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Monday, September 30, 2013

Video tutorial: Agilent N9010A, E8267D, E8257D and 89600 VSA software used to Generate and Analyze Millimeter-Wave Frequencies

Video tutorial: Agilent N9010A X-series signal analyzer, E8267D Vector signal generator, E8257D Analog signal generator and 89600 VSA software used to Generate and Analyze Millimeter-Wave Frequencies. Uses include automotive radar and wireless HD video transmission. This tutorial explains how to set this up for 65 GHz using mixer option H65 and M1970V Waveguide Harmonic Mixer.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Agilent E8257D Recognized for Passing the test of time.

Agilent E8257D Recognized for Passing the test of time.

Agilent E8257D PSG Test of Time 2012 Finalist awarded by Test and Measurement Magazine.

Honoring great products that continue to deliver state of the art performance 5 years after their introduction. Congratulations Agilent! 

AAgilent E8257D Test and Measurement Magazine Test of Time Finalist

At BRL Test we believe in the relevancy of the Agilent E8257D Signal Generator.  Our business strategy has long held that customers should enjoy real savings on premium quality used equipment while resting easy with a full 1 year warranty and lifetime support promise that is backed by our world class repair lab.

Ready to step it up a level or two? Enter the tighter, faster, broader, quieter , sharper, stronger, world of the Agilent E8257D PSG! Great resolution? Yes! High output power? Yes! Broad spectrum? Yes! Low noise? Yes! Accurate? Yes! When you need to take it to the lab level you must have better performance all around. That's why the E8257D is the proven choice of lab techs worldwide.
The E8257D PSG is a very serious analog signal generator. Choose frequency max up to 67 GHz (operational to 70 GHz). The E8257D PSG high output power and superior level accuracy often does away with the need for an external amplifier for testing high power devices and cuts down on test uncertainty. Great phase noise performance is ideal for local oscillator, low jitter clock substitution and adjacent channel selectivity tests. Professionals choose the E8257D for RF & microwave radar, communications, and control systems testing.
Continuous wave (CW) generation is standard. Optionally add analog and/or pulse modulation to accurately characterize RF and microwave components units. Flexible optional modulation means getting in easy and ramping up when you can afford.
Changing requirements? No problem. Call BRL Test 866-275-8378 and we'll upgrade you to the right options. Configure the E8257D PSG for applications ranging from LO substitution and distortion test to radar test and interference signal generation.©
  • Broad frequency ranges - 250 kHz to 20, 40, 50 or 67 GHz (operational to 70 GHz) with .001 Hz resolution
  • High output power - typical performance of +23 dBm @ 20 GHz, + 17dBm @ 40 GHz, + 14 dBm @ 67 GHz with excellent level accuracy
  • World-class SSB phase noise - typical performance of -115 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset from 10 GHz carrier
  • Flexible analog modulation formats - AM, FM, ØM, and pulse
  •  Dual internal function generators - sine, square, triangular, ramp, and noise waveforms
  •  Easy frequency extension - up to 325 GHz with Oleson Microwave Labs (OML) mm-wave modules
  • Narrow pulse modulation - typical 8 ns rise/fall times and 20 ns pulse width from 10 MHz to 67 GHz
  • Multiple high rate sweep modes - digital step/list sweep and analog ramp sweep featuring code compatibility with the Agilent 8757D scalar network analyzer
  • External control using PSA Series spectrum analyzer – scalar network analysis capability when combined with any PSA with external source control option.
  • Backwards compatible - same form factor and 100% code compatible with previous generations of PSG signal generators
  • Standard 1 year warranty

Thursday, September 19, 2013

8753D Measuring a Device in the Time Domain (Option 010 Only)

Measuring a Device in the Time Domain (Option 010 )

The HP 8753D Option 010 allows you to measure the time domain response of a device. Time domain analysis is useful for isolating a device problem in time or in distance. Time and distance are related by the velocity factor of your device under test. The analyzer measures the frequency response of your device and uses an inverse Fourier transform to convert the data to the time domain.

Time domain analysis allows you to mathematically remove individual parts of the time domain response to see the undesirable responses...(read more in the Agilent 8753D users manual starting on page 2-68  )

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Agilent 8722ES Vector Network Analyzer VNA 40GHz - BRL Test

Agilent 8722ES On Sale at BRL Test

Agilent 8722ES Vector Network Analyzer VNA 40GHz
Agilent 8722ES Vector Network Analyzer VNA 40GHz
The Agilent 8722ES network analyzer is a 40 GHz,  S-Parameter VNA that makes quick work of magnitude and phase measurements both forward and reverse.  
No long waits for data transfer with this race horse. Sweep fast! 
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Friday, September 13, 2013

Calibrating VNA's such as 8753, ENA and PNA series and RF Network Analyzers using Agilent Electronic (ECal) Modules. Tutorial Video

Watch this tutorial video on how to reduce the number of test port connections required for a standard 4 port calibration from 18 (mechanical old way) down to just 4 using Agilent ECal modules. Calibrate faster, reduce errors and wear on test port connectors and calibration standards by using the ECal module method. Done with traceable, verifiable, electronic impedance standards.
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Review of Agilent E4440A

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 | Electronic Design
Advanced performance in sophisticated test and measurement equipment generally comes at the price of complexity of use. Adding more features and capabilities to an instrument and its front panel often requires that users take a lot of time to just figure out how to get the most out of that instrument. But a new milestone in both performance and ease of use has been achieved with the E4440A spectrum analyzer from Agilent Technologies, the first in the company's Performance Series Analyzer (PSA) family (Fig. 1).
Digital technology was used to give the instrument what the company claims is "unparalleled performance, enhanced flexibility, and modern connectivity." Because of its flexibility, the E4440A can be employed by a wide variety of designers, from novice to expert, across a number of disciplines like aerospace, communications, R&D, and manufacturing, for both general and highly specialized signal-analysis purposes. The instrument's combination of speed and performance lets designers characterize signals that they couldn't even "see" before. And, it makes possible measurements that are much quicker and more accurate.
Speed, accuracy, dynamic range, resolution, and detection capabilities have all been optimized to what Agilent says are "industry firsts." Without using conventional LC and crystal filters that can slow signals down, the PSA platform doubles the speed of many measurements, permitting faster spur searches than other commercially available spectrum analyzers.

For example, the 30-Hz to 26.5-GHz analyzer features wide-ranging sweep speeds. It can measure very slow sweep speeds to capture intermittent signals. Zero-band sweep speeds range from 1 µs to 6000 seconds. For spans greater than 10 Hz, sweep speeds range from 2 ms to 2000 seconds. Users can trigger the sweeps with video, free-run, line, and external signals, and the trigger can be delayed up to 500 ms.
Using digital signal processing, the instrument offers 0.35-dB absolute-amplitude accuracy versus the typical 1.5 dB of other instruments, and an impressive 0.2-dB linearity over a 100-dB range. It removes log-fidelity errors almost entirely (0.2 dB total), significantly reduces bandwidth-switching er-rors (0.05 dB), and completely eliminates IF gain errors (0 dB). Therefore, users can operate effectively with closer tolerances and shrink guard bands.
In addition, the E4440A features a distortion-free dynamic range of 113 dB. This is critical for making adjacent-channel pow-er measurements in the cellular telecommunications industry.
The E4440A provides optimized phase-noise capability. Designers can set the analyzer to improve phase noise in the close-in mode to less than 30 kHz. This is particularly useful for identifying low-level signals otherwise hidden under phase-noise skirts. Or, users can choose the auto mode, which is more than 30 kHz, to let the instrument select the phase-noise setting at an optimal speed.
Another important parameter for the E4440A is flexibility, as this allows customizable measurements for both novice and experienced users. Measurements may be fine-tuned with 160 resolution bandwidth settings. Also, users can maximize the usable dynamic range with a 2-dB step attenuator and balance close-in or far-out phase noise (Fig. 2). Note that the industry standard for step attenuation is 10 dB.
Broad and easy connectivity are featured by the E4440A, minimizing the time wasted when getting data into and out of the instrument. The E4440A enables screen and data capture with popular Microsoft applications, and it can connect to LANs for data transfers. Plug-and-play drivers are available for Agilent VEE and other popular test-automation software, in-cluding LabView and LabWindows. Furthermore, the instrument supports popular PCL3 and PCL5 printers using a parallel port.
Unlike the previous-generation Agilent spectrum analyzers based on a 68000 CISC processor, the PSA line of analyzers is based on a RISC processor. By extensive use of digital and DSP technology, Agilent's designers were able to shrink the analyzer's eight internal pc boards from previous-generation units to just one.
A key element in the instrument's performance capability is a 3-GHz preamplifier that improves the digital average-noise level (DANL) to an impressive −153 dBm over a 10-MHz to 3-GHz frequency range, a figure that will be improved to −167 dBm. The preamplifier first feeds its signals to a sophisticated voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) that actually acts as two VCOs, and then onto a 14-bit, 30-Msample/s analog-to-digital converter (Fig. 3).

Friday, September 6, 2013

Spectrum Analyzer -Zero Span operations tutorial video.

Spectrum Analyzer -Zero Span operations tutorial video.  

The net effect of how a spectrum analyzer works is to take resolution bandwidth (RBW) filter followed by a detector, swept across a given frequency span. Zero Span is parking that filter at a given frequency and then detecting the amount of power that exists in that filter over time.  It's kind of a time domain view of the amplitude variations of a given signal in that filter...(see video for more)

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Video Tutorial on exploring Resolution Bandwidth RBW and Video Bandwidth VBW using the Anritsu MS2721B

Video Tutorial on exploring Resolution Bandwidth RBW and Video Bandwidth VBW using the Anritsu MS2721B.

There is a trade off between sweep speed and resolution bandwidth.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Agilent E4411B On Sale Now! at BRL Test

Agilent E4411B On Sale Now!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Basic Spectrum Analyzer Do's and Don'ts Video ...E4411B

How not to blow up your spectrum analyzer video.  Demonstrated using an Agilent E4411B.  Safety begins at the input end.  Heed the MAX label on the input or else you may damage your mixer...