Agilent Technologies has unveiled enhancements to signal analyser, the Agilent N9020A MXA signal analyser, including the ability to create complete instrument security via CPU and hard disk drive (HDD) removal.
Also featuring a new phase-noise measurement application, MATLAB drivers, time gating and an enhanced 802.16 OFDMA (Mobile WiMAX) measurement application, the Agilent MXA is the ideal solution for R&D and manufacturing engineers analysing complex and time-varying signals.
Agilent's new MXA enhancements provide an advanced tool set for making flexible signal and spectrum analysis measurements during the design and manufacture of wireless communication devices to current and emerging standards.
Requiring no compromise between speed and performance, engineers can quickly and easily troubleshoot new designs, increase throughput of WiMAX products or adhere to secure defence measurement needs.
For engineers working on classified programs in secure environments, instrument security is necessary for them. In a secure lab, government mandates dictate that no residual information related to the use of a piece of test equipment can leave that lab.
As a result, declassifying the instrument through memory sanitisation or removal is often required. Depending on the program's classification level, complete removal of the test equipment's CPU and HDD may be necessary to provide the high level of compliance to program security procedures.
Agilent's new MXA Instrument Security option specifically addresses this requirement via a removable CPU/HDD that allows the instrument to leave secure environments for routine maintenance and servicing.
As an added benefit, the Instrument Security option increases the use of a single piece of MXA equipment by allowing it to be shared between multiple secure programs or between secure and non-secure programs.
Other key enhancements to the MXA signal analyser include a new phase noise measurement application and MATLAB drivers that enhance MXA's open Windows XP environment for custom application development.
The phase noise measurement application allows engineers to quickly troubleshoot and measure short-term signal stability - a capability fundamental to successful modern digital wireless communication systems.
Phase noise measurement application is the only phase noise application to incorporate two swept measurements and one I/Q acquisition into an intuitive GUI -- including spot frequency and log plot measurements -- utilising MXA's enhanced 12-marker functionality.
Together, the new phase noise measurement application and MATLAB drivers further optimise MXA for use by R&D engineers working on emerging and cellular communication formats as well as many general-purpose RF and microwave measurements.
In addition to its security and phase noise measurement capabilities, the Agilent MXA signal analyser is characterised by a number of enhancements to its 802.16 OFDMA measurement application.
These new features, designed to keep engineers on the leading edge of the IEEE 802.16e-2005 wireless standard, include enhanced gated sweep for bursted power measurements and auto UL/DL zone-map detection for faster modulation analysis setup.
With easier measurement setups and one-button power measurements requiring gated functionality, manufacturing engineers and managers now have a means of accelerating throughput in manufacturing 802.16 OFDMA or other bursted-signal type devices.
The Agilent MXA is a signal analyser with the high accuracy of any midrange analyser. It seamlessly integrates a broad range of standards-based measurements, such as WiMAX, with Agilent's industry-leading 89601A vector signal analysis (VSA) software -- all in a single instrument.
The MXA's measurement speed enables dramatically improved throughput and yields in manufacturing.
With the high performance in a midrange analyser, it enables engineers to solve design challenges faster and with less iteration.