Agilent has expanded the capabilities of its N934xC family of handheld
spectrum analyzers with such features as remote control and peak power
measurement of pulsed signals for increased versatility in field
applications. According to the manufacturer, the firmware and software
updates not only help accelerate RF and microwave analysis in outdoor
environments, but also address evolving industry needs.
New standard features on the 20-GHz N9344C, 13.6-GHz N9343C, and 7-GHz N9342C handheld spectrum analyzers include:
SCPI programming through socket and telnet connection;
RRC (root raised cosine) filter for measuring LTE/W-CDMA channel power and adjacent channel power ratio;
Keypad lock/unlock with password; and
Channel standards for LTE, WiFi, and WiMAX.
features include peak and average power-sensor measurement, additional
security measures, and baseband input (N9342C only). These enhancements
augment the existing capabilities of the N934xC series, such as MIL PRF
28800F Class 2 compliance, one-button measurement, clear-view screen,
and backlit keys. The analyzers are lightweight, weighing just 7.9 lbs
(3.6 kg), and their field-replaceable battery delivers up to four hours
Prices for the N934xC series of handheld spectrum analyzers start at $11,440.
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