Test & Measurement

Local team fields full test squad at electronica

13th October 2014
Mick Elliott

electronica in Munich (Nov 11-14) is a home game for the Munich-based locals Rohde & Schwarz so it will not miss the opportunity to parade a tranche of instruments before the show's international audience. These range from general-purpose to high-end measuring instruments, for the lab and the production line.

The R&S SGT100A and R&S FPS: compact instruments for fast RF component testing.

Rohde & Schwarz has developed two new instruments that deliver the required high measurement speeds crucial for production testing of wireless communications components. The R&S SGT100A is the smallest and fastest vector signal generator up to 6 GHz. It includes an integrated baseband generator with up to 160 MHz bandwidth.

The compact R&S FPS signal and spectrum analyser has an upper frequency limit of 4, 7, 13, 30 or 40 GHz and an analysis bandwidth up to 160 MHz. It offers test applications for all of the key mobile and wireless standards.

Key features of the new entry-level R&S HMO1002 mixed signal oscilloscope from Rohde & Schwarz include fanless operation, 1 MPts memory depth and 1 Gsample/s sampling rate in realtime. With a vertical sensitivity of 1 mV/div and integrated FFT with 128k test points, the oscilloscope features capabilities that far exceed the standard for this price class. The oscilloscope offers users many highly practical features, such as the pattern generator for embedded developers, the integrated digital voltmeter for service and maintenance technicians, and special functions for the education sector.

With a whole set of new trigger and decoding options for its oscilloscope families, Rohde & Schwarz helps diverse user groups verify, test and debug their designs. For users in the A&D sector, the R&S RTM, R&S RTE and R&S RTO oscilloscopes offer options for the MIL1553 and ARINC protocols. For developers of mobile communications applications and embedded designs, Rohde & Schwarz has extended the range of applications of its R&S RTO high-performance oscilloscopes to include two new options for analyzing MIPI-RFFE, USB 1.0/1.1 and 2.0 interfaces.

Users in the automotive sector benefit from the extended conformance tests now available with the BroadR-Reach option. Rohde & Schwarz also has a new option that extends the maximum memory depth of the R&S RTM bench oscilloscope to 460 Msample per channel. R&S ZND: affordable VNA for uni- and bidirectional measurements.

Rohde & Schwarz developed the R&S ZND (pictured) for users in RF component production who have to measure many S parameters on antennas and filters with high throughput. The instrument comes with two test ports, and the basic version is capable of performing unidirectional measurements from 100 kHz to 4.5 GHz.

It can be easily upgraded with options, for example, to extend the frequency range to 8.5 GHz or to perform bidirectional measurements up to 4.5 GHz or 8.5 GHz. The R&S ZND is perfect for production line measurements such as characterization of passive mobile phone components.

The R&S CMA180 radio test set is designed especially for manufacturing and maintaining analogue radios in the frequency range from 100 kHz to 3 GHz. Equipped with a touchscreen for easy operation, the new tester can generate test signals up to 20 MHz bandwidth and process high input power levels up to 150 W. The test signals are software-generated with the integrated ARB generator. The large touchscreen and straightforward menu make the R&S CMA180 very easy and fast to operate


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