Microwave signal generators lower phase noise, power, boost speed

December 05, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Complementing Agilent’s E8267D vector PSG and E8257D analogue PSG, the N5183B MXG and N5173B EXG microwave analogue signal generators provide alternatives in size, speed and cost.

The pure and precise N5183B MXG analogue is an alternative to the high-performance PSG. The MXG offers accuracy, efficiency and near-PSG performance in just two rack units height. Its best-in-class phase noise of less than -124 dBc/Hz (at 10 GHz, 10 kHz offset) and -75 dBc spurious enables module- and system-level testing up to 40 GHz. It also accelerates the calibration of complex systems with switching speed of less than 600 µsec.

The N5173B EXG analogue offers the best combination of output power (+20 dBm at 20 GHz) and low harmonics (<-55 dBc): the EXG is suited to the characterisation of broadband microwave components such as filters and amplifiers. With low-cost coverage to 40 GHz, it also supports continuous-wave (CW) blocking for receiver testing or basic local-oscillator upconversion for point-to-point microwave backhaul links.

Agilent; www.agilent.com/find/microwaveSigGens