Additions Enhance Vector Generators

May 14, 2013
Improvements to two lines of vector signal generators allow users to correct error due to measurement variations in different test setups.

Continued enhancements to the high-performance MXG and cost-effective EXG X-Series vector signal generators, both from Agilent Technologies, have resulted in improved performance for these versatile test signal generators. For example, a user channel correction capability has been added to both series of instruments to minimize measurement uncertainties in test systems. Such uncertainties can stem from factors such as impedance mismatches between connecting cables and a device under test (DUT) which can result in amplitude and phase errors. The user correction capabilities can automatically equalize the amplitude and phase responses of test fixtures and DUT connection setups, resulting in ±0.2 dB amplitude flatness across a 160-MHz signal bandwidth for the MXG sources and ±2 deg. phase flatness across a 160-MHz signal bandwidth for the MXG generators.

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Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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