October 17, 2011. Aeroflex has announced a new addition to its PXI 3000 Series of RF modular instruments. The new 3036 RF digitizer module offers a frequency range extending to 13 GHz and finds use in vector signal analysis of complex RF signals. The 3036 provides wide instantaneous bandwidth, fast frequency switching, high linearity, and low noise, making it suitable for testing devices and RF components used in high-performance wideband RF and microwave communications.
“The 3036 is targeted to address a growing market demand for higher frequency signal analysis in high-speed low-cost ATE systems where system footprint, measurement bandwidth and test speed are critical requirements,” said Tim Carey, PXI business unit manager.
The Aeroflex 3036 is a RF digitizer operating over the band 250 kHz -13 GHz, with up to 90-MHz wide digitized -1-dB bandwidth and 13-bit ADC resolution. It supports high-speed frequency switching in less than 325 µs. The 3036 is used with a 3010 Series synthesizer module to provide precision conversion of RF signals into digital IF or I and Q sample data. This combination of modules requires only four slots (three slots for the 3036 and one slot for the 3010) to minimize overall test system footprint.
The flexible PXI Studio software application supplied as standard with the 3036 can provide vector signal analysis of complex modulated signals. PXI Studio performs spectrum and time domain analysis of sample data for general purpose RF component testing and alignment of radio communications transceivers. These features are suited to the needs of RF test systems for manufacturing and design verification. Optional measurement personalities for PXI Studio enable measurements for a range of generic modulation types and radio standards including LTE (FDD and TDD), UMTS/HSUPA, TD-SCDMA, CDMA2000 1xRTT and EV-DO, GSM/EDGE, WLAN, WiMAX, Bluetooth, and ZigBee.