Friday, April 12, 2024

Vector Signal Generator Redefines 5G And Wi-Fi 6E Signal Generation

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With mmWave testing capabilities, the instrument fufils rigorous needs of signal generation for advanced wireless communication devices

Now it is possible to test both 5G NR FR1 and FR2 frequencies thanks to the new SMM100A vector signal generator that displays excellent RF characteristics across the entire frequency range from 100 MHz to 44 GHz, covering all the bands used by wireless standards, including LTE and 5G NR, as well as the latest WLAN standards Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E (up to 7.125 GHz). Wireless personal area networks such as Bluetooth are covered, too.

The instrument’s maximum RF modulation bandwidth of 1 GHz meets demanding broadband signals used by devices, making full use of wireless standard specifications, including IEEE 802.15.4z Ultra-Wideband (HRP-UWB).

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The SMM100A offers a maximum output power of +18 dBm, which reduces the need for external amplifiers. Excellent modulation frequency response, error vector magnitude (EVM) and adjacent channel power ratio (ACPR) performance result in reliable and repeatable test accuracy.

The instrument comes with six maximum frequency options from 6 GHz to 44 GHz and four modulation bandwidth options from 120 MHz to1 GHz to meet all major device band requirements.

Both, real-time signal generation with an internal baseband generator for signal generation and an arbitrary waveform generator (ARB) for waveforms defined with the R&S WinIQSIM2 simulation software are available.

The SMM100A features a large ARB memory depth of up to 2 Gsample and a high maximum sampling rate of 1.2 Gsample/s. For production use, the Multi-Segment Mode speeds up test sequences with fast switching between individual baseband signals.

With the built-in SCPI macro recorder, users can create error-free remote-control programs quickly and easily. Moreover, MATLAB or Python scripts can be re-used on the SMM100A.

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