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8563EC Agilent Spectrum Analyzer


The 8563EC is a 26.5 GHz Spectrum Analyzer from Agilent. A spectrum analyzer measures the power of spectrums of known and unknown signals. Spectrum analyzers collect information such as the magnitude of an input signal compared to its frequency. As a frequency analyzer, spectrum analyzers’ main use is to document and analyze electrical input signals as well as spectral compositions of other signals.


  • Frequency range: 30 Hz to 26.5 GHz
  • ±1.0 dB absolute amplitude accuracy
  • -149 dBm/Hz displayed average noise level (DANL)
  • <-113 dBc/Hz phase noise at 10 kHz offset
  • Fast digital resolution bandwidths of 1 Hz to 3 MHz
  • Portable, MIL-PRF-28800, Class 3 rugged

The Agilent 8563EC portable, color display microwave spectrum analyzer offers the measurement capability and performance previously found in larger, more expensive benchtop analyzers. This analyzer has a standard frequency range of 9 kHz to 26.5 GHz (preselected from 2.75 GHz to 26.5 GHz), with optional low-end frequency coverage to 30 Hz.

The 8563EC extends the outstanding features and capabilities of the 8560EC series RF spectrum analyzers into the microwave frequency range. The 8563EC has a standard frequency range of 9 kHz to 26.5 GHz (preselected from 2.75 GHz to 26.5 GHz), with optional low-end frequency coverage to 30 Hz. The image-enhanced, double-balanced harmonic mixer of the 8563EC achieves noise-figure performance similar to that of a fundamentally-mixed front end.

Capabilities for RF Communications
The ability to measure adjacent channel power (ACP) on today’s wireless telephones, pagers and other transmitters is critical in both R & D and manufacturing. The 8560EC series spectrum analyzers offer a complete solution for ACP testing of burst carrier signals using digital modulation such as is used in NADC-TDMA, GSM, DECT, CT2 -CAI, PDC and PHS systems. Many of the implementation difficulties of the established standards have been addressed, providing fast, accurate and easy-to-use ACP measurement capability. Measure W-CDMA adjacent channel power ratio (ACPR) with a dynamic range of at least 70 dB using the 8563EC Option E35 ACPR test set.

Another standard feature is the ability to measure from .10 to 99.99 percent occupied bandwidth.

Time-gated signal analysis is another standard feature that allows you to easily measure time-varying signals such as pulsed RF, time-division multiple access (TDMA), interleaved and burst-modulated.

The 85902 A burst carrier trigger can supply a TTL trigger signal. 8560EC series specifications have been enhanced. Now, you can get better phase noise, sensitivity, dynamic range and frequency response from this high performance portable spectrum analyzer family.

With the 85672A spurious response measurements utility, you can use 8560EC series spectrum analyzers to make fast and easy spurious response tests.

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