Trending Test & Measurement Products in 2023: April Edition

Trending Test & Measurement Products in 2023: April Edition

Test and measurement products are used to evaluate the performance of a wide range of products and systems used in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, aerospace, defense, and the commercial field. These products include spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, signal generators, oscilloscopes, frequency extenders, and more. The test and measurement products play a critical role in ensuring the reliable performance of products and systems used in a variety of industries, as well as in the development of new technologies. To remain competitive and meet customer demands in today's rapidly evolving technology landscape, companies must stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in test and measurement solutions.

everything RF has compiled a list of Test & Measurement products that are new and trending on everything RF in April. For more T&M products, visit the Test & Measurement Hub on everything RF. We keep users up to date with new products, news, whitepapers, webinars, and events.

USB-Powered Switch Matrix with up to 4 SPDT Switches from DC to 40 GHz

 The MMA Series from Teledyne Relays is an RF Switch Matrix that operates from DC to 40 GHz. It supports up to 4 SPDT switches which have a break before making the design. This 50-ohm switch matrix can be controlled via USB or Ethernet and requires a DC supply of 24 V. It is designed to allow remote operation via TCP/IP commands to the Matrix’s Ethernet interface. Switch control is also accessible via the USB virtual serial port, using the provided command set. It also has a graphical user interface (GUI) which enables users to control switches through graphical icons and visuals. Read more

SP80T Solid-State Switch Rack from 10 to 6000 MHz

 The ZTS-1SP80T-63H from Mini-Circuits is a 2U rack-mountable, SP80T switch that is ideal for automatic-test-equipment (ATE) systems operating from 10 MHz to 6 GHz. It can be controlled by computer software via USB or Ethernet interface, and has a typical path loss of 10 dB to 3 GHz and 14 dB to 6 GHz. It provides 75 dB of isolation between ports and can handle as much as +30 dBm (1 W) input power. It has one female N-type and 80 female SMA connectors. Read more

220 GHz Probe Station for On-Wafer Characterization of 5G/6G Devices

The 220 GHz Broadband Solution from FormFactor is a Single-Sweep Probe Station for high-accuracy on-wafer measurements. It provides an excellent combination of dynamic range, output power, and stability for efficient broadband device modeling and characterization of on-wafer devices for next-generation 5G and future 6G technologies. This system is based on Keysight’s N5291A millimeter-wave system, coupled with specially designed sub-THz frequency extenders from Virginia Diodes. Read more

EMI Test Receiver for Quick, Precise Measurements up to 30 MHz

The R&S®EPL1000 from Rohde & Schwarz is an EMI Test Receiver that is designed for conducted emission measurements up to 30 MHz. It is CISPR16-1-1 compliant and offers low testing time for better analysis and more insights. The very fast time domain scan can check the complete CISPR bands A or B in a single shot. It offers a spectrogram function, IF analysis and further functions for detailed analysis. Automation simplifies measurements and ensures exact reproducibility of test sequences. Read more

USB-Powered, Portable Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer from 10 MHz to 8 GHz

The SPECTRAN® V6 RSA500X from Aaronia AG is a Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer that operates from 10 MHz to 8 GHz. It incorporates a vector signal generator, has a real-time bandwidth of 120 MHz I/Q, and a probability of intercept (POI) of 97 ns (FFT-based)/10 ns (direct I/Q based). This analyzer can perform a complete scan up to 6 GHz in less than 5 ms with a sweep speed of up to 440 GHz/s. It provides an excellent dynamic range with a 2 GSPS, 6-bit ADC and has a DANL of -168 dBm/Hz. This RTSA is USB-powered (USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C) and consumes 15 W of power. Read more

64-Channel Handover Test System from 500 to 6000 MHz

The AD-HTS644 from Adaura Technologies is a 64-Channel Handover Test System that operates from 500 to 6000 MHz. It provides up to 95 dB of attenuation with step size 0.25 dB across 64 individually controllable RF channels from 512 attenuators. The 4-Output Test System can handle an input power of 28 dBm and has a VSWR of less than 2:1.

The AD-HTS644 requires a DC supply of 5 V and consumes less than 3 A of current. It also supports the IEEE802.3at Class 2 compliant Power over Ethernet (PoE) for input power. The included graphical user interface (GUI) allows the attenuators to be easily programmed for fixed attenuation, swept attenuation ramps, and/or fading profiles directly. It also has USB/ethernet interface and a keypad panel. Read more

USB-Powered, Portable Signal Generator from 25 MHz to 12 GHz

The SG12000L from DS Instruments is a Signal Generator that generates frequencies from 25 MHz to 12 GHz. It has a frequency step size from 40 to 6000 Hz and produces a wave that is fully synthesized using modern fractional N synthesis. The synthesized source can use an external 10 MHz reference, or its own internal 10 MHz TCXO. This generator provides output power from -25 to +13 dBm (calibrated) with a step size of 0.5 dB and provides a phase control 0 to 360° with a resolution of 1°. It is USB-powered (Type-C), requires a DC supply of 5 V, and consumes 0.75 A of current. Read more

Sub-6 GHz/mmWave 5GNR Base Station Transceiver System

The S9101A from Keysight is a 5G-NR Base Station Transceiver System for automated testing of 5G NR infrastructure equipment in the FR1 (sub-6 GHz) and FR2 (24-44 GHz) spectrum bands. It supports the testing of 5G NR components, including remote radio heads (RRH), distributed units (DU), active antenna arrays, amplifiers, and chipsets. This system enables the wideband signal generation and analysis of 5G NR (3GPP Release 15 and higher) waveforms. It lowers the cost of tests with a reduced footprint compared to benchtop instruments and provides extremely high test throughput. This system can operate on both AC/DC supplies. Read more

USB-Powered Signal Analyzer Frequency Extender from 50 to 110 GHz

The V3050A from Keysight Technologies is a Signal Analyzer Frequency Extender with an output frequency from 50 to 110 GHz. It is designed for use with Keysight’s N9042B UXA X-Series signal analyzers. This frequency extender can handle a CW/Pulsed input power of up to 63 mW and includes an attenuator that provides an attenuation range from 0 to 26 dB in 2 dB steps (can be electronically switched). It has a phase noise of -125 dBc/Hz (at 10 MHz offset, 80 GHz frequency) and a DANL of -150 dBm/Hz (from 50 to 80 GHz). Read more

8x8 Blocking Solid-State Switch Matrix from 20 MHz to 3 GHz

The 50MS-403 from JFW Industries is an 8x8 Blocking Solid-State Matrix Switch that operates from 20 to 3000 MHz. This switch matrix has bi-directional ports with self-terminating unused input/output ports. It has a switching speed of 20 µs and provides more than 60 dB of isolation between input and output ports. This absorptive switch matrix can handle an input power of up to 27 dBm and has an insertion loss of less than 6.5 dB. It has an LCD display with a 20-button keypad for manual control and Ethernet/RS-232 interfaces for remote control. Read more

RF Shield Test Box on Wheels from 20 MHz to 12 GHz

The HDRF-7370-D from RF Electronics is an RF Shield Box that is designed for applications from 20 MHz to 12 GHz. It has a thick RF-absorbing foam that deadens standing waves and reflections to provide more than 90 dB of isolation across the frequency range. The test box has shielded power filters for powering devices placed inside the box while blocking all wireless signals. It is designed and developed for WLAN, and wireless device testing. Read more

Spherical Roll Antenna Positioner for mmWave/THz OTA Measurements

The GIM05 from MilliBox is a Spherical Roll Antenna Positioner for over-the-air (OTA) mmWave and THz measurements. This antenna positioner has gears which are made of precision machined DelrinTM material for higher strength and a long-life span. It has smart actuators with an absolute encoder resolution of better than 0.1°. The probe side is motorized to match the polarization of the DUT during the rolling capture sweep and can also be programmed for any other cross polarization measurement.  Read more

Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer with GNSS Capabilities

The R5750 from thinkRF is a Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer with built-in GPS for mobile wireless situational awareness applications. With built-in GPS capabilities, this Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer enables engineers in the field to conduct in-depth analysis of complex waveforms while knowing the location and time of each measurement. It can be used for a wide range of applications including RF drive testing, coverage mapping, propagation analysis, direction finding & transmitter localization and vehicle based spectrum monitoring. Read 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. Read more

Man-Portable Interference Hunting and RF Monitoring Receiver from 9 kHz to 18 GHz

The RFeye StormCase from CRFS is a man-portable integrated system designed for easy mobile spectrum monitoring from a fully autonomous and ruggedized stand-alone unit that operates from 9 kHz to 18 GHz. It incorporates an RFeye Node 100-8 or 100-18, internal and external antenna ports, high-performance hot-swappable rechargeable MIL-SPEC battery and integrated 512 GB SSD memory for high-volume data collection during mobile field operations. Read more

Radio Communication Test Station for 5G Test Requirements

The MT8000A from Anritsu is a Radio Communication Test Station for developing 5G communications terminals, chipsets and devices. This all-in-one desktop tester supports RF and protocol tests for the sub-6 GHz, including band n41 and millimeter wave bands. Combining it with the OTA Chamber enables both millimeter wave band RF measurements and beamforming tests using call connections specified by 3GPP. This platform provides flexible future-proof support for new 5G test requirements, including URLLC (Ultra-Reliable and Low Latency Communications) and mMTC (massive Machine Type Communications). Read more

Sub-6 GHz LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System

The ME7873LA from Anritsu is an LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System that operates from 617 to 5925 MHz. It is certified to LTE 3CA PTCRB, LTE 3CA GCF, and LTE 5CA PTCRB. This test system has been designed to automate RF and RRM tests for various mobile devices supporting the latest 3GPP standards. It consists of an MD8430A signaling tester (acting as an LTE base station simulator) that can be configured from various test instruments and dedicated software. This test system is a fully 3GPP-compliant solution and can be used to test almost all mobiles across all standards-compliant frequency bands worldwide. Read more

10 MHz to 40 GHz, Phase Coherent, Multi-Channel RF Synthesizers

The HSX Series are broadband, phase coherent frequency sources that are available in five frequency configurations from 10 MHz to 3 GHz, 6 GHz, 12 GHz, 24 GHz and 40 GHz. They have industry leading phase noise and spectral purity performance coupled with a highly accurate dynamic range from -110 to 20 dBm. They are available in 1, 2, 3 or 4 channel Custom COTS models that can be ordered with any combination of frequency options. The HSX Series exhibits optimal phase coherency between each channel providing the ultimate in channel-to-channel stability. Read more

Handheld Spectrum Analyzer for Field and Lab Measurement

The R&S Spectrum Rider is a lightweight analyzer with a long battery life which can be used for high accuracy for measurements in the field and in the lab. It is available in various frequency options from 5 kHz to 44 GHz (5 kHz to 2, 3, 4, 6, 13.6, 26.5 and 44 GHz). The good part with this device is that the frequency configurations can be unlocked with a set of keycodes. So you no longer need to change the device to upgrade the frequency. Read more

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