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Munich 09-Jul-2019

Rohde & Schwarz and Marvin Test Solutions create a turnkey production tester for 5G beamforming ICs

T&M companies Rohde & Schwarz and Marvin Test Solutions have cooperated to create a unique turnkey solution suited for beamforming integrated circuits (IC) used in 5G mmWave (FR2) and satellite communications. The resulting production tester TS 900e-5G from Marvin Test Solutions is based on the new R&S ZNBT40 multiport vector network analyzer (VNA) from Rohde & Schwarz.

The R&S ZNBT40 is integral part of a new 5G beamforming IC production tester.
The R&S ZNBT40 is integral part of a new 5G beamforming IC production tester.

Beamforming is becoming a default concept in 5G NR and satellite communications. It is also a common technology in the aerospace and defense industry, the specialty field of US based aerospace test and measurement provider Marvin Test Solutions. The cooperation between the two companies began when Marvin Test Solutions showed interest in the capabilities and specifications of the R&S ZNBT40 by Rohde & Schwarz as the basis for their 5G beamforming IC production tester.

The new, industry-leading R&S ZNBT40 is a multiport VNA enabling fast, reliable and extensive verification and characterization of beamforming ICs with typically 5, 9 or even 17 RF ports. It is a unique vector network analyzer with a frequency range from 100 kHz to 40 GHz and a true multiport architecture. Besides testing multiport devices under test (DUT) like the beamforming ICs, it also allows parallel testing of multiple DUTs using its up to 24 ports. The large number of ports makes it possible to characterize a beamforming IC in full detail and see the cross-correlation effects while monitoring all antenna connections.

Major General Stephen T. Sargeant, USAF (Ret.), CEO of Marvin Test Solutions, said, “For the heart of our test set we selected the Rohde & Schwarz R&S ZNBT40 vector network analyzer over the competition due to its unique, cutting-edge capabilities. Our collaboration with Rohde & Schwarz enables our two companies the opportunity to deliver the best available solution to meet customers’ demanding requirements.”

Alexander Keck, Director of Product Management Vector Network Analyzer at Rohde & Schwarz, comments, “Rohde & Schwarz has a strong and long-standing tradition in making high-quality instruments. We are happy to be cooperating with a dynamic test house like Marvin Test Solutions on creating industry-leading turnkey test and measurement solutions.”

The TS 900e-5G production tester is available from Marvin Test Solutions. For more information, visit www.marvintest.com. For information on the R&S ZNBT40 vector network analyzer, visit https://www.rohde-schwarz.com/product/znbt

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Rohde & Schwarz

The Rohde & Schwarz technology group develops, produces and markets innovative communications, information and security products for professional users. The group's test and measurement, broadcast and media, aerospace | defense | security, networks and cybersecurity business fields address many different industry and government-sector market segments. On June 30, 2018, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 11,500 employees. The independent group achieved a net revenue of approximately EUR 2 billion in the 2017/2018 fiscal year (July to June). The company has its headquarters in Munich, Germany. Internationally, it has subsidiaries in more than 70 countries, with regional hubs in Asia and America.


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Marvin Test Solutions

Marvin Test Solutions is an aerospace test and measurement company that has designed, developed and delivered innovative test solutions for military, aerospace, and manufacturing organizations since 1988. Marvin Test Solutions’ semiconductor test portfolio includes a range of compact, cost-effective, PXI/PXIe-based modular semiconductor test systems with capabilities comparable to high-end proprietary systems. TS-9XX series systems are supplied with MTS’ ATEasy® Test Executive & Development software suite to provide high performance, turnkey solutions that greatly improve test throughput and decrease time-to-market.

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