Trending Test & Measurement Products in 2023: May Edition

Trending Test & Measurement Products in 2023: May Edition

Test and Measurement products refer to a range of devices, equipment, and instruments used for testing and analyzing signals in RF & microwave industry. The test and measurement products are designed to assess and validate the performance, quality, and characteristics of RF devices, components, and systems. They are used by engineers, technicians, and researchers in various industries, including telecommunications, electronics manufacturing, RF & microwave product design, aerospace, defense, research laboratories, and more areas. Some examples of test & measurement products are spectrum analyzers, vector network analyzers, signal generators, etc.

everything RF has compiled a list of Test and Measurement products that are trending in everything RF in May. For more Test and Measurement products, articles, news, and more visit the Test and Measurement products Hub on everything RF.

Basic Spectrum Analyzer from 9 kHz to 4 GHz for Essential RF Applications

The N9321C from Keysight is a Basic Spectrum Analyzer (BSA) that operates from 9 kHz to 4 GHz. It has an analysis bandwidth of up to 1 MHz, a phase noise of -90 dBc/Hz (@10 kHz offset), and a DANL of -152 dBm (@1 GHz). This BSA is built to address essential applications and offers proven test efficiency, best-in-class usability, and flexibility to adapt to new requirements. It is equipped with a tracking generator and a built-in VSWR bridge for transmission and reflection tests. Read more

Handheld RF Spectrum Analyzer from 9 kHz to 4 / 6 GHz with Real-Time Option

The Field Master™ MS2080A from Anritsu is a Handheld RF Spectrum Analyzer that operates from 9 kHz to 4 / 6 GHz. It has an integrated spectrum analyzer, an optional real-time spectrum analyzer (RTSA), a cable and antenna analyzer, and an LTE/5G base station tester. This analyzer has a full span sweep speed of 45 GHz/s, a DANL of -160 dBm DANL, and a phase noise of -95 dBc/Hz @ 100 kHz offset (1 GHz frequency). It includes an input power protection for up to 5 W to protect the instrument’s front-end when used close to high-power transmitters or in a high signal level environment. Read more

Handheld Spectrum Analyzer from 10 to 3000 MHz

The Spectrum Compact 0.01-3 GHz from SAF Tehnika is a handheld Spectrum Analyzer that operates from 10 to 3000 MHz. The analyzer has a resistive LCD touchscreen and intuitive UI for easy control of the unit. It has a USB Type-C interface and allows to upload, save, compare, analyze and print saved test data using free PC software. The analyzer is available in an IP54-rated enclosure that measures 135 x 83 x 34 mm, weighs 0.57 Kg and has an in-built battery with a battery life of up to 4 hours. Read more

Real-time Spectrum Analyzer from 100 kHz to 43.5 GHz

The SM435C from Signal Hound is a Real-time Spectrum Analyzer that operates from 100 kHz to 43.5 GHz. It has a dynamic range of 110 dB, a sweep speed of 1 THz/sec at 30kHz RBW (using Nuttall windowing), and an SSB phase noise of -138 dBc/Hz@100 kHz offset. This RTSA is designed for remotely-located accurate RF data analysis at the lowest cost possible and includes a 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ port, enabling it to communicate with a PC over long distances using a fiber optic cable. Read more

RF Spectrum Analyzer from 450 MHz to 40 GHz for 5G FR1/FR2

The 5GPro Spectrum Analyzer from EXFO is a Dual-band RF Spectrum Analyzer that operates at the two frequency bands, 450 MHz to 6 GHz (5G FR1 - Low & Mid-band) and 24.25 to 40 GHz (5G FR2 - mmWave). It has a signal analysis bandwidth of up to 100 MHz and can handle an input power of up to 30 dBm. The spectrum analyzer offers real-time spectrum analysis (RTFA) for quick characterization of wireless signals and detection of intermittent interference. Read more

USB-Powered, Lightweight Vector Signal Generator from 75 MHz to 6 GHz

The V6-VSG240X from Aaronia is a Real-Time Vector Signal Generator that operates from 75 MHz to 6 GHz. It has a real-time bandwidth of 240 MHz and supports all standard signal types (CW, sweep, chirp, pulse, etc.). This signal generator is available with a number of additional software extensions that allow signal sweeping in between 75 MHz to 6 GHz in less than 5 ms or complex IQ vector signal modulation with up to 4096QAM. Read more

Broadband Portable Signal Generator from 0.5 to 40 GHz

The BLX-403 Lab Brick from Vaunix is a portable and programmable signal generator that operates from 0.5 to 40 GHz. It has a resolution of 100 Hz, switching time of 5 ms, output power of 10 dBm, and 40 dB of output level control. It has advanced features such as frequency sweeping, internal/external 10 MHz reference, and standard pulse modulation. The BLX-403 has excellent phase noise characteristics and can easily be programmed via a USB or Ethernet connection to a PC. Read more

Wideband Spectrum Monitoring Receiver from 8 kHz to 40 GHz

The R&S®ESMW from Rohde & Schwarz is a Wideband Spectrum Monitoring Receiver that operates from 8 kHz to 40 GHz. It has a real-time bandwidth of up to 2 GHz for monitoring signals, has a panorama scan speed of up to 2.6 THz/s, and requires a minimum signal duration of only 75 ns for a 100 % probability of intercept (POI). This receiver has a highly flexible modular option structure with multiple hardware and software extensions to meet current and future requirements. It provides outstanding ITU-compliant RF performance and dynamic range for the most challenging spectrum environments. Read more

High-Performance Remote Wideband Recorder & Receiver from 9 kHz to 18 GHz

The RFeye SenS Remote 100-18 from CRFS is a Remote Spectrum Receiver with I/Q Recording that operates from 9 kHz to 18 GHz. It combines the RF and edge-processing capabilities of the RFeye Node 100-18 together with the high-speed recording feature of the RFeye SenS family. This recorder can perform all the functions of a standard RFeye Node but with the addition of full-rate wideband I/Q streaming (100 MHz IBW). Read more

Network Vector Analyzer from 300 kHz to 6 GHz

The eVNA-63+ from Mini-Circuits is a Network Vector Analyzer that operates from 300 kHz to 6 GHz. This VNA has an integrated User Interface (UI) software, providing a powerful and intuitive control application which will feel familiar to any engineer with experience on modern VNA instruments. The software also includes the eVNA Application Programming Interface (API) and support for a standardized SCPI command-set, allowing easy automation of VNA calibrations, measurements, trace displays, and data exports from a wide range of programming environments. Read more

RF Shielded Test Box for Sub-6 GHz Applications

The HDRF-1560-D from RF Electronics is an RF Shielded Test Box that operates at frequencies up to 6 GHz. The test box can be used to test WLAN devices, 802.11 a,b,g,n, Bluetooth, RFID and other applications that operate in the sub-6 GHz frequency band. It has a thick RF-absorbing foam that dampens standing waves and reflections by providing an isolation of over 130 dB under 1 GHz and over 90 dB at 6 GHz. The enclosure is equipped with shielded power filters for power connection in the box while still blocking all wireless signals. Read more

160-Port Fan-Out Non-Blocking Switch Matrix from 50-200/850-2450 MHz

The XTREME 160 from Quintech Electronics is a Fan-Out Switch Matrix that operates from 50 – 200 MHz and 850 – 2450 MHz. This non-blocking switch solution features up to 160 ports and inputs can be routed to any or all the 160 output ports. It enables adjustable gain and attenuation on all inputs and outputs to allow users to adjust the RF level for optimum performance. This switch matrix implements a patented flexible matrix architecture that supports both symmetric and asymmetric configurations of 160 combined inputs and outputs in a single chassis. Read more

8-Channel Direct, Non-Crossbar Switch Matrix from 10 MHz to 8 GHz

The SW08-DP from Polaris is an 8-Channel Switch Matrix that operates from 0.01 to 8 GHz. It consists of 8 switching channels that can be expanded to 16 channels by connecting two SW08-DPs in a master/slave configuration. This matrix utilizes a direct, non-crossbar switching configuration and provides automatic routing between the channels with consistent signal paths to enable the automation of tests. It has a switching time of less than 5 ms, provides an isolation of more than 40 dB, and has an insertion loss of less than 9 dB. Read more

24 to 40 GHz RF Downconverter for 5G Frequencies

The D4000 from thinkRF is an RF Downconverter/Tuner that downconverts an Input RF signal from 24 - 40 GHz to an output IF signal with a frequency of 1.536 GHz. It has a 500 MHz real-time bandwidth, and a 100 kHz tuning resolution, making it ideal for applications such as interference hunting, electronic warfare, signals intelligence, spectrum monitoring, RF drive test, transmission test, and customer premise equipment test. The platform is built on patented and highly innovative software-defined radio (SDR) technologies to extend the frequency range of existing RF signal analyzers from any vendor to meet new wireless requirements. Read more

Precision Waveguide AWGN Noise Sources from 18 to 110 GHz

The NC5000A Series from Noisecom are AWGN Noise Sources for frequency ranges from 18 to 110 GHz. They feature outstanding stability, fast switching speeds, and have a ripple-free response over standard waveguide bands. These noise sources support calibration in 1 GHz steps, have a noise output rise/fall time of less than 1 µs and a noise output variation (with temperature) of better than 0.01 dB/°C. The high stability of these noise sources allows them to be used in place of cumbersome gas tube noise sources. Read more

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. Read more

200 mm Manual Probe Station & System for mmWave, THz and Load-Pull Applications

The EPS200MMW from FormFactor Inc. is a 200 mm Manual Probe Station & System that is designed for mmW, THz and load-pull applications at 67 GHz and beyond. This solution can be tailored to address measurement needs for active and passive components through the terahertz frequency range. It has a high dynamic range and directivity without compromising electrical accuracy or mechanical stability. The system delivers excellent stability, making it easy to achieve high accuracy. Its polished granite base eliminates any thermal or mechanical influences, ensuring excellent planarity and system stability. Read more

Testing Chamber for Military Components from 9 kHz to 40 GHz

The MIL CHC from FRANKONIA is a Compact Hybrid Chamber frequency range from 9 kHz/26 MHz to 40 GHz. It is designed for military components testing according to MIL-STD 461 and DO-160 standards and has been adapted for radiated emission and immunity tests at a 1.0 m measuring distance. This chamber uses advanced, long-lasting Frankosorb® absorber lining with nano thin-film technology for long-term stability (Ferrite F006, H450, or H600 option). Read more

18 GHz E-Field Probe for High-Speed Pulsed Signal Measurements

The RadiSense® Ultra (RSS3018U) from Raditeq is an 18 GHz E-Field Probe for pulsed signal measurements. It can measure pulsed RF fields at a maximum measurement speed of 2 million complete readings per second, making it a perfect fit for high-speed applications. This probe provides direct measurement of pulsed RF fields on all axes simultaneously, meeting the requirements of defense, aerospace, and automotive standards. It has a dynamic field measurement range from 1 to 1,000 V/m that enables accurate E-field strength measurements for a variety of applications, from industrial testing to research applications. Read more

USB Power Sensors from 50 MHz to 40 GHz with Real-time Processing

The MA24400A from Anritsu are USB Power Sensors that operate from 50 MHz to 40 GHz. They have a sampling rate of up to 10 Giga-Samples/s with a dynamic range from -60 dBm to +20 dBm (average) and have a time resolution of 100 ps. These power sensors can also conduct measurements over an additional video bandwidth of up to 195 MHz provided via the video output port and have a rise time of 3 ns. They are designed to measure the peak power of wideband modulated signals, such as the 802.11ac, as well as pulses as narrow as 10 ns. Read more

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