PXI signal analyzer provides swept and FFT capabilities

September 16, 2014. Keysight Technologies Inc. today announced a signal analyzer to provide swept and FFT-based capabilities in the PXI form factor. The Keysight M9290A CXA-m PXIe signal analyzer delivers fully specified performance up to 26.5 GHz.

The CXA-m supports testing of components, boards, and systems in a variety of applications, including military maintenance operations at the intermediate and depot levels (I-level and D-level, respectively). Examples of devices-under-test include radios such as those used in the military, public safety, avionics, radar, electronic warfare, and satellite applications. The set of built-in measurement capabilities, including swept and FFT modes in the same instrument, accelerates tasks such as the identification of spurious signals and harmonics.

“In test system development, one of the crucial requirements is doing more in less space,” said Brian LeMay, general manager of Keysight’s Chengdu Instruments Division. “By leveraging the same measurement science and calibration used in our X-Series signal analyzers, the CXA-m eliminates the tradeoffs between footprint and precision in signal analysis.”

The CXA-m also reduces time and effort in system deployment. For example, it ensures seamless transitions between R&D, manufacturing, and maintenance by providing 100% compatibility with code written for Keysight’s X-Series signal analyzers and ESA spectrum analyzers. Ready-to-use drivers and SCPI commands simplify evaluation and programming.

To help ease the transition from bench top to modular, the CXA-m has the same user interface as the X-Series signal analyzers. In addition, code developed on a bench-top MXA or PXA signal analyzer in R&D or design verification can be used with a PXI-based system that includes the CXA-m, and the code typically runs without modifications.

The M9290A CXA-m will be available starting November 1 with prices from $16,000 to $32,000.


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