Keysight Technologies Back to Basics Is Key in Spectrum Analysis

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Optimize dynamic range for more accurate results

To get more out of your spectrum analyzer, you need to go back to the basics. Dynamic range identifies whether or not low-level signals will be visible in the presence of large signals, and is one of the most important—and difficult—measurements to get right.

Keysight Technologies Back to Basics Is Key in Spectrum Analysis - RF Cafe

Since the display range, measurement range, noise floor, phase noise, and spurious response of the instrument all play important roles in determining dynamic range, it is often misunderstood and misinterpreted. Understanding which dynamic range interpretation applies will result in more accurate, reliable, and repeatable spectrum analyzer measurements.

Learn more in the app note, Optimizing RF and Microwave Spectrum Analyzer Dynamic Range, just one of the tools available in the spectrum analysis toolkit—a collection of essential resources that help you make measurements based on solid fundamentals.

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies (NYSE:KEYS) is a global electronic measurement technology and market leader helping to transform its customers' measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. Keysight's electronic measurement instruments, systems, software and services are used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronic equipment. The business had revenues of $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2014. Information about Keysight is available at

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Posted October 13, 2015