Keysight Technologies Inc. debuted a signal analyzer that it says will help engineers perform more effective design, simulation, and measurement at millimeter-wave frequencies. The Keysight N9041B UXA X-Series signal analyzer provides frequency coverage to 110 GHz with a maximum analysis bandwidth of up to 5 GHz.

The Keysight N9041B UXA X-Series signal analyzer.The Keysight N9041B UXA X-Series signal analyzer.Keysight makes products that aid in the commercialization of tools for millimeter-wave simulation, test and analysis. Millimeter-wave technology has displayed applications in wireless interconnections among electronic devices, in audio-visual devices, car-to-car communications, military communications equipment, and mobile devices for connections to existing wired networks.

Current applications of these tools include development of 5G wireless communications, millimeter-wave backhaul, satellite communications, automotive radar, military radar, and electronic warfare systems. Keysight says that emerging applications in the industry take in development of devices and systems that can perform high-resolution materials measurements for industries including manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and medical.

The N9041B UXA contains 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, says Keysight.

Mike Gasparian, president of Keysight Communications Solution Group, says that together with Keysight’s 802.11ad RF test solution, the UXA adds insight to millimeter-wave applications such as 5G, 802.11ad and automotive radar. He added that it is the next step in the company’s ongoing effort bring technology above 50 GHz to commercial applications.

The challenges of designing systems at those frequencies calls for integrated tools in design, simulation, measurement, and analysis. Keysight’s software products for design and simulation are meant to provide an efficient workflow that accelerates development of next-generation devices and systems, the company says.

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