PRODUCTRONICA, Munich – Aeroflex is expanding its PXI-based S-Series family of benchtop RF measurement instruments with the addition of two digital signal generators in 3 GHz and 6 GHz models.
It is also launching two additional vector signal analyzers available in a 6 GHz and a 13 GHz model.
The S-Series was first introduced a year ago with the launch of the SGA analog RF signal generators. Measuring 4U in height and half-rack width, the instruments have a form factor that allows a signal generator and analyzer to be accommodated side-by-side in a 19 inch rack.
The SGD-3 and SGD-6 both feature +13 dBm output power, with a +20 dBm option. They incorporate an IQ modulator with 300 MHz RF bandwidth, which can generate wide bandwidth modulated signals. A dual channel arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) operating at up to 250 MS/s, with memory options up to 4 GB, offers faster waveform generation and the ability to store multiple signals.
The embedded IQCreator waveform generation tool enables the user to set up a modulation scheme and create an arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) file using modulation templates.
The SGD has low single sideband (SSB) phase noise of -135 dBc/Hz at 1 GHz offset, and a fast frequency settling time of 100 μs, enabling accurate receiver testing with a significant reduction in measurement time and cost. The dynamic range of the IQ modulators provides for an Adjacent Channel Leakage Ratio (ACLR) of -71 dBc on WCDMA signals, enabling the user to design and test amplifier performance to higher specifications.
The extended frequency range – up to 13 GHz for the SVA-13 – allows the instrument to be used for analyzing second harmonic performance of signals in popular communications bands. A maximum instantaneous bandwidth up to 90 MHz makes it suitable for measuring and analyzing both narrow- and wide-bandwidth communication systems.
Peak signal power levels up +30 dBm can be input directly to the instrument. With a maximum sensitivity of -148 dBm/Hz, low level signals can be discriminated from noise when measuring transmitter spurious outputs.
A range of measurement suite options are available for wireless communications test, including most 2G, 3G, 4G, WMAN, WPAN, WLAN and LTE standards, providing measurement of power, modulation quality, and spectrum parameters to the relevant standards for mobile terminal testing both in the laboratory and in production. The noise floor at 2 GHz is -138 dBc/Hz at 10 MHz offset, and, frequency settling can be achieved in 250 μs at frequencies up to 6 GHz, which makes the SVA ideal for high productivity RFIC testing.
The SVA can be synchronized and used in conjunction with either the SGD signal generator or other S-Series modules, thus reducing test setup space and offering the user a simple, integrated measurement technique.
An intuitive LCD touch-screen interface common to all the S-Series instruments allows modulated or swept RF signals to be set up and analyzed using fewer keystrokes than required by traditional soft key models, thus saving time and reducing the risk of error.