October 18, 2013. Agilent Technologies has announced two new options for its MXE X-Series electromagnetic interference receiver: a 44-GHz frequency range and time-domain scans. With the addition of these capabilities, the MXE continues to address current and emerging customer needs in electromagnetic compliance (EMC) testing.
When configured with 44-GHz frequency coverage, the MXE is a single instrument that meets the requirements for compliance testing according to standards such as MIL-STD-461F and FCC Part 15. The extended frequency range also applies to the MXE family’s diagnostic capabilities, which can be used to identify the sources of unwanted emissions.
Time-domain scans significantly reduce the time needed to create a list of suspect emissions prior to final measurements. This capability is becoming widely used in the automotive industry.
“The upgradeable MXE provides the functionality and reliability needed to keep EMC test queues flowing in military and commercial applications,” said Andy Botka, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Microwave Communications Division. “With the options announced today, the MXE gives compliance engineers a cost-effective alternative for compliance testing and diagnostic measurements in the lab and on the bench.”
New Standard Features
Agilent also announced three capabilities that are now included with every MXE:
- Monitor spectrum: This feature adds live-spectrum and meter displays that make it easier to characterize signals and identify the frequency of peak emissions prior to a final measurement.
- Amplitude probability distribution: By adding APD, which will be included in the upcoming CISPR 11 standard, Agilent is making it possible for users to become familiar with APD measurements in advance of the standard, which is expected to be released in the summer of 2014.
- Control for external line impedance stabilization networks: This feature enables users to control switching functions in two commercially available LISN transducers. These are used in compliance measurements of conducted emissions according to commercial and military standards.
The Agilent N9038A MXE will be on display at the China International Conference and Exposition on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC/China 2013), Oct. 23-25, at the Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center in Shanghai. Demonstrations will feature the new capabilities described above. Precompliance testing with the Agilent N6141A EMI measurement application will also be shown.
The two new options are available now worldwide. U.S. list prices are as follows:
- N9038A-544, frequency range 20 Hz to 44 GHz: $136,700.
- N9038A-TDS, time-domain scan: $8,600.
- Option N9038A-TDS is available with the 8.4-, 26.5-, and 44.0-GHz frequency ranges (options 508, 526, and 544, respectively).
The monitor spectrum, APD, and external LISN control capabilities will be included in all new MXE EMI receivers. These features and the time-domain scan capability can be added to existing units.