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RF & Microwave

For most of your RF & Microwave measurement needs, you can find application & solution information here.

Be sure to check the library of application notes for detailed information on using your equipment and successfully completing the measurements you need.

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Wideband Digital Pre-Distortion with Keysight SystemVue & PXI Modular Instrument - Application Note 
Digital Pre-Distortion (DPD) is essential for wideband communications systems based on LTE-Advanced and 802.11ac. Overcome DPD challenges with trusted commercial measurement and modeling tools.

Application Note 2014-08-01

Multichannel Measurements in MIMO 802.11ac Baseband IQ Simulation, Design & Test - Application Note 
This solution brief will show Keysight Technologies' complete, end-to-end solution for multichannel measurements of 802.11ac BBIQ simulation, design and test.

Application Note 2013-04-05

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Using SystemVue’s Radar Library to Generate Signals for Radar Design and Verification - App Note 
Keysight's Radar Library helps you with the productivity and accuracy of your radar signals.

Application Note 2011-01-25

81100 Family of Pulse/Pattern Generators the Dual Clock Gbit Chip Test (PN 2) - Application Note 
In this Product Note the principle is to deliver a variable clock to feed either your device(s), board(s) or instrument(s). Due to the two channel capability it is also possible to generate clocks which ...

Application Note 2004-10-18

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81100 Family of Pulse Pattern/Generators Radar Distance Test to Airborne Planes (PN 1) - App Note 
This Product Note describes how a trigger pulse train of double pulses is sent from the control tower's radar system to an airplane.

Application Note 2004-10-12

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Obtain Flat-Port Power with Keysight's PSG User Flatness Correction or External Leveling Functions 
The PSG series is ideally suited for design and test systems with high frequencies, wide bandwidths and complex modulation formats. This Product Note explains how to obtain flat...

Application Note 2003-02-04

Designing and Testing cdma2000 Mobile Stations - Application Note 1358 
One of the proposals for the IMT-2000 requirements for a 3G global wireless communications system is cdma2000. This application note describes mobile station design and measurement issues at the physical layer (layer 1) that may be different between cdma2000 and cdmaOne.

Application Note 2003-01-13

Testing and Troubleshooting Digital RF Communications Receiver Designs (AN 1314) 
This Application Note covers the fundamental measurement principles involved in testing and troubleshooting digital communications receivers, particularly those used in digital RF cellular systems. Measurement setups are provided for receiver performance tests and troubleshooting tips are given.

Application Note 2002-03-25

Testing and Troubleshooting Digital RF Communications Transmitter Designs (AN 1313) 
This Application Note covers the following 3 topics: 1) How digital communications transmitters work, 2) Essential transmitter tests and important test equipment characteristics, and 3) Troubleshooting techniques for common impairments.

Application Note 2002-01-08

Investigating Bluetooth Modules: The First Step in Enabling Your Device with a Wireless Link 
This Application Note is designed for vendors or manufacturers who plan to add a wireless link to their products by installing commercially-available, pre-built Bluetooth® modules into them.

Application Note 2001-09-30

Network Analysis Basics - 10 Hints for Making Better Network Analyzer Measurements (AN 1291-1B) 
This Application Note contains hints to help you understand and improve your use of network analyzers, and a summary of network analyzers and their capabilities.

Application Note 2001-09-17

Compliance Testing to the IEC/EN 61000-4-8 (AN 1319) 
Electronic equipment can encounter magnetic fields at power line frequencies in a variety of places. As such, it is wise to ensure that the equipment will operate reliably when exposed to these power line frequency magnetic fields. The IEC/EN 61000-4-8 standard describes how equipment should be...

Application Note 2001-06-07

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Generating and Downloading Data to the Keysight ESG-D RF Signal Generator for Digital Modulation 
Many testing applications for wireless digital communications systems require specific data patterns modulated on an RF carrier. This Product Note describes how to generate and download data to the Keysight ESG-D for digital modulation. This Note is written for test engineers, programmers...

Application Note 2001-05-29

Tips on External Clock Operation with Keysight FASS (PN 8791-5) 
This Product Note provides helpful tips and examples of external clock operation with the 8791/10 Frequency Keysight Signal Simulator.

Application Note 2000-10-01

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Modulation Solutions for RF and Microwave Receiver Test (PN 8780A-2) 
This Product Note describes the modulation capabilities of the Keysight 8780A. It also includes several actual measurements made on an Keysight 8780A sampled at random to show how actual performance compares with the specifications.

Application Note 2000-10-01

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Compliance Testing to the IEC 1000-3-2 (EN 61000-3-2) and IEC 1000-3-3 (EN 61000-3-3) Standards (AN 1273) 
Regulatory standards for AC mains phenomena are critical to maintaining the quality of ac power distribution systems. The goal of this Application Note is to provide an introduction to these standards as well as technical issues of these standards.

Application Note 2000-10-01

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Noise Power Ratio Measurements Using E2507B/E2508AMulti-format Communications Signal Simulator 
The NPR measurement requires a stimulus source to generate conditioned noise and a measurement receiver to analyze the changes in the noise after it passes through the device under test. This Product Note shows how the E2507B or E2508A Multi-format Communications Signal Simulator...

Application Note 2000-08-01

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TS-5550 Cellular Phone Functional Test Platform (PN TS-5550) 
This 12-page color print on demand Product Note discusses the TS-5550 platform features and benefits, including the ability to test up to four celluar phones at once. It is a flexible system for rapid development of cellular phone functional test. Configuration and ordering structure is also given.

Application Note 2000-08-01

8753/8720 Pulsed Measurements - Application Note 
The aim of this Product Note is to show that under certain conditions, network analyzers such as the Keysight 8720ES and 8753ES can produce good results at a much lower cost.

Application Note 2000-05-01

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Pager Testing Using the 8648A with an Internal Pager Encoder, Option 1EP (PN 8648A-1) 
This Product Note covers three main topics: paging theory overview; paging tests; and recommended test equipment. The topics examined extend beyond testing and provide a general overview of paging. The goal of this paper is to assist you in repairing pagers. Contents: Introduction...

Application Note 1996-07-01

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Timing Considerations in Clock Distribution Networks (AN 1210-10) - Application Note 
This Application Note discusses the different causes of skew in a clock distribution network. It shows how to use the Keysight 8133A and 54720A to measure and analyze the causes.

Application Note 1992-09-01

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Timing Considerations in Color Distribution Networks (AN 1210-10) - Application Note 
This Application Note is for information only. Keysight no longer sells or supports these products.

Application Note 1992-09-01

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Analyzing Phase-Locked Loop Transients in the Modulation Domain (AN 358-7) 
This Application Note is for information only. Keysight no longer sells or supports these products.

Application Note 1989-10-01

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