[SatNews] To produce realistic multi-threat scenarios, the UXG can switch frequency, amplitude and phase settings in as little as 250 ns...
Keysight Technologies, Inc. today announced the N5193A UXG agile signal generator, an off-the-shelf instrument that enables highly realistic and scalable threat simulations for aerospace/defense applications. The UXG is also a dependable slide-in replacement for the legacy fast-switching local oscillators (LOs) often used in large, dedicated simulation systems.
To produce realistic multi-threat scenarios, the UXG can switch frequency, amplitude and phase settings in as little as 250 ns, and it provides built-in phase repeatability. This is made possible by direct digital synthesis technology and a Keysight-proprietary digital-to-analog converter.
When simulating advanced radar signals, the UXG can generate pulses as narrow as 5 ns with 1 ns rise/fall times and an 80 dB on/off ratio. The UXG can also produce chirps as wide as 10 to 25 percent of the carrier frequency. To mimic antenna scan patterns, the optional attenuator provides 80 dB of agile amplitude changes and 120 dB of overall amplitude range.
“In development and mission-data reprogramming, better testing performed sooner enables higher confidence in the performance of electronic-warfare systems,” said Andy Botka, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s Microwave and Communications Division. “Because the UXG is fluent in the language of EW systems, it accelerates the integration of newly acquired intelligence into up-to-date signal scenarios.”
With the ability to directly understand pulse descriptor words (PDWs), the UXG reduces programming time. For system testing, pre-defined scenarios can be created and stored in UXG memory for playback using list mode, and on-the-fly control can be triggered by external events.
At three rack units (3U) high, the UXG is a slide-in replacement for legacy fast-switching sources. To minimize the need for software changes, the standard UXG is code-compatible with Aeroflex sources. The UXG also can be connected directly with existing wiring and cabling through trigger- and hardware-connector compatibility and a fast BCD input/output interface.
To help maximize instrument dependability, the UXG leverages design concepts used in Keysight’s proven PSG, MXG and EXG signal generators. The UXG has also passed rigorous environmental testing including temperature, humidity and shock. Keysight’s standard three-year warranty reduces cost-of-ownership.
More information is available here.
On September 19, 2013, Agilent Technologies announced plans to separate into two publicly traded companies through a tax-free spinoff of its electronic measurement business. The new company, Keysight Technologies, began operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilent on August 1, 2014 with a full separation anticipated in early November 2014. Keysight is expected to trade on the NYSE under the symbol KEYS.
Keysight is a global electronic measurement technology and market leader helping to transform its customers’ measurement experience through innovation in wireless, modular, and software solutions. Keysight provides electronic measurement instruments and systems and related software, software design tools and services used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronic equipment.