Spectrum Analyzer can be used as measuring receiver.

Press Release Summary:

PSA Series is available with N5531S Measuring Receiver System, which includes PSA measuring receiver personality (Option 233) that provides frequency coverage up to 50 GHz without external local oscillator, down-converter, or external PC. Each measuring receiver function can be initiated by pressing one button on PSA front panel. Measurement-specific results are shown on PSA display, and sensitivity allows for TRFL measurements of signals as low as -140 dBm.

Original Press Release:

Agilent Technologies Announces PSA with Built-in Measuring Receiver Personality, Frequency Coverage up to 50 GHz

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 22, 2006 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the availability of a built-in measuring receiver personality for its PSA Series of high-performance spectrum analyzers. Excellent measurement accuracy and sensitivity, coupled with frequency coverage up to 50 GHz, make this solution ideal for applications like signal generator and attenuator calibration services, which cover audio to millimeter wave frequencies.

The Agilent N5531S Measuring Receiver System is comprised of the PSA measuring receiver personality (Option 233) and other associated components. The core of the N5531S, PSA Option 233 provides frequency coverage up to 50 GHz without the need for an external local oscillator, down-converter or external PC. Its "one-button" capability allows each of the measuring receiver functions to be initiated by pressing just one button on the PSA's front panel. Measurement-specific results, including frequency counter, RF power level and analog modulation analysis, are then shown on the PSA's display. An easy-to-use user interface helps reduce operator errors.

The PSA Option 233 easily turns the general-purpose, high-performance spectrum analyzer into a measuring receiver. Because it can be used as a standalone solution for metrology/calibration applications or with other applications, it minimizes user investment in test equipment.

Signal generator and attenuator calibration pose many unique challenges, given today's stringent government and commercial accuracy requirements. The N5531S Measuring Receiver System offers excellent linearity accuracy of ±(0.009 dB + 0.005 dB/10 dB step) for tuned RF level (TRFL) measurements, as well as exceptionally fast TRFL measurement speed, particularly at low signal levels. The sensitivity of the N5531S allows for TRFL measurements of signals as low as -140 dBm. The N5531S also includes an audio input and audio signal analysis capability (Option 107). These features make it ideal for use in analog signal source and step attenuator calibration.

"With its exceptional levels of performance, we expect the Measuring Receiver System to quickly become the new industry standard for signal generator and attenuator calibration," said Tom Burrell, vice president and general manager of Signal Analysis Division of Agilent's Electronic Measurement Group. "In this increasingly challenging area of test and measurement, it provides users with the functionality they need to minimize measurement uncertainty."

Agilent's Measuring Receiver System features four types of integrated sensor modules with a single input connection to 50 GHz. Fully calibrated and traceable, these modules help streamline the calibration procedure and ensure measurement integrity. Additionally, they minimize measurement uncertainty by eliminating the need to reconnect the device-under-test to the measuring receiver.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Agilent N5531S Measuring Receiver System, including PSA Option 233 (built-in measuring receiver personality) and other required options, is available for purchase now with a 12-week lead time. Starting May 1, lead time is expected to be six weeks. The starting price for the N5531S is approximately $73,000. This price includes PSA Option 233, which costs approximately $12,000.

Information about the Agilent N5531S is available at www.agilent.com/find/N5531S.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 20,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $5.1 billion in fiscal 2005. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.

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