Keysight Introduces 110 GHz Signal Analyzer for mm-wave Applications

Keysight Technologies has announced an industry-leading breakthrough in spectrum and signal analysis at millimeter-wave frequencies at European Microwave Week 2016. They introduced the Keysight N9041B UXA X-Series signal analyzer with frequency coverage up to 110 GHz and an analysis bandwidth of up to 5 GHz. Apart from its excellent frequency coverage, the N9041B UXA has some unique capabilities with attributes such as advanced front-end circuitry that achieves low loss and efficient mixing, providing a displayed average noise level (DANL) as low as -150 dBm/Hz when characterizing wideband modulated signals in the millimeter-wave band. The UXA adds a new level of insight to millimeter-wave applications such as 5G, 802.11ad and automotive radar, and is the next step in their program to bring technology above 50 GHz to commercial applications.

The challenges of designing systems at these frequencies are significant, and this increases the need for integrated tools in design, simulation, measurement and analysis. Keysight software solutions for design and simulation provide an efficient workflow that accelerates development of next-generation devices and systems. These tools were used in the development of the N9041B UXA and enabled first-time-correct designs of its millimeter-wave circuits. Keysight engineers also used the company's industry-leading millimeter-wave measurement tools, including network analyzers, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, signal generators and associated application software, to fully characterize their devices.

Current applications of this 110 GHz Analyzer include development of 5G wireless communications, millimeter-wave backhaul, satellite communications, automotive radar, military radar and electronic warfare systems. Emerging applications encompass development of devices and systems capable of performing high-resolution materials measurements for manufacturing, pharmaceutical and medical.

This product was announced and showcased at European Microwave Week exhibition in London from October 4th to 6th, 2016.