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Test solutions centre stage at European Microwave Week

6th September 2022
Mick Elliott

Rohde & Schwarz demonstrations at European Microwave Week in Milan (September 27-29) cover the full spectrum of microwave test solutions – from gigahertz to terahertz – and meet current and future industry demands.


The frequency range between 50 GHz and 170 GHz is becoming increasingly attractive, especially for new wideband communications applications beyond 5G – in particular the upcoming 6G standard. Rohde & Schwarz continues to push the limits of sub-THz research and brings an innovative signal generation and analysis solution for measurements in the D band to Milan that will significantly simplify early next generation mobile communications research.

The new R&S FE170 frontend extensions are easy to mount to and configure with the R&S SMW200A vector signal generator and the R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyzer. The extensions will allow the two high-end test instruments to cover frequency ranges between 110 GHz and 170 GHz – ideal for early sub-THz research.

Another setup at the company's booth focuses on phase noise measurements in the D band. For next generation communications applications, low phase noise is essential for good modulation performance and a low EVM.

At EuMW 2022, Rohde & Schwarz is premiering its updated R&S FSWP phase noise analyzer and VCO tester, which accurately measures phase noise to help improve the performance of the oscillators used in these communications applications. The new R&S FSWP models have an updated design, a new capacitive touchscreen and provide greater accuracy for measuring high-end oscillators.


Another highlight is a brand-new solution for the verification of RF components in characterisation and production environments. The R&S PVT360A performance vector tester combines vector signal generator and vector signal analyser in one instrument and provides outstanding measurement speed. It covers a frequency range up to 8 GHz and offers flexible bandwidth configuration and an optional second TRX channel. The highly flexible DUT connectivity and parallel DUT testing of the R&S PVT360A allow RF chipset manufacturers to perform characterisation and production tests.

Other highlights include the recently launched R&S ZNB26 vector network analyser with an extended maximum frequency of 26.5 GHz and the R&S ZNB43 with a frequency range of 100 kHz to 43.5 GHz.

Rohde & Schwarz is demonstrating wideband noise parameter measurements and de-embedding applications with these instruments. For the latter, the company offers integrated software options that help with complex de-embedding practices at high microwave frequencies.


The 47.2 GHz to 50.2 GHz and 50.4 GHz to 51.4 GHz frequency bands are filed at the ITU for NGSO and GSO satellite systems. With the R&S FSVA3050, Rohde & Schwarz has introduced a new version of its high-speed signal and spectrum analyser for labs and production, now covering up to 50 GHz and optionally up to 54 GHz, and therefore ideal for testing satellite components such as filters and amplifiers.

With its high dynamic range and outstanding phase noise, the analyser offers performance previously only possible with high-end instruments.

In Milan, Rohde & Schwarz has a satellite testing setup that combines the R&S FSVA3050 with the R&S SMW200A vector signal generator, which covers up to 56 GHz or, optionally, up to 67 GHz. The instruments perform beam hopping and interactive multimedia satcom testing based on the latest extensions of the DVB-2SX standard with its Annex E.

To showcase phase coherent multichannel pulse analysis, the R&S RTP high-performance oscilloscope will be on parade at EuMW. The instrument combines high-class signal integrity measurements with the fastest possible acquisition for real-time analysis.

It is the ideal receiver for a multichannel comparison measurement, achieves excellent channel-channel skew with its integrated pulse source and can be used to evaluate deceptive jamming techniques for both jammer and victim radars in parallel.

With its advanced digital trigger, the oscilloscope reliably isolates radar pulses and uses segmented memory to efficiently store radar signals.


Developers of automotive radar modules and systems can experience radar signal interference measurements with the enhanced R&S ATS1500C antenna test system.

The user-friendly antenna test chamber enables precise and highly reproducible measurements. The future-proof compact antenna test range (CATR) technology means it is ready for the next generation of imaging radars with higher antenna apertures.

New features increase flexibility, allow parallel access to both polarizations and enable efficient temperature-controlled measurements in a wide temperature range.

In combination with the R&S AREG800A automotive radar echo generator, the optional R&S FSW43 spectrum analyser and the optional R&S SMW200A vector signal generator, the R&S ATS1500C is the most complete system on the market for automotive radar module development, validation, calibration and compliance testing.


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