Test & Measurement

Improving Throughput with your Power Supply – Hints 6 through 10

The second part of the 10 hints series looks at how you can use power supply capabilities such as seamless ranging, list mode, and the status subsystem for increasing test throughput.

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R&S® SMB100A, NRP, FSW-K6, ZVL Radar Educational Videos

Welcome to our short video tutorials on how to test radars using Rohde & Schwarz test equipment. Access to most information about radar tests is pretty restricted, as many radar applications are military or secretive industrial research. To show some basic radar tests we have created radar demo tools, which functions at a frequency of 2.45 GHz, which is in the unlicensed 2.4 GHz Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) band. So tests can be performed in unshielded rooms. The frequencies are also used by radar operating in the ITU "S"-band from 2.3 to 2.5 GHz for air traffic control, weather and marine radar.

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Envelope Tracking and Digital Pre-Distortion Test Solution for RF Amplifiers

The R&S®SMW200A together with the R&S®FSW is a state of the art testing solution that significantly reduces the required hardware for testing power amplifiers with envelope tracking and/or digital pre-distortion.

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Fundamentals of Vector Network Analysis Primer

One of the most common measuring tasks in RF engineering involves analysis of circuits (networks). A network analyzer is an instrument that is designed to handle this job with great precision and efficiency. Circuits that can be analyzed using network analyzers range from simple devices such as filters and amplifiers to complex modules used in communications satellites.

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A Brief History of Modern Digital Shaker Controllers

This article discusses four generations of digital vibration exciter control systems developed by U.S. companies over a period of 40 years. The controllers are categorized as standalone, PC-based, PC-tethered, and fully networked.

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Improving Fidelity of Noise Repetitive Signals with Signal Averaging Technology

For many high-speed data acquisition applications requiring extraction of small repetitive signals from noisy environments, such as LIDAR or optical fiber testing, minimizing the effects of noise is a challenge for system design. Signal averaging provides dependable and efficient results. The article illustrates how FPGA-based signal averaging technology processes signals and reduces noise effects, improving signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) without occupying valuable CPU bandwidth.

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Simplifying Power Added Efficiency Testing

Simplifying Power Added Efficiency Testing In most power added efficiency (PAE) test setups, multiple instruments are used to measure RF, voltage, and current. Measurements may require the use of an RF power meter or digital oscilloscope (DSO) with diode detectors to determine the RF power, while digital multimeters are used to measure voltage and current. The Agilent Technologies 8990B peak power analyzer (PPA) provides an alternative setup which allows power added efficiency testing to be done on a single instrument. Download now!

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