High-end signal and spectrum analyzer to be shown at European Microwave Week

September 24, 2012 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
At European Microwave Week in Amsterdam, Rohde & Schwarz will present, for the first time, its high-end FSW43 signal and spectrum analyzer with a frequency range of 2 Hz to 43 GHz. The FSW43 claims to be the most powerful microwave analyzer on the market, featuring impressive RF performance and measurement speed with simple touchscreen operation.

The analyzer simplifies complex measurement tasks in satellite communications and radar applications. Its integrated multistandard radio analyzer function helps design engineers analyze multistandard signals. The MSRA mode enables users to measure spectrum and modulation parameters of differently modulated signals, including their time references. This feature makes it easy to analyze whether signals are influencing or interfering with each other.

The companyy will also be showing the SGS100A vector generator, which claims to be the smallets on the market. The generator now also covers I/Q modulation throughout the entire 80 MHz to 12.75 GHz range. It offers the same RF performance as the 6 GHz module, including the high standard output power of up to +22 dBm over the entire frequency range.

The compact, 1 HU, half-19-inch SGS100A has been designed specifically for the ATE market and test setups requiring multiple signal sources. In combination with an external I/Q baseband source such as the AFQ100B, the SGS100A is ideal for generating test signals for radar applications and satellite communications systems up to 12.75 GHz. It can be used, for example, to generate signals in the X-band with high chirp bandwidths or steep pulse edges. The vector generator covers all mobile radio standards up to 6 GHz.

Another innovation is the ZVA-K31 option for the ZVA and ZVT vector network analyzers. This option enables noise figure measurements on frequency-converting DUTs up to 67 GHz, such as modules used in the automotive industry, RF chips used in wireless communications, or amplifiers, mixers and receivers used in satellite and radar technology. In development and production, users can measure the noise factor with a high degree of accuracy thanks to the level and port matching correction as well as various detectors that determine the signal and noise power without using a noise source. Test setup and handling are much simpler.