The 3065A RF combiner is the latest addition to Aeroflex Inc.'s 3060 Series of PXI RF conditioning modules for communications system test applications.
The company has also provided updates to measurement suites for advanced digital communication standards that add functionality and can double measurement speeds.
The Aeroflex 3065A RF combiner addresses the need of RF test system engineers working in cellular handset or RFIC and component manufacturing when making measurements of RF transceivers.
The RF combiner module is used in conjunction with signal generator and RF digitizer modules from the Aeroflex 3000 PXI range to enable development of high performance, modular test systems for testing RF transceivers and components.
In addition to providing summed signal outputs, the two-input combiner module supports various combinations of input and output switched path configurations, to enable testing of single- and multi-port RF devices without the need to alter connections.
Operating over the frequency range 250 MHz to 6 GHz, the 3065A provides a combined low loss connection for a RF signal generator and RF digitizer to a mobile phone antenna, while offering high isolation between input ports and accepting input of power levels of up to +33dBm for TDMA burst signals or +30dBm for continuous CW.
The low loss between the unit under test and the digitizer increases overall test system sensitivity, reducing the measurement uncertainty due to noise, and hence enabling more accurate calibration of mobile phone transmitters for UMTS and GSM UEs.
To support the 3065A a new version of Aeroflex’s PXI Studio application software v1.11 is also available to download free of charge. PXI Studio provides a user interface for controlling Aeroflex PXI modules in combination with the different measurement suites for advance digital communications standards.