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Agilent Technologies Announces Compact Microwave Analog Signal Generator with Fast Switching Speeds, Low Cost of Ownership

Feb 03, 2008

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the availability of a compact microwave analog signal generator that delivers a low cost of ownership and is an extension to the popular Agilent MXG signal generator platform, providing frequency coverage to 20, 32 or 40 GHz. Featuring fast frequency switching speeds, high reliability and easy self-maintenance, this mid-performance signal generator provides manufacturing and R&D engineers working on broadband components and systems with the performance required to make a wide range of broadband measurements. It is especially well suited for EW, radar, military communications and broadband wireless access applications.

The Agilent N5183A MXG is an economy class, continuous wave (CW) signal generator specifically designed to maximize uptime and reduce cost of ownership. Its less than or equal to 900-microsecond switching speed enables a dramatic increase in throughput. A simple design delivers easy self-maintenance that reduces downtime to one working day, making it possible for users to maintain or repair the instrument in-house. Not only does this capability maximize uptime, it also drives a lower cost of ownership.

Another key feature of the Agilent N5183A MXG is its outstanding performance -- delivering a combination of high output power and excellent level accuracy. With +18 dBm to 20 GHz output power, it is able to overcome losses and drive high-power devices. Additionally, it features a level accuracy, with optional step attenuator, of 0.6 to 0.8 dB. Other options to the Agilent N5183A MXG include analog modulation and pulse modulation -- all housed in a compact 2U (3 inch high) package that better uses rack space.

"Fast switching speed and lower cost of ownership are key requirements for today's broadband component manufacturing and R&D engineers," said Andy Botka, vice president of Agilent's Signal Sources Division. "With its available options and price/performance flexibility, the new Agilent N5183A MXG provides users with the capabilities they need to address these issues, while staying ahead of their competition."

Agilent's N5183A MXG offers a viable replacement to legacy HP/Agilent signal generators. It is programming compatible with the 8340, 8360 and 8370 Series signal generators as well as the ESG, PSG and 8662A/8663A solutions.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Agilent's new N5183A MXG microwave analog signal generator is now available. Pricing is as follows:

  • N5183A Opt 520 - Agilent MXG microwave analog signal generator, 100 kHz to 20 GHz - $18,000

  • N5183A Opt 532 - Agilent MXG microwave analog signal generator, 100 kHz to 32 GHz - $26,000

  • N5183A Opt 540 - Agilent MXG microwave analog signal generator, 100 kHz to 40 GHz - $30,000

For information about Agilent's new microwave analog signal generator, go to Photos of the Agilent N5183A MXG are available at

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2007. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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