The RF/Microwave Test and Measurement (T&M) market is one of the most crucial and challenging markets in wireless communication. T&M instruments are used to measure, analyze, display, test, and record electrical data with the highest possible accuracy to identify faults and ensure the proper functioning of the DUT. The introduction of technologies such as 5G and Wi-Fi 6/6E, which utilize a higher frequency spectrum, has increased the demand for test instruments that can handle complex operations even at high frequencies. everything RF has compiled a list of trending Test & Measurement products to showcase the increasing capabilities of these solutions. This article lists trending test and measurement products on everything RF in 2021.
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2-Port Metrology Grade Vector Network Analyzer from 300 kHz to 4.5 GHz
The M5045 from Copper Mountain Technologies is a 2-port metrology-grade Vector Network Analyzer that operates from 300 kHz to 4.5 GHz. It delivers metrology-grade performance in a more economical package and as a result excludes several advanced features: vector mixer calibration, TRL calibration, frequency offset, time domain, and gating. The S2 software can be installed on multiple computers, making it easy to share the use of the analyzer. Read more.
High-Performance Signal Analyzers for mm-Wave 5G and SATCOM Applications
The N9042B UXA X-Series from Keysight Technologies are Signal Analyzers that operate from 2 Hz to 26.5/44/50 GHz and cover current 5G-NR, FR1, FR2, and most RADAR, EW, and satellite bands. They provide an ultra-wide analysis bandwidth of up to 11 GHz which is configured using an external digitizer. The analyzers have an excellent swept Displayed Average Noise Level (DANL) of -174 dBm. Read more.
8 GHz Radio Communication Test Platform for Wi-Fi/5G-NR
The R&S CMP180 from Rohde & Schwarz is a Radio Communication Test Platform that covers wireless standards including Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi 7, and 5G NR at FR1 frequencies, along with a wide range of legacy technologies. It is designed to manage multiple parallel signals for multiple devices and MIMO transmission methods that provide maximum measurement speed at frequencies up to 8 GHz. Read more.
2-Port Modular VNA from 300 kHz to 6 GHz
The eVNA from Mini Circuits is a high-quality, affordable VNA that operates from 300 kHz to 6 GHz. This 2 Port modular VNA has a dynamic range of greater than 120 dB, trace noise of less than 0.008 dBrms, and output power from -50 to 7 dBm. It can be used to measure all 4 S-Parameters (S11, S21, S12, S22) as well as absolute receiver quantities from reference and reflection receivers. Read more.
Weatherproof RF Receiver from 9 kHz to 8 GHz for Spectrum Monitoring
The RFeye Node 40-8 from CRFS is a purpose-built RF receiver for spectrum regulators that combines high-performance spectrum monitoring with a rugged form factor at an affordable price. It provides real-time spectrum operations and is low in Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) making it easy to deploy where it is needed. The receiver has an operating frequency from 9 kHz to 8 GHz and a sampling rate of 62.5 MS/s I&Q. Read more.
Dual USB Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer with 245 MHz true I/Q Streaming
The SPECTRAN V6 X from Aaronia is a high-performance USB real-time spectrum analyzer that operates from 10 MHz to 6 GHz. The analyzers support dual USB True I/Q streaming of up to 245 MHz (IQ rate) real-time bandwidth. Multiple devices can be cascaded together to achieve an even higher real-time bandwidth. The analyzers have a DANL of -170 dBm/Hz with internal pre-amp on and an amplitude accuracy of +/- 0.5 dB. Read more.
Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer from 100 kHz to 43.5 GHz
The SM435B from Signal Hound is a real-time spectrum analyzer and monitoring receiver that operates from 100 kHz to 43.5 GHz. It has 160 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth, a dynamic range of 110 dB, 1 THz/sec sweep speed at 30 kHz RWB (using Nutwall windowing), and ultra-low phase noise. The low levels of phase noise rival some of the more expensive spectrum analyzers on the market. Read more.
2 / 4 Ports Vector Network Analyzers from 9 kHz to 8.5 GHz
The SNA5000A Series from Siglent are 2 and 4-Port Vector Network Analyzers that operate from 9 kHz to 8.5 GHz with a frequency resolution of 1 Hz. They have a dynamic range of 125 dB and a level resolution of 0.05dB. This series of analyzers consist of four models that support measurements such as scattering, differential, and time-domain parameters, Q-factor, and filter bandwidth and insertion loss. Read more.
Robust and Flexible Software Defined Radio with 1 GHz Bandwidth from 100 kHz to 20 GHz
The Cyan from Per Vices is versatile, wide-band software-defined radio that operates from 100 kHz to 20 GHz. This Direct Conversion Quadrature Transceiver and Signal Processing Platform provides simultaneous support for 16 fully independent transmit or receive radio channels, each with 1 GHz of bandwidth (3 GHz option also available). This 16-bit transceiver delivers a Tx power of up to 18 dBm and can handle an input power of up to -40 dBm. Read more.
10 MHz to 26 GHz Real-Time Phase Noise Analyzer
The HA7062D from Holzworth is a real-time phase noise analysis system that operates from 10 MHz to 26 GHz (optional to 40 GHz). It provides measurement offsets from 0.1 Hz to 100 MHz. It is available in a fully shielded, fan-less 1U chassis that eliminates ground loops and troublesome microphonics for uncompromised performance and repeatability. Read more.
RF Signal Generators from 150 kHz to 1.5 GHz
The TGR2051 from Aim-TTi is an RF Signal Generators that operates from 150 kHz to 1.5 GHz. It can generate a signal with output power from -127 to +13 dBm in increments in 0.1 dBm increments (amplitude can be set in dBm, dBµV, or linear volts). This generator provides signals with a very low phase noise of -117 dBc/Hz (@ 1 GHz output and 10 kHz offset) and has a frequency accuracy better than 1 ppm. Read more.
GaN-Based Microwave Comb Generator for EW and Antenna Testing
The Ultracomb-8G from Ultraview is a Variable-Fence Microwave Comb Generator for Electronic Warfare and Antenna Testing. A comb generator is a device that produces a set of very fast pulses repeatedly. It can create strings of pulses with widths varying from 100 ps to 800 ps, enabling it to generate relatively flat combs with usable energy to 10 GHz or combs with a much higher power, but with most of the energy concentrated below 2 GHz. Read more.
USB-Powered Wi-Fi 6E Multipath Emulator for MU-MIMO Testing
The Wi-Fi 6E Multipath Emulator from APITech is an Integrated Programmable Subsystem to test the functionality of Wi-Fi devices in a true multipath environment. It is ideal for MU-MIMO conductive testing, which is cost-effective and offers a controlled and highly repeatable test environment. It is available in a rack-mount enclosure that measures 19 x 12 x 3.5 inches with SMA-female connectors. Read more.
RF Shielded Test Enclosure from 20 MHz to 6 GHz
The HDRF-2349 from RF Electronics is an RF Shielded Test Enclosure that operates from 20 MHz to 6 GHz. This shielded box has a single chamber design that allows parallel testing of multiple DUTs. The interior of this enclosure measures 1100 mm (W) X 800 mm (H) X 490 mm (D). It has a thick RF absorbing foam that provides isolation of more than 120 dB @ 3 GHz. Read more.
Compact Tunable Signal Generator from 10 MHz to 15 GHz
The SynthHD Mini from Windfreak is a Software Tunable Signal Generator that operates from 10 MHz to 15 GHz with a 0.01 Hz resolution. It delivers an output power of up to 20 dBm with a minimum resolution of 0.01 dB. The generator supports FM, AM, Pulse, Sweep, and List modulations. It requires a DC supply of 5 V, consumes 400 mA of current. Read more.
Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer for Wireless Network Deployment
The R5750 from thinkRF is a Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer with GPS that operates from 9 kHz to 27 GHz. It is networkable for improved RF detection range & making time-synchronous spectral measurements. This enables emitter location & direction finding (DF) applications & propagation studies. Geolocation measurements on signals of interest can easily be made using either time (through time difference of arrival, TDOA) or power (through received signal strength-RSS). Read more.
Intelligent RF Spectrum Recorder from 16 kHz to 14/26.5 GHz
The ODEN 3001 from Novatar Solutions is an Intelligent RF Spectrum Recorder with a frequency range from 16 kHz to 14/26.5 GHz and a real-time bandwidth of 765 MHz. It automatically captures individual interfering signals or rare and unknown events of interest for analysis and spectrum characterization, reducing the amount of data to be recorded, simplifying data handling, and reducing associated costs. Read more.
40 GHz Programmable AWGN Noise Generator
The UFX7000B from Noisecom is a Programmable AWGN Noise Generator that operates up to 40 GHz. The noise generator incorporates a broadband noise source and noise path attenuator (with a maximum attenuation range of 127 dB in 1 dB steps). It provides an output power of up to +30 dBm with excellent flatness. Read more.
Anechoic Test Chamber for Radar, mmWave, and 5G NR OTA Measurements
The AC888 from mmWave Test Solutions is an Antenna Test Chamber for radar, mmWave, and 5G NR Over-The-Air (OTA) measurements up to 110 GHz. It can be placed horizontally or vertically making it ideal for small labs or for customers who need to place multiple chambers side by side. The chamber has a tip-to-tip distance between the absorbers of 157 cm (length) and 55 cm (height and width). Read more.
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