Aeroflex, Ltd., a provider of high performance microelectronic components and test and measurement equipment, has released a new generation of wide-bandwidth RF signal generators and analyzers in PXI format for RF component and wireless device testing to latest standards, including WLAN 802.11ac.
The combination of the PXI 3050A low noise RF signal generator and the PXI 3320 arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) create a “fully-configurable RF signal generator with wide bandwidth vector modulation, low phase noise and fast frequency and level setting.” The signal generator is available in two frequency range options—100 kHz to either 3 GHz or 6 GHz—and offers a choice of either +10 dBm or +20 dBm output power.
Company officials added that the new 3050A signal generator is ideal for wideband standards using high-order 256 QAM modulation due to its “200 MHz modulated RF bandwidth with low residual error vector magnitude (EVM) of less than 0.5 percent” and for use in power amplifier and repeater testing due to its “excellent linearity (ACLR) of greater than 70dB 3GPP TM1.”
Also available from Aeroflex is the PXI 3070A high performance RF digitizer, featuring up to 160 MHz of instantaneous IF bandwidth for analyzing wide bandwidth signals. The 3070A is available in two frequency options—250 MHz to either 3 GHz or 6 GHz—and is equipped with test suites for general purpose spectrum analysis.
“This new generation of PXI RF test equipment features the lowest phase noise currently available. This, along with the wide bandwidth, makes the PXI 3000 series the ideal platform for makign measurements in both [research and development] and manufacturing environments,” Tim Carey, product manager at Aeroflex, said. “Aeroflex’s renowned synthesizer technology allows us to deliver the speed required by manufacturing, and [the] performance required in [research and development] or design verification.”