Electronic Design

Test For RF Trends

  • Crowding of the RF spectrum caused by a multitude of wireless communications devices creates challenging issues for RF test equipment manufacturers.
  • Traditional RF test equipment keeps moving forward in performance. However, more needs to be done as clock rates rise and the line blurs between digital and analog signals.
  • PC-based hardware plug-in cards are becoming more popular, leaving the PC to perform most of the computational tasks via software.
  • A software-based approach to T&M is gaining a foothold. Virtual instrumentation and synthetic instruments are the latest trends to suppress testing costs.
  • The RF ATE industry must develop higher-speed and lower-cost systems, as well as meet the requirements of cellular devices with multiple standards and protocols.
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