Keysight 89601B/BN-SSA Spectrum Analysis 89600 VSA Software

Keysight 89601B/BN-SSA Spectrum Analysis 89600 VSA Software
Keysight 89601B/BN-SSA
Spectrum Analysis
89600 VSA Software
Technical Overview
Key Features
–– Benchtop-class spectrum analysis
in PXI form factor
–– Compatible with PXIe VSA hardware - M9391A up to 6 GHz and
M9393A up to 27 GHz
–– High-resolution spectrum sweeps
at hundreds of GHz per second
–– Digital RF corrections for improved
noise and spurious performance
–– Fully-integrated with 89600 VSA
software platform
Table of Contents
Technology Overview.................................................................................................................................4
Full-Featured Spectrum Analysis............................................................................................................5
Measurement Consistency with Benchtop Analyzers.........................................................................6
Built on the 89600 VSA Software............................................................................................................6
Compatible SCPI Commands .............................................................................................................8
M9000 Resource Manager Support .....................................................................................................8
Designed to Integrate with Your Test Environment.............................................................................8
89601B/BN Opt. SSA Signal Analyzer Characteristics....................................................................9
Supported Hardware and Recommended Configurations...............................................................12
Software Information...............................................................................................................................13
Related Literature.....................................................................................................................................13
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Benchtop-Class Spectrum Analysis Plus All of the
Benefits of PXI
When test plans call for spectrum measurements, PXI system developers often find
themselves with difficult choices. PXI-based analyzers may offer size, speed or cost
advantages over traditional benchtop models, but they can also fall short on RF
performance, or suffer from software packages that lack key features or are simply
awkward to use.
89600 VSA software with Option SSA eliminates the need to compromise. Based
on Keysight’s PXIe vector signal analyzer hardware, it delivers lab-quality spectrum
analysis well-suited for PXI-based systems ranging from product development to design
validation and high-speed manufacturing test.
You can depend on this PXI spectrum analyzer because it incorporates the RF
measurement expertise that Keysight has been refining and perfecting in real-world test
systems for over 70 years.
89600 Option SSA makes it easy to include Keysight-quality spectrum analysis in your PXI-based test system.
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Technology Overview
The 89600 VSA Spectrum Analysis software, option SSA, performs traditional spectrum
measurements across any portion of the PXI hardware’s frequency range, from 1 MHz to
6 GHz (M9391A) or 9 kHz to 27 GHz (M9393A). You choose your measurement settings –
such as center frequency, span, input range, RBW – just as you would with any benchtop
spectrum analyzer. Based on these settings, the analyzer performs a rapid sequence of
FFT-based spectrum measurements at frequency steps across the span. These results
are then merged into a single, continuous spectrum.
But this is only the beginning. Depending on your settings, this spectrum is further processed to precisely replicate the results produced by a traditional swept analyzer – for
example, through accurate implementations of various detector types, averaging modes
or video filters. Other processing compensates front-end hardware characteristics, using
sophisticated algorithms to drive down internally generated noise by 10 dB or more, or to
detect and suppress internally generated images and spurs.
With careful attention to detail, stepped-FFT spectrum analysis produces results that are indistinguishable from
those of a benchtop instrument. At narrower resolution bandwidths, the speed advantage can be significant.
Unlike other stepped-FFT spectrum analyzers, 89600 option SSA insulates the user
from the inherent complexity of the measurement. Critical, but low-level details such as
digitizer settings, frequency step sizes and overlap amounts are automatically optimized by the software but still accessible to the advanced user. The innovative software
architecture also assigns hardware acquisition and measurement processing to separate
execution threads in order to maximize measurement speed.
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Full-Featured Spectrum Analysis
Option SSA provides all the features you would expect in a high-end spectrum analyzer,
including:
–– Continuous frequency coverage from 1 MHz to 6 GHz (M9391A) or 9 kHz to 27 GHz
(M9393A), with no hardware imposed gaps.
–– Selectable measurement spans from <1 kHz to the full hardware frequency range,
including zero span.
–– Precision RBW and VBW filters, selected automatically or user-configured, for consistency with legacy analyzers and test procedures.
–– Selectable detector types, including industry standards such as Normal, Peak,
Sample and Averaging, which can be used individually or viewed simultaneously on
separate or overlapping traces.
–– Sweep triggering and gating to facilitate analysis of transient or bursted signals.
–– Live spectrum displays are an integral part of the application, rather than a separate utility, to portray the actual measurement in progress. Results are updated
continuously for visual observation and troubleshooting, or can be turned off to
maximize speed.
–– Powerful markers compute key results such as occupied bandwidth (OBW), adjacent
channel power (ACP), integrated band power and/or power density. Spectral emission mask (SEM) testing is enabled by automatic go/no-go testing to user-defined
limit lines.
–– Advanced display modes such as spectrogram, cumulative history and digital persistence to help you better visualize spectrum results, and quickly gain key insights
into device behavior.
Spectrum traces can be viewed in a wide variety of specialized formats. Results are updated continuously on the
analyzer’s built-in display window, with no need to launch a separate ‘soft front panel’ utility.
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Measurement Consistency with Benchtop Analyzers
Keysight X-Series Signal
Analyzers
Keysight 89600 Option SSA Spectrum Analysis with PXI VSA
Option SSA incorporates the same advanced measurement science used across
Keysight’s entire family of industry-leading spectrum analyzers. This means that you
can depend on it to provide results that are highly consistent with your other Keysight
analyzers.
Running as a PC-hosted application, Option SSA offers much the same look and feel
as its benchtop counterparts, using similar display layouts, annotation and terminology
wherever possible. This means less time needed for training, along with fast, seamless
operator transitions between PXI and benchtop analyzers.
Built on the 89600 VSA Software
Option SSA is an add-on to the 89600 VSA software, the industry’s most comprehensive
solution for modulation and vector signal analysis. With the 89600 VSA software, you
can measure more than 75 signal standards and modulation types for cellular communications, wireless connectivity, MILCOM, satellite communications and more. The 89600
VSA software also helps you leverage Keysight’s consistent track record of being first to
market with support for emerging standards, even before they are fully ratified.
With Option SSA, you can use one analyzer platform for everything from in-channel
modulation measurements to wideband sweeps. Because the swept measurements are
fully integrated into the VSA software feature set, they share the same core capabilities
– display features, marker functions, import/export capabilities and much more.
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In addition, Option SSA works with advanced VSA software features such as MultiMeasurement mode, which can greatly enhance test throughput. In the example shown,
a test sequence has been created consisting of an in-channel modulation quality test
(“Transmit EVM”), a spectral mask test covering 100 MHz span width, and spur searches
over two separate spectrum segments, 0.1-2.4 GHz and 2.5-6.0 GHz.
As these tests are configured, they are held in memory in pre-built, ready-to-execute
form. A single command initiates the sequence, causing the VSA to step rapidly through
the measurements with no further operator intervention.
Use the VSA software’s Multi-Measurement mode to sequence quickly and automatically through a list of pre-built measurements.
89600 VSA software integrates both narrowband analysis and wideband sweeps
into a single GUI.
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Designed to Integrate With Your Test Environment
Option SSA is programmable from today’s most popular ATE test environments, including Keysight VEE, LabVIEW, MATLAB, user-developed executables, etc. Choose from
either of two interfaces: a standard .NET API, which supports the complete set of 89600
VSA software features and options, or a SCPI interface, which supports the majority of
89600 VSA software features, including all spectrum analysis capabilities.
Compatible SCPI Commands
A special compatibility mode for Option SSA enables it to recognize many of the same
SCPI commands used in Keysight’s X-Series signal analyzers, so your existing code
can be migrated quickly – often without modification – from older test systems. New
test routines can even be developed and verified using available benchtop analyzers,
with good confidence that they will perform the same way when connected to your PXI
hardware.
:INST:SEL SA
M9000 Resource Manager Support
:CALC:MARK1:MAX
In even well-designed test systems, sharing a single hardware device among several applications can negatively impact test times. This is because of the overhead required for
each application’s driver layer to connect and then disconnect from the hardware with
every measurement.
To remedy this issue, Keysight provides a powerful capability called Resource Manager.
This utility maintains a single connection to the hardware (i.e. a single driver session),
which it shares at the software API level, thus allowing near-instantaneous switching
between applications. Supported products include:
Supported Hardware
–– M9391A PXIe VSA, 6 GHz
–– M9393A PXIe VSA, 27 GHz
Supported Applications
–– 89600 VSA (including option SSA)
–– M90XA X-Series measurement applications for modular
–– User applications utilizing M939x IVI-driver functions
For example, a test system might employ a user-written executable for fast power level
setting (e.g. power servo), the M9080B X-Series measurement application for LTE modulation analysis, and the 89600 VSA Option SSA for spurious and/or harmonic search.
With Resource Manager, these three applications can efficiently share a single set of VSA
hardware, as control is switched from one to another with little or no speed penalty.
*RST
:FREQ:CENT 1e9
:FREQ:SPAN 500e6
:INIT
*OPC?
:CALC:MARK:Y?
:CALC:MARK:X?
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89601B/BN Option SSA Signal Analyzer Characteristics
Measurement Features
M9391A
M9393A
Frequency range
1 MHz to 3 or 6 GHz
9 kHz to 8, 14, 18 or 27 GHz
Frequency span
800 Hz to full frequency range, including zero span
RF performance (summary of nominal or
typical hardware characteristics at 1 GHz
input; see data sheets for full specifications)
Amplitude accuracy
DANL (preamp OFF)
DANL (preamp ON)
Third-order intercept (TOI)
Phase noise, 10 kHz offset
±0.29 dB
-148 dBm/Hz
-161 dBm/Hz
+23 dBm
-120 dBc/Hz
Sweep modes
Continuous, single, time-gated
Input characteristics
Channels
Range
Impedance
Coupling
1
-50 to +30 dBm in 1 dB steps
50 ohms
AC
±0.26 dB
-158 dBm/Hz (noise corr ON)
-168 dBm/Hz (noise corr ON)
+33 dBm
-110 dBc/Hz
Sweep triggering
Synchronizes start of sweep to a user-supplied input
For IF Mag or RF Burst triggering, signal must be detectable in first sweep segment
Time gating
Synchronizes each segment of sweep to a user-supplied input
For IF Mag or RF Burst triggering, signal must be detectable in every sweep segment
Trigger modes
Free run
IF magnitude
RF burst (M9393A only)
External
PXI backplane
For swept or gated measurements
Measurements run continuously
Detects and triggers on input signal within current sweep segment
Detects and triggers on input signal within approximately ±150 MHz of current sweep segment
Triggers on logic signal provided to external hardware port
Triggers on one of 8 PXI backplane trigger lines
Resolution bandwidth (RBW)
Range
Shapes
1 Hz to >30 MHz (hardware and span-dependent)
Gaussian (dynamic range) or Flat Top (amplitude accuracy)
Video bandwidth (VBW)
Range
<1 Hz to current RBW
Detector types
Performance enhancements
IF dithering
Noise correction (M9393A only)
Digital image protection (M9393A only)
Normal, peak, negative peak, average, sample
Detectors are selectable per trace
Enhances rejection of images and internally-generated spurious
Reduces displayed noise level (DANL) up to 10 dB
Detects and suppresses images and spurs that may be present in non-preselected hardware
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89601B/BN Option SSA Signal Analyzer Characteristics (continued)
Nominal Spectrum Rates (GHz/second)
Use the data in these tables to compare performance of various hardware and software configurations1
M9393A – B16 2
IF BW = 160 MHz
Full span
(9 kHz – 27.0 GHz)
Conversion type
Auto
High band
(3.6 – 27.0 GHz)
Single High
Auto
Low band
(9 kHz – 3.6 GHz)
Single high
Auto
IF Dither + noise
correction
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
RBW: 10 MHz
315
28
540
48
310
25
600
50
660
31
1 MHz
435
35
745
64
440
33
805
72
620
49
100 kHz
295
20
575
34
280
19
535
35
520
31
10 kHz
25
2.2
43
4.0
22
2.1
44
4.0
41
3.8
M9393A – B04 2
IF BW = 40 MHz
Full span
(9 kHz – 27.0 GHz)
Conversion type
IF dither + noise
correction
RBW: 7.7 MHz
Auto
High band
(3.6 – 27.0 GHz)
Single high
OFF
ON
OFF
Auto
ON
OFF
Low band
(9 kHz – 3.6 GHz)
Single high
ON
OFF
Auto
ON
OFF
ON
62
6.2
111
11
60
6.1
120
13
85
7.6
1 MHz
104
10
180
19
97
9.8
190
20
120
15
100 kHz
92
8.1
165
16
90
7.6
170
16
115
12
10 kHz
28
1.9
55
3.5
26
1.8
52
3.5
51
3.5
M9391A – B16 3
IF BW = 160 MHz
Full span
(1 MHz – 6.0 GHz)
Conversion type
Auto
High band
(400 MHz – 6.0 GHz)
Single High
Auto
Single high
IF dither + noise correction
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
RBW: 7.7 MHz
109
50
52
50
395
72
74
72
1 MHz
115
63
68
62
585
111
127
111
100 kHz
105
61
66
60
440
101
112
101
10 kHz
33
27
31
27
42
33
38
33
M9391A – B04 3
IF BW = 40 MHz
Full span
(1 MHz – 6.0 GHz)
Conversion type
Auto
IF dither + noise correction
OFF
RBW: 7.7 MHz
High band
(400 MHz – 6.0 GHz)
Single high
ON
OFF
Auto
ON
OFF
Single high
ON
OFF
ON
69
17
17
17
108
17
17
18
1 MHz
77
24
24
25
177
29
29
30
100 kHz
76
26
26
28
125
33
33
34
10 kHz
36
17
17
17
48
18
18
19
1. Configurations include M9018A PXIe chassis with M9037A embedded controller. All modules installed per startup guide recommendations. Software
includes 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows 7 and Keysight 89600 Vector Signal Analyzer Software with option SSA. Non-warranted data.
2. M9393A performance data is measured on systems with option UNZ (Fast Switching). Without option UNZ, performance is nominally 1.9-26 GHz/s with
option B16 and 0.8-6.2 GHz/s with option B04.
3. M9391A performance data is measured on systems with option UNZ (Fast Switching). Without option UNZ, performance is nominally 11-21 GHz/s with
option B16 and 2.9-6.3 GHz/s with option B04.
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89601B/BN Option SSA Signal Analyzer Characteristics (continued)
Display Features
Display characteristics
Number of windows
Traces per window
>20
>20 (overlaid or in separate grids)
Trace data
Spectrum, saved data registers, trace math results
Trace formats
Y-axis
X-axis
Number of X-axis points
Log magnitude, linear magnitude
Log frequency, linear frequency
11 - 50001
Trace averaging
Types
Maximum number of averages
Clear write, trace average, max hold, min hold
>108
Trace math
Operands
Operators
All spectrum traces
Add, subtract, multiply, divide plus 23 additional math functions
Markers
Quantity per trace
Types
Calculations
>20
normal, delta, fixed
band power, adjacent channel power, occupied BW
Advanced displays
Spectrogram
Digital persistence
Cumulative history
Successive traces shown as single lines on a spectrum vs. time raster; color denotes signal amplitude
Successive traces overlay on display, with older results fading gradually at a user-defined rate
Successive traces overlay indefinitely; color denotes relative frequency of occurrence.
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Supported Hardware and Recommended Configurations
M9393A PXIe Performance Vector Signal Analyzer
Model-Option
Description
M9393A-F08, -F14,
-F18, or -F27
8 GHz, 14 GHz, 18 GHz, or 27 GHz frequency range One required.
Notes
M9393A-B04, -B10, or
-B16
40 MHz, 100 MHz or 160 MHz analysis bandwidth
One required. -B16 recommended for fastest spectrum measurements
with 89601B-SSA.
M9393A-300
PXIe frequency reference
Recommended.
M9393A-UNZ
Fast tuning
Recommended. Highly recommended for fastest spectrum measurements with 89601B-SSA.
M9393A-P08, P14, P18
or P27
Pre-amplifier
Recommended to improve low level signal detection.
M9393A-M01, -M05,
or -M10
Memory options (512 MB, 2 GB, or 4 GB)
Recommend 4 GB (1 Gsample) memory.
M9391A PXIe Vector Signal Analyzer
Model-Option
Description
Notes
M9391A-F03, -F06
3 GHz or 6 GHz frequency range
One required.
M9391A-B04, -B10, or
-B16
40 MHz, 100 MHz or 160 MHz analysis bandwidth
One required. -B16 recommended for fastest spectrum measurements
with 89601B-SSA.
M9391A-300
PXIe frequency reference
Recommended.
M9391A-UNZ
Fast tuning
Recommended. Highly recommended for fastest spectrum measurements with 89601B-SSA.
M9391A-M01, -M05,
or -M10
Memory options (512 MB, 2 GB, or 4 GB)
Recommend 4 GB (1 Gsample) memory.
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Software Information
89601B/BN-SSA Spectrum Analysis
Requires 89601B/BN version 18.5 or later, including options:
200, Basic Vector Signal Analysis
300, Hardware Connectivity
SSA, Spectrum Analysis
PC Requirements
See: http://www.keysight.com/find/89600-pc
License types
Transportable (89601B)
Floating (89601BN)
Additional 89600 options
AYA, Vector modulation analysis
BHF, Custom OFDM modulation analysis
BHK, Custom IQ modulation analysis
BHG, LTE-Advanced FDD modulation analysis
BHH, LTE-Advanced TDD modulation analysis
BHD, LTE FDD modulation analysis
BHE, LTE TDD modulation analysis
B7T, cdma2000 ®/1xEV-DV modulation analysis
B7U, W-CDMA/HSPA+ modulation analysis
Allows the entire VSA software package or any of its individual options to
be moved manually from one computer to another
Standard floating license; requires license server
B7W, 1xEV-DO modulation analysis
B7X, TD-SCDMA/HSPA modulation analysis
B7N, 3G modulation analysis bundle
BHJ, WLAN 802.11ac modulation analysis
B7Z, WLAN 802.11n modulation analysis
B7R, WLAN 802.11a/b/g modulation analysis
BHC, RFID modulation analysis
BHA, TEDS modulation analysis
Related Literature
–– 89600 VSA Home Page: http://www.keysight.com/find/89600vsa
–– 89600 Vector Signal Analysis Software - Brochure, 5990-6553EN
–– 89600 Vector Signal Analysis Software - Configuration Guide, 5990-6386EN
–– M9391A PXIe VSA - Data Sheet, 5991-2603EN
–– M9393A PXIe Performance VSA Data Sheet - Data Sheet, 5991-4538EN
–– Achieving Excellent Spectrum Analysis Results Using Innovative Noise, Image and Spur-Suppression Techniques - Application
Note, 5991-4039EN
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and continuous advancements in
signal analysis, the 89601BU/BNU
software update and subscription
service offers you the advantage
of immediate access to the latest
features and enhancements available
for the 89600 VSA software.
www.keysight.com/find/89601BU
You can upgrade!
All 89600 options can be added
after your initial purchase and are
license-key enabled. For more
information please refer to:
www.keysight.com/find/89600_upgrade
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