Instrumentation for Millimeter Wave Tests and Measurements

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  • Author: Tomasz Waliwander, Michael Crowley

There has been a vast research effort and academic development in the past three decades in millimeter wave (mm-wave) technology. Such an effort has been corresponding steadily in the growth in customer demand for mm-wave components and systems which has in turn created a need for a cost effective test and measurement solutions for high frequency applications. There is a large number of test instrumentation already available in the field as well as new developments coming on-stream to the engineers ranging from signal generators, spectrum analyzers to network and noise figure analyzers to choose from to fulfil test and evaluation duties. The choice of instrumentation as well as ways of extending their measurement capabilities will be discussed in this article.