R&S and Marvin Develop Turnkey Production Tester for 5G Beamforming ICs

Rohde & Schwarz and Marvin Test Solutions have collaborated to create a unique turnkey solution for beamforming integrated circuits (IC) used in 5G mmWave (FR2) and satellite communications. The resulting production tester TS 900e-5G from Marvin Test Solutions is based on the new R&S ZNBT40 multiport vector network analyzer (VNA) from Rohde & Schwarz. 

Beamforming is becoming a default concept in 5G NR and satellite communications. It is also a common technology in the aerospace and defense industry, the specialty field of US-based aerospace test and measurement provider Marvin Test Solutions. The cooperation between the two companies began when Marvin Test Solutions showed interest in the capabilities and specifications of the R&S ZNBT40 as the basis for their 5G beamforming IC production tester. 

The new R&S ZNBT40 is a multiport VNA enabling fast, reliable and extensive verification and characterization of beamforming ICs with typically 5, 9 or even 17 RF ports. It is a unique vector network analyzer with a frequency range from 100 kHz to 40 GHz and a true multiport architecture. Besides testing multiport devices under test (DUT) like the beamforming ICs, it also allows parallel testing of multiple DUTs using up to 24 ports. The large number of ports makes it possible to characterize a beamforming IC in full detail and see the cross-correlation effects while monitoring all antenna connections. 

The TS 900e-5G production tester is available from Marvin Test Solutions. Click here to learn more about Marvin Test Solutions.