Sydney University Acquires Antenna Test Chamber to Support 5G and mmWave Research

The Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT) at University of Technology Sydney have commissioned a new compact range antenna chamber which will extend their capabilities in wireless communications systems research to 5G, future Wi-Fi and millimetre wave applications. The mini compact range (CR-Mini) antenna measurement system can examine frequencies up to the 90 GHz (millimetre wave), helping the expansion of advanced mobile applications and faster data transfers.

This unique resource was custom-built in Israel by Microwave Vision Group (SATIMO, ORBIT/FR, MVG-EMC), which delivers innovative EMC and antenna measurement systems and components. The system provides fully automated antenna measurement, analysis, and presentation capability in accordance with IEEE standards. It is incorporated into a shielded anechoic chamber together with equipment  test and feed positioners, radio frequency system, data acquisition and control and a turnkey facility dedicated for antenna (up to 30 cm size) measurements over a frequency range 8 - 26.5 GHz and 60 - 90 GHz. It includes MiDAS, a user-friendly antenna measurement software suite with an intuitive graphic interface.

The CR-Mini was fully assembled and checked at ORBIT, then disassembled, shipped and re-assembled following structural modifications at the Faculty’s building.

It will be used by research staff and students, and for teaching the new Data Engineering degree offered for the first time in 2017 by FEIT. The CR-Mini is the latest UTS acquisition which, together with a large anechoic chamber and terahertz measurement facilities make them a leader in mmwave research. Click here to learn more about MVG's antenna measurement systems.