Agilent/HP 8970B Noise Figure Meter

Agilent/HP 8970B Noise Figure Meter
Manufacturer: Agilent / HP
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Agilent/HP 8970B Noise Figure Meter


Agilent/HP 8970B Noise Figure Meter

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   Used with 346 or 347 family noise sources, the Agilent/HP 8970B noise figure meter takes the mystery out of noise figure measurements, making them easy, accurate and repeatable. Low instrument uncertainty and automatic second-stage correction make it possible to make accurate noise figure readings, even for low-gain devices. The instrument has special measurement modes for mixer measurement and is capable of controlling external local oscillators and the 8971C noise figure test set


  • Simultaneous noise figure and gain measurements
  • Easy characterization of amplifiers and frequency converting devices

The Agilent/HP 8970B Brings Ease And Confidence To Noise Figure Measurements

   With the Agilent/HP 8970B Noise Figure Meter, noise figure measurements from 10 to 1600 MHz (2047 MHz optional) are easy, accurate, and repeatable. You save precious time, money, and resources, since the measurements are done quickly, accurately, and with less chance of mistakes. Measurements are easy because the Agilent/HP 8970B does all the work:

  • Tunes its input frequency between 10 and 1600 MHz
  • Controls an external LO for receiver or microwave measurements
  • Controls the noise source to turn it ON or OFF
  • Makes the noise power measurements
  • Calculates the noise figure
  • Removes the effects of the measurement systems noise
  • Compensates for losses before or after the DUT
  • Displays the results in either noise figure, effective noise temperature (Te), or Y factor

   In addition, the wide dynamic range of the HP 8970B allows simultaneous gain measurements up to 40 dB or loss measurements to 20 dB, with no external attenuation or amplification. The low instrumentation uncertainty (±0.1 dB) and measurement stability of the Agilent/HP 8970B give you confidence in your noise figure results. Automatic second-stage correction makes accurate noise figure readings possible even for low gain devices.

Extend the HP 8970B To Microwave Frequencies

   Many components and receivers require noise figure measurement at frequencies greater than 1600 MHz. If you already own an Agilent/HP 8970B Noise Figure Meter, you dont need to worry about building a custom down-converter to measure noise figure at microwave frequencies. The HP 8971C combines, in one easy-to-use package, all of the components neccessary for microwave downconversion to the Agilent/HP 8970Bs frequency range (10 to 1600 MHz). Accurate broad band measurements from 10 MHz to 26.5 GHz are possible with a single calibration and sweep. Custom solutions are available to 110 GHz.