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December 21, 2012

Agilent Technologies Increases Two of its PNA-X Network Analyzers' Tuning Capacity



By Daniel Brecht
Contributing Writer



Agilent Technologies (News - Alert), Inc., a globally recognized company that maintains the highest noise-figure measurements in the electronics industry, has extended its PNA-X measurement capability (in November) to 43.5 GHz for the N5244A test equipment and 50GHz for the N5245A model.

These are two of PNA-X Series test systems that provide Agilent’s source-corrected, single-connection solutions for R&D (Research and Development) and manufacturing engineers to conduct measurements in the range of 43.5 and 50GHz.

What’s unique about the PNA-X network analyzers is they have become Agilent’s most advanced and flexible microwave test engines for measuring devices such as amplifiers, mixers and frequency converters.

Both Agilent’s N5244A and N5245A microwave network analyzers contain internal signal-routing switches; they combine a single-connection solution for S-parameter vector-noise-corrected measurements (thanks to the built-in pulse modulators) and pulse generators (for pulsed-RF measurements); they also include linear and nonlinear waveform and X-parameter characterization in a single instrument with a single connection.

In comparing the two PNA-X models, however, the new 50GHz N5245A unit features a built-in low-noise receiver and impedance tuner that simplify measurement setups. Not to say Agilent’s N5244A is less user-friendly.

Both these PNA-X test systems, in fact, offer parallel performance, power output and sweep range; they include the same interfaces for LAN, USB and GPIB connectivity, embrace similar calibration capabilities and contain the same amount of microwave measurement applications.

What's more, these PNA-X network analyzers both have an easy-to-use open architecture based on the Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows operating system; they are able to provide accuracy and precision measurements for all types of RF engineering tests. Both include the same nine built-in applications, make use of an enhanced user interface with a high resolution display, hard and soft keys, a touch screen and pull-down menus for intuitive operations to take a user through the software platform.

These are suitable PNA-X systems for troubleshooting, to carry out a variety of tests and crucial measurements, to include: gain compression (a function of attenuation setting) or intermodulation distortion checks of microwave frequencies (useful for specification conformance testing), if not harmonics, cross-modulation, and phase noise analysis, that signal-integrity engineers need to perform today while in a lab or work environment.

Other than having extended two of its systems in the PNA-X Series, Agilent Technologies continues to invest today in its entire PNA family of network analyzers, which includes the PNA-L and PNA as well, for microwave component testing. To know more about this company and the pricing of each PNA system which provides easy configurability and is appropriate for industries ranging from mobile-telecomm and wireless-LAN component production to aerospace and defense, visit their website at http://www.agilent.com/find/pna-x. Otherwise, to see what Agilent had introduced in December, the new N6465A eMMC test application for embedded storage solutions, click here.




Edited by Stefanie Mosca
 
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