MXG Signal Generators

High performance in a compact benchtop form

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Test your R&D device and system within and beyond its limits

On the path to better performance, the Keysight's MXG signal generators are fine-tuned signal sources in R&D measurements. Whether you’re pushing for a linear RF chain or an optimized link budget, the analog and vector MXG models deliver the performance and capabilities you need: phase noise, ACPR, channel coding, and more.

  • Address the demanding tests requirements of radar modules and systems with excellent phase noise
  • Keep pace with the latest data throughput in LTE-Advanced and 802.11ac WLAN with 160 MHz bandwidth and EVM down to 0.4%
  • Drive power amplifiers and characterize nonlinear power amplifier behavior with industry-leading ACPR and output power
  • Accelerate your calibration process with switching speeds of less than 600 us

The Custom Power Behind Our Instruments

Pushing the boundaries of technology requires instantaneous bandwidth, spurious-free dynamic range, and signal fidelity beyond basic measurements. Keysight powers every performance product with custom MMICs, designed in-house, manufactured in our proprietary indium phosphide (InP) and gallium arsenide (GaAs) fab with custom ASIC signal processing that ensure the industry’s fastest, most reliable measurements.  Keysight's MXG Signal Generators enable real-time wideband corrected signals with our custom ASIC.

Key Specifications


9 kHz – 40 GHz

Phase Noise @ 1 GHz (20 kHz offset)

-146 dBc/Hz

Frequency Switching

<= 600 us

IQ Modulation BW (Internal/External)

Up to 960 MHz

Modulation Types Available

AM, FM, PM, Pulse

PathWave Signal Generation Software

PathWave Signal Generation software is a flexible suite of signal-creation tools that will reduce the time you spend on signal simulation. Its performance-optimized reference signals - validated by Keysight - enhance the characterization and verification of your devices.

  • Create performance-optimized reference signals
  • Validate component, transmitter, and receiver testing
  • Ensure designs meet latest standards
  • Speed signal creation and reduce simulation time
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Best practices for optimizing your signal generator

Best Practices for Optimizing Your Signal Generator

Signal generators provide precise, highly stable test signals for a variety of components and system test applications. Knowing the capabilities and performance of your signal generator is the first step in making accurate and consistent measurements. In this two-part Application Note, we discuss the best practices to optimize your signal generator.

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