European Microwave Week: Aeroflex launched an addition to its PXI 3000 series of RF modular instruments. The 3036 RF digitizer module has a frequency range extending to 13 GHz and is for use in vector signal analysis of complex RF signals.
The Aeroflex 3036 is a RF digitizer operating over the band 250 kHz -13 GHz, with up to 90 MHz wide digitized -1 dB bandwidth and 13-bit ADC resolution. It supports high speed frequency switching in less than 325 µs.
The 3036 is used with a 3010 series synthesizer module to provide precision conversion of RF signals into digital IF or I and Q sample data. This combination of modules occupies 4 slots (3 slots for the 3036 and 1 slot for the 3010) to minimize overall test solution footprint. The extended frequency range up to 13 GHz enables the measurement of harmonic characteristics of fundamental signals below 6.5 GHz.
Aeroflex says cost savings in the order of 40 percent can be achieved without compromising critical performance needs. Using PXI enables faster measurement speed, smaller size and improved flexibility for system integration.
The PXI Studio software application supplied as standard with the 3036 can provide vector signal analysis of complex modulated signals. The software performs spectrum and time domain analysis of sample data for general purpose RF component testing and alignment of radio communications transceivers.
These features are suited to the needs of RF test systems for manufacturing and design verification.
Optional measurement personalities are available in PXI Studio enable measurements for a range of generic modulation types and radio standards including LTE (FDD and TDD); UMTS / HSUPA; TD-SCDMA; CDMA2000 1xRTT and EV-DO; GSM / EDGE; WLAN; WiMAX; Bluetooth and ZigBee.