10 Keysight PXIe instruments target 5G, MIL/aero, quantum technologies

Feb. 24, 2017

Santa Rosa, CA. Keysight Technologies has announced 10 new PXIe instruments, including a new arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) that includes three highly synchronized channels for precise tuning of I/Q waveforms and envelope tracking, as well as the industry’s first full-featured PXI oscilloscope. The AWG and oscilloscopes provide up to 1 GHz bandwidth to support complex baseband I/Q signal generation and analysis for evaluating emerging 5G and aerospace and defense wideband technologies.

The new PXI offering includes AWGs and digitizers that allow engineers to build onto the instrument’s core capabilities or insert custom algorithms into the onboard FPGAs. A graphical design environment makes it easy to add customization required for emerging technologies while providing access to 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 multichannel 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 customization in how real-time and deterministic signals are created and processed.”

Suitable 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 synchronized signal outputs. The M9336A provides superior performance in a single-slot PXIe module including 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 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. 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.

The following products are available now at the listed starting prices:

  • M3100A PXIe FPGA digitizer, 100 MS/s, 4 or 8-channel, $6,200;
  • M3102A PXIe FPGA digitizer, 500 MS/s, 2 or 4-channel, $7,800;
  • M3201A PXIe FPGA arbitrary waveform generator, 500 MS/s, $5,700;
  • M3202A PXIe FPGA arbitrary waveform generator, 1 GS/s, $8,300;
  • M3300A PXIe FPGA arbitrary waveform generator/digitizer, 500 MS/s, 2-channel, $12,900;
  • M3302A PXIe FPGA arbitrary waveform generator/digitizer, 500 MS/s, 4-channel, $14,500;
  • M9336A PXIe IQ arbitrary waveform generator, 1 GHz bandwidth, 3-channel, $22,000;
  • M9241A PXIe oscilloscope, 200-MHz bandwidth, $5,500;
  • M9242A PXIe oscilloscope, 500-MHz bandwidth $8,500; and
  • M9243A PXIe oscilloscope, 1 GHz bandwidth, $12,000.

Keysight’s rapid repair turnaround, with industry-leading calibration, core exchange strategy and standard three-year warranty, maximizes system uptime to reduce the total cost of ownership.


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