The RF/Microwave Test and Measurement (T&M) market is one of the most crucial and challenging markets in wireless communication. Test and measurement equipments authenticate the performance of electronic devices and helps identify components that undergo timely degradation due to the device’s exposure to external turbulences such as shocks, heat, vibrations, and fluctuating environmental conditions. With the introduction of new technologies such as Wi-Fi 6/6E/7, 5G and their widespread applications in autonomous driving, IoT, etc., the need for cutting-edge equipments have multiplied. These new technologies utilize higher frequency spectrum and increasingly complex algorithms which, in turn, require the T&M equipments to keep up and provide accurate and reliable test results in the shortest time possible.
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. For more T&M-related products, visit the Test & Measurement Hub on everything RF. We keep users up to date with new products, news, whitepapers, webinars, and events for the RF/Microwave Test & Measurement sector.
Aaronia Introduces MIL Certified Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer with 245 MHz RTBW
Aaronia AG has introduced an outdoor real-time spectrum analyzer with 245 MHz RTBW and MIL certification. The SPECTRAN V6 MIL is used wherever the highest demands are placed on measurement speed, real-time bandwidth, robustness, and stability. These include object protection, VIP or conference monitoring, defense against eavesdropping attacks, monitoring drives, or even for service technicians simply checking the quality of mobile phone transmission masts. The high-quality hardened housing was specially designed to make the analyzer shock, vibration, and drop-proof. An additional seal completely protects the system against dust and moisture. Learn More.
LitePoint Launches a New Test System for the Wi-Fi 7 Standard
LitePoint, a leading provider of wireless test solutions, announced the IQxel-MX test system, which handles the high-performance requirements of the new Wi-Fi 7, IEEE 802.11be standard. Wi-Fi 7 enables Extremely High Throughput (EHT), which operates at close to five times the maximum throughput of Wi-Fi 6, and provides very low latency. Combining these capabilities with the new multi-link modes, Wi-Fi 7 will power the future of connectivity for the most demanding wireless applications. Learn More
FormFactor's Next Generation RF/mmWave Probes Operate up to 110 GHz
FormFactor, a leading provider of test and measurement equipment has introduced Next-generation, high-frequency probes with advanced features. The InfinityXT probe series has set the benchmark for accuracy and repeatability in the device characterization and modeling community for more than a decade. Recently, the industry has experienced explosive growth in the RF and microwave devices, driven by the automotive, mobile communications/5G, and IoT device markets. The development of the new InfinityXT probe has been guided by the requirements of these high-growth markets. Learn More.
Portable Millimeter Wave Measurement System from 18 to 110 GHz
The ETH-MMW-1000 from AVX Corporation is a compact, cost-effective, extremely accurate, and easily adaptable portable solution for testing 5G antennas and other devices at millimeter-wave (mmWave) frequencies from 18 to 110 GHz. This Millimeter Measurement System is a fully anechoic aluminum enclosure on a mobile chassis with steerable lifting wheels that enable quick and easy relocation and provide optimal stability during measurements. The system has a dynamic range of up to 55 dBm and a peak gain accuracy of ± 0.9 dB. It takes up to 19 minutes to perform 10° sampling of 100 frequencies and up to 5.5 minutes to perform 22.5° sampling of 100 frequencies. Learn more.
Arbitrary Waveform Generators and Transceivers for Multi-Channel RF Signal Generation
Tabor Electronics, a manufacturer of test and measurement equipment has added a new addition to its Proteus, Arbitrary Waveform generators / Transceivers series. The new RF AWG/AWT has a built-in IQ modulator with advanced capabilities for multi-channel RF signal generation. The system is based on a PXIe platform and enables you to transmit, receive and perform digital signal processing in a single instrument. These RF arbitrary waveform generators are available in three models – PXIe modules, Desktop, and Benchtop. Learn more.
Keysight Equipment Used to Verify 5G New Radio Devices that Support Release 16 Features to 3GPP
Keysight Technologies, a leading technology company that delivers advanced design and validation solutions to help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced that the company’s S8704A Protocol Conformance Toolset was used to submit the first protocol test case for verifying 5G new radio (NR) devices that support release 16 (Rel-16) features to 3GPP. This toolset is part of the company’s suite of 5G Network Emulation Solutions, which leverage the company’s UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform to address the device development workflow from early design, to acceptance and manufacturing. Learn more.
100 kHz to 20 GHz Spectrum Analyzer with 10GbE Ethernet Interface
The SM200C from Signal Hound is a Spectrum Analyzer and Monitoring Receiver that operates from 100 kHz to 20 GHz with a 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ port to enable communication with a PC over long distances using a fiber optic cable. This high-performance device provides 160 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth I/Q streaming over 10GbE. It has a sweep rate of 1 THz/sec at a resolution bandwidth (RBW) of 30 kHz. The test analyzer has a dynamic range of 110 dB and an SSB phase noise of -132 dBc/ Hz at 10 kHz offset and 1 Hz center frequency. This test system is designed for remotely-located accurate RF data analysis at the lowest cost possible. Learn more.
Anritsu Unveils High-Performance VNAs with Single-Sweep Coverage up to 125 GHz
Anritsu introduced the VectorStar ME7838AX/EX series, the first vector network analyzer (VNA) broadband system to offer single-sweep coverage up to 125 GHz/110 GHz with guaranteed and typical specifications. The unique capabilities of the VectorStar ME7838AX/EX systems to sweep and provide characterized data through 125 GHz provide design engineers with the ability to significantly and confidently improve their device models for dramatic improvements in first-time yields and performance. Learn more.
2-Port USB Controlled VNA from 300 kHz to 6.5 GHz
The SC5065 from Copper Mountain Technologies is a modular 2-port compact VNA that operates from 300 kHz to 6.5 GHz. It has a dynamic range of 140 dB, an output power of 15 dBm, and a typical measurement speed of 16 µs per point. The VNA has a directivity of 46 dB and can be used to measure all four S parameters (S11, S21, S12, and S22). The SC5065 VNA can be operated by the S2VNA software application provided by CMT which runs on Windows and Linux operating systems on a PC, laptop, tablet, or x86 board computer connecting to the measurement hardware via USB interface. Learn more.
5G-NR C-V2X Test Solution with GNSS Emulation
The SA8700A C-V2X Test Solution from Keysight is a comprehensive test solution enabling functional, protocol, and RF measurements of C-V2X devices. It is based on Keysight’s new UXM 5G platform, with support for future releases of 5G NR C-V2X, and the MXG for GNSS emulation. This test solution is up-to-date with the evolving C-V2X requirements as autonomous vehicles (AVs) depend on technologies that enable greater situational awareness like observing, predicting, and automatically taking action. Learn more.
4x16 Fan-Out Handover Test System from 0.5 to 6 GHz
The 50PA-841 from JFW Industries is a 4 x 16 Handover Test System that operates from 500 to 6000 MHz. It provides an attenuation from 0 to 95 dB with a step size of 1 dB and has a switching speed of less than 4 µsec. The system is constructed as a full fan-out network, meaning there is a non-blocked RF path between each input and output RF port. JFW’s full fan-out handover test systems are a type of matrix switch that is constructed with a power divider/combiners on both halves of the matrix with programmable attenuators in between. There is an individually controlled programmable attenuator on every RF path through the matrix. Learn more.
Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer from 16 kHz to 14/26.5 GHz
The RSA7100B from Tektronix is a Spectrum Analyzer that operates from 16 kHz to 14/26.5 GHz. It offers real-time spectrum analysis with a bandwidth of up to 800 MHz and has a phase noise of -134 dBc/Hz @ 10 kHz offset (1 GHz operating frequency). The analyzer has been designed for engineers working on the latest wideband designs in communications, radar, and electronic warfare and for technicians who need to capture and analyze long-event sequences for wideband systems at the test range. It is designed for engineers working on the latest wideband designs in communications, radar, and electronic warfare and for technicians who need to capture and analyze long-event sequences for wideband systems at the test range. Learn more.
40/50/70 GHz Precision and Rugged VNA Cables
The VNA70 Series from ConductRF are VNA Cables that operate up to 40, 50, and 70 GHz. They can handle up to 30 W of power and have an attenuation of less than 2.18 dB/ft. These cables have a VSWR of less than 1.45:1 and phase stability of ±10 deg. They have a non-conductive Nomex outer cover and a stainless-steel spiral conduit that results in armor-like crush resistance of 1050 lbs/inch, with a bend radius of 2 inches. The VNA70 Series are available in customizable formats and have anti-torque connector heads with 1.85 mm, 2.4 mm, 2.92 mm & NMD-Female interface options. Learn more.
RF Signal Generator from 150 kHz to 3 GHz
The TGR2053 from Aim-TTi is an RF Signal Generator that operates from 150 kHz to 3 GHz. It can generate signals with output power from -127 to +13 dBm in 0.1 dBm increments (amplitude can be set in dBm, dBµV, or in linear volts). This generator provides signals with a phase noise of less than -117 dBc/Hz (@ 1 GHz output and 10 kHz offset) and has a frequency accuracy of better than 1 ppm. The instrument’s built-in DDS generator provides sine, square, +ramp, -ramp, and triangle waves, which can be applied in AM, FM, or PM from the internal modulation source at frequencies ranging from 1 milli Hz to 1 MHz. Learn more.
Massive MIMO - Eight Things to Consider when Testing Antenna Arrays
Massive MIMO makes it possible to increase data throughput and coverage in real-world networks. Such active antenna arrays become indispensable for 5G base stations. Get a concise overview of key aspects of massive MIMO technology and related testing challenges. Read the whitepaper.
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