Test & Measurement

Spectrum analysers upgrade 5G test measurements

13th February 2017
Mick Elliott

Heralding what it describes as “a revolution” in the test market, Anritsu has unveiled the Spectrum Master MS2760A family, the world’s first ultraportable, millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum analysers which cover frequencies up to 110GHz. The instrument which is about the size of a large smartphone can therefore verify high-frequency designs, including those used in 5G and E-band applications.

It leverages Anritsu’s Shockline technology, and says Eric Fauxpoint, Director - EMEA Business Development shatters the cost, size, and performance barriers associated with traditional large form factor instruments to more efficiently advance technology development.

In addition to 5G and E-band, the MS2760A significantly improves test procedures and lowers the cost-of-test in other fast-growing mmWave applications, such as 802.11ad/WiGig, satellite communications, electronic warfare, and automotive radar.

Says Fauxpoint, “The instruments deliver a solution to engineers whether they are working in research and development, manufacturing test or field test.”

For R&D and test engineers in lab environments, the MS2760A conducts essential spectrum measurements, such as spectrum analysis, channel power, adjacent channel power, spurious emissions, and occupied bandwidth.

Users can achieve accuracy never before possible at higher frequencies, as the MS2760A allows measurements to be taken directly at the DUT, unlike benchtop models that require expensive cables that can add loss. Its ability to conduct sweeps from 9kHz to 110GHz also improves measurement confidence.

Added to the mix is a lower cost-of-test in high-volume manufacturing applications. The Spectrum Master MS2760A is considerably less expensive than benchtop alternatives.

Its ultraportable size also adds flexibility to production test of larger products, including those in aerospace and satellite applications.

Accuracy is assured in manufacturing environments due to its ability to conduct continuous sweeps across the entire frequency.

The Spectrum Master MS2760A simplifies field. Its size means it fits into a technician’s pocket, while its continuous sweep ability and USB-powered form factor using a tablet reduces the amount of equipment a technician must carry.

With thousands of technicians testing millions of antennas, the MS2760A scales easier than other handheld spectrum analysers, as well.

The Spectrum Master MS2760A has models to support the 32GHz, 44GHz, 50GHz, 70GHz, and 110GHz frequencies. A 90GHz model is also available for countries where an export license is required for analysers above 90GHz.

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