30 Sep '12, 11pm

Handheld spectrum analyser takes on the benchtops

Agilent Technologies has redesigned its handheld analyser range to improve measurement accuracy of the mil-spec microwave analyser. In the process it has come up with a portable instrument which could potentially replace larger and more expensive benchtop spectrum analysers in the R&D lab. FieldFox handheld analysers, with a battery life of up to three and a half hours, are designed for use by the military or microwave backhaul installations. Now Agilent has increased the accuracy of the instruments to a level which could see them used more generally as benchtop analysers. There is a spectrum analyser and a vector network analyser available in four frequencies, which are 9, 14, 18 or 26.5GHz. There is also a combined analyser. The microwave vector network analyser can provide full two-port S-parameter measurements with a low trace noise of ± 0.004 dB and dynamic range of 9...

Full article: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/Articles/01/10/2012/5467...

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