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Agilent upgrades signal analyser with security

Posted: 10 May 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MXA signal analyser  added instrument security  mobile WiMAX measurement  N9020A MXA 

Agilent Technologies has upgraded its N9020A MXA signal analyser by adding measurement and security enhancements including the ability to create complete instrument security via CPU and HDD removal. Additional features including phase-noise measurement application, Matlab drivers, time gating and an enhanced 802.16 OFDMA (mobile WiMAX) measurement application, make the MXA suitable for complex and time-varying signal analysis.

The Agilent MXA is said to be the industry's fastest signal analyser with the highest accuracy of any mid-range analyser. 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 defence 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 optimise 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 analyser 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 analyser (3.6MHz) is priced at Rs.10.95 lakh ($25,900) and the N9068A phase noise measurement application is priced at Rs.1.99 lakh ($4,700). The N9075A WiMAX measurement application costs Rs.4.23 lakh ($10,000), while the N9020A-CPU Instrument Security option, additional CPU/HDD, is priced at Rs.1.69 lakh ($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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