Vector signal generator offers cost-efficient generation and analysis of WLAN IEEE 802.11ac signals up to 160 MHz

February 25, 2013 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
New options extend the baseband of the SMBV100A vector signal generator from Rohde & Schwarz to 160 MHz, enabling it to directly support high-speed modes for WLAN IEEE 802.11ac. An external PC is not needed. In the 5 GHz ISM band, the SMBV100A offers exceptional signal performance (0.44 % EVM) for 160 MHz signals.

The latest generation of the field-tested FSV signal and spectrum analyzer can also be equipped with a demodulation bandwidth of 160 MHz. Unmatched in the general-purpose instrument class, the analyzer can now be used to record and demodulate a WLAN IEEE 802.11ac signal in its full bandwidth of up to 160 MHz.

This provides cost-conscious R&D departments with an all-in-one solution consisting of these two easy-to-use measuring instruments. The SMBV100A allows developers to run receiver tests on individual chipsets, receivers and terminals. Using the FSV, developers of components and modules for IEEE 802.11ac can perform spectral measurements and modulation analyses. Both the SMBV100A and the FSV cover not only WLAN but also all important standards such as GSM/EDGE, 3GPP WCDMA, HSPA, LTE, NFC and Bluetooth®.

The latest options for the SMBV100A and the FSV for extending the baseband to 160 MHz as well as the FSV-K91ac option for measurements in line with IEEE 802.11ac will be available soon are being presented at Mobile World Congress.

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