Keysight N5181A MXG RF Analog Signal Generator

Manufacturer: Keysight
Model Number: N5181A-3
The Keysight N5181A (Agilent) MXG RF Analog Signal Generator features high reliability and high power - all in two rack units (2RU). It is optimized to provide the accurate and repeatable reference signals needed from the R&D bench to the production line. Add optional fast frequency and amplitude switching and the Agilent MXG RF Analog Signal Generator delivers the most value for your manufacturing investment by increasing throughput, maximizing uptime, and saving rack space. With scalable RF performance, the Keysight N5181A MXG RF Analog Signal Generator is easily configured to meet your specific test needs, including LO and clock substitution, CW interferers, and modulated signals for analog communication systems such as AM, FM, and FM. Simplified self-maintenance of the Keysight N5181A MXG RF Analog Signal Generator, decreases time for repair and performance verification, keeping downtime to less than 2 hours using field-replaceable assemblies.


  • 100 kHz to 1, 3 or 6 GHz +23 dBm output power @ 1 GHz = -121 dBc/Hz (typ) phase noise at 1 GHz and 20 kHz offset =1.2 ms switching speed in SCPI mode; =900 µs simultaneous frequency and amplitude switching in list mode
  • Modulation and Sweep: AM, FM, ØM, and pulse Digital step and list sweep with simultaneous switching of frequency and power
  • Automation and Communication Interface: 100BaseT LAN, USB 2.0 and GPIB LXI class-B compliant SCPI and IVI-COM drivers
  • Backwards compatible with all ESG, PSG, 8648 signal generators, and other vendors’ signal generators
  • Frequency resolution: .01 Hz
  • Phase noise performance: -116 dBc/Hz at 1GHz carrier, 20kHz offset
  • Output power: +12 dBm (measured) at 6GHz with electronic attenuator
  • Frequency switching speed: 5ms standard (SCPI mode and list mode)
  • TCXO time base reference provides excellent frequency accuracy and drift characteristics

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