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Agilent Technologies E5500B
Phase Noise Measurement System
Installation Guide
Part number: E5500-90002
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June 2000
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Welcome to the E5500B Phase Noise Measurement System Series of
Solutions
What You’ll Find in This Chapter... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Step 1. Unpacking Your System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
Step 2. Installing the Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
Step 2a - Removing your Computer’s Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Step 2b - Accessing your Computer’s ISA Slots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8
Step 2c - Taking ESD Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9
Step 2d- Installing the Interface Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
Step 2e - Replacing the Computer Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13
Step 3. Installing the I/O Libraries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16
Step 3a - Installing the Agilent/HP I/O Libraries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16
Step 3b - Installing the Agilent/HP I/O Library Upgrade . . . . . . . . 1-17
Step 4. Installing the PC-Digitizer Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-19
Step 5. Installing the Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-20
Step 6. Installing the Measurement Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-22
Step 7. Using the Asset Manager to Configure your System . . . . . . . . . 1-23
Default GPIB Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-32
Step 8. Entering the License Key for the Phase Noise Test Set . . . . . . . 1-33
Step 9. Starting the Measurement Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-36
Step 10. Using Server Hardware Connections to Specify Assets for the
Confidence Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-37
Step 11. Running the Software Confidence Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-39
Beginning the Measurement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-41
Making the Measurement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-42
Congratulations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-42
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“Introduction” on page 1-3
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“Step 8. Entering the License Key for the Phase Noise Test Set” on page
1-33
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“Step 9. Starting the Measurement Software” on page 1-36
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“Step 11. Running the Software Confidence Test” on page 1-39
“System Requirements” on page 1-4
“Step 1. Unpacking Your System” on page 1-5
“Step 2. Installing the Hardware” on page 1-6
“Step 3. Installing the I/O Libraries” on page 1-16
“Step 4. Installing the PC-Digitizer Software” on page 1-19
“Step 5. Installing the Windows NT 4.0“ Service Pack” on page 1-20
“Step 6. Installing the Measurement Software” on page 1-22
“Step 7. Using the Asset Manager to Configure your System” on page
1-23
“Step 10. Using Server Hardware Connections to Specify Assets for the
Confidence Test” on page 1-37
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Introduction
This installation guide will take you though the process of installing both the
hardware (if you did not order a preconfigured system from Agilent
Technologies) and the E5500 Phase Noise Software. A confidence test is
also included as the last step in the installation procedure.
Table 1
Installation Steps
If you ordered a preconfigured system, do these
steps:
If you ordered an Option 1FF (delete computer), do
these steps:
Skip “System Requirements” on page 1-4
Read “System Requirements” on page 1-4
“Step 1. Unpacking Your System” on page 1-5
“Step 1. Unpacking Your System” on page 1-5
Skip Steps 2 to 8
“Step 2. Installing the Hardware” on page 1-6
“Step 3. Installing the I/O Libraries” on page 1-16
“Step 4. Installing the PC-Digitizer Software” on page 1-19
“Step 5. Installing the Windows NT 4.0“ Service Pack” on
page 1-20
“Step 6. Installing the Measurement Software” on page 1-22
“Step 7. Using the Asset Manager to Configure your System”
on page 1-23
“Step 8. Entering the License Key for the Phase Noise Test
Set” on page 1-33
“Step 9. Starting the Measurement Software” on page
1-36
“Step 9. Starting the Measurement Software” on page 1-36
“Step 10. Using Server Hardware Connections to Specify
Assets for the Confidence Test” on page 1-37
“Step 10. Using Server Hardware Connections to Specify
Assets for the Confidence Test” on page 1-37
“Step 11. Running the Software Confidence Test” on page
1-39
“Step 11. Running the Software Confidence Test” on page
1-39
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System Requirements
The setup program in the E5500 Phase Noise Measurement Software makes
installation easy. In case you want a quick review of the system
requirements, we have listed them first.
The system requirements for the phase noise measurement software are:
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Pentium microprocessor (100 MHz or higher recommended)
32 megabytes (MB) of memory (RAM)
1 gigabyte (GB) hard disk
Super Video Graphics Array (SVGA)
2 additional 16-bit ISA slots available for the phase noise system
hardware.
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1 for PC-Digitizer
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1 for GPIB Interface Card
Windows NT 4.0
Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4 or greater
IEEE-488 GPIB Interface Card (Agilent/HP 82341C GPIB Interface
Card)
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Step 1. Unpacking Your System
1. Unpack and inspect the shipping container and its contents thoroughly to
ensure that nothing was damaged during shipment.
If the container or packing material is damaged, the contents should be
checked both mechanically and electrically. If the contents are damaged
or defective, contact your nearest Agilent Technologies Sales and
Service office. Keep the shipping materials for the carrier’s inspection.
2. Verify that all parts and materials were included in the shipping
container:
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Table 1-2
Part Number
E5500 Phase Noise Measurement System CD-ROM
E5500 Software Keyword Licence Certificate
E5500 User’s Guide
E5500B Installation Guide
9300-1408 Disposable Grounding Strap (Option 1FF)
5957-4369 Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Warning Pamphlet
PC-Digitizer Card (Option 1FF)
Connectors and Adapters
Description
Agilent/HP
70420A
Agilent/HP
70420A
Option 001
Agilent/HP
70420A
Option 201
1250-0207
BNC, 50 ohm Termination
1
1
1
1250-0780
Adapter, N(m) - BMC(f)
3
2
3
1250-1250
Adapter, N(m) - SMA(f)
1250-2015
Adapter, SMA(f) - BNC(m)
5061-5311
Adapter/Saver, 3.5mm(f) - 3.5mm(f)
2
1250-1200
Adapter, SMA(m) - BNC(f)
2
1
Agilent/HP
70422A
1
2
1
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Step 2. Installing the Hardware
NOTE
If you have ordered a preconfigured phase noise system from Agilent
Technologies, skip this step and proceed to “Step 9. Starting the
Measurement Software” on page 1-36.
Installing the phase noise hardware into your computer involves the
following steps:
“Step 2a - Removing your Computer’s Cover” on page 1-7
“Step 2b - Accessing your Computer’s ISA Slots” on page 1-8
“Step 2c - Taking ESD Precautions” on page 1-9
“Step 2d- Installing the Interface Cards” on page 1-10
“Step 2e - Replacing the Computer Cover” on page 1-13
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Step 2a - Removing
your Computer’s
Cover
CAUTION
Refer to your computer’s documentation for installation safety instructions
and specific instructions for opening your computer.
Use the following steps to install the GPIB and PC-Digitizer cards in your
computer:
3. Power down the computer and all its peripherals.
4. Disconnect the power cord from the computer.
5. Unlock and remove the cover from the computer. This gives access to
the I/O slots. (See your computer documentation for detailed
instructions.)
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Step 2b - Accessing
your Computer’s
ISA Slots
6. Look for suitable ISA expansion slots for both the GPIB and
PC-Digitizer cards and remove the back panel’s cover plates. Choose
slots that give good access to the GPIB and PC-Digitizer connectors.
The following drawing shows a view of the ISA slots vertically
mounted; your computer’s ISA slots may be horizontally mounted, but
the process is the same.
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Step 2c - Taking ESD
Precautions
CAUTION
To prevent possible ESD damage, you must be properly grounded with a
grounding wrist strap before touching the PC-Digitizer or GPIB (customer
supplied) Interface Cards. While inserting the cards, be sure to hold the cards
by their edges.
7. Using the disposable grounding strap, supplied with the PC-Digitizer
interface card, unwrap the first two folds of the wrist strap and wrap the
exposed adhesive side firmly around your wrist.
CAUTION
Wear this grounding wrist strap before unpacking or touching the
PC-Digitizer or GPIB interface cards; it is provided for control of static
electricity. Failure to use the grounding wrist strap properly can result in
damage to electronic devices and assemblies
8. Unroll the rest of the wrist strap and peel the liner from the copper foil at
the opposite end.
9. Attach the copper foil to a convenient and exposed electrical ground
somewhere on the computer’s chassis. This should be an unpainted
surface of the computer cabinet.
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Step 2d- Installing the
Interface Cards
Installing the GPIB Interface Card
NOTE
Use of a GPIB connector extender may be necessary for adequate clearance
between the GPIB cable and the computer chassis.
10. Insert the GPIB interface edge connector into the expansion slot
connector of the computer. Make sure the interface is fully seated by
pushing firmly on the edge of the card with the palm of your hand. The
GPIB connector should extend through the back panel opening to allow
cable installation.
11. Replace the GPIB back-panel cover plate screw to hold the interface in
place. (Save the blank cover plate for use if the interface is removed
later.
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12. Verify the following jumper and DIP switch settings prior to installing
the PC-Digitizer interface card.
13. Insert the PC-Digitizer interface edge connector into the expansion slot
connector of the computer. Make sure the interface is fully seated by
pushing firmly on the edge of the card with the palm of your hand.
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14. Replace the PC-Digitizer back-panel cover plate screw to hold the
interface in place. (Save the blank cover plate for use if the interface is
removed later.
15. Replace the computer’s cover as described in you computer’s
documentation.
Installing the Digitizer Adapter.
16. Connect the Digitizer Adapter to the back of the PC-Digitizer interface
card.
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Step 2e - Replacing the
Computer Cover
17. Replace the computer cover as described in your computer’s
documentation.
18. Connect the following cables between the PC digitizer and the
Agilent/HP 70420A Test Set:
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SMB (f) to BNC (m) cable between the PC digitizer interface card
adapter’s input connector and the Agilent/HP 70420A Test Set’s
front-panel <100 kHz output connector.
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SMB (f) to BNC (m) cable between the PC digitizer interface card
adapter’s output connector and the Agilent/HP 70420A Test Set’s
rear-panel Noise Source Input connector.
19. Refer to the following system connect diagram examples for more
information about system interconnections:
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“E5501B Connect Diagram Example” on page 1-14
❍
“E5502B/3B/4B Connect Diagram Example” on page 1-15
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E5502B/3B/4B Connect Diagram Example
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Step 3. Installing the I/O Libraries
NOTE
If you have ordered a preconfigured phase noise system from Agilent
Technologies, skip this step and proceed to “Step 9. Starting the
Measurement Software” on page 1-36.
Installing the I/O libraries involves the following steps:
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Step 3a - Installing the Agilent/HP I/O Libraries, page 1-16
Step 3b - Installing the Agilent/HP I/O Library Upgrade, page 1-17
NOTE
If, for any reason, the Agilent/HP I/O libraries must be re-installed at a later
date, the E5500 Measurement software (Step 6.) must also be re-installed
after the I/O Library installation.
Step 3a - Installing the
Agilent/HP I/O
Libraries
1. Make sure your computer and monitor are turned on.
2. Place the E5500 Phase Noise Measurement Software CD-ROM in the
CD-ROM drive.
3. The following dialog box will appear.
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4. Double-click on Agilent_IO_libs, then on Setup.exe and follow the
instructions (accept the default settings).
NOTE
When offered the choice, do not restart your computer at this time.
Step 3b - Installing the
Agilent/HP I/O
Library Upgrade
1. Make sure your computer and monitor are turned on.
2. Place the E5500 Phase Noise Measurement Software CD-ROM in the
CD-ROM drive.
3. The following dialog box will appear.
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4. Double-click on Agilent_IO_libs, Upgrade_IO, then on Install.exe
and follow the instructions in the Readme.txt file.
NOTE
When offered the choice, do not restart your computer at this time.
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Step 4. Installing the PC-Digitizer Software
NOTE
If you have ordered a preconfigured phase noise system from Agilent
Technologies, skip this step and proceed to “Step 9. Starting the
Measurement Software” on page 1-36.
1. Make sure your computer and monitor are turned on.
2. Place the E5500 Phase Noise Measurement Software CD-ROM in the
CD-ROM drive.
3. The following dialog box will appear.
4. Double-click on PC_Digitizer, then on Setup.exe and follow the
instructions (accept the default settings).
NOTE
When offered the choice, do not restart your computer at this time.
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Step 5. Installing the Windows NT 4.0
Service Pack
NOTE
If you have ordered a preconfigured phase noise system from Agilent
Technologies, skip this step and proceed to “Step 9. Starting the
Measurement Software” on page 1-36.
1. Make sure your computer and monitor are turned on.
2. Place the E5500 Phase Noise Measurement Software CD-ROM in the
CD-ROM drive.
3. The following dialog box will appear.
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4. Double-click on Service Pack, then on Update.exe and follow the
instructions (accept the default settings).
5. Reboot your computer at this time.
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Step 6. Installing the Measurement Software
NOTE
If you have ordered a preconfigured phase noise system from Agilent
Technologies, skip this step and proceed to “Step 9. Starting the
Measurement Software” on page 1-36.
1. Make sure your computer and monitor are turned on.
2. Place the E5500 Phase Noise Measurement Software CD-ROM in the
CD-ROM drive.
3. The following dialog box will appear. Double click on Setup.exe and
follow the instructions (accept the default settings).
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Step 7. Using the Asset Manager to Configure
your System
The following procedure will configure both the Agilent/HP 70420A Phase
Noise Test Set and PC-Digitizer so they can be used in the E5500A Phase
Noise Measurement System to make measurements.
NOTE
If you have ordered a preconfigured phase noise system from Agilent
Technologies, skip this step and proceed to “Step 9. Starting the
Measurement Software” on page 1-36.
1. Make sure your computer and monitor are turned on.
2. Place the E5500 Phase Noise Measurement Software CD-ROM in the
CD-ROM drive.
3. Click the Start button, point to Programs, point to Agilent
Subsystems, point to E5500 Phase Noise, and then click E5500 Asset
Manager.
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4. To place the Asset Manager in non-demo mode, click Options, and then
click Demo Mode to unselect Demo Mode.
5. Click OK. The Asset Manager can be invoked from within the phase
noise measurement software, and if that were the case you would need to
restart the software for any changes made in the Asset Manager to take
effect.
Configuring the Agilent/HP 70420A Test Set
6. Click the Asset Wizard button to start configuring the Agilent/HP
70420A Phase Noise Test Set using the Asset Manager Asset Wizard.
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7. From the Asset Type pull-down list, select Test Set, then click the Next
button.
8. Click on Agilent/HP 70420, then click the Next button.
9. From the Interface pull-down list, select GPIB0.
10. In the Address box, type 20. 20 is the default address for the Agilent/HP
70420A phase noise test set. For a list of default addreseses, refer to
Table 1-3 on page 1-32.
The Library pull-down list does not apply to this example. It applies
specifically to either the Agilent Technologies GPIB or the National
GPIB interface cards.
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11. Click the Next button.
12. In the Asset Name box, type Agilent/HP 70420A.
13. In the Serial Number (optional) box, type the serial number for your
Agilent/HP 70420A test set. Click the Next button.
14. You may type a comment in this dialog box. The comment will associate
itself with the asset you have just configured. Click the Finish button.
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15. The following dialog box will appear.
The left pane shows either the demo mode, or in this case, a list of assets
or asset roles. An asset is any piece of hardware (Agilent/HP 70420A)
that you want configured for system use. An asset role is the general
category for hardware (test sets, downconverters, counters, for
example). The right pane is information only. The information can be
changed by double-clicking a specific asset.
You have just used the Asset Manager to configure the Agilent/HP
70420A test set. The process for configuring any asset is essentially the
same. As a second example, we will now configure the PC-Digitizer.
Both the test set and PC-digitizer are required to perform the confidence
test at the end of this chapter.
Configuring the PC Digitizer
For this example we will use invoke the Asset Manager Wizard from within
the Asset Manager. This is the most common way to add assets.
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16. click Asset, and then click Add.
17. From the Asset Type pull-down list, select FFT Analyzer, then click the
Next button.
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18. Click on II PCI20428W-1, then click the Next button.
19. From the Interface pull-down list, select PCI.
20. In the Address box, type 320. 320 is the default address for the II20428
PC-Digitizer.
The Library pull-down list does not apply to this example. It applies
specifically to either the Agilent GPIB or the National GPIB interface
cards.
21. Click the Next button.
22. In the Asset Name box, type II PCI20428W-1.
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23. In the Serial Number box (optional), type the serial number for your
PC-digitizer. Click the Next button.
24. From the Baseband Source pulldown list, select (internal). This
designates the noise source on the PC Digitizer board as the noise source
to be used for loop suppression verification.
25. Click the Next button.
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26. You may type a comment in this dialog box. The comment will associate
itself with the asset you have just configured. Click the Finish button.
27. You have just used the Asset Manager to configure the PC-digitizer. The
process you have used to configure both the Agilent/HP 70420A and
PC-digitizer is the same process you will use to add software controlled
assets to the phase noise measurement software.
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Configuring the Agilent/HP E4411A/B (ESA-L1500A) Swept
Analyzer
28. Follow the steps (7 through 15) that you used to configure the
Agilent/HP 70420A Test Set to configure the Agilent/HP E4411A/B
Swept Analyzer.
29. The default GPIB address for the Agilent/HP E4411A/B is 18.
30. Click Server, and then click Exit to exit the Asset Manager. Next we
will enter the license key for the software.
Default GPIB
Addresses
The following default GPIB addresses are those pre-set at the factory.
Table 1-3
Default GPIB Addresses
Instrument
GPIB
Address
Agilent/HP 70420A Test Set
20
Agilent/HP 70422A
Downconverter
28
PC Digitizer
320
RF Analyzer
18
Source
19
Counter
3
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Step 8. Entering the License Key for the Phase
Noise Test Set
Use the following procedure to enter your keyword for your Agilent/HP
70420A Phase Noise Test Set.
NOTE
If you have ordered a preconfigured phase noise system from Agilent
Technologies, skip this step and proceed to “Step 9. Starting the
Measurement Software” on page 1-36.
1. Make sure your computer and monitor are turned on.
2. Click the Start button, point to Programs, point to Agilent
Subsystems, point to E5500 Phase Noise, and then click E5500 Asset
Manager.
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3. click Options, and then click License Keys.
NOTE
The license key for your system is unique and may only be used with a
specific Agilent/HP 70420A Test Set serial number. The license key may be
found both on your license-key document and in the file “license_key.txt” on
the License_key floppy disk provided with your system.
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4. Enter the license key for your Agilent/HP 70420A Test Set and click the
Set button. Use the License_key.txt file described in the next step to
facilitate entering your license key into the licensing dialog box.
a. Insert the E5500 License Key disk in the computer.
b. Using Notepad, load License_key.txt.
c. Highlight the keyword in the License_key.txt file and copy it to the
dialog box shown below, then click the Set button.
For information about how to copy and paste information in Windows,
refer to the Windows documentation or On-Line Help.
5. The next step is to start the measurement software.
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Step 9. Starting the Measurement Software
1. Make sure your computer and monitor are turned on.
2. Click the Start button, point to Programs, point to Agilent
Subsystems, point to E5500 Phase Noise, and then click E5500 User
Interface.
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Step 10. Using Server Hardware Connections to
Specify Assets for the Confidence Test
1. From the System menu, choose Server Hardware Connections.
2. The following dialog box will appear.
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3. From the Test Set pull-down list, select Agilent/HP 70420A. Click the
Check I/O button. A green check-mark will appear after the I/O check
has been performed by the software. If a red circle with a slash appears,
return to the Asset Manager (click the Asset Manager button) and
verify that the Agilent/HP 70420A and PC-Digitizer are configured
correctly (check that the license key has been entered correctly). Also
check your system hardware connections. Click the Check I/O button
for a re-check.
4. From the FFT Analyzer pull-down list, select II PCI20428W-1. Click
the Check I/O button. A green check-mark will appear after the I/O
check has been performed by the software.
5. From the Swept Analyzer pull down list select E4411A. Click the
Check I/O button. A green check mark will appear after the I/O is
completed.
Selecting the Agilent/HP 70420A test set, the E4411A and the
II PCI20428 PC-digitizer will tie those assets to the confidence test we
will be performing in the next step.
Click the Close button.
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Step 11. Running the Software Confidence Test
This measurement demonstration will introduce you to the system’s
operation by guiding you through an actual phase noise measurement.
This first measurement tests the Agilent/HP 70420A Test Set’s low-noise
amplifier circuitry. The phase detectors are not tested. This measurement
will also confirm that the PC and test set are communicating with each other.
1. From the File menu, choose Open.
2. If necessary, choose the drive or directory where the file you want is
stored.
3. In the File Name box, choose Confidence.pnm.
4. Click the Open button.
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The appropriate measurement definition parameters for this example
have been pre-stored in this file. Table 1-4 on page 1-40 lists the
parameter data that has been entered for the Agilent/HP 70420A
Confidence Test example.
Table 1-4
Parameter Data for the Agilent/HP 70420A Confidence Test Example
Ste
p
Parameters
1
Type and Range Tab
2
Measurement Type
• Baseband Noise (using a test set)
• Start Frequency
• 10 Hz
• Stop Frequency
• 100E + 6 Hz (determined by analyzer used)
• Minimum Number of Averages
• 4
FFT Quality
• Fast
Swept Quality
• Fast
Cal Tab
• Gain preceding noise input
3
5
• 0 dB
Block Diagram Tab
• Noise Source
4
Data
• Test Set Noise Input
Test Set Tab
Input Attenuation
• 0 dB
LNA Low Pass Filter
• 20 MHz (Auto checked)
• LNA Gain
• Auto Gain (Minimum Auto Gain - 14 dB)
• DC Block
• Not checked
• PLL Integrator Attenuation
• 0 dBm
• Ignore out-of-lock conditions
• Not checked
• Pulsed Carrier
• Not checked
Graph Tab
• Title
• Graph Type
• Agilent E5500 Phase Noise System
Confidence Test
• X Scale Minimum
• Base band noise (dBV/Hz)
• X Scale Maximum
• 10 Hz
• Y Scale Minimum
• 100 E + 6 Hz
• Y Scale Maximum
• 0 dBc/Hz
• Normalize trace data to a:
• - 200 dBc/Hz
• Scale trace data to a new
carrier frequency of
• 1 Hz bandwidth
• Shift trace data by
• 1 times the current carrier frequency
• Trace Smoothing Amount
• 0 dB
• Power present at input of DUT
• 0
• 0 dBm
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Beginning the
Measurement
1. From the Measure menu, choose New Measurement.
2. When the Do you want to perform a New Calibration and
Measurement dialog box appears, click OK.
3. When the Connect Diagram dialog box appears, connect the 50 Ω
termination provided with your system to the Agilent/HP 70420A Test
Set’s Noise Input connector. (See Figure 1-1.)
Since the System Confidence Test tests the Agilent/HP 70420A Test
Set’s low noise amplifier the following connect diagram does not apply.
50 Ω
termination
goes here.
Figure 1-1
System Confidence Test Connection Diagram.
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Making the
Measurement
1. Press the Continue key. Because you selected New Measurement to
begin this measurement, the System starts by running the routines
required to calibrate the current measurement setup.
Figure 1-2 shows a typical baseband phase noise plot for an Agilent/HP
70420A Phase Noise Test Set.
Figure 1-2
Congratulations
Typical Phase Noise Curve for a System Confidence Test.
You have completed a phase noise measurement. You will find that this
measurement of the Agilent/HP 70420A Phase Noise Test Set’s low noise
amplifier circuitry provides a convenient way to verify that the System
hardware and software are properly configured for making noise
measurements.
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Index
A
M
accessing your computer’s ISA slots, 1-8
Asset Manager
Configuring your System, 1-23
measurement software
installing, 1-22
starting, 1-36
C
N
computer cover
replacing, 1-13
configuring your system
asset manager, 1-23
connections
using server hardware, 1-37
cover
removing computer’s, 1-7
new measurement, 1-42
E
entering the license key, 1-33
ESD precautions, 1-9
H
hardware
installing, 1-6
I
I/O libraries
installing, 1-16
installation steps, 1-3
installing the Agilent/HP I/O library upgrade, 1-17
installing the hardware, 1-6
installing the I/O libraries, 1-16
installing the interface cards, 1-10
installing the measurement software, 1-22
installing the PC-Digitizer software, 1-19
installing the Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack, 1-20
interface cards
installing, 1-10
ISA slots
accessing, 1-8
P
PC-Digitizer software
installing, 1-19
precautions
ESD, 1-9
R
removing your computer’s cover, 1-7
replacing the computer cover, 1-13
requirements
system, 1-4
S
starting the measurement software, 1-36
steps
installation, 1-3
system
confidence test, 1-39
unpacking, 1-5
system confidence test, 1-39
system requirements, 1-4
U
unpacking your system, 1-5
upgrade
Agilent/HP I/O library, 1-17
using server hardware connections, 1-37
using this guide, 1-22
L
W
license key
entering, 1-33
Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack
installing, 1-20
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