built-in servo routine quickly reaches an accurate, optimised final setting for PA output level.

VXT PXIe vector transceiver

Up to four VXT modules can run in a single 18-slot PXI chassis. System developers can also create versatile single-chassis solutions that include one VXT running alongside Keysight's DIO cards and its award-winning one-slot PXI VNA. VXT calibration is ensured because it is a fully integrated instrument module.

The VXT covers 60MHz to 6GHz and provides 160MHz I/Q bandwidth in both vector signal generation and analysis. With a maximum of 18dBm output power, the vector signal generator can compensate for signal losses through switch matrices.

A variety of Keysight software titles support the VXT. For example, developers can simplify the creation of specific test signals using Signal Studio software. In addition, they can easily troubleshoot test setups using detailed displays in compatible X-series measurement applications and the 89600 VSA software.

The VXT PXIe vector transceiver is available at a starting price of $36,400 for the 3.8GHz model.

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