Keysight Technologies' FieldFox Handheld Analyzers Deliver Precise, Comprehensive Solution for Satellite Ground Station Installation and Maintenance


SANTA ROSA, Calif., Sept. 9, 2014

Keysight Technologies, Inc. today announced that its FieldFox handheld combination analyzers provide a precise and comprehensive solution for satellite ground station maintenance in the aerospace/defense and commercial markets. FieldFox quickly assures system performance with a high level of confidence to help speed satellite ground station installation and maintenance.

Because satellite ground stations have long-range communication links, they must provide high uplink transmit power, receive a very low signal level on the downlink, and compensate for link variation due to weather and satellite/ground antenna changes. The ground stations contain many sensitive components and subsystems (e.g., antenna subsystems, waveguides, coaxial cables, filters, LNAs, LNBs, BUCs, HPAs and TWTAs) that must be verified during installation and maintenance. The spectrum performance of the whole system must also be monitored. Such tasks become all the more challenging when the ground stations are located in remote areas.

The FieldFox handheld analyzers offer the precision, frequency coverage (up to 26.5 GHz), and all-in-one capability (e.g., spectrum analyzer, full 2-port vector network analyzer and power meter) needed to perform a range of benchtop-quality measurements in difficult test environments. Now, with the introduction of measurement Option 208, FieldFox is the perfect tool for satellite communication field test.

FieldFox Opt. 208 verifies frequency converters installed in satellite ground stations and performs most required maintenance tasks. Users can even use FieldFox to perform cable and antenna test, vector network analysis like S-parameters, power measurements, spectrum analysis, and interference detection—all of which are critical for efficient ground station maintenance and troubleshooting. Because all of this is performed using just a single instrument, users no longer need to carry multiple bench top boxes into the field.

FieldFox Option 212, also announced today, expands cable testing beyond just single-ended coax cable to provide insight into differential device performance. Option 212 allows FieldFox to measure the reflection performance of 1-port differential devices such as twisted cable pairs or printed circuit boards. Additionally, it enables FieldFox to make time-domain measurements of differential devices under mixed-mode operation.

New Data Link software for the FieldFox family of analyzers is also being introduced today. The software integrates remote viewing, control and SCPI command consoles as well as enables users to more easily control and monitor remote instruments and automate test processes. Satellite operators, for example, can now monitor the spectrum performance of satellite communication links from a control center.

"FieldFox is a breakthrough solution for maintaining and troubleshooting satellite ground stations in the field," said Dan Dunn, general manager of Keysight's RF handhelds. "Their wide range of functionality and precision for satellite ground station maintainers provides the ability they need to quickly and efficiently perform maintenance tasks wherever they need to go."

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Keysight's FieldFox combination analyzers are available at a starting price of $10,795. Option 208 is priced at $700 and requires both a USB power sensor and External USB Power Sensor Support (Opt. 302), while Option 212 is priced at $1000. Both are available now. The new FieldFox Data Link software is available as a free update to all users.

More information on the new FieldFox handheld analyzers options and data link software is available at Images of the new capabilities are available at
About Keysight Technologies

On Sept. 19, 2013, Agilent Technologies announced plans to separate into two publicly traded companies through a tax-free spinoff of its electronic measurement business. The new company, Keysight Technologies, began operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilent on Aug. 1, 2014 with a full separation anticipated in early November 2014. Keysight is expected to trade on the NYSE under the symbol KEYS.

Keysight is a global electronic measurement technology and market leader helping to transform its customers' measurement experience through innovation in wireless, modular, and software solutions. Keysight provides electronic measurement instruments and systems and related software, software design tools and services used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronic equipment. Information about Keysight is available at

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and is subject to the safe harbors created therein. The forward-looking statements contained herein include, but are not limited to, information regarding Keysight's separation of the electronic measurement business; future revenues, earnings and profitability; the future demand for the company's products and services; and customer expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause Keysight's results to differ materially from management's current expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, unforeseen changes in the strength of our customers' businesses; unforeseen changes in the demand for current and new products, technologies, and services; customer purchasing decisions and timing, and the risk that we are not able to realize the savings expected from integration and restructuring activities.

In addition, other risks that Keysight faces include those detailed in Keysight's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Form 10, and amendments thereto. Forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of Keysight's management and on currently available information. Keysight undertakes no responsibility to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.

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