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Pulsed-RF Measurements

Testing with pulsed RF signals provides a unique test challenge due to bandwidth limitations, pulse desensitization, and/or triggering requirements. Keysight provides a variety of tools designed to meet these challenges accurately and reliably.

Pulsed RF S-Parameter Measurements
Device behavior differs under CW stimulus and pulsed RF stimulus due to the differences in power dissipation and biasing. Learn about the unique methods Keysight provides in characterizing components under pulsed RF conditions with Keysight´s application note PNA - Pulsed-RF S-Parameter Measurements Using Wideband and Narrowband Detection (AN 1408-12).

Pulsed RF Signal Generation
Simply create basic pulsed RF signals using the optional built in pulse modulators available with Keysight PSG, MXG, and ESG signal generators. For more complex pulse patterns use Keysight´s vector signal generators. Find out more about these solutions with Keysight Signal Studio for Pulse Building product online technical overview.

Pulsed RF Spectrum Measurements
Optimally measure the spectrum of all signal types using a combination of swept, FFT, and vector analysis techniques. Learn more about pulsed RF spectrum measurements with Keysight´s application note Fundamentals of RF Pulse Analysis using a Spectrum Analyzer.

Pulsed RF Power Measurements
The power of pulsed RF signals may be measured using an average or peak power meters. Average power meters often have the most accuracy for an average power measurement; however peak power meters have added benefits of being able to directly measure peak power, pulse power, pulse characteristics such as rise and fall times, and power statistics. View a Pulsed RF measurement demo P-Series Power Meter Radar Video Demonstration.

Pulsed RF Phase Noise
Pulsed systems such as radar transmitters are limited by the effects of phase noise. Because these devices are designed to operate under pulsed RF conditions, the phase noise solution must operate with pulsed RF signals. Learn more about pulsed phase noise measurements with Keysight application note Pulsed Carrier Phase Noise Measurements (AN 1309).

Summary of Pulsed-RF Test Equipment

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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 2014-09-19

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Pulsed Carrier Phase Noise Measurements - Application Note 
This application note discusses basic fundamentals for making pulsed carrier phase noise measurements.

Application Note 2014-03-13

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Active Device Characterization in Pulse Operation Using the PNA/PNA-X - Application Note 
This AN discusses pulsed S-parameter measurements using the PNA-X series and measurement techniques that enable power-dependent active device characterization including compression and distortion.

Application Note 2013-06-19

Spectrum and Signal Analysis Pulsed RF Application Note 150-2 
This application note is intended as an aid for the operation of spectrum and signal analyzers and the interpretation of the displayed pulse spectra.

Application Note 2012-07-05

P-Series Power Meter Radar Video Demonstrations 

Demo 2009-04-01

 
PNA - Pulsed Measurements 

Configuration Guide 2009-02-03

PNA - Pulsed-RF S-Parameter Measurements Using Wideband and Narrowband Detection (AN 1408-12) 

Application Note 2007-11-28

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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PNA - Pulsed Measurement Accuracy (1408-11) 

Application Note 2004-02-17

EPM-P Series Power Meters Used in Radar and Pulse Applications (AN 1438) 

Application Note 2003-01-28

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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Recent Advances in Pulsed RF and Microwave Frequency Measurements (AN 173) 
This Application Note is for information only. Keysight no longer sells or supports these products.

Application Note 1974-10-01

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A New Technique for Pulsed RF Measurements (AN 120) 
This Application Note is for information only. Keysight no longer sells or supports these products.

Application Note 1968-09-01

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