Agilent N5181A Analog Signal Generator Review

Agilent N5181A Analog Signal Generator Review

The Agilent N5181A is a powerful analog signal generator, uniquely engineered providing users with increased throughput in a space saving package. The RF signal generator is designed to ensure maximized uptimes, and its intelligent, compact design ensures that it occupies minimum space on the rack. Additionally, it offers a variety of different frequency ranges, making it an ideal choice for a wide range of test applications.


For situations that require repeatable and accurate reference signals, the N5181A analog signal generator is an excellent choice. It incorporates smart design that helps to reduce costs without compromising performance. Its simplified self-maintenance options allow the technician to work with various maintenance issues easily without incurring additional maintenance costs.

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Broad Test Capabilities

The Agilent N5181A is optimized for a broad range of testing situations. It offers the following frequency range options: 100 kHz – 1 GHz, 100 kHz – 3 GHz, and 100 kHz – 6 GHz. The N5181A also delivers fast switching speeds and impressive accuracy, as well as providing the user with high output power.

The N5181A allows for capable testing solutions for installation and maintenance, component manufacturing testing, Depot testing, and ATE testing. Technicians can easily work with a variety of applications including blocker/interferer signals, LO substitution, and a transmitting source. Users also report that the transmitting source application has numerous uses in antenna testing.

A wide selection of performance upgrades is available for the analog signal generator. The performance upgrades are available for Pulse modulation; Low power (less than -110 dBm); High power (+23dBm-3GHz); Fast amplitude and frequency switching; amplitude modulation, frequency modulation, and phase modulation; and narrow pulse modulation. The N5181A signal generator also offers various optional features to cater for various testing needs. The optional features include instrument security (006); flexible reference input (1ER); narrow pulse modulation (UNV); high power (1EA); low power (1EQ); fast amplitude and frequency switching (UNZ); and amplitude, frequency, and phase modulation (UNT).

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Excellent Reliable Design

The N5181A signal generator is also renowned for having exceptional uptimes. It has few assemblies, offers 100% internal diagnostics., and is designed to support various communications standards. Useful features include a GPIB interface, 100 bT LAN port, and USB 2.0 connectors. The smart, scalable design of the N5181A makes it an ideal option for today’s dynamic applications.

Other impressive features offered by the Agilent N5181A include an electronic attenuator, bandwidth control, deep amplitude modulation, enhanced assembly replacement, power calibration, and automatic leveling control. In addition, the N5181A test set combines real-time modulation filtering, user-defined maximum power limit, user flatness correction, SCPI driver, and a 10-MHZ reference oscillator. It can also produce continuous wave signals and a CW signal.

Key Features and Benefits:

  • Excels with component and manufacturing testing, ATE test, and Depot test
  • Both FM and AM phase modulation
  • External output Reference oscillator (10 MHz)
  • Signal Studio Software generates WLAN, cdma 2000, W-CDMA, EDGE, GSM and 1xEV-DO
  • Playback of arbitrary waveforms (I/Q) to 125 MSa/s (for vector model)
  • Extended amplitude modulation offers excellent dynamic range
  • Space saving design

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