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Agilent Technologies unveils signal source analyzer

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Agilent Technologies Inc. introduced an enhanced model signal source analyzer, Agilent E5052A. Agilent E5052A features a tenfold improvement in measurement throughput and more precise analysis functions than its predecessor, as well as the ideal performance in clock jitter measurement with low jitter noise floor ever achieved with 100 MHz offset frequency.

Coupled with fast phase-noise performance, these features make the Agilent E5052B the ideal choice for designers and manufacturers of multi-Gbps data communication systems, signal source modules, signal generators, and systems used in the aerospace/defense, component, wireless and wireline markets.

The new Agilent E5052B 10 MHz to 7 GHz signal source analyzer features a number of enhanced performance characteristics, such as wider offset-frequency ranges, lower local phase noise and longer memory, designed to increase its versatility. With a phase-noise-analysis offset frequency range extended from 40 MHz to 100 MHz, for example, it now covers all major digital communication standards in standard test.

In addition, Agilent E5052B’s maximum transient bandwidth in a wide mode has been extended from 25.6 MHz to 80 MHz, and it features more than 100 times longer memory. The E5052B's frequency range can be extended up to 26.5 GHz with the E5053A, and up to 110 GHz with the E5053A plus Agilent 11970 series mixers.

Other key enhancements to the Agilent E5052B include fast phase-noise performance and ultra-clean residual phase noise. Agilent E5052B’s close-in residual phase noise has been improved by 16 dB or more at 1 Hz offset frequency.

Due to a digital delay-line technique, the phase-noise capture range has been expanded by 30 dB for drifty oscillator test. This functionality allows the E5052B to be used by aerospace/defense designers and manufacturers who are designing and testing high-quality signal sources for radar and satellites.

In addition to its enhanced performance characteristics, the Agilent E5052B signal source analyzer flaunts a number of new features, including amplitude modulation (AM) and base-band (BB) measurement modes. These modes provide more comprehensive and flexible real-time analysis of noise sources.
An optional precision clock jitter analysis capability, attainable via the Agilent E5001A jitter application software running on the E5052B, enables better usability.

According to Agilent, in the aerospace and defense and high-speed digital communications industries, measurement throughput and analysis accuracy are critical requirements and with its performance, functionality and versatility, the E5052B is a critical resource for designers and manufacturers who want traditional high-quality phase noise measurements such as VCO evaluation and PLL testing in emerging communications and aerospace and defense industries.

The Agilent E5052B signal source analyzer is suitable for use in a wide range of applications including RF/uW/mmW oscillators, VCO test, system reference clocks, LAN modules, high-speed timing modules, SerDes chips, high-speed data converters, and design and manufacturing.

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