Keysight Features its Innovative Tools for RF & mm-Wave Design, Simulation and Testing

At the IMS 2020 virtual event, Keysight is showcasing its innovative tools for RF & mm-Wave design, simulation, and testing. We have listed their complete IMS 2020 presentation schedule. Users do not need to log in to watch this live, but can see these on-demand any time till September 30 2020.

Here is a summary of what Keysight is doing at the event:


10:10 AM - 11:50 AM (PDT)

Multi-Channel mmWave EW Receiver Workshop (IW17ABC)

This session will describe how the DDC and mm-wave bandwidth options provide a multi-channel, coherent receiver with alternatives for bandlimited, tunable applications where the full instantaneous bandwidth of the scope is not needed. Key RF performance specs will be presented, as well as techniques for linking scopes for 8, 12, or more channels of coherent acquisition. The 89601B VSA software provides a convenient and powerful radar and pulse analysis application that is tightly integrated with the scope. Several live demos will highlight the powerful features discussed. We will close with an overview of other multichannel platforms available from Keysight. Also available on-demand.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)

Simplify Mixer and Frequency Converter Characterization with New Keysight tools

Testing mixers and frequency converters for 5G and satellite applications involves many parameters including gain, phase, delay, IMD, gain compression, and noise figure. With so many parameters to capture, it can take days or even weeks to characterize complex transponders. When you finally have your test results, you need to know if spurious or phase noise at the device’s output is from the device itself or from your input signal. It’s impossible to trace the origins of errors without a consistent and reliable test setup. Learn about the latest technologies in the Keysight PNA and PNA-X that feature extremely low phase noise and spurious emissions to help you measure complex components faster.

1:40 PM - 3:20 PM (PDT)

Tackling Emerging Wideband mmWave Applications then Moving Beyond into 6G (IW18AB)

Today’s emerging millimeter-wave applications in the 57–71 GHz, 71–76 GHz, and 81-86 GHz frequency bands demand improved system performance to achieve higher data throughput using larger contiguous swaths of spectrum and higher-order modulation. Moving beyond 110 GHz and into 6G sub-terahertz research in D-band (110–170 GHz) and G-band (140-220 GHz) presents even greater opportunities and challenges. This workshop will discuss some of the key considerations in tackling the test and measurement challenges for today’s and tomorrow’s emerging millimeter-wave applications. Also available on-demand.

3:50 PM - 5:30 PM (PDT)

Phase-Noise Theory and Measurement Workshop (IW20ABC)

This workshop explains phase noise fundamentals, measurement, and its impact on performance of RF/microwave systems. We will compare different measurement instruments and techniques. We’ll describe the role of the phase detector and the use of cross correlation in optimizing sensitivity, and we’ll discuss the impact of reference sources on phase noise measurements. Residual and absolute phase noise examples and practical DUT measurements will be shown. Lastly, we’ll examine AM Noise measurement techniques. Also available on-demand.


8:00 AM – 9:40 AM (PDT)

Learn 5G Signals, Demodulation and Conformance Tests with the VSA (IW14)

The 5G standard is both large and complex. In this workshop, we seek to demystify 5G signal construction, demodulation, analysis, measurements and conformance tests with a series of lab demonstrations, leveraging the 89600 VSA software with the UXA signal analyzer along with the Signal Studio software with the VXG signal generator. Besides serving as a world-class measurement tool, the VSA can also be used as a wonderful learning vehicle, enabling a student of a new standard to explore characteristics of his/her signal under test. We look forward to sharing the story of 5G signal construction, measurements and analysis. Also available on-demand.

10:10 AM - 11:50 AM (PDT)

Cryogenic Measurement Challenges for Quantum Applications (IW7ABC)

Advances in quantum control used to encode information quantum processors, is critical for scaling quantum computing beyond current NISQ-era architectures. For the prevailing quantum computing paradigms, future generations of quantum control circuitry will need to operate at cryogenic temperatures. This workshop will focus on the measurement and calibration challenges encountered when performing microwave characterization of these components at cryogenic temperatures. Keysight experts will discuss typical measurements in this application space and some methods for eliminating the errors. Lake Shore Cryotronics, will share insights for wafer-level, microwave device characterization including device temperature, probing challenges, and quality of calibration at cryogenic temperatures. Also available on-demand.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)

Project Connect

Join Joseph Kovacs, Solutions Partner Manager with Keysight, on a panel that provides under-represented minority engineering students the opportunity to attend IMS 2020 to interact with practicing engineers. Learn about the exciting new technologies being developed today that introduce students to a variety of careers in the area of microwave engineering.

3:50 PM - 5:30 PM (PDT)

Understanding 5G New Radio (NR) Release 15/16 Standards (IW26)

5G New Radio (NR) differs significantly from previous generations of wireless standards while opening the door to new business models. It introduces a new end-to-end network architecture that promises high data throughput and ultra-reliable low latency connections. Learn about the technology and challenges associated with the implementation of the 5G NR Release 15 standard and uncover new details about its numerology, frame structure, and waveforms. We’ll discuss initial access and beamforming and find out how they work in different network architectures. We’ll review key aspects of 5G NR Release 16, so you can prepare for the new applications it enables. Also available on-demand.


9:55 AM - 10:10 PM (PDT)

USB Noise Source with Internal Current and Temperature Correction for ENR Uncertainty Improvement (THMA53)

Most noise sources in the market are powered by 28V without data transfer capability. This presentation introduces Keysight's latest USB noise source that provides ease of use in powering up the noise source and facilitating data transfer. The main issue via the USB approach is the high ENR uncertainties due to unwanted heat dissipation from switching regulators, which eventually degrades the accuracy of the actual DUT noise figure measurement. This presentation will discuss methods to reduce heat dissipation and the novel technique implemented to minimize the temperature delta caused by the voltage switching regulator. Also Available on-demand.

Click here to watch Keysight’s complete virtual experience featuring webinars, demo videos, and additional resources on tackling the toughest mmWave design and test challenges.

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