Keysight (Agilent) Technologies N6171A RF Spectrum Analyzers


MATLAB Software

MATLAB for Signal Analysis
MATLAB for Signal Analysis
  • MATLAB-Standard Package, individual license - node-locked
MATLAB-Advanced Package, node-locked
  • MATLAB-Advanced Package, individual license - node-locked
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MATLAB Overview
MATLAB is a well-respected software environment and programming language created by MathWorks and now available directly from Agilent as an option with most signal generators, signal analyzers, and spectrum analyzers. MATLAB extends the capabilities of Agilent signal analyzers and generators to make custom measurements, analyze and visualize data, create arbitrary waveforms, control instruments, and build test systems. It provides interactive tools and command-line functions for data analysis tasks such as signal processing, signal modulation, digital filtering, and curve fitting. MATLAB has over 1,000,000 users in diverse industries and disciplines, and it is a standard at more than 3,500 colleges and universities worldwide. Three MATLAB configurations are available and range from basic MATLAB capabilities that allow acquisition and analysis of data to full support for signal processing, communications, filter design, and automated testing.

MATLAB software is available for purchase directly from Agilent with the purchase of a new compatible instrument:

  • PXA, MXA, EXA, or CXA signal analyzer
  • PSA Series spectrum analyzer
  • MXG, ESG, or PSG vector signal generator
  • M8190A arbitrary waveform generator

MATLAB Capabilities

  • Extendthe functionality of Agilent signal and spectrum analyzers with MATLAB by analyzing and visualizing measurements, testing modulation schemes, and automating measurements 
  • Excite electronic devices using Agilent signal generators with simple or complex waveforms created in MATLAB 
  • Test the functionality of electronic devices by making measurements with Agilent instruments and comparing them against known baselines in MATLAB 
  • Develop a GUI or application that enables users to perform data analysis or testing
  • Characterize an electronic device to determine how closely it matches the design 
  • Verify new algorithms or measurement routines using live data from Agilent instruments 
  • Design custom digital filters in MATLAB and apply them to signals acquired from an Agilent instrument


Adding MATLAB software to the purchase of your Agilent signal generators and analyzers provides five key benefits:

  • Convenience: Acquire your software and instrument on a single purchase order
  • Confidence: MATLAB software sold through Agilent has been tested and qualified by Agilent
  • Support: Contact either Agilent or The MathWorks for help with installation and technical questions
  • Quick start: Acquire numerous application examples directly from Agilent to get started
  • Reliability: Ensure that your MATLAB software is always available to you when you need it

Key Specification

Custom Signal Creation, Measurement and Data Analysis with MATLAB

  • Create arbitrary waveforms
  • Customize your measurement and data analysis routines
  • Create your own instruments applications and test systems
  • Automates measurements, signal generation, and report generation

MATLAB Configurations Available

  • MATLAB is available in three configurations directly from Agilent Technologies with the purchase of a new compatible instrument
  • Install and execute MATLAB on a remote PC and communicate with instruments via GPIB or LAN
  • Install and execute MATLAB directly on X-Series signal analyzers and select arbitrary waveform generators

Automation and Communication Interface

  • GPIB, LAN, USB, and VISA communications protocol support
  • Communicate with the instruments using SCPI programming or instrument drivers (IVI, MATLAB)
  • MATLAB instrument drivers created, tested and supported by Agilent for Agilent X-Series signal analyzer and PSA Series spectrum analyzer
  • Agilent Waveform Download Assistant for MATLAB with Agilent MXG, ESG, and PSG vector signal generators

Other Features

  • MATLAB installation and technical support are available from either Agilent and or MathWorks
  • Example applications available to assist in MATLAB usage and application development. Download now
  • Request a trial of MATLAB software (from MathWorks)

N6171A OPTIONS (3)
N6171A-M01 MATLAB-Basic Package, individual license - node-locked
N6171A-M02 MATLAB-Standard Package, individual license - node-locked
N6171A-M03 MATLAB-Advanced Package, individual license - node-locked
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