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Radar test solutions make debut at EuMW

26th September 2017
Mick Elliott

At European Microwave Week (EuMW) in Nuremberg (October 10 to 12), Rohde & Schwarz will showcase test solutions for RF & microwave components, radar, 5G communication and satellite payload. Additionally, for the first time, Rohde & Schwarz will feature a special exhibition area dedicated solely to innovative automotive radar test solution, located in the entrance of hall 7A.

Users from the consumer electronics, communications, A&D, automotive, healthcare and many other industries will all find solutions for bringing their innovations to market on time and in line with specifications.

These will be arranged in a number of themes.

Automotive radar test solutions - New radome measurements and echo generation

At the special exhibition area in the entrance of hall 7A, Rohde & Schwarz is showing its commitment in supporting the automotive industry. With Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), vehicles are increasingly being equipped with radar sensors that support drivers in critical situations.

To meet the industry's testing needs, Rohde & Schwarz has developed a range of completely new radar test solutions, presented to the public at EuMW 2017 for the very first time.

Users in R&D, validation and certification, as well as production can gain insight into solutions for radome measurements and echo generation. They will be able to learn how to measure and analyse radomes for automotive radars within seconds and how to minimise the influence of the radome on radar performance.

Also, they will be able to learn, how automotive radar performs in real-world environments when subject to interference and how to reliably test radar sensors in production with an integrated end-of-line test solution.

RF & microwave component testing - Maximum performance without compromise

Rohde & Schwarz has devoted an area to solutions for RF & microwave component testing on its booth.

For characterising components at maximum performance without compromise, one of the highlights is the R&S SMA100B analogue RF and microwave signal generator delivering signals with the lowest possible phase noise and the highest output power with extremely low harmonics.

Other exhibits include the innovative multiport microwave component test solution based on the R&S ZNBT multiport vector network analyser, now up to 24 ports, and with the new multiport calibration solution, which enables recalibration of the test setup without disconnecting the DUT from the test cables.

In addition, on-wafer characterization in the millimeterwave range using MPI probers are shown, as well as the R&S BBA130 twin-band amplifier with its adjustable amplifier parameters for design and product validation tests.


Radar testing - Analysing wideband signals with up to 5GHz analysis bandwidth

Another area at the booth is dedicated to radar testing.

As a test solution for generating and analysing extremely wideband pulsed signals, Rohde & Schwarz is showcasing the R&S SMW200A vector signal generator with its internal and calibrated wideband baseband hardware up to 2GHz.

It will be showcased together with the R&S Pulse Sequencer software that makes it possible to configure realistic, complex, agile and wideband radar signals.

For analysing wideband signals, Rohde & Schwarz will show the R&S FSW85 signal and spectrum analyser with an extended bandwidth of now up to 5GHz for center frequencies up to 90 GHz.

This is possible thanks to the FSW-B5000 hardware option, which in combination with the RTO2064 digital oscilloscope as an external digitiser is the first to provide equalised 5GHz signal analysis bandwidth.

Moreover, Rohde & Schwarz will showcase how an R&S RTO2044 digital oscilloscope together with the R&S VSE vector signal explorer software is used for pulse analysis measurements.

5G & Wideband Communication - Testing 5G candidate waveforms and OTA

To support 5G and general wideband communication development, Rohde & Schwarz is presenting a test solution consisting of the R&S SMW200A vector signal generator and R&S FSW43 signal and spectrum analyser.

The setup supports Verizon 5GTF signals and 5G candidate waveforms such as FBMC, UFMC, GFDM or f OFDM at frequencies up to 40GHz and with 2GHz internal analysis bandwidth. The NRPM OTA power measurement solution is designed to calibrate the transmit output power and test the beamforming function of antennas and phased arrays in an over-the-air setup.

These over-the-air verification tests cover a frequency range from 27.5GHz to 75GHz and are suitable for testing signals for 5G as well as the WLAN standards IEEE 802.11ad and 802.11ay.

Satellite Payload and Link Tests - Solutions for OneWeb, DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X

For users in the satellite communications sector, Rohde & Schwarz demonstrates its complete product portfolio for satellite payload, link and terminal testing.

The R&S SMW200A vector signal generator is the first single-device solution on the market to generate OneWeb and DVB-S2/DVB-S2X signals on the IF and transmission frequencies up to 40GHz. Its focus is on testing respective components, devices and satellites mainly on the physical layer.

The R&S BTC broadcast test center enables the efficient testing of components, satellite systems and receivers for DVB-S2/DVB-S2X by simulating live video and data links in real time, simulating also IMUX/OMUX and interference scenarios.

The R&S SLG satellite load generator can generate up to 32 transponder signals or a single 500 MHz wideband transponder. The FSW43 signal and spectrum analyser completes these solutions for quick and easy testing of satellite applications.

Rohde & Schwarz specialists will be sharing their expertise in a variety of technical workshops and basic seminars as part of the event program. The topics discussed range from tutorials about RF basics to specialized technical workshops in microwave and millimeterwave testing.

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