The Agilent CSA Spectrum Analyzer

The Agilent CSA Spectrum Analyzer
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Agilent CSA
Spectrum Analyzer
Exceptional performance...
anytime, anywhere
Frequency coverage
• Frequency range: 100 kHz to 3 or 6 GHz
• Signal source: 10 MHz to 3 or 6 GHz
• Preamplifier to 3 or 6 GHz
• DANL: -156 dBm/Hz, normalized to 1 Hz
• Best-in-class dynamic range with +18 dBm TOI
• Overall amplitude accuracy: ±0.5 dB
Compact Design
• Weight: 7.5 kg with built-in signal source,
preamplifier, and VSWR bridge
• Battery life: 2 hours (typical)
• Brightest, highest resolution display in its class
(21 cm XGA, 1024 x 768)
• 1 dB electronic step input attenuator
• 10 Hz to 5 MHz RBW standard, 10% adjustable
to 200 kHz, 1 Hz to 50 MHz VBW
• USB and LAN standard
Traditional Agilent quality and reliability with
the performance you need, the convenience you want, and the price you can afford
The Agilent CSA Spectrum Analyzer
A general purpose spectrum analyzer is the engineer’s
most flexible test tool. The Agilent CSA spectrum analyzer
extends that flexibility with its performance, ease-of-use,
and unprecedented reliability.
Performance and quality you expect at a price you can afford
The Agilent CSA spectrum analyzer brings a level of performance not
seen previously in a compact spectrum analyzer. The highest dynamic
range in its price class is achieved with unmatched distortion
performance, substantial noise performance, and standard 10 Hz
resolution bandwidth. The instrument also offers overall amplitude
accuracy of ±0.5 dB. Now you get all of this capability and more, with
excellent reliability and low service and support costs.
Light weight and portable
at 8.5 kg with batteries
Bright, high resolution,
21.4 cm XGA display is
excellent for outdoor use
Ease-of-use means
greater efficiency
The user interface is designed
to give expert users access to all
of the power of the Agilent CSA.
Logically grouped hard keys, soft
keys, and menus allow intuitive
control of parameters like input
attenuation, bandwidth, and
detector type. Features such as
auto-tune, auto-scale, auto-range,
1 dB step attenuator, built-in
preamp, and onboard help make
the Agilent CSA easy to use even
for non-experts.
Easy user interface speeds measurement
process and reduces training time
USB 1.1 ports
simplify data
transfer and
1 dB step
(best in
Signal source enables
system, cable, and
component measurements
Shallow depth of 25 cm
(with bumpers)
conserves bench space
Built-in help
VSWR bridge is built-in,
reducing the complexity
of stimulus/response
Built-in preamplifier
increases sensitivity
Traditional Agilent quality
and reliability with the
performance you need, the
convenience you want, and
the price you can afford...
Easy to upgrade
Unique among our products, each Agilent CSA spectrum analyzer comes with
options installed, ready to be activated. This allows for easy upgrades, enabling
users to reconfigure the instrument as needs change. Signal source and
preamplifier upgrades may require service center calibration.
AC adapter
USB 1.1
reference in/out
100 base-T LAN
cable slot
Connectivity is simple
Transport data to a PC easily via USB memory device. Download firmware
upgrades from the Web into the instrument. Remotely control your instruments
using SCPI commands over a 100 base-T LAN.
Accurate, Rugged, Dependable, and Flexible
The Agilent CSA is optimized for manufacturing
with its combination of high performance, modern
connectivity, and the industry’s best reliability.
The instrument was designed for fast sweep speeds
in narrow resolution bandwidths and fast inchannel measurements, as well as the highest
achievable dynamic range in its price class.
Remote control via 100 Base T LAN and SCPI
reduce the complexity and time to develop
automation software, enhance compatibility
with existing systems, and reduce training time
for manufacturing staff. All of these attributes
are designed to reduce cost-of-test, while the
excellent reliability assures the lowest overall
cost of ownership.
Now you can afford the excellence of an
Agilent spectrum analyzer at each engineer’s
You get true Agilent performance with TOI of
+18 dBm, 10 Hz minimum RBW (1 Hz minimum
VBW) with 10% adjustability, and 1 dB step
attenuator. The large, bright, 21 cm, 1024 x 768
pixel, XGA display (best-in-class), convenient
form factor, and straightforward portability of
data with a USB memory device make the Agilent
CSA spectrum analyzer easy to use. Features like
auto-tune and auto-scale ensure that newer users
can quickly make use of this extensive performance
and capability.
The Agilent CSA’s field-ready features make it
an ideal choice for installation and maintenance
of today’s complex communication systems.
Weighing just 7.5 k (16.5 lbs) with rugged bumpers,
and a comfortable, adjustable bail handle, the
Agilent CSA spectrum analyzer is able to deliver
powerful measurement capability where and
when you need it. This analyzer has more than
two hours of battery life and a bright, highresolution display, perfect for use in the field.
This instrument combines the functionality
of a general-purpose spectrum analyzer, network analyzer, and power meter into a simple,
easy-to-use package. The built-in VSWR bridge,
optional internal signal source, and stimulus/
response measurement suite confirm the Agilent
CSA spectrum analyzer as the best installation and
maintenance solution in its price class.
The Agilent CSA brings the power of spectrum
analysis to the teaching lab, enabling professors
to easily communicate signal theory to their
Easy transformation between time and
frequency domains simplifies the understanding of digital modulation formats. Built-in help
and auto-setup features bring full spectrum
analysis capability into the hands of aspiring
experts. With the shallow form factor conserving
valuable lab bench space, exceptional performance, and affordable price, the Agilent CSA spectrum
analyzer is a sensible addition to undergraduate and
technical teaching lab stations.
Measurements and Features
Communication channel measurements
The Agilent CSA spectrum analyzer includes a number
of communication system channel measurements,
allowing users to accurately assess the performance
of common wireless telephony and other channelbased communication systems and components. Using
preset format-based or custom parameters, the operator can easily determine distortion levels and channel
power using the adjacent channel power function.
Similarly, the occupied bandwidth function quickly
determines power and bandwidth of signals with
complex modulation.
New general purpose features
The Agilent CSA offers a wide range of innovative
features designed to assist non-expert users to
easily set up and make valid measurements. The
one button auto-tune function centers the largest
signal on screen and reduces the frequency span,
allowing the user to quickly zoom in. Auto-scale
sets the reference level and amplitude scale for best
signal viewing.
Auto-range performs
a full-band background sweep,
optimizing input
attenuation and
preamplifier settings,
ensuring that
off-screen signals are
not compressing the
RF stage, assuring
accurate measurement results.
Return loss, cable fault, and insertion loss
The Agilent CSA’s built-in signal source and
VSWR bridge enable a powerful range of scalar measurements not commonly found in general purpose
spectrum analyzers. With the stimulus/response
measurement suite, the Agilent CSA spectrum analyzer can characterize active and passive single and
dual-port devices such as cables, filters, amplifiers,
multiplexers, antennas, and switches. Measurements
included are 1 and 2 port insertion loss, return loss,
and distance-to-fault. The combination of robust
capabilities and spectrum analysis tools can greatly
simplify and accelerate installation and maintenance of complex components and systems.
Use the spectrogram to analyze the stability of a
signal over time, or to detect and identify signals
interfering with the system of interest.
The spectrogram view is essentially a time capture
of spectral activity that can be optimized to focus
on an area of interest, detailing differences in the
frequency and amplitude of spectral components as
a function of time. A common use for spectrograms
is in the identification and eradication of unwanted interference in communications systems. Spectrograms can also monitor the stability of a circuit or
system over time, temperature, vibration, etc.
The Agilent CSA’s optional modulation
measurement suite provides functional and
parametric analysis of AM and FM.
Whether you’re making modulation depth or
frequency deviation measurements for AM or FM
devices, the Agilent CSA spectrum analyzer gives
you the full range of metrics you need. The detailed
measurement information – including deviation,
modulation rate, distortion, SINAD, and carrier
power – ensures a full understanding of the modulation characteristics. Both time domain and
frequency domain views of the data allow you to
analyze the signal quickly from different perspectives.
The tune-and-listen option capability lets you hear
the signal and classify it based on its audio qualities.
Analyze pulsed signals
The CSA clearly and easily displays pulsed signals
in the frequency domain. You can measure the
amplitude difference between a CW signal and a
pulsed signal. The example to the right shows the
Sinx/x of a pulsed signal along with the associated
CW signal.
100 kHz to 3 GHz (Option 503)
100 kHz to 6 GHz (Option 506)
Frequency readout accuracy
± {frequency indication x frequency reference accuracy +
1% x span + 10% x RBW + 0.5 x [span/(sweep points -1)] + 1Hz}
Internal reference accuracy
Aging rate
Temperature stability
≤ ± 5 ppm/year (within 2 years of adjustment)
≤ ± 2 ppm/year
≤ ± 1 ppm
Resolution bandwidth (RBW)
Selectivity (60 dB/3 dB bandwidth ratio)
Span > 0; RBW ≤ 200 kHz
Span > 0; RBW ≥ 250 kHz
Zero span; RBW ≤ 10 kHz
Zero span; RBW ≤ 200 kHz
Zero span
10 Hz to 200 kHz in 10% steps, 250 kHz, 300 kHz, 510 kHz, 1 MHz, 3 MHz, 5 MHz
Digital, approximately Gaussian shape
< 8.4:1 (nominal)
< 4.5:1 (nominal)
< 6.5:1 (nominal)
< 3:1 (nominal)
3 kHz to 5 MHz in 1, 3, 5 sequence, 250 kHz and 1.25 MHz
(RBW ≤ 200 kHz)
(RBW = 250 kHz, 300 kHz, 1 MHz, 3 MHz)
< 2% zero span; < 7% span > 0 (nominal)
< 4% zero span; < 4% span > 0 (nominal)
Video bandwidth (VBW)
1 Hz to 8 MHz and 50 MHz (wide open)
1 Hz to 10 Hz in 1 Hz steps
10 Hz to 3 MHz in 10% steps 4, 5, 6, 8, 30 MHz
Displayed average noise level (typical)
Preamp on
10 Hz RBW
-148 dBm
-146 dBm
-142 dBm
-144 dBm
-142 dBm
-139 dBm
-136 dBm
500 MHz
1 GHz
2 GHz
3 GHz
4 GHz
5 GHz
6 GHz
Phase noise
Sweep and trace update times
Sweep time setting range (zero span)
Remote sweep and trace transfer
Span = 0
Span ≤ 100 MHz
Span = 3 GHz
Trace points
Amplitude accuracy (20 to 30 °C)
Overall amp accuracy (95% confidence)
(20 to 30 °C, peak detector, preamplifier off,
input signal 0 dBm to -50 dBm)
Absolute amp accuracy at 50 MHz ref
Frequency response
(when RBW ≤ 200 kHz)
Scale fidelity
RBW switching
Attenuator switching
Preamp off
10 Hz RBW
-130 dBm
-128 dBm
-124 dBm
-130 dBm
-128 dBm
-125 dBm
-122 dBm
Preamp on
norm to 1 Hz
-158 dBm/Hz
-156 dBm/Hz
-152 dBm/Hz
-154 dBm/Hz
-152 dBm/Hz
-149 dBm/Hz
-146 dBm/Hz
-85 dBc at 10 kHz offset (500 MHz to 2.5 GHz, typical)
-124 dBc at 1 MHz offset (10 MHz to 2.2 GHz, nominal)
-82 dBc at 10 kHz offset (2.5 to 6 GHz, typical)
1 µs to 10 s*
120 ms minimum
300 ms
1 sec
Settable 2 to 1001, 401 default
±0.5 dB 10 MHz to 1 GHz
±0.6 dB 1 GHz to 3 GHz
±0.8 dB 3 GHz to 6 GHz
±0.4 dB
±0.7 dB 250 kHz to 10 MHz
±0.4 dB 10 MHz to 1 GHz
±0.6 dB 1 GHz to 2.7 GHz
±0.7 dB 2.7 GHz to 3 GHz
±1.1 dB 3 GHz to 6 GHz
±0.2 dB (-10 to -80 dBm mixer level)
±0.3 dB
±0.2 dB (nominal)
* RBW dependent, refer to technical specifications for details
Specifications, continued
Maximum average continuous power
(Attenuator≥ 19 dB)
Maximum DC
Input attenuator range
1 dB gain compression
50 V dc
0 to 40 dB in 1 dB step
+13 dBm (nominal)
Spurs and residuals
Third order intermodulation
TOI (third order intercept)
Second order harmonic (SHI)
Input related spurs
+18 dBm nominal
+45 dBm (> 700 MHz); +30 dBm (< 700 MHz)
< -60 dBc (with exceptions, as noted in the technical specifications)
< -90 dBm (with exceptions, as noted in the technical specifications)
100 kHz to 3 GHz (Option P03)
100 kHz to 6 GHz (Option P06)
22 dB (nominal) < 2.7 GHz
18 dB (nominal) < 6 GHz
Stimulus/response suite
10 MHz to 3 or 6 GHz (N8995A Option SR3 or SR6)
Internal data storage
Weight with batteries
Weight without batteries
Dimensions without bumpers and handle
Operating temperature
Probe power output
EMI compatibility
Radiated emissions
Conducted emissions
RF input
Signal source output
LAN 10/100 Base-T
Reference out
Reference in
External trigger input
AM/FM modulation analysis
Demodulation bandwidth
Modulation rate range
100 kHz ≤ fc≤10 MHz
10 MHz ≤ fc≤3/6 GHz
AM demodulation
Modulation depth
Modulation rate accuracy
Rate < 1 kHz
Rate ≥1 kHz
AM depth accuracy
FM demodulation
Peak deviation
100 kHz ≤ fc≤10 MHz
10 MHz ≤ fc≤3/6 GHz
Modulation rate accuracy
Rate < 1 kHz
Rate < 1 kHz
+33 dBm
2 MB for user states and traces
21.3 cm (8.4 inches), color, XGA TFT-LCD
8.5 kg
7.5 kg
17.7 X 42.6 X 20 cm
A/C power: 0 to 40 °C; battery power: 0 to 50 °C
+15 V at 150 mA
-12 V at 150 mA
CISPR 11, Class A
CISPR 11, Class A
Type N, female (50 Ω)
Type N, female (50 Ω)
USB 1.1 (low power device only)
RJ-45 connector
BNC (female), 10 MHz, 0 dBm nominal
BNC (female), 1 MHz, 2.048 MHz, 4.95 MHz, 10 MHz, 13 MHz, 15 MHz, 19.6608 MHz,
0.5 Hz (even second clock), -5 to +10 dBm nominal
BNC (female)
≤ 5 MHz
20 Hz to 10 kHz
50 Hz to 200 kHz
0 to 100%
1 Hz nominal
< 0 .1 % n om i n a l
±3% of reading nominal
Max 40 kHz
Max 400 kHz
1 Hz nominal
< 0.1 % nominal
Ordering Information
N1996A-503 CSA base box 3 GHz (batteries not included)
N1996A-506 CSA base box 6 GHz (batteries not included)
N1996A-P03 Preamp 3 GHz
N1996A-P06 Preamp 6 GHz
N8995A-SR3 Stimulus/response suite (3 GHz)
N8995A-SR6 Stimulus/response suite (6 GHz)
N1996A-271 Spectrogram
N1996A-SRK Stimulus/response cal. kit
N1996A-1CM Rack-mount kit
N1996A-1CP Rack-mount kit with handles
N1996A-BAT Battery pack (2 batteries)
N1996A-BCG External battery charger
N1996A-SCC Soft carrying case
N1996A-HTC Transit case (hard cover)
N1996A-ABA Manual hard copy (English)
N1996A-ABJ Manual hard copy (Japanese)
N1996A-AB2 Manual hard copy (Simplified Chinese)
N1996A-0BW Service documentation
N1996A-AFM AM/FM tune and listen
N8996A-1FP AM/FM demodulation metrics
Stimulus/response calibration kit recommended
to improve the accuracy of the
stimulus/response measurement suite
Configuration requirement notes
The Agilent CSA spectrum analyzer includes
documentation on a CD and an AC adapter.
1. The 3 GHz stimulus/response suite N8995A (Option SR3)
requires a frequency range of 100 kHz to 3 GHz (Option 503).
2. The stimulus/response suite N8995A (Option SR6)
requires a frequency range of 100 kHz to 6 GHz (Option 506).
3. The 3 GHz preamplifier (Option P03) is for use with the
100 kHz to 3 GHz frequency range (Option 503).
4. The 6 GHz preamplifier (Option P06) is for use with the
100 kHz to 6 GHz frequency range (Option 506).
5. The N1996A-HTC transit case is designed to be used with
the N1996A-SCC soft carrying case.
6. N1996A-AFM AM/FM tune and listen is for both Option 503
and Option 506.
7. N8996A-1FP AM/FM Demodulation metric is for both
Option 503 and Option 506.
Transit case (hard cover)
Soft carrying case
External battery charger
(batteries not included)
Battery pack (2 batteries)
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