Electronics and Semiconductors

Rohde & Schwarz to demo test solutions for mmWave applications at European Microwave Week

28 March 2022

Europe's premier microwave, radio frequency (RF), wireless and radar event – European Microwave Week — returns as live event to London in April 2022. Test and measurement expert Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has been introducing a number of innovative solutions for measurements up to mmWave frequencies over the past months, which visitors will be able to experience in person at the conference exhibition.

R&S is exhibiting at the event from April 4 to 6, 2022, in hall 11 at ExCel London. The demonstrations at the Rohde & Schwarz booth cover a full spectrum of microwave test solutions — from Gigahertz to Terahertz.

One of the highlights on display will be the recently introduced R&S FSPN. As a pure phase noise analyzer and voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) tester, the R&S FSPN provides an unrivaled combination of performance with superb sensitivity, accuracy, reliability and ease of use. The new instrument is designed to meet the requirements for both production test and design engineers who perform high speed, real-timeSource: Rohde & SchwarzSource: Rohde & Schwarz phase noise measurements using sources that require high phase stability in demanding applications, such as synthesizers, VCOs, oven controlled crystal oscillators (OCXOs) and dielectric resonator oscillators (DROs). The R&S FSPN expands the phase noise product portfolio, which already contains the successful, market-leading ultra-high-performance R&S FSWP phase noise, spectrum and signal analyzer.

Another demo showcases the R&S VSESIM-VSS signal creation and analysis tool, which combines electronic design automation simulation with RF testing. R&S and Cadence have collaborated to provide this solution, aimed at simplifying the engineering process from RF design to implementation and enhancing accuracy by using realistic signals for testing both design simulations and hardware implementations. The R&S VSESIM-VSS speeds up the development process for RF components and is particularly useful for customers in the wireless, automotive, and aerospace and defense industries as well as for manufacturers of active components and systems.

Also, R&S recently launched a new portable benchtop vector network analyzer providing a complete set of S-parameters for two-port devices up to 20 GHz. Visitors can experience the R&S ZNL20, which provides the frequency range necessary to investigate even third harmonics for 5 GHz and 6 GHz band technologies such as wireless LAN or mobile radio.

Plus, there are new additions to the signal and spectrum analyzer portfolio. A new base model for the portable benchtop R&S FPL1000 signal and spectrum analyzer up to 26.5 GHz will be on display, which combines the functions of a benchtop instrument with the portability of a handheld instrument, with intuitive features to make high performance spectrum analysis on the go fast and simple. The popular R&S Spectrum Rider FPH family has been extended with new base models offering measurement frequencies up to 44 GHz. The new models of the rugged R&S Spectrum Rider FPH deliver solid RF performance for measurements in the field and in the lab for applications like verification of 5G, broadcast, radar, defense and satellite communications links.

With the R&S FSMR3000, R&S exhibits a new microwave measurement receiver to calibrate signal generators and attenuators with one single instrument. Most important features provided are tuned RF level measurements, analog modulation and spectrum analysis. Additionally, the R&S FSMR3000 can be equipped with powerful hardware for high-end phase noise test supplementary to the standard phase noise test with the spectrum analyzer. It also offers digital and analog modulation signal analysis, 80 MHz analysis bandwidth, analysis of pulses and VOR/ILS signals. The R&S FSMR3000 as a single box instrument is designed to reduce complexity in calibration.

For automotive customers, R&S will showcase the RTS radar test system. It allows driving scenarios to be generated entirely over the air interface for testing radar sensors essential for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) vehicles capable of monitoring cross traffic. The solution consists of the R&S AREG800A automotive radar echo generator as a backend and the R&S QAT100 antenna array as a frontend. Objects moving across the direction of travel can be simulated by electronically switching individual antennas on and off in the frontend. This allows tests currently performed in real-world test drives to be relocated to the lab, enabling errors to be detected at an early stage and delivering significant cost savings.

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