Microwave Journal
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mmWave Frequency Extenders for Handheld Spectrum Analyzers

May 12, 2017

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To extend the use of handheld spectrum analyzers into the millimeter wave bands, OML developed the portable mixer series, MxxHxDC. The harmonic mixers in the series are designed to attach to a handheld spectrum analyzer, such as Keysight Technologies’ FieldFox. The mixer uses the tracking generator in the spectrum analyzer as the LO source and taps into 5 V from the analyzer’s built-in DC supply. The mixer enables a “one box” solution for portable field measurements for applications such as backhaul radio, automotive radar and WiGig. Three versions of the MxxHxDC are available, for waveguide bands WR-12 (60 to 90 GHz), WR-15 (50 to 75 GHz) and WR-10 (75 to 110 GHz).

The M12H6DC model covers the 60 to 90 GHz RF band and down-converts to an IF output between DC and 2 GHz. The spectrum analyzer’s tracking generator is set between 9.92 and 14.92 GHz, with the sixth harmonic used for the LO. The M12H6DC’s conversion factor is typically −6 dB with the IF at 500 MHz. Typical noise figure is 26 dB, which includes the IF amplifier, and the output 1 dB compression point is typically −5 dBm, with a maximum input power drive of +20 dBm. The extender uses a WR-12 waveguide interface for the RF signal and SMA female connectors for the LO and IF. The extender draws a maximum of 250 mA from the spectrum analyzer’s 5 V supply. The operating temperature range is +20°C to +30°C.

The MxxHxDC portable mixer series from OML is the first truly portable measurement system that extends the measurement capabilities of handheld spectrum analyzers into the millimeter wave bands. 

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