Agilent has fast PXIe vector signal generator for LTE
Agilent Technologies has introduced its fastest vector signal generator in a PXI form factor.
The M9381A is a 1MHz to 3- or 6-GHz generator was designed for applications such as testing and validating the design of wireless power amplifiers and transceivers, public safety and military radios, and cellular base stations (primarily picocell and femtocell).
It has a modulation bandwidth up to 160MHz for testing RF devices.
Proprietary baseband-tuning technology means its frequency and amplitude switching speed is 10µs in list mode and 250µs from its programming interface.
List mode allows engineers to change 80 parameters, including frequency, power and modulation in as many as 3,201 list mode points.
It will be used to test wideband power amplifiers, front-end modules, transceivers and more, at standard 40MHz RF bandwidth or options of 100MHz or 160MHz bandwidth with real-time corrections and ±0.1, ±0.2, and ±0.3 dB flatness, respectively.
It has specified ACPR of up to -70 dBc (W-CDMA test model 1, 64 DPCH). The output power up to +19 dBm can be controlled precisely with accuracy of ±0.4 dB.
“The M9381A is the first PXI vector signal generator that delivers the speed and accuracy needed to reduce the cost of test in modern communication manufacturing,” said Mark Pierpoint, general manager of Agilent’s software and modular solutions division.
The PXIe vector signal generator simulates complex real-world communications signals through Agilent’s Signal Studio software. Signal Studio is a flexible suite of signal-creation tools that offers performance-optimized reference signals validated by Agilent to support standards such as LTE and 802.11ac.
A video describing the M9381A is available
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