Mixer & frequency converter testing

Mixer & frequency converter testing

Mixer performance verification

Mixers are a fundamental element in a wide range of applications such as modulators, phase detectors, frequency converters and synthesizers in many RF and microwave systems. They are a standard building block in wireless communications systems and radar systems. In many cases, the mixer is an important part that determines the overall system performance. Rohde & Schwarz test solutions give you deep insights into the performance of your device and allow you to effectively validate your design.

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Measure satellite output multiplexers and circulators under real conditions

The R&S®ZNA vector network analyzer offers a dynamic range that is unbeatable on the market. This kind of sensitivity unlocks potential applications that previously could not be addressed with a vector network analyzer.

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Simplifying mixer measurements with the R&S®ZNB

Primary mixer function is to upconvert or downconvert signals to a desired frequency. Knowledge of a mixer’s performance is essential during the design of RF systems and when testing system level compliance.

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R&S®ZVA-K9 Measure group delay without LO access

Mixers are fundamental components of receivers and transmitters, especially in the microwave range. Any mixer-based receiving or transmitting system requires that the mixers have well-controlled amplitude, group delay and phase responses.

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A 1 MHz to 50 GHz Direct Down-Conversion Phase Noise Analyzer with Cross-Correlation

A new phase noise test instrument covers the frequency range from 1 MHz to 50 GHz with direct down-conversion analog I/Q mixers and baseband signal sampling. The traditional PLL has been replaced by a digital FM demodulator for phase detection and frequency tracking.

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Dynamic noise figure measurements

Noise figure is a key parameter to characterize the performance of RF components such as frequency converters. System designers use it as part of their link budget calculations for uplink and downlink transmission systems.

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Group Delay Measurement on Frequency Converting Devices

This application note describes a method using the R&S®ZNA analyzer family to measure group delay of mixers and frequency converters with an embedded local oscillator very accurately.

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R&S®FSWP phase noise analyzer and VCO tester

The R&S®FSWP phase noise analyzer and VCO tester combines extremely low‑noise internal sources and cross‑correlation technology, delivering extremely high sensitivity for phase noise measurements.

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R&S®ZVA vector network analyzers

The R&S®ZVA series is an ideal choice for demanding measurements in the lab and in production – from filter measurements requiring maximum dynamic range to linear and nonlinear measurements on amplifiers and mixers as well as on receivers and transceivers.

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R&S®ZNB vector network analyzers

More than 60 years of experience in the field of vector network analysis pay off: Rohde & Schwarz sets new benchmarks with its R&S®ZNB family of vector network analyzers. These analyzers feature high measurement speed, outstanding precision and exceptional ease of operation.

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R&S®ZNA vector network analyzers

The R&S®ZNA vector network analyzers combine excellent RF performance with a wide range of software features and a unique hardware concept. The touch-only operation together with the DUT-centric approach complete a powerful, universal and compact measurement system.

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Passive component testing

Passive components include a large variety of building blocks for RF and digital designs. These range from RF filters and combiners, switches, couplers to cables, connectors and PCB boards.

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Oscillator, clock and PLL testing

Oscillator output signals are characterized and tested to make sure the device or module meets the design specifications for clock accuracy, signal purity and stability.

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Multi carrier group delay measurements

Multi carrier group delay measurements

The R&S®FSW spectrum analyzer and R&S®SMW200A signal generators can be used to measure absolute and relative group delay (GD) on satellite transponders, frequency converters and other components.

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Mixer Basics and Scalar Mixer Measurements

Mixer basics and scalar mixer measurements

This video demonstrates how to perform scalar mixer measurements with the R&S®ZNA. Covered topics include configuration of the measurement setup in the mixer wizard, calibration and a discussion of typical measurement results.

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Group Delay Measurements on Mixers without LO access

Group delay measurements on mixers without LO access

See how to use an R&S®ZNA to perform measurements on frequency converting devices that have an embedded LO. It demonstrates the advantages of the R&S®ZNA solution for group delay measurements on such devices, including the LO tracking feature and the dual LO concept.

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