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RF Signal Generator Tests Components to Latest Standards

21st May 2013
ES Admin
Aeroflex's new generation of wide bandwidth RF signal generators and analysers in PXI format with class-leading performance enable a high performance, flexible, and cost effective solution for RF component and wireless device testing to the latest standards, including WLAN 802.11ac. The PXI 3050A low noise RF signal generator and the PXI 3320 arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) are used together to provide a fully configurable RF signal generator with wide bandwidth vector modulation, low phase noise, and fast frequency and level settling.
The signal generator is available in two frequency range options--from 100kHz to either 3GHz or 6GHz --and with a choice of +10dBm or +20dBm output power. A 200MHz modulated RF bandwidth with low residual error vector magnitude (EVM) of less than 0.5% makes it the ideal choice for wideband standards using high order 256 QAM modulation, such as 802.11ac. Excellent linearity (ACLR) of greater than 70dB 3GPP TM1 makes 3050A ideal for use in test solutions for power amplifiers and repeaters.
Phase noise is best-in-class at -135dBc/Hz at 1GHz with 20kHz offset while maintaining excellent frequency agility with settling times of less than 100µs.
The PXI 3070A is a high performance RF digitiser with up to 160MHz of instantaneous IF bandwidth for analysing wide bandwidth signals. The 3070A is available in two frequency range options from 250 MHz to either 3GHz or 6GHz, with test suites for general purpose spectrum analysis and support for the latest standards including WLAN 802.11a, b, g, n, ac and MIMO. This wide instantaneous IF bandwidth allows true measurement of 160MHz wide OFDMA signals without the stitching required by other products, and so avoids ambiguities in carrier leakage and spectral flatness measurements. Measurement speed is also improved.
The 5th Generation PXI modules are a complete solution for testing RF components and transceivers for wide bandwidth wireless communications technologies in R&D, design verification, and production environments. Together with Aeroflex's PXI signal conditioning modules, PXI Studio 2, and newly launched PXI Maestro, Phase 5 offers an ATE solution serving the convergence of cellular and wireless connectivity standards and emergence of MIMO technologies.

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