Multiple instruments added to PXIe/AXIe range

Posted By : Mick Elliott
Multiple instruments added to PXIe/AXIe range

Keysight Technologies has extended its range of high-performance PXI and AXIe instruments and reference solutions. The instruments and solutions are used in a wide range of applications, including 5G, PA/FEM and digital interconnect test, to increase test speed, improve accuracy and reduce the overall footprint. The new products support Keysight’s commitment to deliver RF, microwave and digital measurement expertise in the PXI and AXIe instrument form factors.

Using the best available instruments—benchtop, modular or a combination—the reference solutions deliver proven hardware and software test configurations for critical applications, including 5G, EW threat simulations and digital interconnect test.

The M9019A PXIe 18-slot Gen 3 chassis, controller, I/O components and external PC option is claimed to provide the highest system bandwidth on the market. This new series of PXIe system components offer at least two times more system bandwidth than a typical Gen 2 chassis, and the external PC option removes the limitations on PC selection imposed by closed PXIe systems.

With Keysight’s open Gen 3 platform, customers can select an external PC or controller that best meets their need. For example, a 5G or electronic warfare application requiring a PC optimized for the capture and playback of large data streams; or a MIMO application requiring a large, multi-channel and multi-chassis PXIe test systems.

The 4-slot 9421A PXIe vector transceiver (VXT) and the 9111A PXIe high-speed source/measure unit improve test throughput, reduce the overall footprint, and are built for production test and design validation of next-generation PA/FEMs. Both products will be the part of Keysight’s RF PA/FEM characterisation and test reference solution.

Covering frequencies from 60MHz to 6GHz, with modulation and analysis bandwidth up to 160 MHz, the VXT supports FPGA-accelerated measurements and includes software that supports analogue demodulation, noise figure and a broad range of cellular and wireless connectivity formats. 

The SMU changes voltage, stabilises and accurately measures micro-Amps, all in less than 1ms. This is a 20 times speed improvement over previous-generation, stand-alone Keysight SMUs, and is a fraction of the size.

The new Digital Interconnect Test reference solution is the world’s fastest cable tester and features the PXI VNA with full cross-bar s-parameter calibration of 32-ports up to 26.5GHz. The PLTS software offers complete domain analysis with a convenient production test interface.

Other new products include the 9195B PXIe digital stimulus/response (DSR) module, an improved version of the M9195A model, delivers multiple module synchronisation and pattern editing software.

The M9203A PXIe 12-bit high-speed digitiser/wideband digital receiver is designed for testing the latest wireless communication, radar and satellite devices.

The M8030A multi-channel BERT, used with the M9515A 14-slot AXIe chassis is for multi-lane testing and the M8070A system software provides simultaneous characterisation of up to 10 BERT channels and minimises crosstalk in high-channel, high-data-rate applications.

Also unveiled by Keysight is the M8040A highly integrated BERT for physical layer characterisation and compliance testing. With data rates up to 64GBaud, the M8040A covers all types of 400 GbE standards and simplifies characterisation of PAM-4 and NRZ receivers

The second-generation M9537A AXIe embedded controller provides high-speed computing power for data intensive analysis and multiple module support and displays multiple waveforms and analysis tools simultaneously for enhanced troubleshooting

The M9703B AXIe12-bit high speed digitiser/wideband digital receiver is an improved version of the M9703A model. It is ideal for multi-channel applications requiring phase coherency, wideband frequency analysis, high dynamic range, streaming and recording capability

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