PXIe Source/Measure Unit tests RF power amplifiers.

Press Release Summary:



Built for design validation and production test of power amplifiers and front-end modules supporting cellular and wireless connectivity formats, Model M9111A changes voltage, stabilizes and accurately measures micro-Amps, all in less than 1 ms. Unit combines high-speed output and glitch-free operation with ability to remain stable, even with capacitances up to 150 µF. One-slot, 2-quadrant PXIe module delivers up to 18 W of power at up to 13 V, ±1 A or up to 6 V, ±3 A.



Original Press Release:



Keysight Technologies Launches PXI Express High-Speed Source/Measure Unit



New Addition to Keysight’s PXIe Portfolio Speeds Production Test for RF Power Amplifiers



Highlights:


  • Achieves high throughput and measurement accuracy in design validation and production test


  • Provides industry-leading output stability under extreme, dynamic load conditions


  • Delivers unmatched transient performance to dramatically reduce voltage droop due to pulse loading


SANTA ROSA, Calif., – Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today announced its first PXI Express source/measurement unit, the M9111A, purpose-built for design validation and production test of next-generation power amplifiers and front-end modules supporting cellular and wireless connectivity formats.



The high-speed M9111A changes voltage, stabilizes and accurately measures micro-Amps, all in less than 1 ms. The PXIe entry achieves speeds 20 times faster than those for previous-generation, stand-alone Keysight SMUs at a fraction of the size.



“In power amplifier automated test environments, speed of test is critical,” said Giampaolo Tradioli, senior director for Chipset Mobile Test, Keysight Technologies. “The M9111A is a welcome addition to the PXI family to address this challenge. Its high-speed output and glitch-free operation, combined with the ability to remain stable, even with capacitances up to 150 µF, make it ideal for power-amplifier test of handsets and cell phones.”



Power amplifiers draw rapid pulses of current, a challenge that the M9111A easily manages with transient performance unmatched in the industry. The M9111A SMU dramatically reduces voltage droop due to pulse loading and recovers quickly to its program voltage.



Under extreme, dynamic load conditions, traditional SMUs may prove unstable. The M9111A provides industry-leading output stability, eliminating worry that the power source will interfere with measurements. Glitch-free operation ensures safe use with the device under test during output and measurement range changes, even with high capacitances. The output voltage and current remain steady and the DUT undamaged.



The one-slot, two-quadrant PXIe module delivers up to 18 W of power at up to 13 V, ±1 A or up to 6 V, ±3 A. The M9111A combines the capabilities of a voltage source, a current source, an ammeter and a voltmeter. Measurement capabilities for the M9111A include:


  • High-speed changes in voltage with fast settling times


  • High-speed recovery and low-voltage drop when the DUT pulls pulses of current with sharp edges


  • High-speed, accurate low-current measurements, such as leakage currents


The M9111A is part of the Keysight RF power amplifier and front-end module reference solution, which enables rapid, full characterization of next-generation power amplifier modules, such as power-amplifier devices, including S-parameter, demodulation, power, adjacent channel power and harmonic distortion measurements.



More information about Keysight’s M9111A is available at www.keysight.com/find/m9111a or by contacting Keysight Technologies at www.keysight.com/find/contactus.



U.S. Pricing and Availability

The M9111A PXIe high-speed source/measure unit is available for order, with shipments expected in May. The list price for the M9111A is $5,589.



About Keysight in Modular

Keysight provides unrivaled PXI and AXIe performance built on the industry’s most accurate measurement science. Keysight helps engineers get to first measurement faster with common measurement software and Keysight Reference Solutions. Keysight has the industry’s largest global network of experienced application engineers and metrology-grade calibration centers. Additional information about Keysight’s PXI and AXIe modular test and measurement solutions is available at www.keysight.com/find/modular.



About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) is a global electronic measurement technology and market leader helping to transform its customers’ measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. Keysight’s electronic measurement instruments, systems, software and services are used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronic equipment. The business had revenues of $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2015. Information about Keysight is available at www.keysight.com.



Additional information about Keysight Technologies is available in the newsroom at www.keysight.com/go/news.



CONTACTS:



Janet Smith, Americas

+1 970 679 5397

janet_smith@keysight.com

Twitter: @KeysightJSmith



Sarah Calnan, Europe

+44 (118) 927 5101

sarah_calnan@keysight.com



Connie Wong, Asia

+852 3197-7818

connie-ky_wong@keysight.com


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