Pulse analysis for radar & ECM added to Keysight instrument options

December 19, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Keysight Technologies now has pulsed radar analysis software in the form of its 89600 VSA software’s pulse analysis; option BHQ is used in radar and electronic counter measure applications for capturing and analysing threats and jamming responses.

The software option allows engineers to define unique pulse characteristics and analyse them in the time and frequency domains. The software also provides tabular statistical reports summarising the critical pulse parameters that are of interest to system designers.

Used with the UXA X-Series signal analyser, designers can make pulse measurements up to 510 MHz analysis bandwidth – the widest RF analysis bandwidth available. The analyser also has excellent phase noise and dynamic range specifications.

For designers using the Infiniium oscilloscopes or the M9703A wideband digitiser to achieve wider bandwidths, a new segmented memory capture feature can reduce memory consumption. By recording only pulses, with minimal recording of off-pulse time, segmented memory capture makes a longer recording period possible. This means that these instruments can now gather a greater amount of data, allowing designers to characterise complex pulse signals with greater confidence.

In a parallel effort, Keysight has updated the N9051A X-Series pulse measurement software to the N9051B. The updated software offers pulse analysis up to 160 MHz bandwidth using the PXA, MXA and EXA X-Series signal analysers with the Windows 7 operating system. The N9051B pulse measurement software with Option 5FP features deep capture which provides up to 50 million samples of capture depth. This is more than a 100 times increase over the prior N9051A software. Customers who already own the N9051A software and want to add Option 5FP must upgrade to the N9051B software.

Keysight's 89600 VSA software is a set of tools for signal demodulation and vector signal analysis, in cellular, wireless-connectivity, aerospace and defence applications. 89600 VSA software supports connectivity to over 40 different Keysight hardware products.

Keysight Technologies; www.keysight.com/find/vsa_enhancements