PXIe instruments advance research in 5G

Posted By : Mick Elliott
PXIe instruments advance research in 5G

Ten new PXIe instruments, including a new arbitrary waveform generator that includes three highly synchronised channels for precise tuning of IQ waveforms and envelope tracking, as well as the industry’s first full-featured PXI oscilloscope have been introduced by Keysight Technologies. The AWG and oscilloscopes provide up to 1GHz bandwidth to support complex baseband IQ signal generation and analysis for evaluating emerging 5G and aerospace & defence wideband technologies.

The new PXI offering includes AWGs and digitisers that allow engineers to build onto the instrument’s core capabilities or insert custom algorithms into the on-board FPGAs. A graphical design environment makes it easy to add customisation required for emerging technologies, research and design, while accessing the full performance and speed of the FPGA.

The M3xxxA AWGs and digitisers use the FPGA and PXI reference clock to provide real-time sequencing and multi-channel/multi-module synchronisation to support advanced multi-channel applications like 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 customisation in how real-time and deterministic signals are created and processed.”

Ideal for 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 synchronised signal outputs. It provides superior performance in a single-slot PXIe module including 16-bit resolution, up to 1GHz 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 and easily integrated into multiple application development environments.  

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

With a 1,000,000 waveforms per second update rate and advanced probing technology, the oscilloscope enables troubleshooting of random and intermittent signals not easily seen with digitizer technology.

Powerful features include cursors and markers, advanced triggering, waveform averaging, masks and 31 selectable measurements.

When the scope is combined with 89600 VSA software, engineers can demodulate and evaluate complex IQ waveforms with a full 1 GHz bandwidth.

 

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