Software tests RF amplifiers pulsed or wideband
When it comes to high reliability applications such as radar and advanced wireless and satellite communications, accurate and high quality test instrumentation is essential.
The specification of high quality RF components, such as RF amplifiers, is a fundamental starting point, and for that the design engineers need the right tools for thorough testing and certification of these devices.
An amplifier test bench from US firm Boonton, and available from Aspen Electronics in the UK, is a software tool designed for test verification and analysis of high power or small signal RF amplifiers.
The software can be run with the supplier’s peak power meters, 4540 and 4500B models. It is also supported on third party signal and pulse generators.
The combination with a peak power meter can provide an accurate test system because the software performs pulse power measurements that can give detailed and accurate amplifier analysis.
The test software supports the testing and analysis of pulsed, continuous or wideband digital (noise-like) RF amplifier modulation schemes.
In operation it measures input and output signals simultaneously, and can be set up to measure gain over frequency as well as gain over input power and combinations thereof.
Supported frequencies are sensor dependent and range from 10MHz to 40GHz.