I just heard from Agilent Technologies Inc. that it has enhanced its PXA signal analyzer, so now they report that it is the industry’s highest performance millimeter-wave signal analyzer, covering frequencies up to 50 GHz. Making things more interesting, with external mixing, it can cover 325 GHz and beyond. Target users include aerospace and defense engineers looking to extend operating frequency to millimeter wave. It is also well suited for use by advanced research engineers operating in millimeter-wave frequencies in the commercial space.
Here is the list of new options:
- N9030A-543, frequency range, 3 Hz to 43 GHz
- N9030A-544, frequency range, 3 Hz to 44 GHz
- N9030A-550, frequency range, 3 Hz to 50 GHz
- N9030A-P43, preamplifier, 43 GHz
- N9030A-P44, preamplifier, 44 GHz
- N9030A-P50, preamplifier, 50 GHz
- N9030A-EXM, external mixing
- N9030A-C35, APC 3.5 mm connector
- N9030A-BBA, I/Q baseband inputs, analog
Agilent has developed in-house technologies, including low noise path and Noise Floor Extension (NFE) to remove distortion noise and further widen dynamic range. Using the low noise path, the PXA is able to realize a displayed average noise level (DANL) of -138 dBm at 50 GHz. In addition, utilizing NFE, the PXA is able to further improve DANL by approximately 6 dBm.
Other noteworthy features:
Price and Availability
- analysis bandwidth of 140 MHz
- full-band preamplifier to 50 GHz
- close-in phase noise of -110 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset
- third-order intercept of +13 dBm (nom) at 50 GHz
The Agilent N9030A PXA signal analyzer is currently available worldwide. Base prices range from $51,900 for the 3.6-GHz option to $91,000 for the 50-GHz option. Agilent’s M1790V and M1970W waveguide harmonic mixers are available for order now, at a starting price of $7,934.
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on the new PXA enhancements