Keithley Instruments Inc. introduces an innovative line of RF test instruments. With an unrivaled combination of high-performance, speed, flexibility, ease of use and compact size, these instruments employ new approaches to test and measurement that enable users to save time, effort and money. These new products will be used throughout the design, development and manufacturing processes, and they complement existing Keithley solutions sold in this market such as battery simulation sources, semiconductor characterization systems and Source-Measure Units.

The first product available in this line is the model 2910 RF vector signal generator. Utilizing a number of industry innovations, such as its Software-defined Radio (SDR) Architecture, patent-pending synthesizer technology and unique power leveling techniques, the model 2910 provides a flexible platform that utilizes software to adapt as test requirements change and reduces test time with the fastest frequency tuning, amplitude settling and waveform switching available. In addition, the model 2910 makes generation of RF signals simple for even the novice user with the most intuitive user-interface on the market. Designed with a focus on reliability, all of this comes with an industry-leading three-year standard warranty, compared to the one-year warranty typically seen with similar products.

Designed to complement the model 2910, the model 2810 employs innovative approaches to provide high-speed measurement and modulation analysis with the same flexibility, ease of use and compact size. The model 3500 portable RF power meter is a handheld instrument used for measuring average RF power in both R&D environments as well as in the field, where Keithley’s innovation enables laboratory accuracy in a handheld package. The model 3500 is the first instrument of its kind in the market.

The models 2910/2810 are broad application instruments that will be used by test engineers in companies designing and manufacturing mobile and wireless handsets and portable devices, mobile and wireless infrastructure, RF integrated circuits (RFIC), and radio frequency identification (RFID) devices. In addition, universities and aerospace/defense organizations will find applications for both the models 2910/2810.