Agilent Technologies Introduces Microwave Analog Signal Generators with Industry-Leading Phase Noise, Power and Speed

Agilent Technologies Inc. has expanded its range of signal generators with two new models that provide unmatched performance in phase noise, output power and frequency-switching speed. Complementing Agilent’s flagship E8267D vector PSG and E8257D analog PSG, the new N5183B MXG and N5173B EXG microwave analog signal generators provide important alternatives in size, speed and cost.

The pure and precise N5183B MXG analog is an alternative to the high-performance PSG. The MXG offers accuracy, efficiency and near-PSG performance in just two rack units. Its best-in-class phase noise of less than -124 dBc/Hz (at 10 GHz, 10 kHz offset) and -75 dBc spurious enables module- and system-level testing up to 40 GHz. It also accelerates the calibration of complex systems with best-in-class switching speed of less than 600 µs.

The N5173B EXG analog is a cost-effective choice when system creators need to balance budget and performance. Offering the best combination of output power (+20 dBm at 20 GHz) and low harmonics (<-55 dBc), the EXG is well-suited to the characterization of broadband microwave components such as filters and amplifiers. With low-cost coverage to 40 GHz, it also supports continuous-wave (CW) blocking for receiver testing or basic local-oscillator upconversion for point-to-point microwave backhaul links.

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