Agilent 8590 E-Series Portable Spectrum Analyzers

Agilent 8590 E-Series
Portable Spectrum
Spectrum Analysis by Agilent,
Tailored Solutions to Meet Your Needs
Flexible spectrum analysis PLUS...
Optional hardware
…add performance and capability.
Agilent Technologies has designed
a series of Spectrum Analyzers
that can be configured to your
specific measurement needs.With
the internal cardcage, circuit-card
options can be inserted into any
of four internal card slots to
increase your measurement
Note the modulation quality of a GSM900 signal
Transmission and reflection results for scalar test
And should your needs change,
your analyzer can adapt since
most options are retrofittable.
Optional capability:
• Separate closely spaced signals
and increase sensitivity with
narrow resolution bandwidths.
• Measure digital transmitter
power, timing, frequency, and
modulation with digital
demodulators for any of the
major cellular and cordless
• Analyze “bursted” signals with
time-gated spectrum analysis.
• Assure EMI precompliance
with quasi-peak detector.
• Test components for scalar
parameters with built-in
tracking generators.
• With group delay and amplitude
flatness capability, you can do
link analysis on…
- Microwave radios
- Satellites
- Cables
there are over 20 other
performance options
you can choose from!
Application software EQUALS ... tailored solutions for you!
Downloadable measurement personalities
…add powerful measurement routines.
For each application, Agilent
offers a unique software program
(provided on ROM-based memory
cards), designed specifically for
the 8590 E-series. Downloaded
into analyzer memory, each meas-
urement personality provides
measurement setups, routines,
and results specific to your application, as well as a user interface
with terminology directly related
to that application!
Choose from a wide selection of
measurement personalities:
RF Wireless Communications
Cable TV
EMI Precompliance
Microwave Links
Noise Figure
Broadcast TV
Digital Radio
Scalar Analysis
Customized personalities
we create specifically for you!
Benefits include:
• Ease of use with one-button measurements
• Complex tests are performed simply and quickly
• Improved accuracy and repeatability over manual
• Results are operator independent
• Save coding time with remotely programmable
• Decreased training time
when you
add them all
together, you
save time
and money!
Internal option cardcage
Customize your analyzer now or in the
future with our plug-in, circuit-card options.
EMI measurement compared to regulatory limits
Measurement Power Tailored for Your Success…
Softkey menus
Operate your analyzer more easily
with related softkey functions.
Zoom window (onscreen)
Focus in on critical data quickly
and easily.
Sturdy design
Tough and resilient: wherever you
have to go, your analyzer will, too.
Internal option cardcage
Customize your analyzer now or
in the future with our plug-in,
circuit-card options.
Built-in measurements
and advanced functions
Allow you to perform complex
measurements with one-button
I/O and parallel printer port
Execute remote programs over
GPIB or RS-232 and print test
results using the parallel printer
Wide frequency ranges
Choose from 9 kHz to 1.8 GHz,
2.9 GHz, 6.5 GHz, 12.8 GHz,
22 GHz, or 26.5 GHz.
Card reader
Store data on 128 Kbyte memory
cards... and download measurement personalities.
Features and options summary
Features and options
Zoom window
Multiple marker
Marker table
Peaks table
Peak zoom
Analog+ display
Frequency counter
One-button measurements
Adjacent channel power
Channel power
Occupied bandwidth
Third-order intercept
Percent AM
N dB points
Advanced functions
FFT measurements
Gated measurements
DLP editor
Limit-line editor
Provides an alternative method to examine amplitude modulation
Provides time-gated spectrum analysis for bursted signals.
Allows creation and editing of simple DLPs.1
Allows time and frequency limit lines with pass/fail messages.
Measurement personality
Downloadable program
Display storage
Trace/state storage
External keyboard
Internal option cardcage
NTSC, PAL, SECAM monitor output
Selected options
Narrow resolution bandwidths
AM/FM demodulator
Quasi-peak detector
TV Sync trigger
Fast time sweeps
Precision frequency reference
Tracking generator
Time-gated spectrum analysis
TV display
GPIB or RS-232 and parallel interface
DSP, fast ADC and digital demodulator
Noise figure
Zoom in on any portion of display; in a split-screen format, both the original
and zoomed display are shown.
Displays up to four markers onscreen.
Displays a table of up to four marker frequency and amplitude values.
Displays a table of up to ten signal peaks sorted by amplitude or frequency.
Automatically centers and spans down on largest signal onscreen.
Offers digital implementation of an analog display; includes markers and
printer output.
Built-in, marker-based frequency counter.
Displays time and date onscreen; provides for unattended operation.
Measures the adjacent channel power ratio in dB of the upper and lower
adjacent channels.
Measures the total power in a specified bandwidth.
Measures the 99.99% to 1% power bandwidth of a spectrum.
Calculates the TOI of a distortion product.
Calculates the percent AM from the measured sidebands and fundamental.
Measures the -1 to -80 dB bandwidth of the largest signal onscreen.
Additional capabilities
Card reader
Downloadable programs
Allows storage of data to memory cards and downloading of measurement
Use any of the fifteen application-specific measurement personalities on
memory cards.
Alters analyzer capability with custom software.
Stores entire display (including onscreen text) to a memory card.
Stores over 50 traces and states internally.
Controls analyzer, labels traces, and serves as input device for DLP1 editor.
Expands analyzer capabilities with up to four circuit-card options.
Provides a composite video out for use with external monitors and VCRs.
Adds 30-Hz, 100-Hz, 200 Hz (EMI), and 300-Hz resolution bandwidths.
Demodulates AM and FM; outputs to internal speaker/earphone jack.
Allows automatic and manual quasi-peak EMC measurements.
Triggers on any video line in NTSC, PAL or SECAM formats.
Sweeps as fast as 2 microseconds per division in zero span.
Provides improved frequency accuracy and stability.
Built-In TGs up to 2.9 GHz for scalar and EMC measurements.
Obtains spectral information on signals in the frequency domain that are
separated in the time domain.
Displays TV picture for NTSC, PAL and SECAM formats.
Provides connection for remote control and printer output.
Adds modulation accuracy measurements for digital wireless communications.
Provides swept noise figure and gain capability.
Performance summary
100 kHz
9 kHz
300 kHz
1.8 GHz
2.9 GHz
Frequency Range
6.5 GHz
Spectrum Analyzer
Tracking Generator
Spectrum Analyzer
Tracking Generator
Spectrum Analyzer
Tracking Generator
Tracking Source
Spectrum Analyzer
Tracking Generator
Tracking Source
Spectrum Analyzer
Tracking Generator
Tracking Source
12.8 GHz
22 GHz
26.5 GHz
Opt 026/027
Specification summary
Frequency accuracy 2, 3, 4
±210 Hz
±210 Hz
±210 Hz
±1.2 kHz
±1.2 kHz
Resolution bandwidth
range 4
30 Hz to 3 MHz
(10 Hz Nominal)
30 Hz to 3 MHz
(10 Hz Nominal)
30 Hz to 3 MHz
(10 Hz Nominal)
30 Hz to 3 MHz
30 Hz to 3 MHz
Average noise level
(30 Hz-RBW) 4
–130 dBm
–127 dBm
–127 dBm
–127 dBm
–129 dBm
Optimum dynamic range
(2nd/3rd Order) 4
77 dB/90 dB
78 dB/88 dB
77 dB/86 dB
102 dB/80 dB
103 dB/81 dB
Relative frequency
±1.0 dB
±1.0 dB
±1.5 dB
±2.0 dB
±2.0 dB
Calibrated display
70 dB
70 dB
70 dB
70 dB
70 dB
–130 dBm
to +30 dBm
–127 dBm
to +30 dBm
–127 dBm
to +30 dBm
–127 dBm
to +30 dBm
–129 dBm
to +30 dBm
–105 dBc/Hz
–105 dBc/Hz
–105 dBc/Hz
–105 dBc/Hz
–105 dBc/Hz
Amplitude range 4
Phase noise
(30 kHz Offset, 1 GHz)
Data shown here is for comparison purposes only. Consult technical data sheet for more complete specifications.
Accuracy includes 1-year aging. Settability and temperature drift not included.
CF = 1 GHz except 8596E and 8593E @ CF = 10 GHz.
Includes optional performance.
Built-in one-button measurement routines
…save time, setup and training!
• Adjacent channel power (ACP)
• Occupied bandwidth power
• Third-order intercept
• Percent AM
• Signal bandwidth
• Channel power
Measure –1 to –80 dB bandwidths on signals.
Just one button calculates T.O.I. distortion products!
Built-in functions
…reduce analysis and troubleshooting time!
• Zoom window split screen
display allows you to zoom in
on signals while viewing the
broad spectrum.
• Limit lines speed signal
comparisons to user defined
frequency and amplitude limits
…complete with pass/fail
• Fast-Fourier-Transform (FFT)
allows quick analysis of the AM
components on the signal of
• Time-gated spectrum analysis
obtains spectral details of
burst-modulated signals.
• Quickly list the top 10 signal
sorted by frequency or amplitude.
• And more
Now you can immediately identify amplitude
and frequency of top 10 peaks ... automatically!
Zoom in on signals with zoom
window split screen display
Automation and remote control
…provide faster measurements
through programmability!
You can program your analyzer to perform repetitive
tasks — and that saves measurement time and
money! Use over 200 fully documented programming
commands to develop programs that specifically
meet your needs, or, call upon expert application
engineers — available worldwide — to write programs
for you.
Here’s what programming
can do for you:
Two types of programs can be
used to control the 8590 E-series
spectrum analyzers:
• Automate routine measurement
• Increase testing throughput
• Reduce complex measurements
and calculate results
• Improve measurement quality,
accuracy, and repeatability
1. Remote programs can be
developed for controlling your
spectrum analyzer from your
computer when connected to
either the GPIB or RS-232
interface of the analyzer; or,
2. Downloadable programs (DLPs)
can be developed to locally
control your spectrum analyzer.
These programs, downloaded
into your analyzer’s internal
memory, provide customized
measurement routines
assigned to analyzer softkeys.
Reliability, service, and worldwide support network
…provide solutions that lower your cost of ownership!
All 8590 E-series
spectrum analyzers…
• Are manufactured in an
ISO 9001 registered facility
to exacting standards…and
come with optional calibration
certificates traceable to national
standards; and
• Comply with U.S. military MILT-28800 class 5 environmental
standards ... and that means
reliable, accurate performance
in portable applications; and
• Contain built-in self-tests and
calibration routines to ensure
measurement integrity; and
• Are delivered with the most
thorough user, calibration and
service documentation in the
industry and with complete
calibration and service
available at 27 Agilent locations
Agilent’s technical
• Are a phone call away to provide
technical application assistance;
• Are available to provide local
user training; and,
• Are available to provide factory
service training to support your
internal calibration and service
Manufacturing, field and more
General purpose
spectrum analysis
This easy-to-use tool provides a
broad range of testing capability
across a wide variety of applications. You can display relationships
between power, frequency, and
time with over 200 built-in
measurement functions!
Research and development
• Reduce test costs and increase
throughput, accuracy, and
repeatability with built-in
Perform “go/no-go” testing with
features like limit lines and
easily interpreted PASS/FAIL
• Automate your testing to
improve throughput and
accuracy by programming your
analyzer to perform repetitive
measurement tasks.
• Execute programs from the
analyzer’s memory or your PC.
• Save money on future
equipment purchases when
production line requirements
change by retrofitting new
capabilities into your
8590 E-series.
Shorten your development time by
equipping your engineering team
with the analysis tools they need
to optimize their designs.
• Speed-up design troubleshooting with built-in,
one-button measurement
routines. For example,
Adjacent Channel Power
or one of Agilent’s measurement personalities.
• Use the 8590-series analyzers
with EEsof’s MDS Modeling
and Simulation Software to
verify breadboard performance,
as compared to circuit
• Minimize costs associated with
buying additional instruments
and adding bench space by
leveraging the 8590 E-series
scalar and noise figure
Enhance your production line
throughput with analyzers
designed for measurement speed
in automated test systems and for
ease-of-use in individually operated
test stations.
Application specific literature
Literature Number
8590 C/E/L and EM Series Configuration Guide
8590L and 8592L Product Overview
8590 E-series Technical Specifications
For lowest cost, general purpose RF/MW spectrum analysis, see the 8590 L-series. Contact your
Agilent representative for more information.
Field service, installation
and signal surveillance
Take the power and flexibility of the
8590 E-series with you wherever
you need on-site analysis.
• Carry less equipment with you
into the field by equipping your
analyzer with optional, multiperformance capabilities, such
as group delay or on-screen
TV picture.
• Store test results in the field on
compact, rugged, solid state
memory cards with automatic
time/date stamps.
• Record screen data with VCR
for long term signal monitoring;
limit lines provide signal activity
• Field accessories include an
external battery pack CRT sun
shield, protective front cover,
operating/carrying case, nylon
backpack, and transit case.
Digital RF wireless communications
Customize your transmitter testing
For the design, manufacturing, installation, or service of digital RF
wireless communications equipment, the 8590 E-series spectrum analyzer with measurement personality is the tool you need.
Quick, easy, one-button
transmitter measurements
Additional features make your
measurement easier
• Customized transmitter tests
based on industry standards
CT2-CAI, and PHS
• Fast, easy, one-button transmitter measurement personalities automatically set the
analyzer controls to perform
measurement calculations for:
• Automatic tuning by channel
• Pass/Fail messages
• Continuous measurement mode
for real-time equipment
adjustments and troubleshooting
• Results displayed in numeric
waveform and graphic formats
• Immediate, on-screen help
provided with the CDMA solution
• Adjustable test limits
- channel power
- adjacent channel power
- occupied bandwidth
- burst power versus time
- modulation quality
- spurious emissions
And it’s programmable
Channel power of a CDMA signal
All of the customized transmitter
measurements are programmable.
Each is executed with a single
command so production test
development time is decreased
and test throughput is increased.
IQ diagram of a NADC-TDMA signal
Application specific literature
Measurement Personality
Literature Number
GSM, DCS1800
85715B, 85722B
Digital radio
The measurements
you need in one
convenient package
When it comes to installing and
maintaining a microwave radio
system, you can select the test
solution that exactly meets your
needs. Choose from personalities,
options and system configurations
created specifically for those who
install and maintain microwave
radios of all types—from routine
maintenance of low capacity links
to installation and commissioning
of high capacity systems.
Digital radio measurements
• For low-capacity system
maintenance, the 85713A
Digital Radio Measurements
Personality adds mask comparison, mean-power-level,
frequency response and transient
measurement capabilities to the
standard Spectrum Analyzer.
The personality includes
standard FCC, UK and FRG
agency masks, as well as the
ability to create custom masks.
• For higher capacity systems,
group delay and amplitude
flatness measurements may be
required. The 11770A Link
Measurements Personality, in
conjunction with Option 111
in the Spectrum Analyzer, uses
the analyzer and its tracking
generator as receiver and
transmitter respectively.
Two independent analyzers
can be used for end-to-end
and frequency translation
measurements over the entire
frequency range of the generator
output and analyzer input.
• The 11758V Digital Radio Test
system provides comprehensive
measurement capability for
installation and maintenance
of high capacity systems. The
system is based on a speciallyconfigured 8593E Spectrum
Analyzer and the 11758B
Multipath Fading Simulator.
Available options include:
- group delay
- a microwave source for
antenna return loss measurements
- a fully configured system for
microwave satellite system
group delay measurements
based on a synthesized
Factory integrated special
configurations are available.
Amplitude and group delay response for
adjusting transmission networks
Application specific literature
Literature Number
Tools for Digital Microwave Radio Installation & Maintenance (AN 355-1)
11758V Digital Radio Test System Data Sheet
11770A Link Measurements Personality Data Sheet
Cable TV
Your portable, single box tester
for both RF and video measurements
Save time in cable TV manufacturing and maintenance with fast onebutton measurement routines. Agilent Technologies offers two solutions for the cable TV industry; the 8590 E-series spectrum analyzer
with the 85721B cable TV measurement personality for manufacturers,
or the CaLan 8591C cable TV analyzer for cable TV operators. The
CaLan 8591C includes many 8590 E-series analyzer options specifically
for cable TV testing!
and options include:
With your analyzer,
you can determine…
• Dedicated Cable TV measurements which provide one-button,
non-interfering RF and video
• Automated compliance testing
to FCC regulations and worldwide standards.
• System tests for installation,
maintenance, troubleshooting
and performance monitoring.
• Five frequency ranges, 1.8 GHz
to 22/26.5 GHz (8590 E-series).
• 75-ohm input that matches
analyzer to trunk cable or
other 75-ohm environments.
• Flexible hardware and software
architecture for easy upgrading.
• 75-ohm pre-amp for low-level
carrier-to-noise measurements.
• Dual interfaces; a parallel
printer port with either an
GPIB or RS-232 port.
• Television picture capability to
verify subscriber complaints
and remedies.
RF measurements:
• Automatic tuning to cable TV
and broadcast carriers.
• Visual and aural carrier levels
and frequencies
• System channel survey
• Depth of modulation
• Crossmodulation
• Aural and FM broadcast
carrier deviation
• Carrier-to-noise ratio
• In-channel frequency response
• Hum and low frequency
• System frequency response
• Distortion (CSO/CTB)
Add the Agilent CaLan 85921B
FCC report generator for
moving test data from your
analyzer to your PC and
providing FCC proof-ofperformance reports!
Video measurements:
• Differential gain
• Differential phase
• Chrominance-to-luminance
delay inequality
Differential gain and phase video measurements
made to world wide standards.
Application specific literature
Literature Number
Broadband Test Equipment Brochure
CaLan 8591C (includes 85721A) Product Overview
CaLan 8591C Technical Specifications
EMC precompliance
Avoid costly EMC compliance delays
The 8590 E-series spectrum analyzer and 85712D EMC measurement
personality, options and accessories give you EMC precompliance and
diagnostic capabilities. For dedicated EMI users, Agilent recommends
the 8590EM series EMC analyzers.
The design cycle
There’s no better time than early
in the design cycle to solve EMC
problems—problems that could
prove very costly to correct, even
to the point of delaying a new
product’s introduction — problems you can identify and analyze
at the push of a button with 8590
E-series spectrum analyzers.
• Use your 8590 E-series analyzer
with the EMC measurement
personality (85712D), antennas
and accessories to search for
radiated emissions.
• Measure conducted emissions
with the LISN and accessories.
• Using the close-field probe set
(11945A Option E51), pinpoint
emissions, make design changes
and compare the results.
Selected features
and options include:
• Automated, one-button EMC
precompliance measurements.
• Fast setup of all EMC measurement system parameters from a
range of setup libraries.
• Measure the quasi-peak, average
and peak levels of up to 20 signals
• Enhanced measurement
accuracy with built-in transducer
amplitude corrections.
Application specific literature
Literature Number
8590EM Series EMC Analyzers and
Precompliance Systems
EMC Accessories Catalog
• Built-in tracking generator for
shielding effectiveness and
immunity testing.
• System diagnostic tools to quickly
isolate, classify and record EMC
design problem spots.
• A complete line of EMC
transducers and accessories to
perform EMI measurements to
meet your needs.
Component test
Save time and money by combining functionality
in a single package!
By using the measurement personalities and selected internal options,
you’re not forced to purchase multiple instruments —now you can combine the functions of a spectrum analyzer, noise figure meter, and scalar
network analyzer.
A single, compact package…
Now with one analyzer, you can
measure devices for:
Noise characteristics
Transmission and reflection
Power and frequency
Spurious responses
Noise figure and gain
An 85719A noise figure measurements personality and the optional
noise figure circuit card added to
an 8590 C/E series analyzer with
noise source and preamplifier will
provide you:
• Simultaneous swept noise figure
and gain — up to 2.9 GHz
• Menu driven interface
• Single point pass/fail limit testing
• Narrow band and frequency
conversion device capabilities
• Marker readout of N.F. and gain
anywhere on the sweep
Scalar analysis
measurements ...
An 85714A scalar measurements
personality, an RF bridge, and
optional 1.8/2.9 GHz built-in tracking
generator added to an 8590 C/E/L
series analyzer will provide you:
Transmission and reflection
Guided calibration
Pass/fail limit line testing
120 dB display
…and one-button measurements of:
Q factor
Shape factor
Insertion loss/gain
…add the 5630A scalar test set for:
• Simultaneous transmission/
• Built-in RF bridges
• Ease of set-up and use
…with marker readout of:
Power and frequency
Return loss
Application specific literature
Literature Number
Scalar Network Analysis with 8590 E-series
86205A and 86207A RF Bridges
85719A Noise Figure Measurements
Maximizing Accuracy in Noise Figure Measurements
(Product Note: 85719A-1)
Measure swept noise figure and gain of
an amplifier
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Ordering information
Spectrum analyzers
8591E RF Spectrum Analyzer
8594E RF Spectrum Analyzer
8595E RF Spectrum Analyzer
8596E MW Spectrum Analyzer
8593E MW Spectrum Analyzer
(9 kHz to 1.8 GHz)
(9 kHz to 2.9 GHz)
(9 kHz to 6.5 GHz)
(9 kHz to 12.8 GHz)
(9 kHz to 22/26.5 GHz)
Options, measurement personalities, and accessories
For complete ordering and compatibility information on available options,
retrofit kits, and measurement personalities, please see the 8590 C/E/L and
EM Series Configuration Guide, Literature Number 5963-6858E.
Literature reference index
General purpose information
8590L and 8592L Product Overview
8590 E-Series Technical Specifications
8590 C/E/L and EM Series Configuration Guide
Product feature briefs
Analog+ Display
Transmitter Power Measurements (ACP, OBW)
Zoom Window
Measuring AM with FFT
Time-Gated Spectrum Analysis
Editing Keyboard
Marker and Peaks Table
Third Order Intermodulation, N dB Bandwidth and Percent AM
Product notes
Time-Gated Spectrum Analysis (8590-2)
Analog+ Display
Maximizing Accuracy in Noise Figure Measurements (85719A-1) 5091-4801E
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