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Agilent Enhances X-Series Signal Analyzers

Agilent Technologies announced greater core performance in two of its X-Series signal analyzers, the midrange MXA and general-purpose EXA. The respective improvements in phase noise allow engineers to more precisely characterize the frequency stability of oscillators and synthesizers. The faster sweep speeds of these analyzers accelerate searches for spurious signals in the testing of transmitters, active antenna arrays and power amplifiers, the company says.

In the MXA, phase noise has been improved by 10 dB or more for close-in and pedestal offset frequencies. EXA phase-noise performance is up to 5 dB better across wide offset frequencies.

“The MXA enhancements are an important complement to our recently introduced options for 160-MHz analysis bandwidth and real-time spectrum analysis,” said Jim Curran, marketing manager of Agilent’s Microwave Communications Division. “Together, these capabilities can help our customers ensure that their devices will transmit accurately and deliver excellent quality of service.”

Agilent also announced new capabilities in three of the measurement applications available for X-Series signal analyzers. The N9069A noise figure measurement application now includes advanced features that support measurements of multistage converters, multipliers and dividers.

The N9080A (FDD) and N9082A (TDD) LTE measurement applications now support multimedia broadcast single-frequency network (MBSFN) signals with mixed cyclic-prefix subframe structures. This allows engineers to test physical multicast channels and MBSFN reference signals using virtually any subframe-structure configuration.

The Agilent N9083A multi-standard radio measurement application has been enhanced to support noncontiguous test configurations as defined in 3GPP Release 10. This enables one-button measurements of the cumulative adjacent-channel leakage ratio.

For more information, visit Agilent Technologies.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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