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Innovations in Network Analysis Webcast Series
Advanced Passive Intermodulation (PIM) Measurement System
August 29, 2013
10:00 AM PT/ 1:00 PM ET/ 5:00 PM UTC
Steve Ludvik, President, Power Technology Solution
Passive Intermodulation is a critical parameter that can limit the quality of service and capacity of current and next generation mobile communication systems such as cellular, PCS,DCS,UMTS and 4G/LTE. Passive intermodulation arises at high power levels due to spurious signal generation within passive elements including antennas, cables and filters in transmission systems. PIM generation occurs at the final system interface and as such it cannot be removed by filtering alone. It is essential for designers, manufacturing and test engineers to understand the sources of interference and determine ways to reduce and contain their undesirable effects. A key enabler in this process is achieving accurate and repeatable measurement of PIM.
This webcast will provide an overview of passive intermodulation phenomena, describe commercially available test equipment and present an advanced PIM measurement system. Test equipment that is currently available on market provides basic PIM test and/or on-site troubleshooting of base stations. In this webcast, we discuss a new test system developed with Agilent that allows simultaneous testing of PIM and S-parameter measurements in a single platform and provides high speed and multiband test capability. The new system also provides calibration transparency which assists designers in better quantifying and isolating PIM sources.
Who should view this webcast?
Telecommunication engineers, technicians and management involved in base station system architecture, component design and test.
Steve is President of Power Technology Solutions located in Santa Clara, California. The company develops high power RF/Microwave and mmWave products to service telecommunications and satellite applications for commercial and military systems. Steve has over 25 years experience in high power systems and advanced solid state technologies and has held senior technical/management positions at major technology companies including Teledyne, Comtech Xicom and CPI. He has been awarded several patents and also received an IR-100 award for high power device development. Steve holds a PhD EE degree from Stanford University.