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Agilent’s New PSA and MXA Analysis Capabilities Deliver Powerful Analysis Functionality

June 12, 2008
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Agilent Technologies Inc. announced a series of new analysis capabilities for its PSA high-performance spectrum analyzer and mid-range MXA signal analyzer, including the addition of up to 80 MHz analysis bandwidth to the millimeter-wave PSA spectrum analyzer and two-channel, analog baseband analysis for the N9020A MXA signal analyzer.

These new capabilities extend the analysis power of Agilent’s signal and spectrum analyzers, enabling them to address even the most difficult application challenges. The new capabilities of both Agilent analyzers will be showcased at the 2008 International Microwave Symposium, Booth 1123, in Atlanta, GA, June 15-20.


Agilent’s addition of up to 80 MHz analysis bandwidth on the 44 and 50 GHz millimeter-wave PSAs (E4446A/E4448A) provides the industry’s first 50 GHz spectrum analyzer with a 14-bit, 80 MHz bandwidth digitizer. The added bandwidth allows R&D engineers working on millimeter-wave digital communications in the satellite and emerging wireless communications, aerospace and defense industries to analyze complex signals with higher symbol rates, which are carried by millimeter-wave frequencies. The 14-bit digitizers provide a wide dynamic range for accurate signal analysis with minimum distortion. By using the PSA’s built-in flexible digital modulation analysis or connecting to Agilent’s 89600 Series vector signal analysis (VSA) software, engineers can now easily analyze and troubleshoot a wider variety of complex digital modulation formats.

Agilent’s two-channel, analog baseband analysis for the N9020A MXA signal analyzer now allows baseband R&D engineers, from wireless chipset to satellite communication, to use one instrument for both baseband and RF analysis. The MXA is the only signal analyzer on the market to offer this baseband analysis capability with 500 MSa baseband memory standard. A connection to both active and passive Infiniium probes enables fast, automatic probe detection. When combined with Agilent’s 89600 VSA software, R&D engineers can effectively troubleshoot more than 50 demodulation formats at baseband or RF with just a single instrument, and can run two-channel independent vector analysis to check two-channel correlations or timings.

The Agilent PSA Series spectrum analyzer offers high-performance spectrum analysis up to 50 GHz with a leading-edge combination of analysis bandwidth, flexibility, speed, accuracy and dynamic range. The Agilent MXA is the industry’s fastest, most accurate, highest-performance mid-range signal analyzer. The N9020A MXA is available in four frequency range options – 3.6, 8.4, 13.6 and 26.5 GHz – and offers a wide range of advanced measurement applications running inside the instrument, including industry 89600 VSA software.

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