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EuMW Virtual: Rohde & Schwarz Demonstrates Microwave Test Solutions For Future-Looking Applications

January 7, 2021

Rohde & Schwarz is participating at European Microwave Week (EuMW) virtual with a lavishly designed virtual trade show booth, where visitors can learn about new developments and exchange ideas with experts. The focus is on test systems for RF frontend designs, for radar and satellite systems and for wireless technologies from 5G to the sub-THz range. EuMW 2020 was postponed and takes place from January 10 to 15, 2021, as an online event.

At the Rohde & Schwarz virtual booth, an overview board informs visitors and conference participants about theme areas and product highlights. Detailed information can be found at the virtual counters. Videos and product demonstrations based on typical application scenarios are available here. Experts are on hand to answer questions regarding T&M solutions in live chat sessions. Visiting the virtual trade show without participating in the conference program is free and only requires registration with the EuMW event organizer.

RF component tests

RF component tests and associated research applications are on display at one counter of the Rohde & Schwarz booth. A highlight here is the new vector-receiver load pull measurement setup with an R&S ZNA high-end vector network analyzer (VNA) and microwave impedance tuners from Maury Microwave. This setup enables very fast, high-precision measurements on nonlinear RF amplifiers, as well as on-wafer measurements on nonlinear semiconductor components. It supports high speed power and impedance sweeps. Using the R&S ZNB40 VNA with a frequency range up to 40 GHz, Rohde & Schwarz also demonstrates how measurement accuracy can be significantly increased with little effort when testing signal integrity on digital designs and microwave board designs.

As another highlight, Rohde & Schwarz demonstrates online access to the R&S WinIQSIM2 simulation software and the R&S Vector Signal Explorer (VSE) RF analysis software via the R&S Cloud4Testing software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform. Analyses and simulations are running in the cloud, so users need not install the software on their own devices—e.g. in their home offices—nor do they need to allow for any processing power for these tasks. The R&S Cloud4Testing SaaS platform is also attractive for companies that perform amplifier tests according to multiple, different standards.

5G NR and beyond

Rohde & Schwarz also presents RF base station test solutions for the 5G FR2 frequency range from 26 GHz to 39 GHz, as well as an R&S CMP200 based test solution for ultrawideband components compliant with IEEE 802.15.4a/4z. This transmission technology is suitable for precise location finding, e.g. for machines or materials.

At the following counter, the focus is on next generation cellular technologies. Here, the Rohde & Schwarz experts explain how an antenna operating in the sub-terahertz range can be characterized over the air (OTA) testing. Many modern components and modules are so small and so tightly integrated that wired measurements are no longer possible. Using a compact antenna test range and suitable test procedures will provide a compact setup for OTA antenna characterization.

Test solutions for radar and satellite systems and for automotive radars

One virtual counter highlights forward-looking test solutions for radar and satellite systems, including the high-sensitivity R&S FSWP phase noise analyzer with a new option for measuring the noise power ratio of satellite system components. In addition, visitors can learn about multichannel pulse analysis, carried out with the R&S RTP164 high-performance oscilloscope. Another counter is dedicated to automotive radars where a test for E-Band radars will be presented.

Online workshops and presentations

Rohde & Schwarz is participating in the EuMW conference program with presentations and free virtual workshops:
•    Enrich the picture—identification and localization of SATCOM signals (online presentation as part of the Defence, Security and Space Forum)
•    Modern RF frontend design and testing (workshop)
•    mmWave and THz technology for 5G and beyond (workshop)

Rohde & Schwarz will showcase its portfolio of microwave test solutions at EuMW virtual from January 10 to 15, 2021. The presented content will be available on demand until February 5, 2021.