Boonton, Noisecom highlight new products at IMS 2016

Boonton and Noisecom, both Wireless Telecom Group companies, chose IMS 2016 to highlight new products: a wideband USB power sensor and a carrier-to-noise generator, respectively.

Boonton has added a new fast measurement mode to the 55 Series USB wideband power sensor, adding to its industry leading 100,000 measurements per second capabilities. This new measurement mode unleashes the power of the Boonton’s Real-Time Power Processing architecture by analyzing a signal as it is being captured and quantifying user-defined events such as a series of pulses, bursts, or time intervals. This real-time analysis is quickly available to the user through a fast measurement readout of RF power measurements. These measurements, such as peak, average, crest factor, and minimum power, enable continuous, real-time monitoring of physical-layer performance. Combined with 3-ns rise time and 195-MHz video bandwidth, real-time measurement capabilities like this enable testing and characterizing of complex Wi-Fi, radar, MRI and RF amplifiers at high speeds not previously obtainable.

Boonton’s innovative Real-Time Power Processing architecture eliminates the acquisition latency associated with traditional peak power meters and sensors, yielding fast performance in a USB platform. The 55 Series offers an advanced user interface, robust API, and compact form factor making it suitable for R&D laboratory, manufacturing, automated test, and field use.

The 55 Series includes 6, 18 and 40 GHz models which pack the signal processing power of class-leading Boonton benchtop power meters into a small, lightweight, portable form factor for real-time power characterization.

Carrier-to-noise generator

Noisecom highlighted a new CNG-EbNo programmable precision carrier-to-noise (C/N) generator with an integrated spectrum analyzer designed for communication systems data streams that include multiple carriers in the frequency band. This new CNG-EbNo allows system designers and test engineers to isolate and characterize a specific frequency in the input data stream, accurately measure the power of the carrier at that frequency, and generate a precise C/N ratio.

Traditionally a C/N ratio generator takes power-level measurements across the entire frequency band and generates a C/N ratio based on the average power measured across the band. This is effective with a single carrier or frequency of interest, but once multiple data streams are introduced this method is inadequate. The new CNG-EbNo with integrated spectrum analyzer solves the problem by leveraging power level measurement capabilities of the spectrum analyzer and generating C/N ratios with that data.

The CNG-EbNo is a fully automated instrument that sets and maintains a highly accurate ratio between a user-supplied carrier and internally generated additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) over a wide range of signal power levels and frequencies. The instrument gives system, design and test engineers in cellular, satellite, and military communications industries a cost-effective means of obtaining higher yield through automated testing plus increased confidence from repeatable, accurate test results.

From the basic noise diode to the most sophisticated noise generators Noisecom noise products have been in use in major laboratories around the world for decades and become the standard for noise generation. The CNG-EbNo series precision generators are frequency and power customizable.

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