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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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PSA Performance Spectrum Analyzer Series: Measurement Innovations and Benefits 
Performance Spectrum Analyzer Series. This Note is a general overview of all of the major new technologies used in the PSA series, with a focus on the measurement benefits they provide...

Application Note 2004-02-27

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 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

Combining Network and Spectrum Analyses and IBASIC (AN 1288-1) 
Active components (and now even some passive components like crystal filters require analysis to characterize linear parameters (gain/loss, phase and group delay or S-parameters) as well as non-linear performance. Non-linear analysis is typically related to measuring signal distortion generated...

Application Note 2001-08-30

89410A and 89440A Vector Signal Analyzer Frequency and Time-Selective Power Measurements 
This Product Note explains that when you need to measure the power of signals or noise, the Keysight 89410A and 89440A Vector Signal Analyzers (VSAs) offer several unique advantages over other types of instruments.

Application Note 2001-02-03

346A/B/C Noise Sources: 10 MHz to 26.5 GHz 
The attached document provides technical data for the Keysight 346A, 346B, and 346C Noise Sources ranging from 10 MHz to 26.5 GHz.

Application Note 2000-12-01

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89410A and 89440A Vector Signal Analyzer Characterization of Digital Communications Channels 
Accurate measurements of channel imperfections are important to the designers and operators of digital communication systems.

Application Note 2000-11-01

Extending Vector Signal Analysis to 26.5 GHz with 20 MHz Information Bandwidth (PN 89400-13) 
This Product Note shows you how to configure, calibrate and operate a measurement system capable of wide bandwidth (up tp 20 MHz) vector signal analysis using the 89410A VSA & the 71910A Wideband Surveillance Receiver.

Application Note 2000-10-01

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Using EVM Measurements to Analyze and Troubleshoot Vector-Modulated Signals (PN 89400-14) 
This Product Note reviews the basics of EVM measurements on the 89400 vector signal analyzers, and outlines a general procedure that may be used to methodically track down even the most obscure signal problems. Understanding Error Vector Magnitude EVM Defined Making EVM...

Application Note 2000-10-01

89400 Series Vector Signal Analyzer Measuring CDMA Measurements 
This Product Note describes features of the vector signal analyzers and methods for characterizing CDMA and other spread spectrum systems. Measurements include power, time-selective, transient and vector modulation analysis.

Application Note 2000-10-01

10 Steps to a Perfect Digital Demodulation Measurement (PN 89400-14A) 
This Product Note provides a recommended procedure for configuring the Keysight 89400 Series Vector Signal Analyzers to demodulate and characterize a wide variety of digitally-modulated signals. Follow it step-by-step to insure that no important setup parameters are missed or incorrectly...

Application Note 2000-10-01

89400 Series Vector Signal Analyzer Measuring Phase Noise 

Application Note 2000-09-01

Practical Noise-Figure Measurement and Analysis for Low-Noise Amplifier Designs (AN 1354) 
This Application Note is a timely and detailed examination of the process needed for making practical noise figure measurements of low-noise amplifiers which includes software modeling.

Application Note 2000-09-01

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Tools for Digital Microwave Radio Installation and Maintenance (AN 355-1) 
This Application Note is an application and testing overview of instrumentation needed for characterizing performance of digital microwave radios at the time of link installations, or for the periodic maintenance functions. Covers topics from multipath fading tests to group delay and BERT tests...

Application Note 2000-09-01

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89400 Series Vector Signal Analyzer Measuring Transmitter Transients 
This Product Note describes how to use the 89400 Series vector signal analyzers to understand and control the transient behavior of transmitters.

Application Note 2000-09-01

89400 Series Vector Signal Analyzer Time-Capture Capabilities 
The 89400 Series Vector Signal Analyzers (VSAs) feature a time-capture capability that enables the user to collect up to 1 Msample of data at a time and later choose what type of analysis to perform on the data.

Application Note 2000-09-01

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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89400 Series Vector Signal Analyzer Understanding Time and Frequency Domain Interactions  
The intent of this Product Note is to provide a more intuitive feel for interactions among the time and frequency setup parameters of the Keysight 89400 Vector Signal Analyzers.

Application Note 2000-09-01

Using Vector Modulation Analysis in Digital RF Communications Systems (PN 89400-8) 
Keysight 89400 Series Vector Signal Analyzers with vector modulation analysis (option AYA) provide the numerical and visual tools to help quickly identify and quantify impairments to digitally modulated signals, whether using standard or several non-standard modulation formats. This Product...

Application Note 2000-09-01

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

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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Using the 3585A Spectrum Analyzer with the 9825A Computing Controller (AN 246) 
This Application Note is for information only. Keysight no longer sells or supports these products.

Application Note 1987-04-01

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Log Sweep with the 3582A Spectrum Analyzer (AN 245-5) 
This Application Note is for information only. Keysight no longer sells or supports these products.

Application Note 1979-06-01

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Spectrum Analysis... Signal Enhancement (AN 150-7) 
Part Number: 8554-8447. Application Note 150-7 (Jun75)

Application Note 1975-06-01

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