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PXIe-5601 Calibration Procedure

Calibration Executive 4.0 Help

Edition Date: March 2017

Part Number: 374564H-01

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This topic contains information for calibrating the National Instruments PXIe-5601 using Calibration Executive.

Calibration Executive Procedure Features:


Manual Mode

Selectable Test Points


Approximate Test Time:

Verify Only
50 minutes
Verify & Adjust
180 minutes
Test Equipment|Test Conditions|Device Setup
Note Note  The PXIe-5601, PXIe-5622 IF digitizer, and PXI-5652 RF signal generator compose the PXIe-5663 RF vector signal analyzer.

Test Equipment

The following table lists the test instruments required for calibrating the PXIe-5601.

Instrument Recommended Model Specification Value
Power Meter Anritsu ML2438A Display Resolution<0.01 dB
Instrument Accuracy<0.5%
Noise<0.5% full-scale (lowest range)
Zero Set and Drift<0.5% full-scale (lowest range)
Reference Power Uncertainty<0.9%
Reference Output VSWR<1.04:1
(2) Power SensorsAnritsu MA2473DInput VSWR10 MHz to 50 MHz<1.9:1
50 MHz to 150 MHz<1.17:1
150 MHz to 2 GHz<1.12:1
2 GHz to 12.4 GHz<1.22:1
Linearity–70 dBm to 20 dBm<1.8%
Rise Time<4 µs
Calibration Factor Uncertainty50 MHz<1.48%
100 MHz<1.37%
300 MHz<1.42%
500 MHz<0.96%
1 GHz<0.99%
2 GHz<1.04%
3 GHz<1.05%
4 GHz<1.64%
5 GHz<1.39%
6 GHz<1.45%
7 GHz<1.26%
Signal Generator
(LO Source)
Signal Generator
(RF Source)
Anritsu MG3692B Frequency Range10 MHz to 6.6 GHz
Power Level–60 dBm to 20 dBm
Spectrum Analyzer Rohde & Schwarz FSU26 Frequency Range 10 MHz to 6.6 GHz
Power Level –60 dBm to 20 dBm
Resolution Bandwidth 10 Hz to 1 MHz
Phase Noise 100 Hz –100 dBc/Hz
1 kHz –120 dBc/Hz
10 kHz –130 dBc/Hz
100 kHz –130 dBc/Hz
1 MHz –142 dBc/Hz
Chassis PXIe-1065,
Chassis Controller NI MXI-Express Kit
SMA (m) to SMA (f) Right Angle Adapter Huber+Suhner 53_SMA-50-0-2/111_N
3.5 mm (m) to 3.5 mm (m) Adapter Huber+Suhner 32_Pc35-50-0-2/199_NE
(2) 50 Ω Terminators NI SMA 50 Ω Termination Plug
3.5 mm (f) Power Splitter (2 Resistor Type) Aeroflex 1593
(2) 36 in SMA (m) to SMA (m) Cables Huber+Suhner ST-18/SMAm/36
3.5 mm (m) to 3.5 mm (f) 30 dB Attenuator Huber+Suhner 6630_SMA-50-1/199_NE
SMA Torque Wrench Agilent 8710-1582 5 in/lb
3.5 mm Torque Wrench Agilent 8710-1765 8 in/lb
Note Note  National Instruments strongly recommends using the instruments specified above when calibrating the PXIe-5601 module. Substitution of instruments is permitted by Calibration Executive software, but National Instruments cannot guarantee that unsupported instruments meet the specifications required for calibration.

Test Conditions

The following setup and environmental conditions are required to ensure the PXIe-5601 meets published specifications.

  • Maintain an ambient temperature of 23 °C ± 5 °C.
  • Keep the relative humidity between 10% and 90%, noncondensing.
  • Ensure that the PXI Express chassis fan speed is set to HIGH, that the fan filters are clean, and that the empty slots contain filler panels. For more information, refer to the Maintain Forced-Air Cooling Note to Users document available at
  • Allow a warm-up time of at least 30 minutes after NI-RFSA is loaded and recognizes the PXIe-5601. The warm-up time ensures that the measurement circuitry of the PXIe-5601 is at a stable operating temperature.
  • Use an SMA torque wrench (5 in/lb, Agilent 8710-1582 or equivalent) to tighten any connection with an SMA connector.
  • Use a 3.5mm torque wrench (8 in/lb, Agilent 8710-1765 or equivalent) to tighten 3.5mm or 2.92mm (K) connections without an SMA connector.
  • All tests assume a PXI-5652 as the LO source for the PXIe-5601.
  • Lock all test equipment to the same reference frequency. Refer to the NI 5663 Timing Configuration topic in the NI RF Vector Signal Analyzers Help.

Device Setup

  1. Install the PXIe-5601 in the PXI Express chassis according to the instructions in the NI RF Vector Signal Analyzers Getting Started Guide.
  2. Configure the hardware using Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX).
  3. Launch the Calibration Executive procedure. Calibration Executive guides you through the required connections.


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