Agilent
E4438C ESG
Vector Signal Generator
The E4438C ESG vector signal generator ...
Agilent's E4438C ESG vector signal generator
combines outstanding RF performance and
sophisticated baseband generation to deliver
calibrated test signals at baseband, IF, and RF
frequencies up to 6 GHz. Offering an internal
baseband generator with arbitrary waveform
and real-time I/Q capabilities, ample waveform
playback and storage memory, and a wide RF
modulation bandwidth, the E4438C ESG is
equipped to test today's complex wireless
systems and their components.
Automation and Communication Interface
Baseband Generation and Signal Creation
Modulation and Sweep
· Internal baseband generator with 80 MHz RF
BW and arbitrary waveform and real-time I/Q
generation
· Up to 160 MHz RF BW using external I/Q inputs
· 64 MSa waveform memory allows playback of
complete test scenarios without rebuilding
waveforms
· 1 GSa of non-volatile memory for storing
waveforms and instrument states
· Create reference signals for LTE, WiMAX™,
WLAN, W-CDMA, cdma2000®, GSM, DVB, and
more with Signal Studio software
· Digital I/O, fading, and PC waveform streaming
with Baseband Studio products
· AM, FM, ΦM, and pulse
· ASK, FSK, MSK, PSK, QAM, and custom I/Q
· Step and list for frequency and power
· 10BaseT LAN and GPIB
· SCPI and IVI-COM drivers
· Backwards compatible with all ESG signal
generators
Signal Characteristics
· 250 kHz to 1, 2, 3, 4, or 6 GHz
· +17 dBm output power
· –134 dBc/Hz phase noise
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... RF performance and leading edge baseband generation
Typical SSB phase noise (Option UNJ) at fc = 850 MHz
Typical level accuracy
–60
0.5
–70
0.4
0.3
–80
Power error [dB]
dBc/Hz
–90
–100
–110
–120
I/Q on
–130
–140
100
0
–0.1
–0.2
–0.3
–0.4
–0.5
CW mode
–150
–160
10
0.2
0.1
1K
10K
100K
1M
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10M
1000
Typical I/Q modulation bandwidth
24
6000
Option UNB
Option 506
1900 MHz carrier
-5.00
Power [dB]
22
-3.00
[dB]
5000
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-1.00
2200 MHz carrier
1800 MHz carrier
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20
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Standard
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-100
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100
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150
1000
Specification summary
Frequency range
Frequency switching speed
Output power, typical
Level accuracy
Amplitude switching speed
Phase noise, typical
(Option UNJ)
RF modulation bandwidth
Baseband memory
Baseband sample rate
Non-volatile waveform storage
2000
3000
4000
5000
6000
Frequency [MHz]
Frequency offset from carrier [MHz]
Connectivity
4000
850 MHz carrier
1.00
-15.00
-150
3000
Typical maximum power performance
3.00
-7.00
2000
Frequency [MHz]
Offset [Hz]
Modulation types and supported standards
250 kHz to 1, 2, 3, 4, or 6 GHz
< 9 ms in CW mode
+17 dBm at 1 GHz
±0.5 dB, up to 2 GHz
< 15 ms in CW mode
< –134 dBc/Hz at 20 kHz
offset, 1 GHz carrier frequency
160 MHz using external
I/Q inputs
80 MHz using internal
baseband generator
8 or 64 Msamples
(40 or 320 Mbytes)
Up to 100 Msamples/s
1.2 Gsamples
(6 GBytes)
10BaseT LAN, GPIB, RS-232
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3GPP W-CDMA
3GPP LTE
HSUPA
HSDPA
HSPA+
TD-SCDMA
cdmaOne
cdma2000
1xEV-DO
GSM/EDGE/EGPRS2
(EDGE Evolution)
802.11a/b/g/p/j/n WLAN
802.16e Mobile WiMAX
802.16d Fixed WiMAX
Bluetooth™
DVB-T/H/C/S
ATSC
ISDB-T
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DTMB
S-DMB
T-DMB
FM stereo/RDS/RBDS
FM
AM
ΦM
Pulse
ASK
PSK
MSK
FSK
QAM
Pulse building
Multi-satellite GPS
Multitone distortion
Noise Power Ratio
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Test MIMO receivers with up to
Mx4 configurations
MIMO
Transmit
Receive
Antennas
• Create MIMO test signals Antennas
using multiple ESGs and
Signal Studio software
• Set up time is reduced because
Signal Studio software synchronizes
waveform playback for multiple
signal generators
• Add more precise baseband synchronization
(Option HEC) or RF phase coherency
(Option HCC, HBC)
• Reduce early development costs for basic
receiver test by using Signal Studio
waveforms with embedded fading
Signal Studio for 802.16 WiMAX
• Fully supports mobile WiMAX MIMO signal
generation:
• Two antennas STC/MIMO (Matrix A/B) in
DL-PUSC
• Collaborative Spatial Multiplexing (SM) in
UL-PUSC
• Fading emulation in waveform with static
multi-path and mobile SISO and MIMO
channel models, and dual 1x2 MIMO
fading for UL collaborative SM
Signal Studio for 3GPP LTE
• 2x2, 4x4 spatial multiplexing with CDD
• 2x1, 4x1 transmit diversity
• Fading emulation in waveforms, with static
multi-path
Signal Studio for 802.11 WLAN
• Supports multiple 802.11n MIMO configurations:
2x2, 2x3, 2x4, 3x3, 3x4 and 4x4
• Fading emulation in waveform with static
multi-path and channel models A to F for MIMO
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Built for receiver test with flexible channel coding
for bit error rate testing
Focused applications for receiver testing
Calibrated noise personality
• Generate a continuous, real-time stream of
frames with fully-coded channels
• Verify baseband coding algorithms
• Full control over frame structure
• Generate standards-based waveforms
• Easily synchronize to base stations or mobile
handsets
• Modify frame structure to suit your test needs
• Select data sources: pseudorandom sequences
or user generated data
• Supports multiple communications formats
• 3GPP W-CDMA
• 3GPP LTE
• HSUPA
• HSDPA
• HSPA+
• TD-SCDMA
• cdmaOne
• cdma2000
• 1xEV-DO
• GSM/EDGE/EGPRS2 (EDGE Evolution)
• 802.11a/b/g/p/j/n WLAN
• 802.16e Mobile WiMAX
• 802.16d Fixed WiMAX
• Bluetooth
• Simulate real world scenarios for
multi-satellite GPS
• Create FSK, PSK, MSK, QAM and custom
I/Q modulation formats
• Generate AWGN
• Truly uncorrelated real-time noise signal
with variable bandwidth up to 80 MHz
• Set Eb/No or C/N within the W-CDMA and
cdma2000 personalities
• Generate a repeated noise waveform to debug
receiver susceptibility issues
Perform bit error rate tests
• Supports data rates up to 60 Mbps
• Analyze PN9, PN11, PN15, PN20, and PN23
data sequences
• Accommodating connectivity: 5V CMOS,
3V CMOS, TTL, or 75 Ω
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The ESG vector signal generator is ready ...
Applications for component and
receiver test, and R&D
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3GPP W-CDMA
3GPP LTE
HSUPA
HSDPA
HSPA+
TD-SCDMA
cdmaOne
cdma2000
1xEV-DO
GSM/EDGE/EGPRS2
(EDGE Evolution)
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MIMO configurations for
802.11a/b/g/p/j/n WLAN
802.16e Mobile WiMAX
802.16d Fixed WiMAX
Bluetooth
Multi-satellite GPS
AWGN
Custom modulation
Multitone distortion
• 3GPP LTE
• 802.16e Mobile WiMAX
• 802.11n WLAN
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... to meet your test requirements
Powerful standard features
Superior dual mode baseband generator
• Excellent spectral purity
• Electronic attenuator
• Simple softkey menu structure allows access to
sophisticated features
• Built-in help
• Differential and single-ended I/Q outputs
• Suite of I/Q adjustments: gain, DC offsets, quadrature skew
• Save and recall instrument settings
• IntuiLink software allows easy data exchange from
Microsoft ® applications
• 10BaseT LAN
• Dual mode capability supports both waveform playback
and real-time signal generation
• 80 MHz RF modulation bandwidth
• 64 Msamples (320 Mbytes) of waveform playback memory
• Generate waveforms at up to 100 Msamples/s
• Hardware resampling technology eliminates need for
multiple reconstruction filters
• 16-bit DAC for improved dynamic range
• Flexible baseband reference clock 250 kHz to 100 MHz
• Industry standard filters or user-definable FIR filters
• Set Eb/No or C/N ratio for W-CDMA and cdma2000
• Generate AWGN with up to 80 MHz bandwidth
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Connectivity for your demanding test applications
External I/Q input
External modulation inputs
for AM, FM, and ΦM
Low frequency output
Precision type-N connector
Digital bus interface
Wide array of input and output
timing signals including markers
Coherent carrier output
BERT
Differential and
single-ended I/Q outputs
External baseband reference
External frequency reference
Trigger signals
10BaseT LAN interface
RS-232 interface
GPIB interface
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Create Agilent validated and performance
optimized reference signals ...
Signal Studio
Agilent Signal Studio is a suite of flexible, easy-to
-use, PC-based signal creation software that will
cut the time you spend on signal simulation.
Signal Studio provides an Agilent validated and
performance optimized reference signal to better
characterize, evaluate, and fine tune your designs
under parametric and functional test conditions.
Signal Studio complements the general-purpose
capabilities of the ESG and offers a cost-effective
means of tailoring the signal generator to your
application-specific design, development, and
production test needs for modern radio transceivers
and the components that comprise them. And,
with a demonstrated first-to-market track record,
Agilent's Signal Studio continues to help you stay
at the forefront of product development as wireless
systems continue to evolve. More information
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Mobile
Communications
Wireless
Connectivity
Audio/Video
Broadcasting
Detection, Positioning,
Tracking, & Navigation
General RF
& Microwave
3GPP W-DCMA
HSUPA/HSDPA
HSPA+
3GPP LTE
TD-SCDMA
cdmaOne
cdma2000®
1xEV-DO
GSM/EDGE/EGPRS2
(EDGE Evolution)
802.11 WLAN (a/b/g/p/j/n)
802.16e Mobile WiMAX™
802.16d Fixed WiMAX™
Bluetooth™
802.15 MB-OFDM UWB
DVB-T/H/C/S
ATSC
ISDB-T
DTMB
T-DMB
FM/RDS
Pulse Building
Multi-satellite GPS
Toolkit
Enchanced Multitone
Noise Power Ratio
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repair options are available at the time of purchase
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Simplified ordering structure
for the E4438C ESG vector signal generator
Frequency options
Signal Studio and embedded software
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250 kHz to 1 GHz
250 kHz to 2 GHz
250 kHz to 3 GHz
250 kHz to 4 GHz
250 kHz to 6 GHz
Hardware options
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• 602
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UNB
UNJ
1E5
UN7
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• 1EM
• HEC
• HCC
• HBC
Internal baseband generator
(8 Msamples memory)
Internal baseband generator
(64 Msamples memory)
6 Gbyte non-volatile waveform storage
High output power with mechanical attenuator
Enhanced phase noise performance
High-stability time base
Internal bit-error-rate analyzer
GSM/EDGE basestation loopback BER
test capability
Move all front panel connectors to rear
External clock input for internal baseband
generator
Rear panel connections for use with distribution
networks for phase coherency applications
(250 MHz to 4 GHz)
Rear panel connections for use with distribution
networks for phase coherency applications
(4 GHz to 6 GHz)
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3GPP W-CDMA FDD
cdma2000 and IS-95-A
TDMA (GSM, GPRS, EDGE, EGPRS, NADC, PDC,
PHS, TETRA, DECT)
403 Calibrated noise
407 Signal Studio for S-DMB
409 Multi-satellite Global Positioning System (GPS)
419 Signal Studio for 3GPP W-CDMA HSPA
N7600B Signal Studio for 3GPP W-CDMA FDD
N7601B Signal Studio for 3GPP2 CDMA
N7602B Signal Studio for GSM/EDGE
N7606B Signal Studio for Bluetooth
N7611B Signal Studio for Broadcast Radio
N7612B Signal Studio for TD-SCDMA
N7613A Signal Studio for 802.16-2004 (WiMAX)
N7615B Signal Studio for 802.16 WiMAX
N7616B Signal Studio for T-DMB
N7617B Signal Studio for 802.11 WLAN
N7620A Signal Studio for Pulse Building
N7621B Signal Studio for Multitone Distortion
N7623B Signal Studio for Digital Video
N7624B Signal Studio for 3GPP LTE
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Product literature
E4438C ESG vector signal generator platform
• E4438C ESG Vector Signal Generator,
Data Sheet,
literature number 5988-4093EN.
• E4438C ESG Vector Signal Generator,
Configuration Guide,
literature number 5988-4085EN.
• Signal Studio software,
Brochure,
literature number 5989-6448EN.
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