New from NI: microwave VSA and continuous wave signal generator

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New from NI: microwave VSA and continuous wave signal generatorNI is announcing the industry’s widest bandwidth high-performance 26.5GHz microwave vector signal analyser (VSA) and a fast-tuning 20GHz continuous wave signal generator. The two new instruments complement the extensive NI modular instruments offering and expand the measurement capabilities of the PXI platform.

High-performance vector signal analysers deliver a combination of low noise floor, high linearity, and low phase noise. NI’s new 26.5GHz VSA combines these attributes with up to 765MHz of instantaneous bandwidth. With the VSA’s bandwidth, engineers can analyse some of the industry’s widest bandwidth signals in a single acquisition including radar pulses, LTE-Advanced transmissions and 802.11ac waveforms. In addition, the VSA’s fast measurement speed helps engineers decrease time to market and ultimately lower their cost of test. Finally, engineers can program the VSA’s user-programmable FPGA with LabVIEW system design software to customise instrument behaviour and address the most advanced RF test applications.

The new 20GHz signal generator features a combination of exceptional phase noise and fast tuning time (100us). This instrument addresses applications including blocking/interferer generation, high-performance intermodulation distortion test benches and various electronic warfare applications.

Lennart Berlin, Senior Specialist for Microwave Measurement Techniques at Saab AB, says: “The NI 20 GHz PXI source offers an excellent combination of phase noise and tuning time in a small form factor – a perfect combination for testing our next-generation radar systems.”

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09 October 2014

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