R&S®TS712x Shielded RF Test Boxes

Reliable RF tests on devices with radio interface

Key Facts

  • Wide frequency range from 300 MHz to 14 GHz
  • Rugged design for long service life
  • High shielding effectiveness
  • Low reflection due to use of absorbent material
  • Integrated RF connectors and filter feedthroughs
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Brief Description

The use of shielded RF boxes is a prequisite for reliably testing radio interfaces.

Features & Benefits

  • Rugged mechanical design for long service life
  • Diverse options for application-specific configurations

Specifications

RF shielding effectiveness R&S®TS7121 R&S®TS7123
300 MHz to 14 GHz > 35 dB (typ.) > 40 dB (typ.)
500 MHz to 3 GHz > 70 dB (typ.) > 60 dB (typ.)
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Key Facts

  • Wide frequency range from 300 MHz to 14 GHz
  • Rugged design for long service life
  • High shielding effectiveness
  • Low reflection due to use of absorbent material
  • Integrated RF connectors and filter feedthroughs
  • Automatically and manually operated versions
  • Narrow and wide versions for different sized DUTs
  • Antenna couplers for diverse technologies

Brief Description

The use of shielded RF boxes is a prequisite for reliably testing radio interfaces. This is the only way to ensure that DUTs are not affected by interference from other, external test systems, which would distort measurement results, and also to prevent other external instruments or test systems from being affected by the testing of the radio interface. To meet these requirements, a text box must offer high shielding effectiveness, a good antenna coupling factor, and a rugged mechanical design for reproducible results.

The R&S®TS712x family of RF test boxes has been designed to meet the requirements of automatic production lines. These include long service life, rugged design and automatic opening and closing of the RF box. Featuring high shielding effectiveness over a wide frequency range, the RF test boxes perform tests on modules and devices with a radio interface in accordance with a wide variety of standards such as ISM, GSM/CDMA2000®/WCDMA, Bluetooth®, ZigBee®, WiMAX, WIFI and LTE.

Features & Benefits

  • Rugged mechanical design for long service life

    • Milled case ensures reproducible RF characteristics
    • Guide rails in separate compartment – no interference with RF field
    • Optional absorbers mitigate reflection from RF test box inner walls
    • Manual and automatic versions with identical RF characteristics
    • Exchangeable connector plate for customized configurations
  • Diverse options for application-specific configurations

    • Elevated cover to accommodate additional test equipment
    • Feedthrough filter for DUT control
    • Antenna couplers for diverse technologies

Specifications

Shielded RF test boxes R&S®TS7121 R&S®TS7123
RF shielding effectiveness 1)
300 MHz to 14 GHz >35 dB (typ.) >40 dB (typ.)
500 MHz to 3 GHz >70 dB (typ.) >60 dB (typ.)
1 GHz to 2.5 GHz >75 dB (typ.) >60 dB (typ.)
2.5 MHz to 4 GHz >60 dB (typ.) >50 dB (typ.)
Interfaces
Compressed air (grease-free) 4 bar to 8 bar (automatic version only)
Control of pneumatic system 25-contact, D-Sub (m), 24 V
Exchangeable connector plate
with feedthrough filter
80 mm × 90 mm
(3.15 in × 3.54 in)
143 mm × 120 mm
(5.63 in × 4.72 in)
1 × 25, 1 × 9-contact feedthrough filter D-Sub female (on outside of case), D-Sub male (on inside of case)
3 MHz (3 dB) cut-off frequency, 100 V (1 A) DC voltage, 100 V (0.3 A) AC voltage
RF feedthroughs 4 x N female (on outside of case) to SMA female (on inside of case), 0 MHz to 12.4 MHz
Temperature ranges
Operating temperature range +10 °C to +40 °C
Storage temperature range –20 °C to +60 °C
Relative humidity
Operation 90 % relative humidity, non-condensating at +10 °C to +30 °C or
75 % relative humidity, non-condensating at +10 °C to +40 °C
Storage 90 % relative humidity, non-condensating up to +60 °C
Dimensions (W × H × D)
Outer dimensions (slide-in unit closed)2)
Automatic version (with base plate) 155 mm × 305 mm × 428 (600) mm
(6.10 in × 12.00 in × 16.85 (23.62) in)
330 mm × 347 mm × 428 (600) mm
(12.99 in × 13.66 in × 16.85 (23.62) in)
Manual version (with handle) 155 mm × 305 mm × 498 mm
(6.10 in × 12.00 in × 19.61 in)
330 mm × 347 mm × 498 mm
(12.99 in × 13.66 in × 19.61 in)
Additional depth with slide-in unit
fully extended
+210 mm (+8.27 in) +248 mm (+ 9.76 in)
Inner dimensions (with absorber) 87 mm × 130 mm × 354 mm
(3.43 in × 5.12 in × 13.94 in)
250 mm × 170 mm × 345 mm
(9.84 in × 6.69 in × 13.58 in)
Max. DUT dimensions (with absorber) 80 mm × 130 mm × 193 mm
(3.15 in × 5.12 in × 7.60 in)
245 mm × 165 mm × 228 mm
(9.65 in × 6.50 in × 8.98 in)
Base plate of automatic version
(W × D)BPL3)
155 mm × 600 mm
(6.10 in × 23.62 in)
330 mm × 600 mm
(12.99 in × 23.62 in)
Front supporting plate
(with absorber) (W × D)FSPL3)
80 mm × 200 (193) mm
(3.15 in × 7.87 (7.60) in)
245 mm × 255 (237) mm
(9.65 in × 10.04 (9.33) in)
Rear supporting plate
(with absorber)(W × D)FSPL3)
80 mm ×175 (149) mm
(3.15 in × 6.89 (5.87) in)
245 mm × 129 (100) mm
(9.65 in × 5.08 (3.94) in)
Max. opening of slide-in unit
(with absorber) OSLU3)
209 (195) mm
(8.23 (7.68) in)
242 (228) mm
(9.53 (8.98) in)
Weight
(with absorber, without antenna)
approx. 25 kg (55.12 lb) approx. 35 kg (77.16 lb)
Shipping weight approx. 32 kg (70.55 lb) approx. 45 kg (99.21 lb)
Options4)
Antenna couplers coupling coefficient typ. 10 dB to 20 dB5)
Wideband antenna coupler
(R&S®TS-F23+WA)
300 MHz to 6 GHz, circularly polarized antenna coupler
GSM/CDMA2000®/WCDMA
(R&S®TS-F2x-G, R&S®TSF-23A-G,
included in R&S®:TS-F21AGB)
770 MHz to 1000 MHz, 1700 MHz to 2200 MHz
Bluetooth®/WLAN (b, g)
(R&S®TS-F2x-B2, included in R&S®TS-F21AGB)
2.4 GHz
ISM (R&S®TS-F2x-I4) 315 MHz, 433 MHz to 434 MHz, 850 MHz to 950 MHz
Absorber
Thickness 26 mm (1.02 in) 29 mm (1.14 in)
Return loss up to 1 GHz: <2 dB; 1 GHz to 2 GHz: 10 dB to 20 dB,
from 2 GHz >20 dB
Proportion of shielding effectiveness up to 1 GHz: approx. 5 dB; 0.8 GHz to 2 GHz: approx. 10 dB;
from 2 GHz: approx. 15 dB
Feedthrough filter for USB up to 2.0 yes yes
Elevated cover
(optionally with absorber)
yes yes
Outer dimensions (with side handle) 155 (188) mm × 185 mm × 400 mm
6.10 (7.40) in × 7.28 in × 15.75 in
330 (359) mm × 185 mm × 400 mm
12.99 (14.13) in × 7.28 in × 15.75 in
Inner dimensions (without absorber) 128 mm × 170 mm × 373 mm
5.04 in × 6.69 in × 14.69 in
297 mm × 170 mm × 367 mm
11.69 in × 6.69 in × 14.45 in
Inner dimensions (with absorber) 76 mm × 144 mm × 321 mm
2.99 in × 5.67 in × 12.64 in
239 mm × 141 mm × 309 mm
9.41 in × 5.55 in × 12.17 in
Effective additional inner height
(with absorber)
179 (153) mm (7.05 (6.02) in) 179 (150) mm (7.05 (5.91) in)

1) With integrated absorber, when maintenance intervals are adhered to.
2) Without connectors on rear panel (> 20 mm (> 0.79 in), without lateral clamping levers (2 mm (0.08 in) × 30 mm (1.81 in)).
3) For location in test box, see figure "Side view of R&S®TS7121x RF shielded test boxes".
4) Feedthrough filter for fiber-optic link and compressed air on request.
5) Depending on DUT.

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