Trending Test and Measurement Products: October 2023 Edition

Trending Test and Measurement Products: October 2023 Edition

Test and Measurement products play a crucial role in product development, quality control, and testing of the RF components, circuits, and systems to meet specific standards and requirements. These products are widely used in industries such as telecommunications, aerospace, defense, wireless communications, and electronics manufacturing to assess, validate, and troubleshoot the performance of RF devices and systems. Some examples of test and measurement products include Real-time spectrum analyzers, cable and antenna analyzers, switch matrixes, vector signal generators, phase noise analyzers, vector network analyzers, etc.

everything RF has compiled a list of trending Test and Measurement products on the website in October 2023. Visit the T&M Products hub on everything RF to keep up to date with the RF/Microwave Test & Measurement segment.

Compact Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer from 9 kHz to 8 GHz

The SPECTRAN V6 ECO 200XA-6 from Aaronia AG is a Compact Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer that operates from 9 kHz to 6 GHz (up to 8 GHz optional extension for Wi-Fi 6E support). It incorporates a vector signal generator, has a real-time bandwidth of 44 MHz (Tx) and 88 MHz (2 x 44 MHz, via USB), and a resolution bandwidth from 62 to 200 MHz. This spectrum analyzer utilizes the built-in monitoring receiver to capture even the shortest signal transmissions. It can perform a complete scan of up to 6 GHz in less than 2 ms with a sweep speed of 500 GHz/s (or 3 THz/s). This analyzer provides an excellent dynamic range with a sample rate of 500 MSPS and has a displayed average noise level (DANL) of -170 dBm/Hz. Read more

Handheld Spectrum Analyzer + Cable and Antenna Analyzer from 9 kHz to 7.5 GHz

The SHA850A Series from Siglent are Handheld Spectrum, Cable and Antenna Analyzers that operate from 9 kHz to 7.5 GHz. The spectrum analyzers has been developed for field and outdoor RF applications, including communication engineering, telecom operation and maintenance, radio management, factory production, education and teaching and many other fields. The analyzer delivers reliable automatic measurements and multiple modes of operation. It has fast scanning speeds, high sensitivity, can achieve broadcast monitoring, channel power scanning, wireless interference location, power monitoring, electromagnetic compatibility, and other functions. Read more

12/24-Port Switch Matrix from 0.1 to 26.5 GHz for Multiport VNA Measurements

The R&S ZN-Z86X from Rohde & Schwarz is a Switch Matrix that operates from 100 MHz to 26.5 GHz. It is designed and optimized for Rohde & Schwarz vector network analyzers and offers a comprehensive, cost-effective solution for simple to complex measurement tasks on multiport or multiple devices. This switch matrix has an option for 12 or 24 test ports and can be used on a 2/4 port VNA by repositioning the RF links to the device’s front panel. It allows users to utilize the SP4T relays and DP6T relay modules independently which reduces insertion loss and also allows attenuators, amplifiers and/or couplers to be inserted for more advanced applications. This switch matrix can be cascaded to increase the test port counts. Read more

4-Channel Vector Signal Generator from 9 kHz to 8.5 GHz

The N5186A MXG from Keysight Technologies is a 4-channel Vector Signal Generator with a frequency range from 9 kHz to 8.5 GHz. It delivers an output power of up to +27 dBm with a phase noise of -147 dBc/Hz (at 10 kHz offset) and has a frequency resolution of 1 x 10-5 Hz. This signal generator is capable of generating signals with a modulation bandwidth of 960 MHz. It can provide consistent and repeatable results, making it suitable for wideband multi-channel testing in both commercial and mission-critical applications. This MXG vector signal generator supports military radio communication emulation and MIMO testing by providing four unique output signals. Read more

Real-Time Peak USB Power Sensors from 50 MHz to 40 GHz

The RTP5000 Series of USB Power Sensors from Boonton are Real-Time peak power sensors that operate from 50 MHz to 40 GHz (available in 6 GHz, 18 GHz and 40 GHz configurations). They have a dynamic range from -60 dBm to +20 dBm with a measurement rate of 100,000 measurements per second, with no gaps in signal acquisition and zero measurement latency. These usb power sensors have a high video bandwidth and fast rise times. 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 has a real-time engine that covers the full measurement bandwidth with extremely fast measurement speeds to reduce product development time and optimize ATE manufacturing throughput. Holzworth has architected the instrument’s front end so that the noise floor limits can actually be measured. This is a unique feature of this analyzer as most competitive products do not offer this. Read more

Flexible Cable Assemblies up to 70 GHz for Test and Measurement Applications

The SUCOFLEX® 500 Series from HUBER+SUHNER are Flexible Cable Assemblies that operate up to 70 GHz. These instrumentation-grade cable assemblies are designed for precise measurements in critical laboratory conditions. They deliver high phase and amplitude stability with flexure and movement and have a unique design that ensures zero spring back and facilitates efficient handling during measurement. The cables in this series have diameters from 3.3 to 10.3 mm with various connector options and are ideal for test and measurement applications. The SUCOFLEX® 500 cable assembly series also have armoured options. Read more

Phase-Stable and Flexible Cable Assemblies from DC to 50 GHz

The StabilityFlex™ from Maury Microwaves are Phase-Stable Cable Assemblies that operate from DC to 50 GHz. They are available in 24″, 36″, 48″, and 60″ lengths (custom lengths available) with N-type, SMA, 2.92mm and 2.4mm connectors. These ultra-flexible cable assemblies have a phase stability vs flexure of ±4°, amplitude stability vs flexure of ±0.05 dB, and provide shielding of more than 100 dB. They have an insertion loss of less than 0.60 dB/ft (cable only) and a velocity of propagation of 74%. The cable assemblies are ideal for reliable and repeatable measurements when mated with test instruments including bench-top testing systems and ATE. Read more

Portable, USB-Powered Real-time Spectrum Analyzer from 100 kHz to 14.5 GHz

The SP145 from Signal Hound is a Real-time Spectrum Analyzer with a frequency range from 100 kHz to 14.5 GHz. It has a sweep speed of 200 GHz/s, a streaming bandwidth of 40 MHz, and a display noise average (DANL) of -160 dBm. This RTSA has an SSB phase noise of -134 dBc/Hz (@1 MHz offset), a system noise figure of less than 12 dB, and an LO leakage of -80 dBm (100 kHz to 5 GHz). It is designed for accurate remote spectrum monitoring and analysis and includes an internal GPS for enhanced field measurements. The analyzer requires a DC supply of 5 V (USB-C powered) and consumes less than 10 W of power. Read more

Portable 1-Port Vector Network Analyzer from 85 MHz to 14 GHz

The R140B from Copper Mountain Technologies is a 1-Port Vector Network Analyzer that operates from 85 MHz to 14 GHz. It supports linear, log and segment sweeps with up to 100,001 measurement points per sweep and a measurement time of 170 µs per point. This VNA has a dynamic range of 112 dB (85 – 4.8 GHz) and a directivity of 42 dB. It connects directly to the DUT without the need for a test cable which results in increased accuracy and quality of VNA measurements, specifically in cable and antenna analysis. The analyzer features USB2.0 mini-USB (Type B) interface and consumes 3 W of power. Read more

Real-time Spectrum Analyzer from 5 to 110 GHz

The SPECTRAN® V6 XPLORER 250XA-110 from Aaronia is a Real-time Spectrum Analyzer that operates from 5 to 110 GHz. It has 1 Rx channel with a real-time bandwidth of 44 MHz and has a DANL of -170 dBm/Hz. This analyzer has a sweep speed of 3 THz/s and this cost-effective RTSA opens up an entirely new application area with its high-frequency operation. Read more

PXI Vector Signal Transceiver from 50 MHz to 23 GHz with 2 GHz Bandwidth

The PXIe-5842 from National Instruments is a PXI Vector Signal Transceiver with continuous frequency coverage from 50 MHz to 23 GHz. It has an instantaneous bandwidth of 2 GHz and provides best-in-class RF performance on key metrics such as Error Vector Magnitude (EVM) and average noise density. This VST has a FPGA-based, real-time signal processing and control and supports high bandwidth digital RF data movement through high-speed digital serial links to enable real-time, closed-loop signal processing as well as high bandwidth record to disk applications. Read more

J-Band VNA Frequency Extender from 220 to 330 GHz

The STO-03203N05-T-E1 from Eravant is a Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) Frequency Extender that operates in the J-Band from 220 to 330 GHz. It supports input frequencies from 9.1 to 13.75 GHz and integrates a Tx/Ref pair that has been designed to achieve full 1-port, S-parameter testing over the operating (extended) frequency range. This frequency extender is compatible with modern VNAs such as Rohde & Schwarz ZNA, Anritsu VectorStar, Keysight PNA-X Series, and Copper Mountain Technologies’ CobaltFx. It provides a dynamic range of up to 100 dB and can be used to measure one-path transmission (S21 or S12) through the Device Under Test (DUT). Read more

Portable 6x Frequency Extension Module from 60 to 90 GHz (WR12)

The S12MPS from OML is a 6x Frequency Extension Module that converts input frequencies from 10 – 15 GHz to output frequencies from 60 – 90 GHz. This frequency extension module is designed for portability and field applications and is well suited for lab environments. It connects to the output of a signal generator allowing for a high-performance source for DUT characterization activities. The frequency extender delivers an output power of up to 13 dBm with in-band spurious levels of -15 dBc and has a VSWR of less than 3.0:1. Read more

Spectrum Analyzer Extender Module from 75 to 110 GHz

The WR10SAX from Virginia Diodes is a Spectrum Analyzer Extender Module with an output frequency from 75 to 110 GHz. It has an LO frequency from 6.25 – 9.17 GHz (Low), 12.5 – 18.33 GHz (High), and a multiplication factor of up to 12. This extender has a conversion loss of 10 dB and a displayed average noise level (DANL) of -150 dBm/Hz. It is available in a module with WR-10 UG-287/U-M waveguide output flange. Read more

36-Channel Programmable Attenuator Assembly from 200 MHz to 6 GHz

The 50PA-857 from JFW Industries is a Programmable Attenuator Assembly that operates from 200 to 6000 MHz. It consists of 36 individually controlled solid-state programmable attenuators that provide an attenuation range from 0 to 63 dB in 1 dB steps with a switching speed of 3 µs. This attenuator assembly can handle an average input power of +27 dBm and has an insertion loss of less than 6.6 dB. It features a 20-button keypad with LCD display and includes Ethernet and RS-232 interfaces for manual and remote control. Read more

3GPP/CTIA/PTCRB-Ready Sub-6 GHz and mm-Wave 5G OTA Testing System

The H300 from EMITE is a 5G OTA Test System that is designed for Sub-6 GHz and mm-Wave frequencies. It consists of a medium-sized anechoic chamber, a Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) with a 100 x 100 cm serrated precision reflector (15 µm peak-to-peak roughness), a lateral-positioned tower and feed antenna (for frequencies from 3 to 40 GHz). This test system also includes a 3D AuT/DuT fully-automated 0.03°-accurate positioning system with both roll-over azimuth and roll-over elevation (for DUTs up to 8 Kg, extendable to 50 Kg). It has a 36cm quiet zone (which can be extended to 60 cm) and an additional direct feed antenna for frequencies from 600 MHz to 3 GHz. It is capable of simultaneous FR1 (600 MHz to 6 GHz) and FR2 (40/67/110 GHz) testing and also test beamforming and 5G signaling key performance indicators (KPIs). Read more

Single/Multi-Channel Vector Signal Generators from 10 MHz to 40 GHz

The APVSGXX from AnaPico are Single/Multi-Channel Vector Signal Generators with a frequency range from 10 MHz to 40 GHz. They are available with up to 4 channels, deliver an output power from +13 to +19 dBm, and have an SSB phase noise of -115 dBc/Hz (at 20 kHz offset, 20 GHz frequency). These signal generators have an RF modulation bandwidth of 400 MHz and an image sideband rejection of -85 dBc. They utilize an internal I/Q modulator to enable customized waveforms as modulation signals and support a variety of modulation schemes including avionics modulation. The digital I/Q modulator ensures excellent carrier suppression and very high image suppression. Read more

Test Application Software for FR1/FR2 5G Including RedCap and NTN

The S8711A UXM 5G Test Application from Keysight is a software interface for the UXM One Box Tester to analyze 5G NR chipsets and devices. It is an interactive real-time testing tool that covers the full chipset and device development workflow from early prototype testing through integration and verification. This software allows users to fully control the network environment and validate customized testing campaigns through RF performance and functional KPI. It can verify device performance in 5G-NR FR1 and FR2 (including 5G NR-U) bands and characterize the latest enhancements including RedCap and NTN. This solution provides a wide range of network emulation for 5G-NR NSA/SA, TDD, FDD, LTE, C-V2X, V2X sidelink, GSM, GPRS, EGPRS, W-CDMA connections, eCall, and C-IoT. Read more

20 GHz GTEM Test Cell for Radiation Immunity and Emission Testing

The 5407 from ETS-Lindgren is a GTEM Test Cell for frequency ranges from DC to 20 GHz (radiation immunity (RI)) and 9 kHz to 5 GHz (radiation emission (RE)). It enables users to perform RE and RI tests in a short time compared to an OATS or a standard chamber. This test cell allows users to perform tests quickly and accurately throughout the entire product life cycle; from design qualification testing, and moving through to pre-compliance testing and production sampling. It allows typical radiation emission tests to be completed in 15 minutes, while radiation immunity tests can be completed in half the normal time. Read more

Single-Box Versatile RF PHY Tester for 2.4 GHz ISM Band Technologies

The TLF3000 RF PHY Tester from Teledyne LeCroy is a wideband, ultra-high dynamic range 2.4 GHz software-defined receiver, signal analyzer and signal generator. It captures and analyses the entire 2402-2480 MHz band simultaneously providing RF PHY testing, signal generation, signal analysis in one powerful package. This single-box tester negates the need for multiple pieces of RF test equipment and simplifies the test set-up using pre-defined test scripts that set all the parameters for each test. Read more

Smart Noise Sources from 10 MHz to 110 GHz

The R&S FS-SNS from Rohde & Schwarz are Smart Noise Sources that operate from 10 MHz to 110 GHz (18 GHz, 26 GHz, 40 GHz, 55 GHz, 67 GHz, 90 GHz or 110 GHz options available). They enable simple noise figure and gain measurements by automatically loading all necessary setup parameters and taking the environmental temperature into account. They can be used to calculate measurement uncertainty automatically and can even be displayed on the result screen. These noise sources can eliminate time-consuming and error-prone activity by providing the ENR tables and environmental temperature to the spectrum analyzer in an electronic format. Read more

White Gaussian Noise Source from 10 MHz to 10 GHz

The NC1128A from Noisecom is a White Gaussian Noise Source that operates from 10 MHz to 10 GHz. It produces white Gaussian noise with an output power of -17 dBm and has a noise output of -117 dBm/Hz. This noise source has low power with a high crest factor for signal impairment applications. It requires a DC supply of +15 V and consumes less than 250 mA of current. This noise source has a hermetically packaged noise diode that has been pre-selected for special performance characteristics. Read more

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