Rohde & Schwarz has launched the ATS1500C antenna test system for automotive radar module development, validation, calibration and compliance testing.
Antenna development is a very complex process as it consumes not only time and a large amount of resources but it also requires the ability to function properly over a wide range of temperatures. An antenna may come across a variety of applications. The heat dissipated from the devices that incorporate an antenna can affect the trans-receiving ability of the antenna as well as the quality of material.
The R&S ATS1500C antenna test system from Rohde & Schwarz offers a new temperature test option and a new feed antenna. These additional features enable temperature-controlled measurements in a wide temperature range as well as parallel access to both polarizations, increasing test efficiency and flexibility.
The R&S ATS1500C is a compact antenna test range (CATR) based antenna test chamber and can be easily moved across space. It eliminates ghost targets within the chamber during target simulation tests and includes a highly accurate positioner for angular measurements.
The ARC-TEMP temperature test option generates a temperature controlled environment for RADAR ranging from -40 °C to +85 °C. The external thermal air stream system supplies the air to the temperature bubble mounted on the positioner to provide heated and cooled air.
In addition, the R&S ARC-FX90 universal feed antenna supports 60 GHz to 90 GHz The antenna includes an orthomode transducer, which enables parallel access to vertical and horizontal polarizations.
With addition to these features the developers can efficiently characterize RF transmitters, calibrate antenna manifolds, measure antenna patterns, test robustness against interference, check compliance with regulations such as ETSI and FCC as well as plan testing and calibration procedures for later mass production.