R&S®SFE Broadcast Tester

The compact solution for all major TV and broadcasting standards

Key Facts

  • Multistandard signal generator
  • Frequency range up to 2700 MHz
  • High-precision modulator (MER typ. 43 dB)

Brief Description

The R&S®SFE is a multistandard signal generator that supports all common TV standards and a number of audio broadcasting standards.

Features

  • Versatile multistandard signal generator with realtime coding
  • High-precision signal generation over wide frequency and level range

Specifications

Frequency range 100 kHz to 2.5 GHz
Frequency resolution 1 Hz
Level –110 dBm to +15 dBm
Level accuracy < 1.0 dB

Key Facts

  • Multistandard signal generator
  • Frequency range up to 2700 MHz
  • High-precision modulator (MER typ. 43 dB)
  • Integrated 12 path fading simulator
  • Integrated noise source, BER tester and transport stream generator

Brief Description

The R&S®SFE is a multistandard signal generator that supports all common TV standards and a number of audio broadcasting standards. Whether analog or digital terrestrial TV, cable, satellite or mobile TV, or sound broadcasting – the R&S®SFE modulates all these signals in realtime, combining a high-quality RF modulator, a universal realtime coder and diverse baseband signal sources in a single unit.

The R&S®SFE’s modular design allows users to tailor the instrument to their own requirements – for example by adding an integrated noise generator or a BER tester. Moreover, the R&S®SFE is the first instrument in its class to feature a powerful integrated fading simulator. Even after purchase, the R&S®SFE can be quickly and easily upgraded to cover new modulation modes by enabling pre-installed software options.

The instrument’s versatile baseband signal sources for digital TV standards make it possible to replay test signals from Rohde & Schwarz libraries as well as proprietary transport streams. For analog TV, the R&S®SFE can be installed with an integrated audio/video test signal generator. Alternatively, the instrument can be fed with transport streams or analog A/V signals from external generators. An optional arbitrary (ARB) waveform generator allows the user to create any type of modulation signal regardless of the realtime coders installed. The R&S®SFE is compact and requires only little space. It offers the same convenient graphical user interface as the high-end R&S®SFU broadcast test system, plus full remote control capability.

The R&S®SFE’s multistandard capability and flexible customization options make it an extremely versatile instrument for many lab applications. Moreover, with its excellent price/performance ratio, it is also a valuable tool in service and quality assurance. And, last but not least, featuring short switching times, an optional ARB waveform generator and a highly compact design, the R&S®SFE is a cost-efficient solution for production applications.

Features & Benefits

  • Versatile multistandard signal generator with realtime coding
    • Digital and analog TV standards for cable, satellite and terrestrial transmission
    • Digital and analog audio broadcasting standards
    • Realtime signal generation with selectable modulation and coding parameters
    • Standards available as software options
  • High-precision signal generation over wide frequency and level range
    • Frequency range 100 kHz to 2700 MHz
    • Level range –110 dBm to +15 dBm
    • Extremely short switching times
    • Low phase noise and high MER
  • Integrated transport stream generator and audio/video generator
    • Generation and replay of endless and seamless transport streams
    • Comprehensive transport stream libraries from Rohde & Schwarz
    • Audio/video generator with test pattern library for analog TV
    • Customized test signals
  • Flexible signal generation with ARB waveform generator
    • Large ARB memory and high sample rates
    • Waveform libraries from Rohde & Schwarz
    • Compatible with R&S®WinIQSIMTM
    • Digital I/Q input
  • Simulation of multipath propagation and single-frequency networks
    • Integrated fading simulator
    • Predefined scenarios
    • Fading profiles
  • Receiver tests with noise source and BER tester
    • Integrated broadband AWGN generator
    • BER measurement at transport stream or bit level
  • Compact design and convenient graphical user interface
    • ½ 19” x 3 HU cabinet with large VGA color display
    • Intuitive user interface under Windows XP Embedded
    • Context-sensitive help system
    • User-definable favorites for quick access
    • Remote control and remote operation via LAN

Specifications

RF Signal
Frequency range   100 kHz to 2.7 GHz
   Frequency resolution   9 kHz to 7 GHz
Level   –110 dBm to +15 dBm
Level accuracy   < 1.0 dB
Spectral purity
SSB phase noise at 300 MHz and 20 kHz carrier offset < –115 dBc  (1 Hz)
Broadband noise > 10 MHz < –135 dBc  (1 Hz)
Digital realtime modulation systems
Terrestrial TV   DVB-T2, DVB-T, DTMB, ISDB-T, ISDB-TB,ASTC/8VSB
Cable TV   DVB-C, J.83/B, ISDB-C
Satellite TV   DVB-S, DVB-S2, DirecTV
Mobile TV   DVB-H, T-DMB, ISDB-T 1 seg., MediaFLO, CMMB, ATSC-M/H
Digital audio broadcasting   DAB, DAB+, ISDB-TSB, DRM, DRM+
Analog realtime modulation systems
Analog TV   B/G, D/K, I, M/N, L
Analog audio broadcasting   AM, FM mono, FM stereo with RDS
ARB-based modulation systems
Digital audio broadcasting   HD Radio, DRM, DRM+ 1)
Digital TV   DVB-T2, CMMB, ISDB-S, ISDB-Tmm
Baseband signal sources
Transport stream generator file format GTS, Rohde & Schwarz proprietary
  data rate (including null packets) 100 kbit/s to 214 Mbit/s
Transport stream player file format TRP, T10, ETI, FLO, MFS, PMS, BIN
  data rate 100 kbit/s to 90 Mbit/s
ARB waveform generator memory 256 Msample
  sample rate up to 100 Msample/s
Simulation and analysis functions
AWGN generator signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) –30 dB to +60 dB
Fading simulator number of paths 12
  fading profiles Static, Constant Phase, Pure Doppler, Rayleigh, Rice
BER measurement PRBS measurement clock, data, enable inputs
  MPEG 2 transport stream measurement ASI input
General data
Operating temperature range   +5 °C to +45 °C
Power supply   90 V to 240 V AC, 50 Hz to 60 Hz
Dimensions   235 mm × 155 mm × 465 mm
Weight   6 kg
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