Test & Measurement

Analyser options usher in faster data transfer rates

10th August 2017
Mick Elliott

Two options for its Signal Analyser/Spectrum Analyser MS2850A have been introduced by Anritsu. They support high speed transfer of captured waveform data to an external computer for post processing and analysis.  Combined with the 1GHz capture and analysis bandwidth, the options expand the capability of the MS2850A to address the needs of emerging wireless networks, including 5G, where experimental and prototype waveforms are being analysed using simulation and analysis software.

With the new options, the instrument provides engineers developing 5G terminals, broadcast satellite communications, wireless communications equipment, and broadband wireless communication systems with a cost-efficient solution to comprehensively verify their high-speed designs.

The new options install free software in the external PC to control the MS2850A, and transfer data captured by the MS2850A high-speed over a dedicated USB3.0/PCIe data-transfer interface.

The MS2850A-053 option provides a PCIe Gen2 x8 connector to support high-speed external PCIe interfaces, while the MS2850A-054 option utilises a type-B connector for testing high-speed data transfer from external USB interfaces via USB3.0.

These enable data transfer speeds up to 100 times faster than conventional Ethernet ports, cutting the data transfer waiting time from 20 minutes to less than 10 seconds.

In addition to the 1GHz analysis bandwidth, the Signal Analyzer/Spectrum Analyzer MS2850A has up to 32GB of built-in waveform capture memory, wide measurement dynamic range of >140Db and high flatness performance.

Two models – with frequency coverage up to 32GHz and 44.5GHz, respectively – are available, each with the noise figure (NF) and phase noise performance required for 5G testing.

The analyser supports 5G standards currently under development by 3GPP, as well as legacy technologies such as LTE, W-CDMA, TD-SCDMA and GSM.

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