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Synthetic Instruments

Synthetic instrumentation extends longevity and lowers lifetime costs of ATSs

Synthetic instrumentation is a modular hardware and software test initiative driven by the DoD as part of its NxTest vision. This concept involves linking individual hardware and software test modules together to emulate standard instruments in a new, compact form factor. The result is a morphable, common system architecture that enables the DoD's prime contractors to design scalable automated test systems (ATSs), giving them the flexibility to insert technology and transform the ATS to accommodate new measurement applications. The reusability of modules in different measurement scenarios reduces the total lifetime costs of the ATS by extending the system's longevity, and provides obsolescence protection.

Industry’s highest-performing LAN-based microwave synthetic instruments

Keysight’s synthetic instruments offer the highest-performing LAN-based modular instrumentation with the smallest footprint for automated test systems (ATSs). This innovative product line supports the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) NxTest vision of flexible, modular, and morphable instrumentation, and offers LXI (LAN eXtension for Instruments) interface compliance to promote computer interface longevity.

SI Module Description Key Features
  N8201A performance downconverter, 3 Hz to 26.5 GHz Downconverts a microwave signal to an IF signal.

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- Frequency range of 3 Hz to 26.5 GHz standard
- Frequency range extension to 110 GHz with optional external mixing
- Three IF output frequencies of 7.5, 21.4, and 321.4 MHz
- Amplitude input range: -70 to +30 dBm
  N8211A performance analog upconverter, 250 kHz to 20/40 GHz Analog microwave source that generates a stimulus signal by upconverting a baseband signal.  Download IVI-C Driver & Software Bundle - Superior AM, FM, pulse modulation
- External or internal modulation
- Multi-source coherent carrier capability
  N8212A 20 GHz performance vector upconverter Vector microwave source that generates a stimulus signal by upconverting a baseband signal.

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- Superior AM, FM, pulse modulation
- > 2 GHz I/Q vector modulation
- External or internal modulation
- Multi-source coherent carrier capability
  N8241A arbitrary waveform generator 15-bit arbitrary waveform generator that creates complex wideband waveforms.
 
 
- 15-bits of vertical resolution
- Choice of 1.25 GS/s or 625 MS/s sampling rate
- Corresponding bandwidths of either 500 MHz or 250 MHz of instantaneous analog bandwidth per channel
- Dual channel, single ended and differential outputs
- Sophisticated sequence engine
- Multiple AWG synchronization
  N8242A arbitrary waveform generator 10-bit arbitrary waveform generator that creates complex wideband waveforms.
 
 
- 10-bits of vertical resolution
- Choice of 1.25 GS/s or 625 MS/s sampling rate
- Corresponding bandwidths of either 500 MHz or 250 MHz of instantaneous analog bandwidth per channel
- Dual channel, single ended and differential outputs
- Sophisticated sequence engine
- Multiple AWG synchronization
  Acqiris high-speed digitizers Range of 500 MS/s, 1 GS/s, 2 GS/s, 4 GS/s and 8 GS/s high-speed digitizer cards with 8-, 10- and 12-bit resolution, wide bandwidths and large acquisition memories - Smaller Size and Lower Power Consumption
- Higher Measurement Throughput
- Better Measurement Fidelity
- Lower Total Cost of Ownership
  • N8201A Performance Downconverter LXI Module, 3 Hz to 26.5 GHz N8201A Performance Downconverter LXI Module, 3 Hz to 26.5 GHz 

    N8201A Performance Downconverter LXI Module, 3 Hz to 26.5 GHz

    • LXI class-A compliant
    • Coherent LO input/output port allowing a common LO signal to drive multiple downconverters
    • 200 MHz wide modulation bandwidth with pre-selector off
       

  • N8242A Arbitrary Waveform Generator Synthetic Instrument Module, 10-Bit, 1.25 GS/s or 625 MS/s N8242A Arbitrary Waveform Generator Synthetic Instrument Module, 10-Bit, 1.25 GS/s or 625 MS/s 

    N8242A Arbitrary Waveform Generator Synthetic Instrument Module, 10-Bit, 1.25 GS/s or 625 MS/s

    Keysight's N8242A arbitrary waveform generator SI module combines the unprecedented performance of Keysight’s AWGs with the unsurpassed flexibility of scalable modules.

  • N8241A Arbitrary Waveform Generator Synthetic Instrument Module, 15-Bit, 1.25 GS/s or 625 MS/s N8241A Arbitrary Waveform Generator Synthetic Instrument Module, 15-Bit, 1.25 GS/s or 625 MS/s 

    N8241A Arbitrary Waveform Generator Synthetic Instrument Module, 15-Bit, 1.25 GS/s or 625 MS/s

    Keysight's N8241A arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) is a synthetic instrument (SI) module that combines unprecedented performance with unsurpassed flexibility.

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