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Agilent Technologies Introduces High-Performance Signal Analyzer for Advanced RF and Microwave Applications



 

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 28, 2009

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the introduction of the N9030A PXA signal analyzer, the highest-performance member of the Agilent X-Series signal analyzers. The PXA provides frequency coverage up to 26.5 GHz and ensures present and future flexibility through optional measurement capabilities and hardware expandability. The analyzer also includes extensive code-compatibility features that make existing Agilent or HP high-performance signal analyzers easier to replace.

The Agilent PXA delivers exceptional performance that reduces measurement uncertainty and reveals new levels of signal detail, starting with up to 75 dB spurious-free dynamic range at 140-MHz analysis bandwidth. Industry-leading specifications include -128 dBc/Hz phase noise at 10 kHz offset (1 GHz), 0.19 dB absolute amplitude accuracy, and sensitivity of -172 dBm displayed average noise level (DANL) at 2 GHz (with preamplifier and Noise Floor Extension technology).

The flexibility of the PXA begins with built-in one-button measurements and optional advanced measurement applications. Based on proven algorithms, the library of X-Series measurement applications ensures consistent results when transitioning from legacy or current-generation analyzers. The applications are also transportable across many of the Agilent X-Series, which includes the PXA, MXA, EXA and CXA signal analyzers. For greater flexibility, the Agilent 89600 vector signal analysis (VSA) software can run inside the instrument, providing advanced analysis of more than 70 demodulation formats.

"In real-world signal analysis, the ability to keep test assets up to date equals success," said Guy Séné, vice president and general manager, Agilent's Microwave & Communications Division. "The PXA provides that ability today and tomorrow with architecture that supports new measurement applications, future hardware add-ons, wider analysis bandwidths, and possible upgrades to the instrument CPU, memory, disk drives and I/O ports."

For those looking to easily refresh or replace existing test systems, the PXA is a form, fit and function replacement for a variety of widely used spectrum analyzers: HP 8566 and 8568; HP/Agilent 856x; and Agilent PSA (up to 26.5 GHz). Key features include code compatibility; emulation of remote programming language; default settings, timings and couplings; arbitrary and second IF output; fast-risetime logarithmic video output; and Y-axis output.

MATLAB(r) data analysis software is available as an Agilent option -- directly from Agilent -- on all X-Series signal analyzers. These packages enable users to make application-specific measurements and test modulation schemes, and develop their own customized applications using live signal analyzer data. The Agilent CXA and PXA are the first signal analyzers to offer MATLAB software at introduction.

The PXA is the flagship of the Agilent X-Series signal analyzers. The X-Series is an evolutionary approach to signal analysis that spans instruments, measurements and software. It provides the flexibility to address business and technical requirements across multiple products and programs -- now and in the future. The X-Series also provides a consistent framework for signal analysis, enabling teams and their projects to move at a faster pace.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The N9030A PXA signal analyzer is available now worldwide. Base prices range from $51,900 for the N9030A-503 (3.6 GHz) to $66,300 for the N9030A-526 (26.5 GHz). Individual models cover frequency ranges of 3 Hz to 3.6, 8.4, 13.6 or 26.5 GHz.

More information about the PXA signal analyzer is available at www.agilent.com/find/PXA. High resolution images are available at www.agilent.com/find/PXA_images.

A backgrounder on the Agilent PXA is available at www.agilent.com/find/PXA_backgrounder. An overall X-Series backgrounder is available at www.agilent.com/find/X-Series_backgrounder.


About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 18,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.8 billion in fiscal 2008. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.

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