Configurable automated test set for software radio

September 23, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Aeroflex' 7215 Configurable Automated Test Set is a complete radio test system designed for production and depot-level testing of military and software-defined radios (SDR).

The standard 7215 configuration includes a high resolution touch-screen user interface, RF testing up to 2.6 GHz, 90 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth for both digital signal generation and analysis, and multiple RF and audio instruments in a single package. Advanced digital signal analysis tools, such as EVM measurements and power drop-out tests on frequency hopped waveforms, are optional and are custom developed for each customer’s unique test requirements. Customers who require automation for RF and non-RF radio tests can also use the 7215 as a smaller, more capable and cost-effective alternative to large rack and stack ATE systems.

The company presents the 7215 as an ATE system in a single box that provides customers with an advanced, synthetic solution capable of complex modulation and frequency hopped tests – either in a manual or automated mode – for software-defined radios.

The 7215 features accuracy and specifications comparable to stand-alone instruments. Typical specifications include:

· DC to 2.6 GHz frequency coverage

· 90 MHz instantaneous bandwidth for signal generation and digitization

· Phase noise of -102 dBc/ Hz

· RF generator level accuracy of ±1.0 dB

· -147 dBm DANL spectrum analyser with 85 dB dynamic range