Microwave Vision Group (MVG) has reported a 44 percent upturn in order intakes of its highly accurate lab-based, multi-probe antenna test and measurement system, the StarLab.

Part of its "Little Big Lab" range of compact and portable testing equipment, StarLab is one of the most comprehensively designed products of its kind having undergone over 15 years of proactive regeneration in order to continually meet the antenna testing and measurement requirements of a range of different industries. Performing both passive antenna and OTA measurements to class-leading standards, its measurement speed has improved with every new model and its typical dynamic range has evolved to fully support WiFi, LTE and upcoming protocols.

Designed specifically for the telecom, aerospace and defense markets, the third-generation model (StarLab 50 GHz), released in 2017 superseded its predecessor in order to meet the measurement requirements of 5G high frequency and mmWave antenna testing.

The second-generation model (StarLab 650 MHz -18 GHz) still proves popular for consumer electronics and telecom industries and has, in recent years, been hailed a revolution in R&D testing by leading manufacturers such as Parrot Drones, who claimed: “We noticed the difference instantly and are now able to give preference to measurements over simulation to optimize the design and integration of our antennas”.

Arnaud Gandois, managing director for MVG Industries, comments of the rise in lab-based antenna testing technology: “The research and development of new and regenerated products is now a vital area of investment for manufacturers, driving the need for testing and measurements devices which are highly-accurate, fast, easy to use and most importantly compact enough for a laboratory environment.

“Throughout the product development stage, designers need the ability to test multiple components in a range of different configurations, quickly and accurately, allowing them to make materials, specification and design changes efficiently enough to ensure a fast time-to-market.

“We are continually evolving our StarLab technology in line with 5G testing challenges which include the usage of higher frequency bands and the absence of physical connectors. It is a compact and portable solution to in-lab OTA testing and with three generations of product now in the range, we are able to offer our customers the right StarLab technology according to the products and antennas they are testing.”