Keysight Technologies89600 VSA Software
This Keysight 89600 VSA software configuration guide will help
you configure your new or existing 89600 VSA with the measurement
options, licenses, and updates you need.
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Configure your New Software
This step-by-step process will help you configure your new 89600
VSA software when making your initial order. See the upgrade
section to learn how to add any of these options after initial
Beginning with Step 1, determine is the type of license you
Step 1: Select desired license type
Description Basic vector signal analysis (Basic VSA)
License Type Model - option Option 200 is required. It provides:
- Basic time and spectrum measurements - Analysis of imported data
files - Links to Keysight EDA SystemVue and ADS - Connectivity to
hardware platforms- Power Spectrum with PXIe VSA M9393A/
M9391A (merged into Basic VSA as standard)- 12 months of VSA
update subscription service
USB Portable 89601BK-200
Floating 89601BN-200 For floating licenes, the quantity of
89601BN-200 units purchased determines the maximum number of
License type definitions:
Transportable: Order 89601B if the software license will reside
on one PC/instru-ment at a time. The license can be transferred to
another PC/instrument at any time via network connection to
Keysight Software Manager (KSM).
USB portable: If you order 89601BK, you will receive a license
certificate with an order number you will use to obtain a license
file from KSM. The license file can be installed one or more PCs or
instruments. A USB portable license is ideal for users without
network connectivity, for environments that mandate non-writable
portable media or when the license should not be activated except
by a user with physical possession of a dongle. Purchase of the
dongle, E8900-80036 hardware key-USB port FLEX10, is required along
with the 89601BK USB portable license. The non-writable, not-memory
dongle provides a unique host ID for license activation.
Floating: Every 550 days 89601BN users must re-host the license.
This provides the opportunity to update the server or host ID
through the KSM profile at no cost.
Did you know...
Connectivity to over 45 Keysight instrument platforms, is a
standard feature of Basic VSA (option 200). For a complete list of
hardware platforms, visit www.keysight.com/find/89600_hardware.
Power spectrum measurement provided by option SSA is also
standard as merged into Basic VSA after version 22.20.
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Step 2: Select measurement options The quantity of any
particular measurement license purchased should not exceed the
Option 200 quantity purchased.
Description Option Notes
Vector modulation analysis AYA Analysis of > 40 digital
modulation formats, including custom APSK and presets for
communica-tion formats like ZigBee, Bluetooth, APCO 25 and
Custom OFDM modulation analysis BHF Proprietary and pre-standard
Custom IQ modulation analysis BHK Proprietary and pre-standard,
customized IQ constellation signals. Requires Option AYA.
Channel quality measurements BHL Channel response measurements
such as phase/magnitude response and multi-tone group delay
5G NR/Pre-5G modulation analysis BHN
LTE-Advanced FDD modulation analysis BHG Requires Option BHD
LTE-Advanced TDD modulation analysis BHH Requires Option BHE
LTE-FDD modulation analysis BHD
LTE-TDD modulation analysis BHE
3G modulation analysis bundle B7N Includes cdma2000, W-CDMA,
1xEV-DO, and TD-SCDMA
WLAN 802.11ax modulation analysis BHX Requires Option BHJ
WLAN 802.11n/ac modulation analysis BHJ
WLAN 802.11a/b/g modulation analysis B7R Includes WLAN
WiMAXTM 802.16 modulation analysis B7Y Mobile and Fixed
FMCW radar analysis BHP For multi-chirp linear FM modulated
signals or automotive radar
Pulse analysis BHQ For single-emitter pulse analysis
Other standard formatDOCSIS 3.1 modulation analysis BHM
Downstream and upstream
TEDS modulation analysis BHA Includes TETRA2 signals
RFID modulation analysis BHC Includes NFC formats
Upgrade your Existing Software
All 89600 VSA software options can be added after initial
purchase and are license-key enabled. Some require the latest
software version. To learn more and upgrade your software, visit
www.keysight.com/find/89600_upgrades To determine if you already
have a licensed measurement option: For transportable licenses, go
to the 89600 VSA toolbar and select Utilities > Licenses >
Options. The options you have installed are indicated with a
For floating licenses, check with your network manager to
determine the Option 200 quantity in your system.Description Option
Basic vector signal analysis 200 5
3G bundle modulation analysis B7N 2
LTE FDD modulation analysis BHD 1
In this example with 89601BN, 5 people can use the 89600 VSA
software at the same time because a quantity of 5 Option 200
floating licenses have been purchased. This means that at any one
time, two users can make 3G measurements because two 3G licenses
have been purchased, one user can make LTE FDD measurements because
one LTE FDD license has been purchased, and two more users can use
the 89600 VSA software to make basic time and spectrum
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Step 3: Select licesne terms
License Terms Perpetual License 12-month Time-Based License
Transportable 89601B-xxx 89601B-xxx-1TY
USB Portable 89601BK-xxx Not available
Floating 89601BN-xxx 89601BN-xxx-1NY
Perpetual license: A permanent license which should be
maintained with an update subscription service for access to new
enhancements. This is the most cost-effective in the long term.
Time-based license: A time-limited license which will expire a
specified period of time after it is redeemed. This is suitable for
short-term projects or limited budget.
Note: 89601BK USB portable license is only available with
perpetual license term, no time-based license offering.
Update and Subscription Service
Protect your software investment.A 12 month subscription to the
89601BU/BKU/BNU software update service is included with each
option 200 purchase. You may also purchase an additional 12 month
subscription at the time of the initial software purchase or after
initial purchase, to gain immediate access to the latest features
and enhancements for the 89600 VSA software (v13.0 or higher),
after the initial 12 month subscription period expires.
To check that your software and license are up to date, follow
Check the version number of your software by selecting Help >
About in the 89600 VSA software toolbar and comparing that to the
current version number found at
If you do not have the current version of the 89600 software,
check your license version by selecting Utilities > Licenses...
in the 89600 VSA software toolbar. Compare this to the license
version required for the current version at
If your license version is greater than or equal to the current
version, no new license is needed. Simply download and install the
new software version.
If your license version is lower than the current version, order
the 89601BU/BKU/BNU software update and subscription service to
update your software to the latest version.
Description 12 month software update and subscription service
Transportable 89601BU-012 Immediately update software to current
version and provide 1-year of updates
USB Portable 89601BKU-012
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Any laptop, desktop PC or Windows-based instrument may be used
to run the 89600 VSA software, as long as it meets or exceeds the
following minimum requirements. For a list of the most current
requirements, see www.keysight.com/find/89600-pc.
Operating system1 Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise
or Ultimate (64-bit)Microsoft Windows 8 Professional or
EnterpriseMicrosoft Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, or
CPU 1 GHz (> 2 GHz recommended)
RAM 2 GB (16 GB recommended)
Video RAM 128 MB minimum (1 GB recommended)
Windows experience index > 5 (recommended)
Hard disk 3 GB minimum available
Additional drives DVD or network access to load the software;
license transfer requires network access or a USB memory stick
Interface support LAN, GPIB, USBFor power spectrum measurement
(former opt SSA), PCIe Express card interface to PXI mainframe or
an embedded PC M9036A/37A must be used.For 89601BK USB Portable
License, a USB port is necessary for license activation with a
dongle (USB hardware key).
Browser Internet explorer V9.0 or higher required for more
reliable context sensitive help functionality
1. Running the 89600 VSA software in a virtual machine
environment is not supported.
Floating License Server Requirements
The 89601BN requires loading a vendor daemon on a license
server. This server may be the same PC running the 89600 software.
Full installation instructions and support are provided for
compatible server operating systems: Windows 7 Professional,
Enterprise, Ultimate (64 bit); Windows Server 2008.
Description Pub Number
89600 VSA Software, Brochure 5990-6553EN
89601B/BN-200 Basic VSA and Hardware Connectivity, Technical
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