TSP #211 – Teardown, Repair & Analysis of a Keysight 20GHz MXG Analog RF Signal Generator (Part 1)

In this episode Shahriar investigates a failed Keysight MXG RF generator. The instrument shows UNLEVEL for frequencies above 10GHz. The measurements confirm that the instrument fails to achieve the desired output power. The block diagram of the synthesizer is examined in details and potential failure points are identified.
The teardown of the instrument and various components are also presented. A detailed description of the multiplier unit is shown along with the PCB X-Ray. Measurements confirm the failure of an Agilent-branded component (doubler + amplifier module). The repair has to be paused for now until a replacement component is sourced.


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