Aeroflex has added IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi capability to its S-Series RF signal generator and analyzer product line. 802.11ac Wi-Fi operates in the unlicenced 5GHz band and will provide much faster speeds than the current industry Wi-Fi standard of 802.11n.
Designed for use by engineers in wireless local area network (WLAN) research, design, and manufacturing, the new 802.11ac capability is available for the SGD RF digital signal generators (Option 119) and the SVA vector signal analyzers (Option 110).
The S-Series product line’s standard features include the industry’s widest bandwidth at 200MHz; level and frequency settling times that are five times faster than competitors at 100 µs, according to the company. It also features a very low phase noise performance (-135 dB/Hz at 1 GHz, 20 kHz offset). Combined with its 4U height and half-rack width, Aeroflex believes the S-Series is the most cost-effective combination of standard features and performance in a compact instrument.
The S-Series’ wide bandwidth is ideal for WLAN R&D. For manufacturing, the fast settling times enable rapid device throughput. The large touch-screen and innovative user interface make complex measurements quick and easy. Using Aerolock the S-Series instruments can be locked together to build complex test set-ups.
Two instruments are combined within a width of 19”, allowing both transmit and receive functions in one small space. The company says customers praise the S-Series for reducing the total time spent—from setting up the measurement—to obtaining meaningful results.
‘The need for increased device speed, data rates, network capacity, and wide bandwidth have put pressure on the instrument’s hardware to maintain modulation accuracy and increased bandwidth. The S-Series is highly accurate and with 200MHz factory-calibrated bandwidth, we can easily cover the needs of 802.11ac with plenty of room for future technologies,’ said David Asquith, Aeroflex’s product line manager for the S-Series.
The SGD RF digital signal generator family includes: SGD-3 (up to 3GHz) and the SGD-6 (up to 6GHz). The SVA vector signal analyzer family includes the SVA-6 (up to 6GHz) and the SVA-13 (up to 13GHz). SGD Option 119 and SVA Option 110 are available for order with delivery in eight weeks. IQCreator software supporting 802.11ac comes embedded in the SGD.