RF Test And Measurement Resource Center

TEST AND MEASUREMENT APPLICATION NOTES AND WHITE PAPERS

  • Measuring Ultra Low Noise Metrological Reference

    Signal sources with very low phase noise have significantly improved in their performance over the past few years. However, it has also become increasingly difficult to measure such low phase noises with standard and even dedicated phase noise measurement systems. 

  • Time Domain Measurements Using Vector Network Analyzers Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs) are very powerful and flexible measuring instruments. Their basic capability is to measure the S-parameters of an RF or microwave device and display the result in the frequency domain. This provides valuable data for the design engineer to develop a design and for the production engineer to substantiate the performance of the device or system.
  • Real-Time Radar Target Generation

    As radar test systems are essential for the research, development, production, and maintenance of radar systems, it would be prudent to use one that has the ability to test the entire system including the antenna front end. This application note presents a solution from Rohde & Schwarz that is capable of testing the complete radar system.

  • The Journey Of A Signal: Optimize Your Signal Analysis Measurements

    What happens to the signal of your device once it enters the signal analyzer? This white paper walks through the high-level design of a signal analyzer and how this knowledge can be used to avoid mistakes and make optimum measurements.

  • RF Testing On Automotive Infotainment Devices

    This application note highlights some of the RF measurement challenges and introduces Rohde & Schwarz equipment required for relevant RF characterization of car infotainment devices.

TEST AND MEASUREMENT PRODUCTS

The MA24218A is a power sensor designed with “triple path” architecture that provides True-RMS measurements for CW, multi-tone, and digitally modulated signals from 10 MHz to 18 GHz over 80 dB of dynamic range. The sensor employs high-performance digital processing which enables measurement speeds of >1,600 continuous power readings/s continuous and >11,000 buffered readings/s. It is intended to be used to increase throughput and reduce cost-of-test in any lab, high-volume manufacturing and field environment.

Two standard product series covering 2 to 24 GHz.

Maury offers self-contained Noise Calibration Systems that are highly accurate sources of RF and microwave noise power.

The Anritsu MA24105A Inline Peak Power Sensor is designed to take accurate average power measurements from 2 mW to 150 W and peak power measurements from 2 W  to 300 W over the frequency range of  350 MHz to 4 GHz. The sensor employs a “dual path” architecture that enables True-RMS measurements over the entire frequency and dynamic range allowing users to measure CW, multi-tone and digitally modulated signals such as LTE, LTE-TDD, GSM/EDGE, CDMA, W-CDMA, WiMAX, TD-SCDMA, WLAN, and LTE. The forward direction path also include a 4 MHz bandwidth channel that has peak and comparator/integrator circuits that add measurement functions such as PEP power, crest factor, CCDF, and burst average power. Another detection circuit on the reverse direction adds reverse power measurement capabilities including reverse power, reflection coefficient (magnitude), return-loss, and SWR. The presence of a micro-controller along with signal conditioning circuitry, ADC, and power supply in the sensor makes it a complete miniature power meter.

The S331L handheld cable and antenna analyzer is ideal for tower contractors and wireless service providers that need a rugged, handheld field instrument to provide high-performance cable and antenna analysis to ensure optimum deployment, installation, and maintenance of wireless networks.

Narda's NBM-520 meter has just been updated for users with NBM series of probes. This innovative meter can be operated with standard NBM probes as a stand-alone survey system, or it can be used with the NBM-550 and fiber optic cables to perform some of the most demanding surveys imagineable. New for 2008 is a fiber optic to USB converter for reading data remotely on your PC!

Pentek offers the Quartz® Model 6003 high-performance Quartz eXpress Module (QuartzXM) based on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC FPGA. The RFSoC FPGA integrates eight RF-class A/D and D/A converters into the Zynq’s multiprocessor architecture, creating a multichannel data conversion and processing solution on a single chip.

Pentek offers Talon® High-Speed Recording Systems designed to eliminate the time and risk associated with new technology system development. With increasing pressure in both the defense and commercial arenas to get to the market first, today’s system engineers are looking for more complete off-the-shelf system offerings. Out of the box, these systems arrive complete with a full-featured virtual operator control panel ready for immediate data recording and/or playback operation.