Software-defined Radio: The next wave in RF test instrumentation

Michael Millhaem, Principal RF Application Engineer Keithley Instruments, Inc. Test equipment manufacturers are constantly challenged to develop new solutions for testing their customers’ latest devices, but they’ve traditionally developed specialized hardware to meet this challenge....

Unraveling Modulation Quality in Mobile WiMAX™ Uplink and Downlink with Multiple Zones and Bursts

This clearly written and informative technical paper examines the WiMAX frame structure, permutation zones and bursts. To illustrate radio complexity and familiarize the reader with digital demodulation tools, the example given in this paper focuses solely on demodulation measurements of a Mobile WiMAX signal with data bursts. Selection of a map file, display and analysis of all data bursts in the map are among the topics presented in this paper. Additionally, the paper discusses how to perform modulation quality measurements on the uplink signal as well.

3GPP FDD and LTE Multicell and Multi-UE Scenarios with the R&S SMU200A Signal Generator

This application note describes how to set up 3GPP FDD and LTE multicell and multi-UE scenarios with the R&S®SMU200A with a focus on routing and leveling of the baseband signals. Furthermore, it describes in detail how to determine the correct AWGN settings, i.e. how to calculate the required signal-to-noise ratio for the various scenarios.

Head to Head: NI PXIe-5665 Versus Traditional Boxed Instruments

This paper discusses the setup details for the demo shown in this video Head to Head: NI 5665 vs. Traditional Boxed Instruments. The demo compares the performance and speed of the NI PXIe-5665 with the Agilent PXA. Rather than comparing the datasheet specifications of both instruments, this video compares the two instruments while performing real- world test scenarios.

Wideband 400W Pulsed Power GaN HEMT Amplifiers

RFMD has developed 400W pulsed output power GaN HEMT amplifiers operating over 2.9GHz to 3.5GHz band or 17% bandwidth. Under pulsed RF drive with 10% duty cycle and 100us pulse width, the amplifier delivers output power in the range of 401W to 446W over the band, with drain efficiency of 48% to 55% when biased at drain voltage of 65V.

Strategies for Signals Intelligence from Antennas to Analysis

Signals intelligence describes a broad range of applications ranging from communications jamming to identification of interference or pirating signals. While this paper discusses many of the specific needs for each application, it primarily focuses on the techniques required to analyze intermittent or "bursty" RF signals.

Calibration Basics and Best Practices

Individuals who view calibration as a necessary evil are not taking into account the bigger picture. Calibration is essential to improving a company's bottom line, by minimizing risk to product defects and recalls, and enhancing a reputation for consistent quality.

An ideal RF Power Technology for ISM, Broadcast and Commercial Aerospace Applications

This paper will include device and design considerations that specifically target enhancing ruggedness performance. The features of the products using this platform will also be presented.