ThinkRF, a leading manufacturer of real-time, networkable, and software-defined spectrum analyzers & downconverters/tuners has developed the D4000 RF Downconverter/Tuner that operates up to 40 GHz to meet new wireless standards. This portable plug-and-play platform is based on thinkRF tuner technology that enables 5G-ready solutions. In addition to their exceptional performance in the frequency range, the thinkRF D4000 RF Downconverter/Tuner has several other differentiators that make it an ideal component for 5G signal monitoring.
As new and innovative technologies for wireless communications continue to emerge and push into mmWave 5G bands, companies must be able to adapt and enhance the lifetime of their existing RF systems to meet these new bands in an agile manner, while managing ever-tighter resources and budgets. Now mobile operators and system integrators can retain existing field, lab, and manufacturing test equipment, extend the life of their investment, and reduce time to market and costs when measuring 5G mmWave signals.
Key features of D400 RF Downconverter/Tuner
- Wideband: The D4000 has 500 MHz of Analog Bandwidth and is the widest on the market in this compact form factor. This is important because the maximum channel bandwidth for 5G is 400 MHz.
- Frequency coverage: This covers the entire mm-Wave frequency range for 5G FR2 from 24 to 40 GHz.
- Pre-select filtering: The sophisticated RF filter technology of D4000 eliminates out-of-band signals and enables spurious mitigation. Without filtering these can result in interference within the analysis bands.
- Single IF output: This makes it easier to integrate with spectrum analyzers or receivers.
- Built-in local oscillators: This eliminates the requirement for external synthesizers.
- Extensible: The D4000 can be extended to cover lower 5G FR1 bands using other complementary ThinkRF receiver products.
The thinkRF D4000 RF Downconverter/Tuner supports open APIs for C/C++ and Python, and standard configuration protocols via SCPI commands over a Telnet connection or configuration via spectrum analyzer software over a LAN connection. It works with third-party test equipment, RF Spectrum Analyzers, Software-Defined Radios, and interfaces. The open platform works seamlessly with current spectrum analysis solutions through standard SCPI control over Ethernet, allowing control of the unit through the spectrum analyzer or any standard PC.
The thinkRF D4000 RF Downconverter/Tuner includes 10 MHz input and output clock references to support clock synchronization with external modules. This allows the ability to run multiple units in parallel to coordinate a compound signal monitoring system, particularly for wideband signal monitoring and capture.
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