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N1500A Materials Measurement Suite

Technical Overviews

N1500A Materials Measurement Suite


  • The software automates complex permittivity and permeability measurements
  • Flexible option configuration allows you to choose the measurement methods you need
  • One simple installation program and integrated method option loader switch seamlessly between the different measurement methods: Runs on Windows 7, 8, and 10

Automate Complex Permittivity and Permeability Measurements with Keysight’s Materials Measurement Software Suite

Measure εr* and μr* over a wide frequency range

With Keysight N1500A materials measurement software suite, you can determine the intrinsic electromagnetic properties of many dielectric and magnetic materials. The complete system is based on a versatile Keysight network analyzer which measures the material’s response to RF or microwave energy. The N1500A software controls the network analyzer and calculates results. Depending on the Keysight network analyzer and sample holder used, frequencies can extend from the mid-MHz to the low THz.

Powerful features

  • Multiple channel and port selections provide maximum flexibility when setting up network analyzers with up to four ports
  • Multiple charts and traces aid in data analysis. Depending on method option selected, data can be displayed in a variety of formats:

• Permittivity: εr’, εr”, tan d, Cole Cole

• Permeability: μr’, μr”, tan dμ

  • S-parameters: log mag, linear mag, phase, unwrapped phase, group delay, smith chart, polar chart, real, imaginary, and SWR
  • Trace math functions: +, -, *, /, mean and standard deviation
  • Trace data pane: displays the active data trace in tabular format
  • Markers with reference and delta functions and rubberband zoom scaling allow close inspection of critical data
  • Offline mode allows software to run on a PC without being connected to an instrument. Free up shared network analyzer resources by taking your data analysis back to your desk, or wherever you want!
  • S-parameter import and save
  • Measurement report captures trace and tabular data, equipment used, sample description, user name, date and more in a professionally formatted document ready to print, save, or send electronically in an Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file.

Connect to other programs

Data can also be saved in a variety of formats to bring into other programs for reporting or further data analysis. An application programmable interface (API) allows the measurements to be set up, triggered and read from a user written program.

Software Update Service (SUS)

Materials measurement suite option 01x upgrades any version to current.

Measurement method options

Keysight offers a variety of measurement methods to meet the needs of most materials under test. Each method has its own strengths and limitations that make it more or less useful for a particular application. Flexible option configuration allows you to choose one or more methods to meet your specific needs.



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