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Compact microwave analog signal generators from Agilent Technologies

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Agilent Technologies  has announced the availability of a compact microwave analog signal generator that delivers a low cost of ownership and is an extension to the Agilent MXG signal generator platform, providing frequency coverage to 20, 32 or 40GHz.

Featuring quick frequency switching speeds, high reliability and easy self-maintenance, this mid-performance signal generator provides manufacturing and R&D engineers working on broadband components and systems with the performance required to make a wide range of broadband measurements.

The compact microwave analog signal generator is well suited for EW, radar, military communications and broadband wireless access applications.

The Agilent N5183A MXG is a midrange class, continuous wave (CW) signal generator specifically designed to maximise uptime and reduce cost of ownership. Its less than or equal to 900-microsecond switching speed enables a dramatic increase in throughput.

A simple design delivers easy self-maintenance that reduces downtime to one working day, making it possible for users to maintain or repair the instrument in-house. Not only does this capability maximise uptime, it also drives a lower cost of ownership.

Another key feature of the Agilent N5183A MXG is its high performance -- delivering a combination of high output power and high level accuracy.

With +18dBm to 20GHz output power, it is able to overcome losses and drive high-power devices. Additionally, it features a level accuracy, with optional step attenuator, of 0.6 to 0.8dB.

Other options to the Agilent N5183A MXG include analog modulation and pulse modulation -- all housed in a compact 2U (3 inch high) package that better uses rack space.

"High switching speed and lower cost of ownership are key requirements for today's broadband component manufacturing and R&D engineers," said Andy Botka, vice president of Agilent Technologies' signal sources division.

"With its available options and price/performance flexibility, the new Agilent N5183A MXG provides users with the capabilities they need to address these issues, while staying ahead of their competition."

Agilent Technologies' N5183A MXG offers a viable replacement to legacy HP/Agilent signal generators. The N5183A MXG is programming compatible with the 8340, 8360 and 8370 series signal generators as well as the ESG, PSG and 8662A/8663A solutions.

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