Keysight (Agilent) E8257C

PSG CW and Analog Signal Generator, (250 KHz - upto 40 GHz)
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Low phase noise, high power, and analog modulation

Providing premium performance at an affordable price, the E8257C PSG analog signal generator delivers industry-leading output power, superior level accuracy, low phase noise, and precision analog modulation for accurate characterization of RF and microwave components and devices. It typically eliminates the need of an external amplifier for testing high power devices and minimizes test uncertainty to identify errors early in the design process and reduce development time. The PSG sets a new price performance mark by providing advanced capabilities; including narrow pulses for radar test applications and ramp sweep for continuous sweep measurements and fully automated use with the Agilent 8757D scalar network analyzer.

Modular architecture to meet your test requirements

Customize the PSG for RF and microwave test applications ranging from LO substitution and simple distortion test to general-purpose troubleshooting and transceiver design verification. A variety of optional performance enhancements and accessories are available. Its modular architecture makes it easy to configure the PSG to address your specific test application, providing the level of performance you need today and the option to upgrade in the future.

  • Broad frequency ranges - 250 kHz to 20 GHz or 40 GHz with .001 Hz resolution
  • High output power - typical performance up to +16 dBm standard and up to +24 dBm optional at 20 GHz with excellent level accuracy
  • Optional SSB close-in phase noise - typically over 30 dBc/Hz improvement at 1 kHz offset from carrier
  • Flexible analog modulation formats - AM, FM, ├śM, and pulse
  • Dual internal modulation generators - sine, square, triangular, ramp, and noise waveforms
  • Easy frequency extension - up to 110 GHz with Agilent''s 83550 Series mm-wave modules
  • Narrow pulse modulation - 10 ns rise/fall times and 20 ns pulse width from 10 MHz to 40 GHz
  • High rate analog ramp sweep - features code compatibility with the Agilent 8757D scalar network analyzer
  • Convenient sweep modes - analog ramp sweep, digital step sweep, and list sweep
List of Options
007 Ramp Analog Sweep
0BV Service Documentation, Component Level
0BW Service Documentation, Assembly Level
1CM Rackmount Kit
1CN Handle Kit
1CP Rackmount and Handle Kit
1E1 Add step attenuator
1E6 Narrow pulse modulation ( 500 MHz-3.2 GHz )
1EA High RF output power
1ED Type-N RF output connector
1EM Moves all front panel connectors to rear panel
520 250 KHz - 20 GHz
540 250kHz to 40 GHz
700 Standard low band pulse modulation
724 PSG calibration software
730 Chassis combo option for E8257C (UNM+UNP)
731 Chassis combo option for E8257C (UNM+UNR)
732 Chassis combo option for E8257C (1EM+UNP)
733 Chassis combo option for e8257C (1EM+UNR)
AB1 Korea Quick Users Guide (Korean localization)
AB2 China Quick Users Guide (Chinese localization)
ABA U.S. Quick Users Guide (English localization)
ABD Germany Quick Users Guide (German localization)
ABE Spain Quick Users Guide (Spanish localization)
ABF France Quick Users Guide (French localization)
ABJ Japan Quick Users Guide (Japanese localization)
ABZ Italy Quick Users Guide (Italian localization)
C04 Provide special name plate for australian defence force only
C09 Moves all connectors to rear panel except for RF output
C60 Reverse instrument airflow direction (operate environment <=25degC)
H18 Warranted +18 dBm maximum leveled RF output power over 2GHz to 3.2GHz
H2D Unspecified and non-warranted performance for frequencies below 2GHz
H2X Increases maximum deviation by 2 times for FM and phase modulation
H30 Frequency upconversion of RF signals
H31 Limits upper frequency to 31.8 GHz intended for China
H3P Measures integrated phase noise performance
HB6 Prevention of unauthorized firmware upgrade
HEH Improve low band harmonics (10 MHz to 2 GHz)
HFS Provide FM and ramp sweep simultaneously
HS2 Provides sweep time up to 200 seconds for ramp sweep only
R-51B-001-3C 1 year Return-to-Agilent warranty extended to 3 years
R-51B-001-C1 1 year Return-to-Agilent warranty
RMKT Agilent Refurbished Product (Do Not Use - Certiprime Option)
UK6 Commercial calibration with test results data
UN5 Standard output power
UNC Standard connector ( 3.5 mm )
UNM Standard Front and Rear Panel Connector Configuration
UNN No step attenuator
UNP Standard spectral purity
UNR Enhanced phase noise
UNT AM/FM/Phase Modulation and LF Output
Specifications & Attributes (Signal Gen/Synthesizers/Sweepers)
Form Factor
Rackmount ( /1CM /1CP )
250 KHz - 20 GHz ( /520 )
31.8 GHz ( /H31 )
250 KHz - 40 GHz
AM ( /UNT )
FM ( /H2X )
Phase ( /H2X /UNT )
Pulse ( /700 )
Analog ( /007 )
RF ( /H18 )

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