1 GHz oscilloscopes, and ARBs, in PXIe format

February 24, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
Keysight Technologies has introduced 10 PXIe instruments that, in addition to general purpose test and measurement, are applicable to research in 5G communications, aerospace and defence, and quantum technologies. These arbitrary waveform generators, digitizers and oscilloscopes provide up to 1 GHz bandwidth for complex baseband IQ signal generation and analysis.

Resources include an on-card FPGA that Keysight says is accessible to non-programmers, to customize and accelerate test while accessing full performance of the FPGA. Precise timing and synchronization provide phase coherency for complex, multi-channel configurations.

Among the 10 instruments, an arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) has three highly synchronized channels for precise tuning of IQ waveforms and envelope tracking: and a module claimed as the industry's first full-featured PXI oscilloscope . The AWG and oscilloscopes provide up to 1 GHz bandwidth. The complete range includes AWGs and digitizers that allow engineers to build onto the instrument's core capabilities or insert custom algorithms into the on-board FPGAs. A graphical design environment enables adding customization for emerging technologies, research and design, while accessing the full performance and speed of the FPGA. The M3xxxA AWGs and digitizers use the FPGA and PXI reference clock to provide real-time sequencing and multi-channel/multi-module synchronization to support advanced multi-channel applications such as multi-user beamforming technologies and quantum computing.

 

"Engineers in research are constantly looking for ways to advance technology and achieve new levels of performance," said Roger Nichols, Keysight's 5G program manager. "Our new class of cost-effective PXIe solutions brings the performance they need to do this, but also the flexibility and new levels of easy customization in how real-time and deterministic signals are created and processed."

Suited to creating digitally modulated waveforms for wideband communication systems and high resolution waveforms for radar and satellite test, the M9336A PXIe AWG includes multiple independent or synchronized signal outputs. In a single-slot PXIe module it includes 16-bit resolution, up to 1 GHz modulation bandwidth, and individual channel control of gain, offset and skew. Engineers can generate industry-standard and custom waveforms for the AWG by using Signal Studio , MATLAB, Waveform Creator or other tools.

 

The M9243A PXIe oscilloscope is built with Keysight's InfiniiVision oscilloscope technology, providing up to 1 GHz bandwidth for quick analysis and troubleshooting of