5G RF Design Verification Test Toolset
Keysight Technologies, Inc. has announced the 5G RF DVT Toolset, claiming an industry-first network emulation solution for 5G radio design verification test. The new toolset cost-effectively scales from sub-6 GHz to mm Wave, and from pre-5G standards to new radio (NR).
The 5G RF DVT Toolset is the latest solution in Keysight’s 5G network emulation solution (NES) portfolio. The 5G RF DVT Toolset is based on Keysight’s UXM 5G wireless test platform and is the first-to-market 5G Protocol R&D Toolset. The toolset is engineered to ensure measurement traceability—from early prototyping to acceptance and manufacturing.
The 5G RF DVT Toolset uses Keysight’s test automation platform (TAP), allowing the design engineer to easily create and customize RF and radio resource management (RRM) test cases with the highest degree of parametrization.
Highlights of the Toolset:
- Verify 5G devices with a rich RF measurement suite for conducted and over-the-air (OTA) test
- Validate 5G beamforming and beam management in new 5G devices with antenna arrays on-chip
- Verify 5G waveforms and numerology with flexible test case development, fast execution of test campaigns, and in-depth results analysis
More information about the 5G protocol R&D toolset is available at www.keysight.com/find/5G-Protocol.
New PXI and LXI Switching Solutions
Pickering Interfaces announces their latest high-density PXI and Ethernet LXI Switching and Simulation Solutions. These products include a 4-slot USB/LXI Modular Chassis (model 60-105) and the BRIC™ Ultra-High-Density PXI Matrix Modules (model 40-559).
The 4-slot USB/LXI Modular Chassis (model 60-105) complements Pickering’s recently released 2-slot USB/LXI Modular Chassis in that they both offer a small, lightweight form factor ideal for portable, benchtop and space restrictive applications. These chassis are designed for desk or rack mounting and feature remote control via USB or LXI Ethernet. Remote control over a network enables the switching function of a test system to be located as close as possible to the target equipment. This new 4-slot chassis supports between one and four Pickering 3U PXI modules. Possible systems include switching matrices up to 2208 crosspoints or up to 72 channels of programmable resistor/sensor simulation.
Both the 2-slot and this new 4-slot chassis are USB 3.0 compatible and have a fully compliant LXI interface. These communications standards enable the chassis to be controlled directly through standard interfaces found on most personal computers and tablets that support HTML5, allowing for a very practical route into a variety of applications in the modular test and measurement market.
The BRIC™ Ultra-High-Density PXI Matrix Modules (model 40-559) are robust 1 Amp/20W switching modules, with up to 4,096 crosspoints. Constructed with Pickering Electronics’ new miniature 4 mm x 4 mm Reed Relays, these new 1 Amp matrices have similar switch densities compared to 0.25 Amp, 0.3 Amp or 0.5 Amp high-density matrix solutions, providing far more robust and reliable switching in the same footprint. The matrices are available in 2, 4, or 8-slot PXI sizes and are designed for high performance matrix requirements. With their high level of switching density, these PXI matrices allow a complete Functional ATE system to be housed in a single 3U PXI or PXIe Hybrid chassis.
The 40-559 is available with Y-bus widths of x4, x6, x8, x12 and x16, the three smaller versions having the added versatility of a dual analog bus which allows each BRIC module to be programmatically configured as two totally separate matrices.
The range comes with Pickering’s Built-in Relay Self-Test (BIRST) and is also supported by their eBIRST Switching System Test Tools. These tools provide a quick and simple way of finding relay failures within the modules.
For more information, visit www.pickeringtest.com.
Spectrum Analyzer Offer 5 GHz Signal Analysis Bandwidth
The Rohde & Schwarz FSW85 signal and spectrum analyzer now provides 5 GHz analysis bandwidth, which is required for analyzing wideband signals such as automotive radar FMCW chirp signals, IEEE 802.11ay signals and 5G waveform candidates.
Rohde & Schwarz is addressing the fast-growing demands for characterizing wideband components and systems by introducing the new R&S FSW-B5000 option. In combination with the R&S RTO2064 digital oscilloscope as an external digitizer, the R&S FSW85 signal and spectrum analyzer equipped with the new hardware option provides equalized 5 GHz signal analysis bandwidth.
The amplitude and phase response of the R&S FSW85, together with the R&S FSW-B5000 are fully characterized at the factory across the entire frequency range. The amplitude and phase measurement accuracy are guaranteed throughout the measurement bandwidth. The R&S FSW-B5000 supports center frequencies between 9.5 GHz and 90 GHz. For frequencies above 85 GHz, the R&S FSW85 needs to be equipped with the R&S FSW-B90G option, which extends the frequency range up to 90 GHz.
The transient and pulse measurement applications for the R&S FSW allow in-depth, wideband analysis of FMCW chirp signals and hopped and pulsed radar signals required for automotive radar applications. The R&S FSW-B5000 option also makes it possible to capture IEEE 802.11ay wideband signals for postprocessing and to perform measurements on waveform candidates for the future 5G standard.
For more information on the product, visit www.rohde-schwarz.com/ad/press/fsw.
Multi-Channel Arbitrary-Waveform Generator
Zurich Instruments announces the HDAWG, an arbitrary waveform generator with high channel density and short trigger latency (<50 ns). The HDAWG comes in either a 4 or 8 channel configuration, both offering a 16-bit output and signal cache of 500 MSamples per channel. The maximum sample rate is 2.4 GSa/s at a signal bandwidth of 750 MHz, and each signal output has both a TTL marker-output and a TTL trigger input. Furthermore, there is a 32-bit digital IO which can produce and read complex bit-patterns.
For applications where a large number of channels is required, multiple instruments can be synchronized and centrally controlled. The HDAWG is controlled via the browser-based LabOne user interface and through MATLAB, LabView, Python, .NET or C. Sequences can be easily written, edited and compiled using the embedded scripting language and complier. The resulting sequences are lean and can be swiftly transferred to the instrument over 1 GbE or USB 3.0. This saves time and increases workflow efficiency, and allows the user to maintain an overview of complex signal patterns.
The HDAWG has been developed to meet the highest requirements of R&D. For example, in Quantum Computing Applications to produce pulsed signal sequences with minimal noise. Further applications include NMR, electronic component testing, spectroscopy and Radar/Lidar.
Find more information at www.zhinst.com.
Compact, All-In-One Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing System (PNT)
The VersaPNT from Spectracom combines a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver, inertial measurement technology and high-performance timing oscillators to provide Assured PNT in GNSS-degraded and denied environments. This rugged and highly customizable device serves as a navigation system, master clock and network time server for mobile applications in harsh environmental conditions.
Spectracom claims the VersaPNT is the first all-in-one, always-accurate positioning, navigation and timing solution that delivers accurate, software-configurable position, navigation, altitude, time, and frequency signals under all circumstances.
VersaPNT minimizes size, weight and power (SWaP) by combining PNT functions normally achieved through multiple independent subsystems, allowing for efficient integration into a wide variety of ground, air and maritime platforms.
- GNSS-aided inertial navigation and timing
- High performance internal time base and inertial sensor to manage potential GNSS loss
- GNSS time and frequency source with NP/PTP time server
- Ability to integrate future PNT signal sources such as STL, CAN Bus, etc.
- High versatility with software-configurable inputs/outputs
- Network sync, set up and management
- Easy integration, with small footprint and low power consumption
- Compatible with external IMUs
- Measurement data is logged internally and streamed through a serial or LAN interface
- Ruggedized (MIL-STD-810G) low size, weight and power
- Standby power mode
Applications include Blue Force Tracking, Vehicle navigation, Mobile radios and C4ISR and Robotics.
Find more information at spectracom.com.
Bi-Directional 15 Kw 500 V DC Power Supply
Delta Elektronika has introduced its first 15 kW standard power supply offering a bi-directional output and advanced new features at the price of a standard version. Operation is easy, with no need to study bulky manuals.
The SM500-CP-90 features a flexible constant power output characteristic: the lower the voltage, the higher the current: 500 V, -30 to +30 A, 250 V, -60 to +60 A and 166 V, -90 to +90 A. Voltage, positive current and negative current can all be adjusted from zero to maximum.
In sink mode, Delta’s Power Regeneration Technology returns energy back to the grid with an efficiency of 95%. Because of this high efficiency, cabinet height is restricted to just 3 U without any compromise on product lifespan.
Dynamic response to load changes is excellent allowing very fast load variations between -90 and +90 A while all-digital control makes it possible to adapt regulation to match load type. The input range of a standard unit encompasses 380 up to 480 V AC rated voltages, covering 86% of the world’s electricity grids.
The constant output power covers the output range of five separate power supplies with a traditional rectangular VI-curve. Choosing the best output range is much easier now and offers users far better value for money.
Bi-directional power means the same constant power characteristic in the second quadrant for the full 15 kW. It also operates like an electronic load. Previously Delta’s power supplies would be equipped with an optional power sink capable of absorbing up to 10% of the total energy which was dissipated via internal heat sinks. Now, the power sink is standard and can sink up to 100% of the power without the need for dissipating lots of energy.
With new Power Regeneration Technology Delta returns full power back into the grid and the efficiency of 95% avoids the need for expensive water cooling. Compared to traditional electronic loads– where dissipation is 100%– there is a power loss of just 5%.
Fast response to load changes has been a challenge for a long time, especially when it comes to changing from positive to negative current and vice-versa. The full integration of source and sink in one device is a neater and more efficient solution. Output voltage of the SM500-CP-90 recovers in 200 µs after a load change from +90 to -90 A and -90 to +90 A.
For more information, visit www.delta-eletronika.nl.
Flying Probe for Test
Seica S.p.A. is showcasing the new Pilot V8 next > series flying prober, featuring a renovated and stylish look thanks to the premium materials of the chassis, and innovative electrical worth discovering performances, undoubtedly the most complete flying probing test platform on the market.
In its most complete configuration, the Pilot V8 next > series tester will provide up to 20 mobile test resources for an electronic board, ranging from probes which can supply today up to 2 A current each, high-resolution cameras for automatic optical inspection, barcode reading and datamatrix, LASER, capacitive probes, pyrometers, optical fiber sensors for LEDs, mini-fixtures for boundary scan and On-Board Programming, up to high-frequency probes for measures over 1.5 GHz.
To confirm its nature, highly oriented to medium/high volume production, the Pilot V8 next > series will be available in a fully-automated version, making its vertical architecture perfectly suitable to be combined with board loading/unloading modules, capable of hosting from 1 to 12 board racks (even of different types) or with handling and “tilting” modules, to make it perfectly compatible with any standard assembly line with horizontal architecture. All of the automation modules are available in the catalog of Seica Automation. The HR version of the Pilot V8 next > series projects the system towards minimized size of objects, around 30 μm, while the XL version extends the work area from the standard 610 x 540 mm to 800 x 650 mm, providing unique solutions for testing “extra-large” boards.
Find more information at www.seica.com.
New Manufacturing Execution Software (MES)
Aegis Software has announced their newest FactoryLogix software solution. If Industry 4.0 seems to be a utopian view of the future of manufacturing affordable by only the top tiers of manufacturing, Aegis is showcasing an alternative way forward, one that is practical, non-disruptive and introduces real practical steps. Aegis Software Brings “The Smarter Perspective” on Industry 4.0 MES Technology towards an Industry 4.0 that works in the intended business sense, as well as from the technology perspective.
The software and hardware technologies showcase a modern approach, specifically designed for Smart factories. The product supports the new industry standard, CFX, and some revolutionary, affordable hardware in the form of Raspberry Pi based production stations. It is no longer necessary to accept compromised solutions from providers that require armies of developers to create customized software, expensive bespoke hardware or have a proliferation of PCs on the shop-floor. Aegis Software, the leader of key modern software technologies, presents FactoryLogix, the singular software platform approach to Industry 4.0 solutions.
To learn more about FactoryLogix® and Aegis Software’s approach to Industry 4.0, please visit www.aiscorp.com/.
Miniature, Lightweight Hybrid Sensors for Force, Displacement, Pressure, Strain and Acceleration Measurements
The Micro-Measurements® brand of Vishay Precision Group, Inc., has introduced a new range of miniature, lightweight hybrid sensors, offering cost-effective force, displacement, pressure, strain and acceleration measurements within high-volume OEM and test applications.
Design of the new Micro-Measurements hybrid sensor range incorporates the brand’s own precision foil strain gauges, adhesively bonded to flat substrates, constructed of either metal, composite, or polymer. Hybrid sensors are manufactured by VPG using the same high-volume production equipment as those used to create its precision strain gauges. The result is a cost-effective family of strain-gauge based hybrid sensors with consistent batch-to-batch performance characteristics. Users may further incorporate an optional miniature signal amplifier, as either a stand-alone component or attached to the sensor. Hybrid sensors may be attached via mounting holes with choice of screws, spot welding, or clamping, thereby eliminating adhesive bonding requirements. The hybrid sensors are further optionally available with pre-attached lead wires and connectors, for simplified customer handling without soldering requirements.
New hybrid sensors can effectively support a variety of high-volume OEM consumer product, process control, automotive testing, non-critical medical device, educational research, and industrial requirements. Process control applications include liquid-level sensing, motor control, and vibration monitoring. Automotive testing applications include passenger weighing, foot-pedal pressure, seatbelt tension, emergency braking, suspension control, and engine monitoring. Medical applications include pumps, respirators, and other non-critical devices.
For more information regarding hybrid sensors, visit www.micro-measurements.com.
Pressure Transmitter with Low-Power Voltage Output
Endress+Hauser added a 1-5 VDC Low Power output option to the PMP71 pressure transmitter that draws only 17 milliwatts of power at 9 V, making the PMP71 consume less power during operation than any other voltage-output pressure transmitter. This low-power draw makes the PMP71 ideally suited for battery and solar-powered applications where low power consumption is critical.
The PMP71 measures the absolute and gauge pressure of gas, steam or liquid and has built-in algorithms to calculate level, volume and mass of liquids. Measuring spans are available in ranges from -6 to +6 psi up to -15 to 10,500 psi. For safe operation at process temperatures up to 752 °F, it has a piezoresistive measuring cell and metallic welded process isolating diaphragm.
The PMP71 has ATEX, FM, CSA, NEPSI, IECEx approvals and is suitable for use in up to SIL3 hazardous applications. The voltage output version is available with the CSA C/US XP approval in North America.
For more detailed information on the PMP71 pressure transmitter, please visit www.us.endress.com/PMP71.
Micro ICP® Pressure Sensor for Sensing Shock Waves and High-Speed Dynamic Pressure
PCB’s new micro ICP® Pressure Sensor, Model 132B38, is suited for wind tunnel applications that require very small test sensors and very high frequency response. This improved design features a centered sensing element which improves accuracy of time of arrival, targeting, sniper/projectile detection systems, and aerodynamic testing in high speed wind tunnels. Model 132B38 measures high frequency pressure phenomena and can resolve short wave length, dynamic pressure pulses.
This pressure sensor measures shock waves above 11 kHz and up to 1 MHz. With a measurement range of 50 psi and a resolution of 0.001 psi, it is sensitive enough to measure standing waves associated with boundary-layer transitions and the bow and stern of shock waves created by projectiles. The sensor features a stainless-steel housing and a 10-foot integral cable that terminates in a 10-32 coaxial jack.
For additional information, visit www.pcb.com/Aerospace/windtunnelsensorspressure.