Keysight PXIe M9300A Startup Guide

Keysight PXIe M9300A Startup Guide
Startup Guide
Keysight M9300A PXIe
Frequency Reference
10 MHz and 100 MHz
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personnel who recognize shock hazards and
are familiar with the safety precautions
required to avoid possible injury. Read and
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the product.
If this product is not used as specified, the
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normal condition (in which all means for
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Responsible body is the individual or
group responsible for the use and maintenance of equipment, for ensuring that
the equipment is operated within its specifications and operating limits, and for
ensuring operators are adequately trained.
Operators use the product for its intended
function. They must be trained in electrical
safety procedures and proper use of the
instrument. They must be protected from
electric shock and contact with hazardous
live circuits.
Maintenance personnel perform routine
procedures on the product to keep it operating properly (for example, setting the line
voltage or replacing consumable materials). Maintenance procedures are
described in the user documentation. The
procedures explicitly state if the operator
may perform them. Otherwise, they should
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and service procedures.
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operating conditions. To ensure safe
operating conditions, modules should not be
operated beyond the full temperature range
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themselves from the risk of electric shock. If
the circuit is capable of operating at or above
1000V, no conductive part of the circuit may
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under test or power line (earth) ground.
Always make measurements with dry hands
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in your instrument. ESD damage is most likely
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Protect the circuits from ESD damage by
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residual alcohol moisture to evaporate, and
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Table of Contents
Documentation Access
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M9300A Introduction
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Follow the Startup Sequence
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Related Documentation
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Step 1: Unpack and Inspect the Module
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Inspect for Damage
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Return a Module for Service
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Step 2: Verify M9300A Shipment Contents
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Step 3: Install the Software
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Power up the Controller
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Software Installation Overview
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Software Installation Procedure
Step 4: Install the Module
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Module Installation Process Overview
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M9300A Modular Instrument Connections
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Sharing the M9300A Frequency Reference
Synchronizing Multiple Chassis
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M9300A PXIe Frequency Reference Front Panel Features
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M9300A Block Diagram
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M9300A Block Diagram Reference Table for M9300A
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Step 5: Verify Operation of the M9300A Module (Optional)
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Step 6: Installation is Complete
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API Overview
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M9300A Specifications
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M9300A PXIe Frequency Reference Module Troubleshooting
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Module-Level Troubleshooting Overview
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Keysight M9300A PXIe Frequency Reference Troubleshooting
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Recommended Hardware
M9300A Status LEDs
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DocumentationAccess
Documentation Access
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M9300AIntroduction
M9300A Introduction
The scope of this Startup Guide is to detail the processes of receiving and installing the Keysight M9300A
PXIe Frequency Reference, installing the required software, and verifying basic module operation. If you
have any questions after reviewing this information, please contact your local Keysight Technologies Inc.
representative or contact us through our website at www.keysight.com/find/M9300A.
Follow the Startup Sequence
Closely follow the startup process flow in this document. Deviating from the sequence can cause
unpredictable system behavior, damage your system, and may cause personal injury.
Step 1: Unpack
and Inspect
Step 2: Verify Shipment
Step 3: Install Drivers and Software
Step 4: Install Module
Step 5: Verify Operation with the Soft Front Panel (SFP)
Step 6: INSTALLATION COMPLETE.
Proceed to program your product through the API.
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M9300AIntroduction
Related Documentation
To access documentation related to the Keysight M9300A PXIe Frequency Reference, use one of the
following methods:
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If the product software is installed on your PC, the related documents are also available in the software installation
directory.
Document Description
Default Location on 64-bit
Windows system
Format
Soft Front Provides product introduction, tour of the C:\Program Files (x86)
CHM
Panel (SFP) SFP user interface, how-to procedures
\Agilent\M938x\Help\M9300_SFP_ (Microsoft
help system (for example, configuration, self test,
Help.chm
Help
operational check), and troubleshooting.
Format)
Data Sheet
In addition to a detailed product
introduction, the data sheet supplies full
product specifications.
C:\Program Files (x86)
\Agilent\M938x\Help\M9300_
DataSheet_5991-0898EN.pdf
IVI Driver
reference
(help
system)
Provides detailed documentation of the
C:\Program Files (x86)
CHM
IVI-COM and IVI-C driver API functions, as \Agilent\M938x\Help\AgM9300.chm (Microsoft
well as information to help you get started
Help
with using the IVI drivers in your
Format)
application development environment.
LabVIEW
Driver
Reference
Provides detailed documentation of the
LabVIEW G driver API functions.
C:\Program Files (x86)
\Agilent\M938x\Help\AgM9300_
LabVIEW_Help.chm
PDF
CHM
(Microsoft
Help
Format)
Alternatively, you can find these documents under: Start > All Programs > Keysight >
M938x.
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The documentation listed above is also available on the product CD.
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To understand the available user documentation in context to your workflow, go to Documentation Access (page 6).
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To find the very latest versions of the user documentation, go to the product web site
(www.keysight.com/find/M9300A) and download the files from the Manuals support page (go to Document Library >
Manuals):
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Step 1: Unpack and Inspect the Module
Step 1: Unpack and Inspect the Module
The module is shipped in materials which prevent damage from static. The module should only be
removed from the packaging in an anti-static area ensuring that correct anti-static precautions are taken.
Store all modules in anti-static envelopes when not in use.
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage or destroy electronic
components. Use a static-safe work station to perform all work
on electronic assemblies. The figure (left) shows a static-safe
work station using two types of ESD protection: conductive
table-mat and wrist-strap combination, and conductive floormat and heel-strap combination. Both types, when used
together, provide a significant level of ESD protection. Of the
two, only the table-mat and wrist-strap combination provides
adequate ESD protection when used alone. To ensure user
safety, the static-safe accessories must provide at least 1 MΩ of
isolation from ground.
DO NOT use these techniques for a staticsafe work station when working on circuitry
with a voltage potential greater than 500
volts.
Inspect for Damage
After unpacking a module, inspect it for any shipping damage. Report any damage to the shipping agent
immediately, as such damage is not covered by the warranty (see warranty information at beginning of this
document).
To avoid damage when handling a module, do not touch exposed connector pins.
Return a Module for Service
Should it become necessary to return a module for repair or service, follow the steps below:
1. Review the warranty information shipped with your product.
2. Contact Keysight to obtain a Return Material Authorization (RMA) and return address. For assistance finding Keysight
contact information, go to www.keysight.com/find/assist.
3. Write the following information on a tag and attach it to the malfunctioning equipment:
l Name and address of owner. A P.O. box is not acceptable as a return address.
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Module serial number(s). The serial number label is located on the side panel of the module. The serial
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Step 1: Unpack and Inspect the Module
number can also be read from the Soft Front Panel interface - after the hardware is installed.
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Description of failure or service required.
4. Pack the module in its original ESD bag and packing carton. If the original carton is not available, use bubble wrap or
packing peanuts and place the instrument in a sealed container and mark the container "FRAGILE".
5. On the shipping label, write ATTENTION REPAIR DEPARTMENT and the RMA number.
In your correspondence, refer to the modules by serial number and the instrument by model number.
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Step 2: Verify M9300A Shipment Contents
Step 2: Verify M9300A Shipment Contents
The following items are included with your Keysight M9300A PXIe Frequency Referenceorder:
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Keysight PXI Vector Signal Generator Software and Product Information CD. It contains software, drivers and all
product printed documentation in PDF format. The part number for this CD is M9300-10002.
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Keysight IO Libraries Suite CD. The part number for this CD is E2094-60003.
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Keysight M9300A PXIe Frequency Reference Startup Guide in hard copy (M9300-90001)
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Cable, coaxial, A01/A07 50 ohm, male BNC to female SMB, 1200 mm length (8121-2063)
All the files contained on the CDs are available for download at www.keysight.com/find/M9300A.
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Step 3:Install the Software
Step 3: Install the Software
System Requirements
Topic
Windows 7 Requirements
Operating system
Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), WES7
Processor speed
1 GHz 32-bit (x86), 1 GHz 64-bit (x64), no support for Itanium64
Available memory
4 GB minimum (8 GB recommended for 64-bit operating systems)
Available disk
space 1
1.5 GB available hard disk space, includes:
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l 1 GB available for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
l 100 MB for Keysight IO Libraries Suite
Video
Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB graphics memory recommended (Super VGA graphics
is supported)
Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or greater
1 This is the required disk space for installation. Typically, less disk space is required for operation than is required for installation.
2 .NET Framework Runtime Components are installed by default with Windows 7 and Vista. Therefore, you may not need this amount of disk
space.
Hardware Requirements
Topic
Requirements
Chassis
PXIe or PXI-H chassis slot
Controllers
A PXI or PXI Express embedded controller or remote controller (external PC connected to the
chassis by a PCI-to-PXI interface) is required.
Embedded
controller
Keysight M9036A or M9307A or an embedded controller that meets the following requirements:
l PXIe system controller (PXI-1 embedded controllers are not compatible)
l Utilize a 2x8, or 4x4 PXIe system slot link configuration.
l Run one of the operating systems listed in System Requirements (above).
Remote controller
(for Keysight M9018A chassis use only) A PC running one of the operating systems listed in System
Requirements above and a Keysight M9021A Cable Interface x8 with one of the following PC
interface options:
l Keysight M9045B PCIe ExpressCard Adaptor x1, with cable (for a laptop PC)
l Keysight M9048A PCIe Desktop Adaptor x8, with cable (for desktop PCs)
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Chassis Requirements
Recommended best practices to ensure proper and safe module operating conditions:
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Ensure proper chassis air flow is maintained
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Select a chassis that provides thermal protection if fans become inoperable or forced air cooling is obstructed
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Use slot blockers (Keysight model Y1212A, 5 per kit) and EMC filler panels in empty module slots to ensure proper
operating temperatures. Keysight chassis Keysight M9018A chassis and slot blockers optimize module temperature
performance and reliability of test.
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Set chassis fans to high or auto. Do not disable fans.
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Position chassis to allow plenty of space around chassis air intake and fan exhaust.
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At environment temperatures above 45 °C, set chassis fan speed to high.
M9018A Chassis Air Flow
The M9018A has multiple air intakes. They are located at the lower sides, lower front, and bottom of the
chassis.
Power up the Controller
If you are using a remote controller and you have installed the interface cable, you must power up the
chassis BEFORE you power up the PC. When you power down your chassis, Shut Down the PC BEFORE
you power down the chassis.
If you are using an embedded controller, complete the following steps:
1. Install the embedded controller module into the compatible chassis. The Keysight M9036A PXIe Embedded Controller
and Keysight M9018A PXIe Chassis are recommended. Please refer to the embedded controller and chassis
documentation for further details.
2. Connect peripherals (mouse, keyboard, monitor).
3. Power up the chassis.
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Step 3:Install the Software
Software Installation Overview
This installation includes the following:
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Keysight IO Libraries Suite (IOLS), which includes the Keysight Connection Expert. This software is included with your
shipment, and is also available at www.keysight.com/find/iosuite. This software must be installed first.
Version 16.1.4931.0 (or newer) of the Keysight IO Libraries Suite is required.
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Instrument software, which includes the soft front panel (SFP), device drivers (IVI-C, IVI-COM, and LabVIEW G) and
documentation for the M9380A PXIe CW Source and M9391A PXIe Vector Signal Analyzer. This software is included
with your shipment and is also available at www.keysight.com/find/M9300A.
Software Installation Procedure
1. Install the Keysight IO Libraries Suite. Follow the installer prompts to install the IO libraries.
2. Install the M9300A product software:
a. Launch the Keysight PXIe VSA installer.
b. Follow the installer prompts. Choose a "Complete" installation to install all software and documentation, or a
"Custom" installation to select from a listing of modules and other features.
If you intend to install only the M9300A software, select "Custom" in the Setup Type
prompt. In the Select Features prompt, deselect "M938x VSG Installation".
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c. Complete the installation.
Embedded controller M9036A, M9037A):
i. Select "Yes, I want to restart my computer
now." This is the default selection.
Remote controller:
(Follow these steps in order, or else instrument
damage may result.)
i. Select "No, I will restart my computer
later."
ii. Click on Finish.
iii. Wait for the system to restart.
ii. Click on Finish.
iii. Shut down the remote controller PC. Use
Start > Shut down.
iv. Power down the chassis.
v. Power up the chassis.
vi. Power up the remote controller PC.
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Step 4:Install the Module
Step 4: Install the Module
PXI hardware does not support "hot-swap" (changing modules while power is applied to the chassis)
capabilities. Before installing or removing a module to/from the chassis, power off the chassis to prevent
damage to the module.
This module can be used in a chassis with PXIe or PXI-H chassis slots.
Module Installation Process Overview
The module can be installed in any PXIe or hybrid PXI slot marked with a peripheral slot compatibility image
(solid black circle for PXIe, or solid black circle with the letter -H- for hybrid).
1. Make sure that the line cord is plugged in to establish earth ground and that the chassis power switch is Off.
2. If the chassis has multiple fan speed settings, ensure that the fan switch is set to AUTO and the inhibit switch is set to
DEF.
3. Position the chassis to provide ample space between the chassis fan intake and exhaust vents. Blockage by walls or
obstructions affects the air flow needed for cooling. (Refer to the chassis documentation for more information about
cooling).
4. Before inserting a module into the chassis, back the mounting screws out to ensure that there is no interference
between the screws and the mounting rails.
5. See M9300A Modular Instrument Connections (page 18) for positioning the M9300A module as a component of the
Keysight M9380A PXIe CW Source or the Keysight M9381A PXIe Vector Signal Generator. Install the left-most
module first and then proceed installing modules from left to right. If only the M9300A is to be installed, any PXIe or
PXI-H slot may be used.
6. Holding the module by the injector/ejector handle, slide it into an available PXI (or hybrid) slot, as shown in the
following figure.
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a. Install the module into the slot of the
chassis by placing the module card edges
into the front module guides (top and
bottom).
b. Slide the module to the rear of the
chassis and ensure that the
injector/ejector handle is pushed down in
the unlatched (downward) position.
c. Slide the module completely into the
chassis. When you begin to feel
resistance, pull up on the injector/ejector
handle to fully inject the module into the
chassis.
7. Secure all modules to the chassis using the module mounting screws. Use a #1 Pozidriv® or a slotted screwdriver
and torque to 5 Lb-In (0.57 N-m). Performance may suffer if the screws are not tightened properly.
8. Verify that the PXI chassis fans are operable and free of dust and other contaminants that may restrict airflow.
9. Install filler panels and slot blockers after installing the modules. Missing filler panels or slot blockers may disrupt air
circulation in the chassis. The left-most slot does not accept a slot blocker.
10. Use the Cabling Diagram on the next page to attach the cables to the instrument. The torque specification for SMA
connectors is 8 Lb-In (0.904 Nm).
11. Power up the PXI chassis.
12. If you are using a remote PC, reboot the PC host.
13. Proceed to Step 5 - Verify Operation of the M9300A Module (Optional).
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M9300A Modular Instrument Connections
This section contains a cabling diagram for the Keysight M9380A PXIe CW Source and for the Keysight
M9381A PXIe Vector Signal Generator. It also includes a table of front panel features for the M9300A
module.
Keysight M9380A PXIe CW Source
Keysight M9381A PXIe Vector Signal Generator
Before removing cables from SMB and MMCX connectors, Cable and Connector Care (page 20).
For detailed information on the Keysight M9380A/M9381A sources (cabling, performance verification and
SFP use), see www.keysight.com/find/M9381A.
For front panel feature descriptions of the M9300A, see M9300A PXIe Frequency Reference Front Panel Features
(page 22).
Sharing the M9300A Frequency Reference
The M9300A Frequency Reference module can be shared by multiple instruments, such as all the M9381A
Vector Signal Generators and M9391A Vector Signal Analyzers in your chassis.You can also synchronize
multiple chassis to ensure that the instruments initialize with aligned clocks—see Synchronizing Multiple Chassis
(page 19).
If you connect to a hardware configuration that includes a currently connected M9300A (either
independently or as part of another hardware configuration) the latest instance of the SFP will take control
of the M9300A. You will see no warning or error message.
While the M9300A module is being shared, any of the configurations that share this reference can control
it fully, including setting the reference to use an external frequency reference source. If the external
frequency reference setting does not match that of the supplied frequency, the reference will be
unlocked, as expected. However, only the instance of the SFP that creates the reference unlock condition
can correct the problem. This is done by either correcting the frequency or by setting the reference back
to internal, so that a subsequent instance will not take control of the reference module unintentionally.
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If you set the frequency for the external reference in one configuration, that value is not reflected in the
other configurations sharing the reference. For example, if you set the external reference frequency to 8
MHz in the M9381A SFP, the M9391A SFP will still show the default value of 10 MHz.
The Reference module can also be shared among multiple measurement applications, such as the
Keysight 89600 VSA software. The Reference module must be initialized before use, so including it in all
configurations allows applications to be started in any order. However, when sharing a module the user
interface of some applications may not reflect M9300A settings made by other applications. For example,
the Keysight 89600 software can control the Reference module internal/external setting, but the changes
made by other applications will not be reflected in the Keysight 89600.
FPGA updates are not allowed on a Keysight M9300A PXIe Frequency Reference while it is being shared.
To perform M9300A FPGA updates, reserve the Reference.
Reserving the Reference for a Configuration
If you are running a test in the background with a certain M9300A setting and then connect a hardware
configuration that also contains the same M9300A, you may alter the test setup that is already running.
If you would prefer to be keep the reference control with the first instance of the hardware configuration so
that a subsequent instance will not take control of the reference module unintentionally:
1. On the SFP Connect to Instrument screen, click the Advanced control to open the Options: dialog.
2. Type the following string: ShareReferenceVisaSession=0 This configuration will retain control of the M9300A
if you try to open a new configuration. If you connect a new configuration, that includes the same M9300A, you will see the
following error:
If an existing instance of the SFP is connected to the reference module in a shared (default) mode, and
you try to connect a second instance of the SFP to the same reference with
ShareReferenceVisaSession=0 Advanced Option, you will get the resource locked error shown above.
Synchronizing Multiple Chassis
When synchronizing multiple chassis, you must provide the same 10 MHz frequency reference to the
M9300A located in slot 10 of each chassis. You can either use the 10 MHz OCXO Out from the Keysight
M9300A PXIe Frequency Reference master or an external 10 MHz frequency reference. The timing of the 10
MHz frequency reference is critical, so a symmetric splitter and equal length cables should be used to split
the 10 MHz and connect to the M9300A Ref In connector in each chassis. Each M9300A must be in external
reference mode (Use External Reference) and the OCXO Out (if used) must be enabled. The M9300A
frequency locks an internal 100 MHz oscillator to the 10 MHz frequency reference and divides the 100 MHz
signal to create a local 10 MHz, which is then routed to modules in the chassis using the PXIe backplane.
This local 10 MHz signal does not have a guaranteed phase relationship to the 10 MHz frequency reference.
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Therefore, before the instruments in the chassis are initialized, select Utilities > Align 10MHz Phase to align
the 10 MHz Out with the 10 MHz frequency reference. This ensures that the instruments initialize with
aligned clocks. The alignment needs to be repeated whenever the 10 MHz cabling is changed, whenever
power is cycled, and once every 24 hours to ensure the clocks don't drift.
The M9300A SFP and IVI provide a method to shift the timing of the 100 MHz oscillator (Utilities > Time
Shift). Changing the time shift will invalidate the multiple chassis synchronization from Align 10 MHz
Phase.
Cable and Connector Care
Use the Keysight Cable Removal Tool to disconnect push-on cables from the module front panel
connectors.
To avoid damage to the cables or connectors, pull the cable straight away from the connector. Do not use
the tool as a pry bar.
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M9300A PXIe Frequency Reference Front Panel Features
Connector Description
100 MHz
BP Out
This SMB male connector outputs a 100 MHz signal from the
chassis backplane board. This output is enabled through the
SFP.
100 MHz
Out 1
through
Out 5
Each of these SMB male connectors may output a 100 MHz
reference and clock signal to the 100 MHz In connector of the
Keysight M9301A PXIe Synthesizer.
Trig 1
This connector is intended for future use.
Trig 2
This connector provides a programmable output trigger.
Sync
This connector is intended for future use.
10 MHz Out This SMB male connector provides a 10 MHz signal. This output
is enabled through the SFP.
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OCXO Out
This SMB male connector provides a 10 MHz signal from the 10
MHz OCXO timebase. This output is enabled through the SFP.
Ref In
This SMB male connector inputs a 1 MHz to 110 MHz reference
signal. The connector is AC coupled and terminated into 50 Ω.
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M9300A Block Diagram
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M9300A Block Diagram Reference Table for M9300A
M9300A PXIe Reference Operation
Input
Connector
From: External Reference
Ref In
Output
Frequency: 1 MHz to 110 MHz
Input Level: -5 dBm to +20 dBm
100 MHz Out 1-5
Frequency: 100 MHz
Output level:>+12 dBm sine (+13 dBm
typical)
10 MHz Out
Output level: 3.3 Vpp square (1.65 v into
50 Ω)
OCXO Out
Frequency: 10 MHz, AC coupled , 50 Ω
source.
Output level: +10 dBm to +16 dBm, from
10 MHz OCXO.
Sync
This connector is intended for future use.
Sine or square wave -2 V to +5 V max
into 50 Ω, +16 dBm max @ 0 VDC into
50 Ω
Trigger 1 & 2
(In/Out)
3.3 V into 50 Ω
From : Chassis back plane board
100 MHz BP Out
Frequency: 100 MHz
Frequency: 100 MHz
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Output level: +10 dBm
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Step 5: Verify Operation of the M9300A Module (Optional)
Step 5: Verify Operation of the M9300A Module (Optional)
In this step you will verify correct operation of the Keysight M9300A PXIe Frequency Reference. Before
running a Self Test or performing a Calibration, assure that all required software is installed, the chassis is
powered on, and all cabling is correct. See M9300A Modular Instrument Connections (page 18) for proper cabling.
The first step in this process is to conduct a Self Test of the M9300A.
1. Open the M9300A soft front panel (SFP) by selecting Start > All Programs > Keysight > M938x > M9300 SFP.
2. Upon opening the SFP, you are presented with the "Connect to Instrument" dialog. Select the M9300 A module that
is installed in the chassis and press Connect. For example:
If no modules are visible in the SFP "Connect to Instrument" dialog, see M9300A PXIe Frequency
Reference Module Troubleshooting (page 28).
3. Conduct a Self Test (Utilities > Self Test... > Run Self Test). The M9300A Self Test runs the module through its Self
Test.
If the Self Test passes, go to Step 6: Installation is Complete (page 26).
If the M9300A Self Test fails, see M9300A PXIe Frequency Reference Module Troubleshooting
(page 28) to clearly determine the source of the failure.
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Step 6: Installation is Complete
Step 6: Installation is Complete
Proceed to program your product by means of the applications programming interface (API) for the supplied
drivers.
API Overview
Keysight's IVI drivers simplify the creation and maintenance of instrument control applications in a variety of
development environments; they allow programmatic control of instrumentation while providing a greater
degree of instrument interchangeability and code reuse. IVI drivers currently come in two basic types: IVICOM and IVI-C. Although the functionality offered by both types of drivers is often very similar, the
fundamental differences in interface technology results in a very different end-user experience. The IVI
drivers support compiling application programs for 32- or 64-bit platforms.
Supported ADEs (application development environments) Arguably the most important consideration in
comparing IVI-COM and IVI-C drivers is the end user experience in various ADEs. Since IVI-COM drivers are
based on Microsoft COM technology, it's not surprising that IVI-COM drivers offer the richest user experience
in Microsoft ADEs. Users working in Visual C++, Visual C#, Visual Basic.NET, and Visual Basic 6 enjoy a host
of features, such as object browsers, IntelliSense, and context-sensitive help.
When you install the product software, the IVI driver files are installed in the standard IVI Foundation
directories (for example, C:\Program Files\IVI Foundation\IVI\Drivers\AgM9300). Example programs are
provided to demonstrate most driver functionality (for example, C:\Program Files\IVI
Foundation\IVI\Drivers\AgM9300\Examples). The reference material for the driver functions (a Microsoft
HTML Help .chm file) is installed with the IVI driver and is available for Microsoft Visual Studio's IntelliSense
context linking. In addition, you can directly access the .chm file (AgM9300.chm) from this Start menu
location: Start > All Programs > Keysight IVI Drivers >AgM9300 Reference> Documentation.
LabVIEW Driver
In addition to the IVI drivers, Keysight provides a LabVIEW driver that includes all the functionality of the IVIC driver. When you install the product software, the LabVIEW driver is installed to each LabVIEW instr.lib
directory for each version of LabVIEW you have on your computer (for example, C:\Program Files (x86)
\National Instruments\<LabVIEW version>\instr.lib\<Keysight product model>). If you install LabVIEW
drivers before you install LabVIEW itself, drivers will be installed in the Keysight directory instead of the
National Instruments directory (for example, C:\Program Files (x86)\Keysight\<Keysight product
model>\LabVIEW Driver\<LabVIEW version>\...). Example programs are provided to demonstrate most
driver functionality. The reference information for the driver (a Microsoft HTML Help .chm file) is also installed
with the driver and the content is available from LabVIEW's Context Help window. In addition, you can
directly access the chm file (AgM9300_LabVIEW_Help.chm) from this Start menu location: Start > All
Programs > Keysight> M938x>M9300 LabVIEW Help.
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M9300ASpecifications
M9300A Specifications
The specifications for the M9300A are contained in the Keysight M9300A Data Sheet. The Data Sheet for the
M9300A is included on the Keysight M9300A PXIe Source and Analyzer Series Software and Product
Information CD that came with your module. Please check the Keysight website at
www.keysight.com/find/M9300A for the latest updates to this information. The Data Sheet for the M9300A
can also be found at http://edadownload.software.keysight.com/Modular/M9300A/2.0/5991-0898EN.pdf.
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M9300A PXIe FrequencyReference Module Troubleshooting
M9300A PXIe Frequency Reference Module Troubleshooting
Module-Level Troubleshooting Overview
To troubleshoot a module-level problem with the M9300A, first:
1. Check cabling.
2. Check the front panel Status LEDs. See M9300A Status LEDs (page 30).
3. Check the M9300A SFP Instrument Self Test.
4. Perform a module-level troubleshooting check.
Keysight M9300A PXIe Frequency Reference Troubleshooting
Start the soft front panel (SFP) self test by selecting Utilities > Self Test > Run Self Test. Once completed, a
dialog box appears and reports on the module. Indicating whether it passed or failed the Self Test.
Recommended Hardware
Please refer to the following table for recommended hardware. Additionally, a high quality flexible 3.5 mm
cable is required, plus adapters to connect the PSG (precision signal generator) and signal analyzer.
Hardware
Description
Critical parameters
Keysight N9020A Option 508 or N9030A Option 508 or
E44454A
Signal Analyzer
1 MHz to 6 GHz
Keysight N5181A
Source or Function
Generator
1 MHz to 110 MHz, ±5
dBm
Ref In Connector
1. On the M9300A SFP, under External Reference, enable Use External Reference.
The External Reference status indicator will show an "Unlocked" condition and the Status LED on
the front panel will turn red until an external reference is applied.
2. Connect an external source or function generator output to the M9300A "Ref In" connector.
3. Set the source/function generator to the first frequency and power level listed in the following table.
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4. On the SFP (under External Reference) enter the external reference frequency in "Frequency".
5. Verify that the Reference is locked, using the SFP Reference Status indicators.
6. Set the source/function generator to each frequency and power level listed in the following table, and verify that the
reference locks.
SFP External Reference Frequency
Source Frequency
Source Power Level (sine)
1 MHz
1 MHz
+10 dBm
1 MHz
1 MHz
0 dBm
10 MHz
10 MHz
+10 dBm
10 MHz
10 MHz
0 dBm
100 MHz
100 MHz
+10 dBm
100 MHz
100 MHz
0 dBm
110 MHz
110 MHz
+10 dBm
110 MHz
110 MHz
0 dBm
Cable loss must be considered, when determining the results.
7. If the Reference remains locked at all frequencies and power levels, proceed to next test.
8. If the Reference module fails to lock, it is defective and needs repair. See Return a Module for Service (page 9).
9. Uncheck, "Use External Reference" and remove the cable from the Ref In connector.
10. If the Reference loses lock, the module is defective and should be repaired. See Return a Module for Service (page
9).
Use the following procedure to check the M9300A Reference Module, using a spectrum analyzer.
100 MHz Out 1 through 5 Connectors
1. Set the signal analyzer reference level to +20 dBm, and the center frequency to 100 MHz.
2. On the SFP, under 100 MHz Reference, enable (check) Out 1 through 5 Enabled.
3. On the SFP, under External Reference, uncheck Use External Reference.
4. Connect the RF INPUTon the signal analyzer to the 100 MHz Out 1 connector on the M9300A.
5. The output level should be ≥ +10 dBm.
6. Measure the power out of 100 MHz Out 2 through 5 for ≥ +10 dBm.
7. On the SFP, disable (uncheck) 100 MHz Reference Out 1 through 5.
8. Repeat the measurement of power on 100 MHz Reference Out 1 through 5.
9. The power level should be ~ 20 dB less than measured when the outputs were enabled.
10. If any power level fails (when enabled or disabled) the Reference module needs to be repaired. See Return a Module
for Service (page 9).
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10 MHz Out, 100 MHz BP Out and OCXO Out Connectors
1. On the SFP, under Other References, select and enable 100 MHz BP Out, 10 MHz Out and OCXO Out.
2. Set the signal analyzer center frequency to 10 MHz, reference level to 20 dBm and span to 1 kHz.
3. Connect the signal analyzer to 10 MHz OCXO Out.
4. Verify that the 10 MHz OCXO power level is ≥ +9 dBm.
5. Connect the signal analyzer to the 10 MHz Out connector and verify that the power is ≥ +7 dBm.
6. Set the signal analyzer center frequency to 100 MHz and the span to 50 kHz.
7. When the 10 MHz Out and OCXO Out controls are Enabled and there is no or low signal present, the module is
defective and needs to be repaired. See Return a Module for Service (page 9).
8. Connect the spectrum analyzer to the 100 MHz BP Out connector and verify that the power is ≥ +10 dBm.
9. If the power level is low, the module is defective and needs to be repaired. See Return a Module for Service (page 9).
M9300A Status LEDs
Once you open the SFP, select M9300A, and then choose Connect. The module is initialized. Until a
module is initialized, the LEDs are off. If no modules are visible in the SFP "Connect to Instrument" dialog,
see M9300A PXIe Frequency Reference Module Troubleshooting (page 28) .
Module Green
Orange Red
M9300
A
n/a
30
Indicates the SFP has initialized
the connection to the module
Indicates that the
VCXO is unlocked.
Off
l
l
When not connected by the SFP.
Shows a power supply failure. Module
health can't be assured until the failure is
resolved.
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This information is subject to change
without notice.
© Keysight Technologies 2013 - 2015
Published in USA, May 2015
M9300-90001
www.keysight.com
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