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From Bob Helsel,
Editor, AXIe Newsletter

Welcome to the October 2019 issue of the AXIe Newsletter.

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Modular Wideband Solution Platform

Submitted by Keysight Technologies

In many application areas, including radar/electronic warfare, satellite as well as wireless communication, the modulation bandwidth requirements keep increasing into the range of up to 4 GHz and beyond. At the same time, elaborate scenarios with multiple transmitters and receivers must be emulated to verify correct functionality of transmission systems with complex functionality such as beam steering in wireless comms or target identification in radar. Some applications even require real-time signal processing because they need to react immediately upon an incoming signal.

Existing test solutions typically offer either wide bandwidth or streaming and real-time processing capabilities, but not both. Keysight’s new Wideband Solution Platform combines those strengths and adds scalability in terms of the number of synchronous channels and streaming throughput.

This Wideband Solution Platform consists of a portfolio of compatible instruments, including digitizer, arbitrary waveform generator, digital signal processor and mass storage modules that can be combined in a flexible way, depending on application needs. The interconnect between these products is based on the optical data interface (ODI) that is standardized by the AXIe Consortium.

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Does 5G pose health risks? - Part 3

By Larry Desjardin, Modular Methods

This is the third of a three-part series examining the health risks, if any, posed by 5G. In Part 1, we examined the potential ionization and thermal health risks posed by 5G. These are the conventional risks recognized by the FCC. In that column, I concluded that both effects were manageable. Ionization is not a risk at mmWave frequencies because a mmWave photon doesn’t have the energy to remove an electron from an atom. Thermal effects were also minimal and could only occur by placing a transmitter next to the skin. Even that situation was easily avoided by using headphones or placing a cell phone in speakerphone mode. 

In Part 2, we examined electromagnetic (EM) effects. Here, the outcome was not so clear. After examining a series of studies, I concluded that there could well be negative impacts from electromagnetic radiation. 

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Conduant Corporation’s 20 GB/s (160 Gb/s) Optical Recorder Breaks Barriers
in High Speed Data Recording and Playback

Submitted by Conduant Corporation

Technology developed for the test and measurement industry has wide applications, including 5G communications, mil/aero systems, high-speed data acquisition, and communication research

At Keysight Technologies, the push for bigger, better, and faster solutions is constant. The engineers at Keysight Laboratories, the company’s central applied research lab, focus on moving test and measurement technology forward, often in cooperation with Keysight’s vendors. Usually these developments happen in steps. Recently, a leap was required.

In 2016, Keysight Labs saw that the data transfer speeds in Keysight’s test and measurement solutions were reaching a limit. Tests needed to support higher frequencies and provide better fidelity, leading to larger data streams at higher speeds. At the time, Gen 3 PXIe technology could move data at a theoretical maximum speed of 8 GB/s (64 Gb/s), and while the PXIe consortiums have defined faster standards, the limit in practice is still lower. It’s a technical problem that hasn’t yet been solved. A different solution was needed.

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New AXIe Products

The members of the AXIe Consortium continue to release a steady flow of new products based on the AXIe standard, some of which are spotlighted below:

AXIe-1 Base Architecture Specification Products

Keysight M8194A 120 GSa/s Arbitrary Waveform Generator

Keysight M8196A 92 GSa/s Arbitrary Waveform Generator

Keysight M8121A 12 GSa/s Arbitrary Waveform Generator

M8290A 400G Coherent Test Solution

Guzik DP 7000 Digital Processor

Guzik AXIe ADP7000 Series Modular Digitizer and Digital Processor

M8290A 400G Coherent Test Solution

M9710A AXIe High-Speed Digitizer/DAQ, 10-bit, 10 GS/s, DC to 2.5 GHz BW

Cobham AXIe Chassis

M9514A AXIe 14-Slot Chassis

AX1018 Integrated 10 slot AXIe with 19 slot PXI System

Informtest 9 Slot AXIe Mainframe

Giga-tronics GT-CHSIS2A (2-channel) and GT-CHSIS4A (4-channel) 
AXIe Advanced Signal Generation System Chassis

AX500 Integrated 5 Slot AXIe System

M9703B AXIe 12-bit 8ch High-Speed Digitizer/Wideband Digital Receiver

M9537A AXIe Embedded Controller

M9709A AXIe 8-bit High-Speed Digitizer

AXIe-0 Low Cost Instrument and Switch Products

VVK AXIe Switching Card

AXIe-0 System Module

6-slot Chassis in AXIe-0 Format

AXIe-3.1 Semiconductor Test Extension Products

AX500 - AXIe Benchtop System

High Volume Production Test System

48 Channel Digital Pin Card


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