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R&S, Marvin Test Solutions Create Turnkey Production Tester for 5G Beamforming ICs

July 15, 2019

Test and measurement companies Rohde & Schwarz and Marvin Test Solutions have cooperated to create a unique turnkey solution for the beamforming ICs used in mmWave 5G and SatCom systems. The resulting production tester, the TS 900e-5G from Marvin Test Solutions, is based on the new R&S ZNBT40 multi-port vector network analyzer (VNA) from Rohde & Schwarz.

Beamforming has become the architecture for mmWave 5G and SatCom systems, after first being adopted by the defense industry — the specialty field of Marvin Test Solutions, a U.S. aerospace test and measurement provider. The cooperation between the two companies began when Marvin Test Solutions expressed interest in the capabilities and specifications of the R&S ZNBT40, using it as the basis for developing a 5G beamforming IC production tester. The resulting TS 900e-5G production tester is available from Marvin Test Solutions.

With up to 17 RF ports, the R&S ZNBT40 multi-port VNA provides fast, reliable and extensive verification and characterization of beamforming ICs. With a true multi-port architecture and frequency coverage from 100 kHz to 40 GHz, the R&S ZNBT40 can test multi-port devices like beamforming ICs or test multiple devices in parallel, using up to 24 ports. The large number of ports enables complete characterization of a beamforming IC, seeing the cross-correlation effects while monitoring all antenna connections.

“For the heart of our test set, we selected the Rohde & Schwarz R&S ZNBT40 VNA over the competition due to its unique, cutting-edge capabilities. Our collaboration with Rohde & Schwarz enables our two companies the opportunity to deliver the best available solution to meet customers’ demanding requirements.” — Major General Stephen T. Sargeant, USAF (Ret.), CEO of Marvin Test Solutions
“Rohde & Schwarz has a strong and long-standing tradition in making high-quality instruments. We are happy to be cooperating with a dynamic test house like Marvin Test Solutions on creating industry-leading turnkey test and measurement solutions.” — Alexander Keck, director of Product Management Vector Network Analyzer at Rohde & Schwarz