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Selecting a Calibration Vendor - Application Note 
Cost is important but are there any other questions that need to be asked in selecting a calibration supplier?

Application Note 2015-05-07

Evaluation of the Performance of a State-of-the-Art Digital Multimeter - White Paper 
Describes several methods used to verify the performance of a very accurate automatically calibrated DMM, the HP 3458A.

Application Note 2015-05-07

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Too Much Calibration? - White Paper 
This paper explains the variables at work in the world of calibration - how they can be used to find the elusive balance point between cost and confidence, or "too much" and "not enough" calibration.

Application Note 2015-05-05

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Sensitivity Analysis of One-port Characterized Devices in Vector Network Analyzer Calibrations 
Results of a study on the use of characterized devices in microwave vector network analyzer (VNA) calibrations and measurements. A review of the theory of one-port characterized device calibration.

Application Note 2015-05-05

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Establishing Traceability for Quantities Derived from Multiple Traceable Quantities - White Paper 
Provides method of developing traceability for measurements (eg. phase noise) that have no SI units.

Application Note 2015-05-05

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Peak Power Solutions Brochure for Radar and Wireless Applications - Brochure  
This peak power solutions brochure cover various radar & wireless applications. Get a summary of applications in this brochure and learn where to download the application note and videos accordingly.

Brochure 2015-04-30

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Using a Manufacturer's Specification as a Type B Error Contribution - White Paper 
Examines the implications of using a manufacturer's specification in an uncertainty analysis; and how calibration laboratories use uncertainty data in their quality systems and customer-facing documents.

Application Note 2015-04-27

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Isolating Frequency Measurement Error and Sourcing Frequency by Robert Leiby 
When performing a calibration, the risk of incorrectly declaring a device as in-tolerance (false-accept risk) is dependent upon several factors such as the specified tolerance limit and guard band.

Application Note 2015-04-27

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Qualitative Assessment on the Effects of Damage Connectors & Interfaces in Fiber Optic Measurements 
To qualify or predict the effects of damaged fiber optic connectors or optical interfaces, a qualitative assessment can ensure that these connectors are kept in a condition of optimum performance.

Application Note 2015-04-24

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Calibration Process Innovation Using Non-Required Guard Banded Testing by Richard Ogg 
Calibration services vary as to how to set the acceptance limits compared to the required tolerance. Using a guard band to reduce the acceptance limit will increase the confidence in the calibration.

Application Note 2015-04-24

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Business Considerations of Equipment Refresh in a Calibration Laboratory - White Paper 
Calibration laboratories operate in a world of constant change, and this is never more evident than in the products that are requested to be calibrated.

Application Note 2015-04-21

Calibration of Time Base Oscillators - White Paper  
As more accurate clocks were produced, new uses of time measurement were explored. As new uses were discovered, the need for even more accurate clocks became apparent.

Application Note 2015-04-13

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E8663D PSG RF Analog Signal Generator - Data Sheet 
This datasheet includes information on the E8663D PSG RF Analog Signal Generator.

Data Sheet 2015-04-01

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Assurance of Calibration Results: Applying the Power of Visual Information to Improve Quality 
White paper on how Keysight maintains the ongoing reliability and validity of our calibration processes to help you mitigate the risks inherent in your measurements by using control charts.

Application Note 2014-12-15

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Uncertainty Propagation for Measurements with Multiple Output Quantities 
Measurements with multiple output quantities exist in many disciplines. This paper discusses using matrix notation, which can be applied to a practical measurement uncertainty example involving complex quantities.

Analysis Tool 2014-08-20

Understanding Measurement Risk - White Paper 
An intuitive explanation of probability density functions drawing on Monte Carlo simulation to demonstrate the relationship between a device's true values and corresponding measured value.

Application Note 2014-08-12

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Fundamentals of RF and Microwave Power Measurements (Part 3) (AN 1449-3) 
Power Measurement Uncertainty per International Guides AN 1449-3, literature number 5988-9215EN

Application Note 2014-08-01

Choosing the Test System Software Architecture - Application Note 
This application note is designed to help you quickly design a test system that produces reliable results and meets throughput requirements within budget. It explores the entire software development process, from gathering and documenting software requirements through design reuse considerations.

Application Note 2014-07-31

8 Hints for Making Better Measurements Using Analog RF Signal Generators - Application Note 
This guide helps you improve the accuracy of your measurements that involve using RF analog signal sources.

Application Note 2014-07-31

Calibration and Specification Considerations When Using Modular Instrumentation - Application Note 
Modular instruments such as PXI and AXIe offer significant configuration flexibility, interchangeability, speed, and size advantages but also present unique calibration challenges. This paper examines these issues in detail and considers both in situ calibration and calibration performed outside the use environment.

Application Note 2013-11-01

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Problem with Subtype Learning When Used with the Connector Algorithm in R7.0 
5DX Technical Paper - Problem with Subtype Learning When Used with the Connector Algorithm in R7.0

Application Note 2013-10-29

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How Senior Managers Perceive the Importance of Calibration - White Paper 
This paper, presented at the National Conference of Standards Laboratories International July 2013, discusses the importance of measurement accuracy and the financial impact it can have on the bottom line.

Application Note 2013-07-01

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8 Hints for Making Better Measurements Using RF Signal Generators Application Note 
This application provides 8 hints for improving the accuracy of your measurements using RF signal generators.

Application Note 2012-06-27

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Calibration of Precision Step Attenuators - White Paper 
Automated parallel IF substitution system for precision attenuator calibration which has been in use for over 15 years and presents results of tests made on some very accurate attenuators.

Application Note 2012-05-07

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Making Accurate Intermodulation Distortion Measurements with the PNA-X (1408-17) – Application Note 
This application note describes accuracy considerations when using the Keysight PNA-X microwave network analyzer for two-tone intermodulation distortion measurements.

Application Note 2012-03-05

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