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Discontinued 856xE/EC Series Portable Spectrum Analyzers

The Keysight 8560E/EC Series is a discontinued line of portable, general-purpose, high-performance spectrum analyzers. It covers frequency range of 30 Hz to 2.9 GHz, 6.5 GHz, 13.2 GHz, 26.5 GHz, 40 GHz, and 50 GHz. The 8560E/EC Series combines outstanding phase noise, sensitivity, 1 Hz resolution bandwidth, synthesized tuning and wide dynamic range in a MIL-rugged package built to withstand harsh environmental conditions.

Migrate from 856xE or 856xEC to the X-Series signal analyzers

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Understanding GSM/EDGE Transmitter and Receiver Measurements for Base Transceiver Stations (AN 1312)
This 36-page application note presents the fundamental RF parametric measurements necessary to characterize GSM/EDGE base transceiver stations and their components.

Application Note 2018-03-12

Signal Analysis Measurement Fundamentals, Optimize Noise Floor, Resolution Bandwidth, and More
Learn measurement fundamentals to optimize your signal analysis for greater insights

Application Note 2017-12-13

7 Compelling Reasons to Migrate from the 856xE/EC Spectrum Analyzers to the X-Series - Brochure
Achieve the next level of productivity by transitioning from legacy 856xE/EC to X-Series analyzers. Learn why the MXA is the leading replacement system among 856xE/EC customers in this solution overview.

Brochure 2017-12-02

PDF PDF 5.64 MB
Spectrum Analysis Basics - Application Note
This application note (also known as AN 150) explains the fundamentals of swept-tuned, superheterodyne spectrum analyzers and discusses the latest advances in spectrum analyzer capabilities.

Application Note 2016-11-02

Download your complimentary RF & Microwave Test Accessories Catalog
This comprehensive resource enables engineers to quickly and conveniently research the highest-quality RF and microwave test accessories in the industry.

Catalog 2015-04-28

Spectrum and Signal Analyzer Measurements and Noise Application Note 1303
Noise is the classical limitation of electronics. In this application note, the characteristics of noise and its direct measurement are discussed in detail.

Application Note 2012-05-04

PDF PDF 2.06 MB
8560 EC Series Spectrum Analyzers - Data Sheet
The 8560 EC Series spectrum analyzers are obsolete and have been replaced by the Keysight X-Series signal analyzers. Visit /find/856x_to_X-Series for detailed migration information.

Data Sheet 2011-12-08

8560E/EC Series Spectrum Analyzer Security Information
How to erase/clear user data in an 8560E/EC Series Portable Spectrum Analyzer.....

User Manual 2011-07-01

PDF PDF 159 KB
8560E/EC Series Spectrum Analyzer Calibration Guide
The contents of this manual include specifications and verification of spectrum analyzer operation.

Calibration Guide 2010-05-01

PDF PDF 24.21 MB
85671A Phase Noise Measurements Utility Product Overview

Data Sheet 2009-07-23

PDF PDF 262 KB
8560EC Series Spectrum Analyzers and Accessories Configuration Guide
8560 EC Series spectrum analyzer features, including color display, digital fast time domain sweeps, and Class 3 MIL-rugged

Configuration Guide 2009-05-01

Spectrum Analyzer Preventative Maintenance
Preventative Maintenance Information for your Spectrum/Signal Analyzer

Help File 2006-10-31

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

8560E/EC Series Spectrum Analyzer User's / Programmer's Guide
Includes information on preparing the spectrum analyzers for use, spectrum analyzer functions, common spectrum analyzer measurements, programming fundamentals, and definitions for remote programming commands.....

User Manual 2000-11-05

PDF PDF 11.20 MB
8560E/EC Series Spectrum Analyzer Quick Reference Guide
The latest version of the quick reference guide......

Quick Start Guide 2000-11-05

PDF PDF 916 KB
85629B Test and Adjustment Module Installation, Operation, and Service Guide
The latest version of the installation, operation, and service manual......

User Manual 2000-11-01

PDF PDF 423 KB
85620A Mass Memory Module Installation, Operation, Programming, and Service Guide
The latest version of the installation, operation, and service manual......

User Manual 2000-11-01

PDF PDF 4.42 MB
85671A Phase Noise Utility User's Guide
The latest version of the installation guide and user's manual for the 85671A phase noise utility.

User Manual 2000-11-01

PDF PDF 331 KB
85672A Spurious Response Utility User's Guide
The latest version of the installation guide and user's manual......

User Manual 2000-11-01

PDF PDF 679 KB
Comparing Power Measurements on Digitally Modulated Signals
Measuring the power of digital CDMA signals is not as straightforward as the procedure employed when measuring their analog counterparts. While there are several ways to perform these in-channel and out-of-channel measurements, a spectrum analyzer and software-implemented power detection makes...

Application Note 2000-09-01

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Optimizing Spectrum Analyzer Amplitude Accuracy (AN 1316)
This Application Note covers the factors affecting the accuracy (or uncertainty) of amplitude measurements made with spectrum analyzers, and explains how to calculate worst-case uncertainty in general situations. It will help you analyze a measurement and decide what procedure to follow to...

Application Note 2000-08-01

8560EC Series Brochure

Brochure 2000-06-01

PDF PDF 4.67 MB
Understanding CDMA Measurements for Base Stations and Their Components (AN 1311)
This Application Note presents the fundamental measurement principles for the RF parametric tests performed on Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) base stations and their components.

Application Note 2000-06-01

Performing cdma2000 Measurements Today (AN 1325)
cdma2000 is the 3GPP2 standard for 3G technology derived from cdmaOne. Although the standard has not yet been defined, R&D component and system engineers need to test their cdma 2000 designs today. This Application Note is a guide to cdma2000 testing based on established cdmaOne measurements...

Application Note 2000-05-22

Spectrum Analysis Basics: From 1997 Back to Basics Seminar
This paper covers everything from a definition of spectrum to the types of instruments used to make the measurements. Topics include resolution, amplitude measurements sensitivity, dynamic range, LO stability, and the use of spectrum analyzers....

Application Note 1997-04-01

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