Accurate microwave measurements are important in harsh and hard-to-reach environments spanning a wide variety of conditions: day or night, rain or shine, hot or cold; aboard a ship, in an aircraft or in a vehicle. To address the need for performance and accuracy, Keysight Technologies Inc. has introduced the next generation of its multi-purpose, handheld microwave analyzer, the FieldFox B-series.
According to the company, analyzers in the FieldFox B-series offer wide-band, gap-free, real-time measurement precision and bandwidth up to 100 MHz for spectrum analysis. These capabilities enable accurate cellular base-station testing and 5G network testing in the field.
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The devices also have electronic warfare testing applications, and can be used to locate and identify the shortest interfering threats to a satellite communication network.
Additional benefits include:
- Rugged enough to meet MIL-specs; PRF 28800F compliant to withstand explosive impact and wet weather conditions
- 10 dB improvement in displayed average noise level (DANL) for measuring low noise signals and detecting weak interferers
- Weighs less than alternative solutions: millimeter-wave models 30% lighter than other handhelds
- Ability to collect, play back and analyze raw I/Q data for electronic warfare testing
- Task-driven user interface for each operation mode
- Multiple measurement applications to meet specific measurement needs
- Ability to transport measurements from the field to the lab for further analysis with Keysight’s 89600 VSA software
Devices in the series can be configured as a cable and antenna analyzer (CAT), vector network analyzer (VNA), spectrum analyzer or an all-in-one combination analyzer.
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"Keysight recognized that the increasing performance and complexity of radar and electronic warfare signals needed to be matched with a combination of bandwidth and dynamic range in a handheld microwave analyzer," said Dan Dunn, vice president of ADGS at Keysight. “We're proud to deliver the first handheld combination spectrum and vector network analyzer with 100 MHz real time bandwidth that addresses 5G and electronic warfare testing for our customers."