R&S®PWC200 Plane wave converter

For 5G massive MIMO base station testing

R&S®PWC200 Plane wave converter
Open Lightbox
R&S®PWC200 plane wave converter, application image

Key facts

  • Phased antenna array to form plane waves within a ø > 1.05 m quiet zone
  • No near-field to far-field transformation required
  • Four times smaller than CATR based systems
  • Built-in self-test features
  • For R&D and production testing

Measurements of far-field characteristics at very close distances

The R&S®PWC200 plane wave converter is uniquely designed for 5G massive MIMO base station testing solutions in R&D, quality assurance and production as well as over the air (OTA) conformance testing. It has a bidirectional array of 156 wideband Vivaldi antennas in the radiating near field (NF) of the device under test (DUT). The phased antenna array can form planar waves inside a specified quiet zone surrounding a 5G massive MIMO base station DUT for real-time radiated power and transceiver measurements (EVM, ACLR, SEM, etc.).

Features & benefits

Compact base station test system design

Far-field measurements in near-field range

The R&S®PWC200 can drastically reduce measurement distances needed for far field characterization. OTA testing of 5G massive MIMO base stations with apertures of 1 m at a frequency of 3.5 GHz is possible from a distance of just 1.5 m. By comparison, direct far field measurements require 23.5 m. The R&S®PWC200 uses less floor space in test labs and production facilities without compromising measurement accuracy.

R&S®PWC200 with reference antenna
Open Lightbox

R&S®PWC200 with reference antenna

Versatile quiet zone simulation

Easily configurable quiet zone diameter and test distance

The R&S®PWC200 can synthesize electromagnetic fields programmed when preparing the test setup. R&S®PWC-K10 field simulation software provides simulations that apply various parameters, such as the desired quiet zone diameter and test distance. This flexibility enables the R&S®PWC200 to measure base stations of different sizes with the same static test setup.

Field simulation results
Open Lightbox

Field simulation results

Sample results for electric field distribution at 3.5 GHz in the quiet zone at a distance of 1.5 m from the antenna array

Automated field calibration

Fast and automated self-calibration in the field with R&S®PWC software

R&S®PWC-K50 field and path loss calibration software works with the R&S®TC-TA18 calibration antenna to automatically calibrate and verify the R&S®PWC200 in the field. This process does not require the opposite antennas to be moved. The periodic maintenance and verification of high measurement accuracy is simple and quick.

R&S®PWC200 with calibration antenna installed
Open Lightbox

R&S®PWC200 with calibration antenna installed

Calibration and verification system setup with the R&S®PWC200 on the left and a calibration antenna on the right.

Electronic near-field scanning

Automated power factor calibration and power density measurement

R&S®PWC-K80 power density measurement software measures the planar distribution of power density radiating from a 5G massive MIMO base station. This feature is especially useful in production testing without positioning systems. The R&S®PWC200 can easily verify electronically steered beams with small tilt angles of +/- 10° for base stations and display peak areas.

Power factors spatial distribution graphics
Open Lightbox

Power factors spatial distribution graphics

Examples of RMS (left) and peak (right) power densities. Spatial distribution for a TDD signal at 3.4 GHz.

R&S®PWC200 software tools

Comprehensive R&S®PWC 200 software tools allow easy configuration

The R&S®PWC200 can be controlled by either the R&S®AMS32 system software or customer-specific OTA software. Four software tools are available as standalone executable programs: field simulation (R&S®PWC-K10), field and path loss calibration (R&S®PWC-K50), self-test and hardware verification (R&S®PWC-K70) and power density measurements (R&S®PWC-K80). The user interface is clearly arranged and the configuration data sets are visible in CSV file format.

R&S®PWC200 system software architecture
Open Lightbox

R&S®PWC200 system software architecture

Related solutions

5G NR testing

More information

5G OTA/massive MIMO testing

More information

IoT testing

More information

Request information

Do you have questions or need additional information? Simply fill out this form and we will get right back to you.

Marketing permission

Your request has been sent successfully. We will contact you shortly.
An error is occurred, please try it again later.
General and legal information

Manufacturer's recommended retail price (MSRP). The price shown does not include VAT. Prices and offers are only intended for entrepreneurs and not for private end consumers.

You may use the electronic signature via DocuSign to submit your information to enroll with the Rohde & Schwarz Customer Delegated Administration program. DocuSign processes the information provided according to their . The minimum system requirements for using the DocuSign system may change over time. The current system requirements are found

1. The prize draw “10 years Rohde & Schwarz oscilloscopes” (herein referred to as “Draw”) is organized by Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG, Mühldorfstraße 15, 81671 Munich, Germany, Tel. +49 89 41 29 0 (herein referred to as “R&S).

2. Draw Period. This Draw begins January 01, 2020 to December 31, 2020. R&S reserves the right to change the end date of the Draw.

3. Participation. No purchase necessary. This Draw is limited to legal residents of the United States and Canada, age of 18 years or older, at the time of the submission. Employees of R&S, its affiliates, subsidiaries, distribution partners and agents, and immediate family members of each, are not eligible. Government agencies and institutions (including public universities), and their employees are not eligible to participate or receive prizes. This Draw is void where prohibited by law.

4. Entrance. Fill out the form above during the Draw Period and follow the instructions to complete and submit the form. Limit one entry per person. R&S, in its sole, reasonable discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Draw. An entrant must provide their name, address, and email address to be considered eligible.

5. Data Protection and Privacy Policy. An entrant must provide personal data such as name, address and email address to be considered eligible. This data will be used to make the necessary contact information available for purposes of notifying the winner. In addition to notification purposes, the data collected will be used for marketing purposes and the entrant agrees to allow R&S to contact them. The personal data that has been received from you and saved will not be sold by Rohde & Schwarz to third parties. It may, however, be necessary to disclose your personal data to Rohde & Schwarz service providers for business purposes, so that they can provide services for Rohde & Schwarz. The Rohde & Schwarz websites may contain links to other websites. This statement of privacy does not cover these other websites and Rohde & Schwarz cannot assume any responsibility whatsoever, neither for the privacy practices nor the content of these other websites. Further information regarding data protection and privacy can be found at: http://www.rohde-schwarz.us/en/general_information/statement-of-rivacy_101515.html.

6. Prize Description. There will be one (1) winner for each of one (1) of ten (10) R&S®RTB2000 Digital Oscilloscopes. R&S reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event that the stated prize becomes unavailable. No cash equivalent or exchange is permitted. All federal, state and/or local income and other taxes or duties, if any, are the winner's sole responsibility.

7. Odds of Winning. The odds of winning this Draw depend on the number of eligible entries received.

8. Winners Selection. The draw takes place at Rohde & Schwarz headquarters, Muehldorstrasse 15, 81671 Munich.

9. Winner Notification. The winners of each of the prizes will be informed by e-mail within five (5) working days. The participant that is selected as winner of the prize shall inform Rohde & Schwarz about the acceptance of the price. In case of the denial of the acceptance, or no answer within two (2) weeks, a new winner will be drawn. If no winner can be determined within four (4) weeks, the draw ends and the prize forfeit.

10. Limitation of Liability. By entering, entrants release and hold harmless Rohde & Schwarz and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injuries, loss, or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Draw or with any prize awarded. No cash equivalent or exchange of prizes is allowed. Prizes are non-transferable. All taxes, levies, duties, fees and other charges levied in the participant´s country shall be borne by the participant.

11. Internet. If for any reason the Internet portion of the Draw is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of R&S or its third-party providers that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Draw, R&S reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Draw, and to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process.

R&S assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications-line failure, theft, or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. R&S is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, or software, or for failure of any email or entry to be received by Rohde & Schwarz on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this Draw.

12. General Conditions.

a. Entrants agree to abide by the terms of these official rules and by the decisions of R&S, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Draw. Any Participant who does not comply with these Terms & Conditions may be disqualified by R&S from this Draw. In such cases, prizes can also be withdrawn retrospectively. In case a prize is withdrawn retrospectively due to the non-compliance with these Terms & Conditions, it shall be returned by the respective participant at his cost to R&S’ address mentioned under Nr.1 and a new winner will be drawn. The draw and any contractual relationship arising therefrom between R&S and the respective participant shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Germany, without any recourse to the conflict of laws. The courts of Munich, Germany, shall have exclusive jurisdiction in case of any disputes arising directly or indirectly from the participation in this Draw.

b. Income Taxes: A U.S. winner will need to supply to R&S their Social Security Number for a 1099 for the total value (Current estimate is approximately $1,540) to be issued. Any winner is solely responsible for any and all tax liability/responsibility for this. R&S is not responsible for any taxes or tax implications to or of the winner associated with Draw winnings.

13. Winner Information. For the names of the winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Rohde & Schwarz USA, Inc. at 6821 Benjamin Franklin Drive, Columbia, MD 21046.

ATTN: Winner – Rohde & Schwarz’ 10 years Rohde & Schwarz oscilloscopes Draw. Requests received after January 1, 2021, will not be fulfilled.

* “fast delivery” inside 7 working days applies to the Rohde & Schwarz in-house procedures from order processing through to available ex-factory to ship.