5991-4885EN
Keysight Technologies
PXI Vector Network Analyzer
M9370A 300 kHz to 4 GHz
M9371A 300 kHz to 6.5 GHz
M9372A 300 kHz to 9 GHz
M9373A 300 kHz to 14 GHz
M9374A 300 kHz to 20 GHz
M9375A 300 kHz to 26.5 GHz
Configuration Guide
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Drive Down the Size of Test
This configuration guide describes standard configurations, options, accessories, upgrade kits and
compatible peripherals for the M937xA PXIe vector network analyzer (VNA). This guide should be
used with the Keysight PXI VNA data sheet for a complete description of these analyzers.
Table of Contents
A. Select Options for M937xA PXIe VNA................................................................................................... 3
B. Select Controller (Embedded Controller)............................................................................................. 4
C. Select Controller (Via PC)...................................................................................................................... 5
D. Select a Chassis and Accessories......................................................................................................... 6
E. Physical Connection Diagram for Controllers....................................................................................... 7
F. Select Software for M937xA PXIe VNA................................................................................................. 8
G. Select Services: Warranty, Calibration, Start-Up Assistance............................................................ 9
H. Measurement Accessories................................................................................................................... 11
For devices with 3.5 mm or SMA connectors................................................................................... 12
For devices with Type-N connectors................................................................................................ 13
For devices with 7 mm connectors................................................................................................... 14
For devices with waveguide.............................................................................................................. 14
I. Example Configurations......................................................................................................................... 15
Single 2-port M937xA PXIe VNA...................................................................................................... 15
Multiport Measurement Configurations........................................................................................... 15
Multi-site Measurement Configurations........................................................................................... 17
Upgrading Your System............................................................................................................................ 17
Using a Non-Keysight Chassis................................................................................................................. 18
PC Requirements for M937xA PXIe VNA Control................................................................................... 18
Related Literature..................................................................................................................................... 18
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A. Select Options for M937xA PXIe VNA
Step 1. Start by choosing the frequency range of the M937xA PXIe VNA
– M9370A
300 kHz to 4 GHz
– M9371A
300 kHz to 6.5 GHz
– M9372A
300 kHz to 9 GHz
– M9373A
300 kHz to 14 GHz
– M9374A
300 kHz to 20 GHz
– M9375A
300 kHz to 26.5 GHz
Step 2. Add time domain capability (optional)
– M937xA-010 Time domain
Step 3. Add full N-port correction capability (optional)
– M937xA-551 N-port calibrated measurement1
Step 4. Add multiport cable kit (optional)
– Y1242A Multiport cable kit
Includes 2 SMB cables and 1 SMA cables for connecting 2 modules
together.
Add one multiport cable kit for each additional 2-port VNA
Step 5. Add multiport accessory and tool kit (optional)
– Y1281A Accessory and tool kit
Includes the following tools for SMA and SMB connector removal:
5002-3361 Pull tool for SMB connectors
5023-1450 Custom long deep socket for 3.5/SMA
connector nuts
1. When ordering multiple VNA modules Option Y1242A is recommended for each additional multiport interconnection.
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B. Select Controller (Embedded Controller)1
Step 1. If selecting an embedded controller, select either M9036A or M9037A 2
–– M9036A Mid-performance embedded controller
Intel i5-520E dual-core, 2.4 GHz, 4 thread, 4 GB RAM
Select the M9036A for mid-performance, lower cost
–– M9037A High-performance embedded controller
Intel i7-4700EQ quad-core processor, 2.4 GHz, 8 thread, 4 GB RAM
Select M9037A for the best performance if you have memory intensive applications,
multiple applications running in parallel or if a lot of data is sent to the PC from the PXIe
chassis. Features removable SSD drive for security and x8 connector from front for
connection to second chassis
Step 2. Upgrade from standard memory size (optional)
For M9036A
–– M9036A-M08
Memory upgrade from 4 GB to 8 GB RAM
For M9037A
–– M9037A-M08
Memory upgrade from 4 GB to 8 GB RAM
–– M9037A-M16
Memory upgrade from 4 GB to 16 GB RAM
Step 3. Select an operating system
For M9036A
–– M9036A-WE3
Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 (32-bit)
–– M9036A-WE6
Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 (64-bit)
For M9037A
–– M9037A-WE3
Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 (32-bit)
–– M9037A-WE6
Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 (64-bit)
1. For a list of qualified external controllers, please see Test Computer List Technical Note literature no. 5990-7632EN. The M9021A is used for both PC
controllers and can only be used in the M9018A chassis.
2. The M9018A 18-slot chassis includes empty space to the left of the first functional slot. The embedded controller occupies that empty space and the first
functional slot.
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C. Select Controller (Via PC)1
To use your Laptop PC as a controller
– M9045B
PCIe ExpressCard adaptor
–– Y1200B
PCIe cable
–– M9021A
PCIe cable interface2: 1 slot
To use your Desktop PC as a controller
–– M9048A
PCIe desktop adaptor
–– Y1202A
PCIe cable
–– M9021A
PCIe cable interface2: 1 slot
1. For a list of qualified external controllers, please see Test Computer List, Technical Note literature number 5990-7632EN.
See physical connections diagram in Section E.
2. The M9021A is used for either PC control option and can only be used with the Keysight M9018A 18-slot chassis.
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D. Select a Chassis and Accessories
Step 1. Select a chassis
– M9018A
18-slot PXIe chassis
Step 2. Choose enough slot blocker kits and EMC filler panels to fill every open slot
Recommended to achieve datasheet specifications
– Y1212A
Slot blocker kit: 5 slots
– Y1213A
PXI EMC filler panel kit: 5 slots
Step 3. Choose a rack mount kit (optional)
– Y1215A
Rack mount kit for M9018A 18-slot PXIe chassis
Step 4. Choose an air inlet kit1 (optional)
Recommended for rack mounted systems with less than 1U space below chassis.
– Y1214A
Air inlet kit: M9018A 18-slot chassis1
1. Available in 1-slot, 2-slot or 3-slot options depending on the chassis configuration. For more information, please visit www.keysight.com/find/
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E. Physical Connection Diagram for Controllers
External laptop PC control ptions
Embedded controller
M9036A
or M9037A
embedded
controller
M9045B PCIe
ExpressCard
adaptor
Y1200B
PCIe cable
M9021A
PXIe cable
interface
M937xA PXIe VNA placed inside
the M9018A PXIe chassis
Y1202A
PCIe cable
M9048A PCIe
adapter
External desktop PC control options
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F. Select Software for M937xA PXIe VNA
Step 1. Start with M937xA base configuration
The M937xA comes standard with the following software:
–– Keysight IO Libraries Suite including Connection Expert1
–– Instrument software, soft front panel, drivers for use with Matlab,
LabVIEW, Visual Studio (including VB Net, C#, C/C++), Keysight VEE2
–– Programming examples
Step 2. Download free Keysight Command Expert software3 (optional)
FREE software that provides fast and easy instrument control for the PC. Command Expert combines instrument command sets,
command sequences, documentation, syntax checking, and command execution in one simple interface. Command Expert helps you to:
–– Find instrument commands
–– Access command documentation
–– Verify command syntax
–– Build instrument command sequences
–– Execute instrument command sequences
–– Integrate sequences in MATLAB, Visual Studio, Excel, LabVIEW, Keysight VEE or Keysight SystemVue PC application
environment
–– Generate code for command sequences in MATLAB, Visual C#, Visual Basic.NET and Visual C/C++
–– Profile command execution time
–– Debug command sequences using breakpoints and single stepping
1. 2. 3. Both IO library (version 16.3 or newer) and Connection Expert software need to be installed on the PC controlling the equipment.
To download, visit www.keysight.com/find/iosuite
Find latest versions of this software at www.keysight.com/find/pxivna
To download or get more information on Command Expert, visit www.keysight.com/find/commandexpert
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G. Select Services: Warranty, Calibration, Start-up Assistance
Standard
Return to Keysight warranty - 3 years
– R-51B-001-5Z
Return to Keysight warranty - 5 years
– M937xA-UK6
Commercial calibration certification
with test data
Complete set of measurements which tests unit to manufacturer’s published specifications. Includes calibration label, calibration certificate, and data report. Conforms to ISO 9001.
– M937xA -1A7
ISO 17025 compliant calibration
Complete set of measurements which tests unit to manufacturer’s published specifications. Includes calibration label,
ISO 17025 calibration certificate, and data report, measurement
uncertainties and guardbands on all customer specifications.
Conforms to ISO 17025 and ISO 9001.
– M937xA -A6J
ANSI Z540 compliant calibration
Complete set of measurements which tests unit to manufacturer’s published specifications. Includes pre- and post-adjustment
data with measurement uncertainty information compliant to the
ANSI/NCSL Z540 standard.
– M937xA -897
Perpetual license for built-in performance test software for Keysight
inclusive cal
Adds built-in performance testing and calibration software for
self-maintainers. Requires additional equipment. See the analyzer’s Service Guide for more information on equipment required.
– M937xA -898
Perpetual license for built-in performance test software for Standards
compliant cal
Adds built-in performance testing and calibration software for
self-maintainers. Requires additional equipment. See the analyzer’s Service Guide for more information on equipment required.
– R-51B-001-3X
Express warranty - 5 day turnaround
For 3 years
Available in the US, Japan, China and many EU countries.
– R-51B-001-5X
Express warranty - 5 day turnaround
For 5 years
Available in the US, Japan, China and many EU countries.
1. Additional hardware required. Please refer to the analyzer’s Service Guide for required service test equipment.
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Global warranty
Calibration services
Keysight Technologies provides the peace of mind that today’s
high tech industry requires. Your investment is protected by
Keysight’s global reach in more than 100 countries (either directly
or through distributors). The warranty gives you convenient
standard coverage for the country in which the product is used,
eliminating the need to ship equipment back to the country of
purchase. Keysight’s warranty service provides:
The modular products are factory calibrated and shipped with
an ISO-9002, NIST-traceable calibration certificate. A one year
calibration cycle is recommended. The M937xA PXIe VNA is supported by the Keysight N7800A Calibration Software to perform
calibrations that test all product specifications and is compliant
with ISO 17025:2005, ANSI/NCSL Z540.3-2006 and Measurement Uncertainty per ISO Guide to Expression of Measurement
Uncertainty 1995.
–– All parts and labor necessary to return your investment to
full specified performance
–– Recalibration for products supplied originally with a
calibration certificate
–– Return shipment
Express warranty
Reduce downtime with the fastest repair service in the industry.
The express warranty upgrades the global warranty to provide:
–– 5 day typical turnaround repair service in the US, Japan,
China and many EU countries or up to a 10 day improvement
in turnaround time in the rest of the world
–– Priority return shipment
Documentation
The PXI VNA is equipped with a Soft Front Panel help system in
English only. This context-sensitive help is available in the software and on the CD. All PXI VNA documentation is available at:
http://na.support.keysight.com/pxivna/help
N7800A calibration and adjustment software
The M937xA PXIe VNA is supported by Keysight’s calibration
and adjustment software. This is the same software used at
Keysight’s service centers to automate calibration. The
software offers compliance tests for ISO 17025:2005, ANSI/NCSL
Z540.3-2006, and measurement uncertainty per ISO Guide to
Expression of Measurement Uncertainty.
Product Information:
Or call: Repair and Calibration: Parts and Accessories: Email Updates: For all modular products:
www.keysight.com/find/contactus
1 800 829-4444 US
www.keysight.com/find/infoline
www.parts.keysight.com
www.keysight.com/find/emailupdate
www.keysight.com/find/modular
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H. Measurement Accessories
A complete list of RF and microwave test accessories is available
on our web site: www.keysight.com/find/mta.
Accessories are available in these connector types: 50 ohm
Type-N, 3.5 mm, 7 mm, and waveguide. Test port cables and a
calibration kit should be added for a complete measurement
system. A verification kit is used to verify corrected system
performance.
Cables and adapter sets
Keysight offers cables in the following types:
– Single cables in semi-rigid and flexible
– Cable sets in semi-rigid and flexible
To attain the best mechanical rigidity for device connection, use a
single cable and the appropriate special adapter set. To attain the
greatest flexibility for device connection, use a cable set.
Device
under
test
Network analyzer
test set
Test port
adapter
Cable set
Single cable
Coaxial measurements
Mechanical calibration kits include standards, such as opens,
shorts and loads, which are measured by the network analyzer for
increased measurement accuracy.
Electronic calibration (ECal) kits replace mechanical calibration
standards with one solid-state calibration module that is controlled by the network analyzer via USB, to present many different impedances to the test ports. A full two-port calibration can
be performed quickly with a single connection. This technique
reduces operator errors and connector wear and abrasion.
Choose a calibration kit for each connector type to be used.
There are also adapter sets available that protect the test port
and convert the port to the desired connector interface. These
kits contain:
– One male adapter
– One female adapter
Network analyzer
test set
Calibration kits
Device
under
test
Economy, includes:
–– Open standards (male and female)
–– Short standards (male and female)
–– Fixed-termination standards (male and female)
Standard, includes the devices in the economy kit and adds:
–– Sliding load standards (male and female) or a series of offset shorts
Precision, includes the devices in the economy kit and adds:
–– 50 ohm airline(s) for TRL calibration
–– TRL adapters
Waveguide measurements
For waveguide measurements, Keysight offers mechanical
calibration kits that include:
–– Waveguide-to-coax adapters (X, P, K)
–– Precision waveguide section
–– Flush short circuit
–– Fixed terminations
–– Straight section
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For devices with 3.5 mm or SMA connectors
85093C-xxx mixed-connector options:
Mechanical calibration kits
Port A option
–– 85052B Standard, DC to 26.5 GHz
Includes:
00902-60003 3.5 mm (m) fixed load
00902-60004 3.5 mm (f) fixed load
00911-60019 3.5 mm (m) sliding load
00911-60020 3.5 mm (f) sliding load
85052-60006 3.5 mm (m) short
85052-60007 3.5 mm (f) short
85052-60008 3.5 mm (m) open
85052-60009 3.5 mm (f) open
85052-60012 3.5 mm (f) to 3.5 mm (f) adapter
85052-60013 3.5 mm (f) to 3.5 mm (m) adapter
85052-60014 3.5 mm (m) to 3.5 mm (m) adapter
–– 85052C Precision TRL, DC to 26.5 GHz
Includes:
00902-60003 3.5 mm (m) fixed load
00902-60004 3.5 mm (f) fixed load
85052-60006 3.5 mm (m) short
85052-60007 3.5 mm (f) short
85052-60008 3.5 mm (m) open
85052-60009 3.5 mm (f) open
85052-60032 3.5 mm (f) to 3.5 mm (f) adapter
85052-60033 3.5 mm (m) to 3.5 mm (m) adapter
85052-60034 3.5 mm (f) to 3.5 mm (m) adapter
85052-60035 3.5 mm short TRL line
85052-60036 3.5 mm long TRL line
–– 85052D Economy, DC to 26.5 GHz
Includes:
00902-60003 3.5 mm (m) fixed load
00902-60004 3.5 mm (f) fixed load
85052-60006 3.5 mm (m) short
85052-60007 3.5 mm (f) short
85052-60008 3.5 mm (m) open
85052-60009 3.5 mm (f) open
85052-60012 3.5 mm (f) to 3.5 mm (f) adapter
85052-60013 3.5 mm (f) to 3.5 mm (m) adapter
85052-60014 3.5 mm (m) to 3.5 mm (m) adapter
Electronic calibration kits
–– 85093C RF ECal, 300 kHz to 9 GHz, 2-ports
Standard module includes
Option M0F with:
85093-60008 3.5 mm (f) to 3.5 mm (m) ECal module
Option 00F module with:
85093-60010 3.5 mm (f) to 3.5 mm (f) ECal module
Option 00M module with:
85093-60009 3.5 mm (m) to 3.5 mm (m) ECal module
Option 00A adds:
85052-60012 3.5 mm (f) to 3.5 mm (f) adapter
85052-60014 3.5 mm (m) to 3.5 mm (m) adapter
Port B option
Type
(f)
(m)
Type
3.5 mm
101
102 Type-N
50 ohm
(f)
(m)
Type
(f)
(m)
203
204
7-16
205
206
–– N4431B Microwave ECal, 300 kHz to 13.5 GHz, 4-ports
Includes:
Option 010 module with:
N4431-60006 4 x 3.5 mm (f) ECal module
N4431B-xxx mixed-connector options:
Connector
Port A
Port B
Port C
Port D
Type
Option
Option
Option
Option
3.5 mm (f)
101
201
301
401
3.5 mm (m)
102
202
302
402
Type-N 50 ohm (f)
103
203
303
403
Type-N 50 ohm (m)
104
204
304
404
7-16 (f)
105
205
305
405
7-16 (m)
106
206
306
406
–– N4433A Microwave ECal, 300 kHz to 20 GHz, 4-ports
Includes:
Option 010 module with:
N4433-60003 4 x 3.5 mm (f) ECal module
N4433A-xxx mixed-connector options:
Connector
Port A
Port B
Port C
Port D
Type
Option
Option
Option
Option
3.5 mm (f)
101
201
301
401
3.5 mm (m)
102
202
302
402
–– N4691B Microwave ECal, 300 kHz to 26.5 GHz, 2-ports
Includes:
Option M0F module with:
N4691-60004 3.5 mm (f) to 3.5 mm (m) ECal module
Option 00M module with:
N4691-60005 3.5 mm (m) to 3.5 mm (m) ECal module
Option 00F module with:
N4691-60006 3.5 mm (f) to 3.5 mm (f) ECal module
Option 00A adds:
85052-60012 3.5 mm (f) to 3.5 mm (f) adapter
85052-60014 3.5 mm (m) to 3.5 mm (m) adapter
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For devices with Type-N connectors
Electronic calibration kits
Mechanical calibration kits
–– N4431B Microwave ECal, 300 kHz to 13.5 GHz, 4-ports
Includes:
Option 020 module with:
N4431-60007 4 x Type-N (f) ECal module
–– 85054B Standard, DC to 18 GHz
Includes:
00909-60011 Type-N (m) fixed lowband load
00909-60012 Type-N (f) fixed lowband load
85054-60025 Type-N (m) short
85054-60026 Type-N (f) short
85054-60027 Type-N (m) open
85054-60028 Type-N (f) open
85054-60031 Type-N (f) to 7mm adapter
85054-60032 Type-N (m) to 7mm adapter
85054-60037 Type-N (f) to Type-N (f) adapter
85054-60038 Type-N (m) to Type-N (m) adapter
85054-80010 Type-N (f) sliding load
85054-80009 Type-N (m) sliding load
85054-60050 Type-N (f) connector gage
85054-60052 Type-N (f) gage master
85054-60051 Type-N (m) connector gage
85054-60053 Type-N (m) gage master
–– 85054D Economy, DC to 18 GHz
Includes:
85054-60025 Type-N (m) short
85054-60026 Type-N (f) short
85054-60027 Type-N (m) open
85054-60028 Type-N (f) open
85054-60031 Type-N (f) to 7mm adapter
85054-60032 Type-N (m) to 7mm adapter
85054-60037 Type-N (f) to Type-N (f) adapter
85054-60038 Type-N (m) to Type-N (m) adapter
85054-60046 Type-N (m) fixed load
85054-60047 Type-N (f) fixed load
N4431B-xxx mixed-connector options:
Connector
Port A
Port B
Port C
Port D
Type
Option
Option
Option
Option
3.5 mm (f)
101
201
301
401
3.5 mm (m)
102
202
302
402
Type-N 50 ohm (f)
103
203
303
403
Type-N 50 ohm (m)
104
204
304
404
7-16 (f)1
105
205
305
405
7-16 (m)1
106
206
306
406
–– N4432A Microwave ECal, 300 kHz to 18 GHz, 4-ports
Includes:
Option 020 module with:
N4432-60003 4 x Type-N (f) ECal module
N4432A-xxx mixed-connector options:
Connector
Port A
Port B
Port C
Port D
Type
Option
Option
Option
Option
3.5 mm (f)
101
201
301
401
3.5 mm (m)
102
202
302
402
Type-N 50 ohm (f)
103
203
303
403
Type-N 50 ohm (m)
104
204
304
404
–– N4690B Microwave ECal, 300 kHz to 18 GHz, 2-ports
Includes:
Option M0F module with:
N4690-60004 Type-N (f) to Type-N (m) ECal module
Option 00M module with:
N4690-60005 Type-N (m) to Type-N (m) ECal module
Option 00F module with:
N4690-60006 Type-N (f) to Type-N (f) ECal module
Option 00A adds:
85054-60037 Type-N (f) to Type-N (f) adapter
85054-60038 Type-N (m) to Type-N (m) adapter
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For devices with 7 mm connectors
For devices with waveguide
Mechanical calibration kits
Mechanical calibration kits
–– 85050B Standard, DC to 18 GHz
Includes:
00909-60008 7 mm coax termination
85050-60006 7 mm fixed broadband load
85050-80007 7 mm short
85050-80010 7 mm open
85050-80011 7 mm sliding load
–– 85050C Precision TRL, DC to 18 GHz
Includes:
00909-60008 7 mm coax termination
85050-60003 7 mm to 7 mm airline
85050-60005 7 mm to 7 mm TRL adapter
85050-60006 7 mm fixed broadband load
85050-80008 7 mm short
85050-80009 7 mm short collet
85050-80010 7 mm open
–– 85050D Economy, DC to 18 GHz
Includes:
85050-60006 7 mm fixed broadband load
85050-80007 7 mm short
85050-80010 7 mm open
Electronic calibration kits
–– N4696B Microwave ECal, 300 kHz to 18 GHz, 2-ports,
7 mm to 7 mm microwave module
X Band
–– X11644A Standard WR-90, 8.2 to 12.4 GHz
Includes:
00896-60008 X-band standard section
00910-60003 X-band termination
11644-20018 X-band short
11644-20021 X-band shim
P-Band
–– P11644A Standard WR-62, 12.4 to 18 GHz
Includes:
00896-60007 P-band standard section
00910-60002 P-band termination
11644-20017 P-band short
11644-20020 P-band shim
K-Band
–– K11644A Standard WR-42, 18 to 26.5 GHz
Includes:
00896-60006 K-band standard section
00910-60001 K-band termination
11644-20016 K-band short
11644-20019 K-band shim
Verification kits
All Keysight verification kits include:
–– Precision Z0 airline or match thru
–– Mismatched airline or mismatch thru
–– Fixed attenuators
–– Traceable measured data and uncertainties
–– 85051B 45 MHz to 18 GHz 7 mm kit
Includes attenuators, airline and mismatch airline with data
on a 3.5-inch disk for use in confirming accuracy enhanced
system measurement performance, traceable to national
standards. Test procedure is provided in the service manual.
–– 85053B 300 kHz to 26.5 GHz 3.5 mm kit
Includes attenuators, airline and mismatch airline with data
on a 3.5-inch disk for use in confirming accuracy enhanced
system measurement performance, traceable to national
standards. Test procedure is provided in the service manual.
–– 85055A 300 kHz to 18 GHz Type-N kit
Includes attenuators, airline and mismatch airline with data
on a 3.5-inch disk for use in confirming accuracy enhanced
system measurement performance, traceable to national
standards. Test procedure is provided in the service manual.
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I. Example Configurations
Please see the M937xA Startup Guide literature number
M9370-90001 for detailed cabling diagram and parts list.
Single 2-port M937xA PXIe VNA
When multiple M937xA modules are used in the following configurations they are configured for multiport operation. The modules
may be installed in one chassis and identified by the M937xA
firmware as one VNA under a single PXI controller. At least
one VNA module in the chassis must have Option 551 (N-Port
Calibrated Measurements) to maintain N-port capabilities. The
frequency of the multiport array is determined by the lowest
frequency module configured in the array. For example, a 4-port
analyzer configuration using an M9370A (4 GHz) and an M9375A
(26.5 GHz) would have a maximum frequency of 4 GHz when
performing 4-port measurements.
This behavior extends to Option 010 and 102. In a multiport
configuration only one module must have a valid license for these
capabilities to function in multiport mode. However, in a multisite configuration a license must be purchased for each independent VNA configuration.
Multiport Measurement Configurations
The Keysight PXI VNA is an ideal solution for multiport measurements. The PXI VNA has a two-port (two reference receivers
and two test receivers) architecture in a one-slot module. It can
be easily configured as a true multiport VNA by using additional modules installed in the same chassis. The true multiport
VNA has no degradation in performance (i.e. dynamic range,
trace noise, directivity.,,) due to external switches. The PXI VNA
supports full N-port correction capability when configured as a
multiport VNA.
Figure 1. The Keysight PXI VNA is an ideal solution for multiport measurements.
Easy to configure, better performance, and much faster speed!
Each module is connected into the array with Keysight cables. A
Y1242A multiport cable kit should be ordered for each additional module and a single Y1281 accessory and tool kit should be
ordered for easier cable connections.
Additional cables and accessories for multiport connections:
Y1242A
Multiport cable kit
Includes 2 SMB cables and 1 SMA cable for
connecting 2 modules together.
Add one multiport cable kit for each additional 2-port VNA
Y1281A Accessory and tool kit
Includes the following tools for SMA and SMB
connector removal:
5002-3361 Pull tool for SMB connectors
5023-1450 Custom long deep socket for
3.5/SMA connector nuts
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8-port Multiport Configuration
16-port Multiport Configuration
32-port Multiport Configuration
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Multi-site Measurement Configurations
The Keysight M937xA multi-site capability allows for each PXI module to behave as an
independent VNA. This makes it possible to run measurements of different devices at the
same time or different measurement paths in a single component. In addition, segment
sweep enables you to optimize measurement conditions specifically for each device
under test, so you can balance speed and accuracy.
Figure 2. Example of an 8-port multiport VNA, a 2-port VNA, and a 4-port VNA running under three separate
copies of the software all executing simultaneously in multi-site operation on the same controller.
For multi-site configurations that require Option 010, a valid license is required for at
least one module in each independent VNA configuration.
The Y1242A multiport cable kit only needs to be ordered when modules are used in a
multiport configuration.
Upgrading your system
Your product can be easily upgraded after the initial purchase. Contact your Keysight representative to place an order for an option upgrade.
Order for existing model number
M9370A
M9371A
M9372A
M9373A
M9374A
M9375A
Extend analyzer’s frequency range to 6.5 GHz
M9370AU-706
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
Extend analyzer’s frequency range to 9 GHz
M9370AU-709
M9371AU-709
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
Extend analyzer’s frequency range to 14 GHz
M9370AU-714
M9371AU-714
M9372AU-714
n/a
n/a
n/a
Extend analyzer’s frequency range to 20 GHz
M9370AU-720
M9371AU-720
M9372AU-720
M9373AU-720
n/a
n/a
Extend analyzer’s frequency range to 26.5 GHz
M9370AU-726
M9371AU-726
M9372AU-726
M9373AU-726
M9374AU-726 n/a
Add time domain capability
M9370AU-010
M9371AU-010
M9372AU-010
M9373AU-010
M9374AU-010 M93745U-010
Add full n-port correction capability
M9370AU-551
M9371AU-551
M9372AU-551
M9373AU-551
M9374AU-551 M93745U-551
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Using a Non-Keysight Chassis
The M937xA can be successfully installed in a non-Keysight PXI chassis. Please use the following guidelines.
–– Ensure that the chassis has an available PXIe or PXI-H slot which can be used by the M937xA.
–– Ensure that the chassis and controller supports peer-to-peer PXI Express I/O switch topology.
–– Ensure that controller selected is compatible with chassis.
Please contact your Keysight representative for more detailed information. For technical
assistance with non-Keysight equipment, please refer to the equipment manufacturer’s website.
PC Requirements for M937xA PXIe VNA Control1
Windows 7 and Vista
Operating system
Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)
Windows Vista, SP 1 & 2 (32 & 64 bit)
Processor speed
1.5 GHz dual core (x86 or x64) minimum,
2.4 GHz recommended
Available memory
1 GB minimum
8 GB recommended
Available disk space
1.5 GB available hard disk space
Related Literature
For more detailed product and specification information refer to the following literature and web pages:
M937xA PXIe VNA, Data Sheet, M9370-90002
M937xA PXIe VNA, Startup Guide, M9370-90001
M937xA PXIe VNA, Brochure, 5992-0098EN
M937xA PXIe VNA, Flyer/Photo Card, 5991-4883EN
M9018A PXIe 18 slot Chassis, Data Sheet, 5990-6583EN
M9037A PXIe High Performance Embedded Controller, Data Sheet, 5991-3661EN
M9036A PXIe Embedded Controller, Data Sheet, 5990-8465EN
1. For a list of computers compatible with Keysight Technologies PXIe M9018A chassis, refer to Tested Computer Technical Note (literature no. 5990-7632EN).
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