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January 19, 2015 //By Allison Douglas, Keysight EMEA
Modular instruments ensure measurement integrity and code compatibility across form factor and product lifecycle
In the Test & Measurement (T&M) industry today, there is a debate between T&M experts, equipment manufacturers and end-users: What is the best instrument form factor to achieve this test?
The second new introduction is industry’s first signal analyzer to provide swept and FFT-based capabilities in the PXI form factor. The Keysight M9290A CXA-m PXIe signal analyzer delivers fully specified performance up to 26.5 GHz and provides best-in-class specifications in key areas such as sensitivity and dynamic range.

The CXA-m supports testing of components, boards and systems in a variety of applications, including military maintenance operations at the intermediate and depot levels. Example devices-under-test include radios such as those used in the military, public safety, avionics, radar, electronic warfare and satellites. The rich set of built-in measurement capabilities, including swept and FFT modes in the same instrument, accelerates tasks such as the identification of spurious signals and harmonics.

The CXA-m also reduces time and effort in system deployment. For example, it ensures seamless transitions between R&D, manufacturing and maintenance by providing 100-percent compatibility with code written for Keysight’s X-Series signal analyzers and ESA spectrum analyzers. Ready-to-use drivers and SCPI commands simplify evaluation and programming.

To help ease the transition from benchtop to modular, the CXA-m has the same user interface as the X-Series signal analyzers. In addition, code developed on a benchtop MXA or PXA signal analyzer in R&D or design verification can be used with a PXI-based system that includes the CXA-m, and the code typically runs without modifications (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Power suite CXA screenshot.

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