A series of tests measure the PNA's performance against the published
Technical Specifications. Passing all of these tests allows the PNA to be fully
certified as a stand-alone instrument for all of its intended measurements.
Two test systems have been developed for running the PNA performance tests. Each test system executes the
same performance tests, using the same test equipment, but they are run on different platforms. This allows the
user to select the test solution which best meets their needs. In each solution, a thorough set of data is
collected and archived. However, the amount of data the user can access and include in the final report is
dependent on the option purchased.
A Keysight Inclusive Calibration report includes the measured data and the pass/fail specification limits.
An ANSI Z540 and ISO 17025 standards-compliant calibration includes the measured data, the pass/fail specification
limits, and the measurement uncertainty of the test system used to collect the data.
The Test Management Environment (TME) runs the performance tests on an external, Windows-based PC
and communicates with the PNA via a GPIB cable. The test results are stored in a database on the computer,
from which test results are generated. TME is packaged and sold by Keysight under the N7800A model number.
The PNA Performance Test Software which works within TME is packaged under the N7840A model number. This
software is designed for use on a high volume calibration bench. Installing the software and configuring it for
use requires a significant initial time investment. It is not optimized for occasional use or for troubleshooting.
The Embedded Test System (ETS) runs the performance tests from within the PNA firmware and does not
require an external PC. ETS is activated by purchasing and installing option 897 or 898. Option 897 enables
Keysight Inclusive Calibration data reporting. This data report includes measured data, specification limits
and pass/fail results. Option 898 enables ANSI Z540 and ISO 17025 standards-compliant data reporting. This data
report includes the items in the option 897 report and adds measurement uncertainty values for each point. The
test results are compiled into a PDF test report file on the PNA. This file is retrieved from the PNA by the user for archival.
Both TME and ETS support the full line of PNA, PNA-L and PNA-X products. For additional information, refer
to the links to the right.