Adding to Oscilloscope Measurement Solutions
Teledyne LeCroy is perhaps best known for its high-speed, high-performance oscilloscopes, and visitors to Mobile World Congress 2018 were not disappointed to see the likes of the company’s WaveRunner 8000 family of oscilloscopes for use from 0.5 to 4.0 GHz. In spite of the high performance and precision, the instruments feature operating software that makes them quite easy to use, even for complex measurements. But the company has recently added to its test instrument portfolio with the acquisition of Frontline Test Equipment and their Bluetooth protocol analysis testers and Quantum Data and their HDMI and SDI signal generators and protocol analyzers, providing precision measurements of torque and force in mechanical systems.
Testers Monitor Widening Communications Bandwidths
For measuring and monitoring some of the latest wireless communications technologies, Anritsu will offer a variety of hardware and software test solutions at Mobile World Congress 2018. Both benchtop and portable instruments have been developed for testing 5G systems, LTE-A-Pro networks, and Internet of Things (IoT) technology. For example, the MS2850A signal analyzer offers analysis bandwidths as wide as 1 GHz to study the quality of short-haul 5G communications links. For lower frequencies, the MT8870A Universal Wireless Test Set is well suited for measurements below 6 GHz in those same 5G networks as well as in the predecessors, such as 4G LTE.
GaN-on-Silicon Powers Wireless Bands
MACOM intrigued visitors at Mobile World Congress 2018 with its novel GaN-on-silicon semiconductor technology for RF/microwave amplification of pulsed and continuous-wave (CW) signals. Designed for applications from DC through 6 GHz and available as discrete transistors and integrated devices, the high-power GaN-on-silicon transistors and amplifiers are suitable for the most demanding commercial, medical, industrial, and military applications. The devices are fabricated with a 0.5-μm high-electron-mobility-transistor (HEMT) process and feature consistent output power, gain, and efficiency over wide operating-frequency ranges.
Ready for 3GPP Compliance – Anokiwave Introduces New IC Family
Just prior to MWC, Anokiwave introduced a new family of second generation 5G Silicon Quad Core ICs that enable 3GPP compliant base stations. Learn more.
Tester Traps Signals Like a Speedy Shark
Narda Safety Test Solutions GmbH is a leading manufacturer of measuring equipment for radio frequency (RF) analysis, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing, and as well as for environmental and occupational protection in electromagnetic fields (EMF). With a line-up of impressive test instruments for portable and on-site use, Narda grabbed attention at the Mobiole World Congress 2018 exhibition for its new Signal Shark tester, designed to find troublesome signals even in the presence of very strong signals, with a wide intermodulation-free dynamic range of -167 dBm using a built-in preamplifier. The tester is well suited for remote wireless testing, available with frequency span of 200 MHz to 2.7 GHz and the extremely broadband range of 10 MHz to 8 GHz. A scan rate of 40 GHz/s makes sure that even intermittent signals are detected.
Modular Flexibility for sub-6-GHz 5G
National Instruments made news with the release of a sub-6-GHz 5G test reference solution compliant with the 3GPP Release 15 specification for 5G New Radio (NR). The high-performance but cost-effective test system leverages the flexibility of the modular PXI format to use the PXIe-5840 Vector Signal Transceiver (VST) for 5G testing of devices, circuits, and assemblies. The VST offers 1-GHz instantaneous signal generation and analysis bandwidth at frequencies to 6 GHz. The tester delivers error-vector-magnitude (EVM) performance of better than 0.32% (-50 dB) for 100-MHz NR signals.
Single Module Targets Two Wireless Applications
For Mobile World Congress visitors, some new names offered some new designs, including start-up company Riot Micro (www.riotmicro.com) with a demonstration of a low-power, dual-mode narrowband (NB) IoT and Long-Term-Evolution (LTE-M) reference design. The demonstration featured Riot’s model RM1000 module and Amarisoft’s AMAEI LTE 100 software running on a compact software defined radio (SDR) platform.
The World’s Most Innovative Active Antenna Solutions for mmW 5G
At MWC, Anokiwave ICs powered over 10 customer 5G arrays at 3 mmW 5G bands, while more than 10 Active Antennas, driven by our 5G ICs were featured at several partner booths. Learn more.
Closer to 5G Performance
Qualcomm attracted visitors to its locale at Mobile World Congress 2018 with the latest news of its Snapdragon X50 modems for 5G phones. Following demonstrations at its headquarters and announcements of partnerships with 19 mobile device makers and 18 carriers to bring Snapdragon X50 family 5G modems to devices sold across the world, the company expects to have these high-performance modems in consumer products sold by 2019. The modems feature 5 Gb/s data speeds and 1 to 2 ms latency for wireless communications in networks operating at sub-6-GHz frequencies as well as in the short-haul links at higher, millimeter-wave frequencies.
Transceiver IC Takes On 6 GHz
Analog Devices showed some of its signal-processing components that are well suited for emerging wireless communications applications, including 5G wireless networks, such as the AD9371 RF transceiver. Supplied in a miniature 12 × 12 mm housing, the transceiver IC can replace as many as 20 discrete components in a radio design. It covers a frequency range of 300 MHz to 6 GHz and supports receive and transmit bandwidths as wide as 100 MHz. The device operates at low power levels and includes an observation receiver for additional versatility.
Flexible Cables Make Millimeter-Wave Connections
With component expertise in both electrical and optical areas, HUBER + SUHNER presented some samples of those high-performance components the Mobile World Congress 2018. As an example, multiflex 53-02 thin, flexible cables were among the components on display, designed for handling signal frequencies well into the millimeter-wave range. These thin but extremely stable 50-Ω cables are usable though 67 GHz and for as many as 50,000 flex cycles. With a global network of production locales, HUBER + SUHNER boast customers in over 60 countries.
Testing the Limits of Wireless Standards
Test equipment is essential for optimum operation of mobile communications networks, and Keysight Technologies has test gear for audio through millimeter-wave frequencies. At the Mobile World Conference 2018, those measurement solutions include wireless test sets for all the major wireless communications standards, and the hardware and software needed for testing at communications device through network levels, such as spectrum analyzers reaching to 60 GHz and beyond.
Massive MIMO Antennas Power Higher Frequencies
Innovative wireless connectivity solutions will be plentiful at the Laird booth. For example, Laird’s massive multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) antenna technology is expected to be one of the key components in a rapidly expanding Fifth Generation (5G) wireless communications network around the world, as faster data requires more bandwidth and higher operating frequencies for this advanced network.