Aeroflex Expanded PXI 3000 Series Modular Test Platform

Aeroflex unveiled the addition of the new Bluetooth measurement suite and the new WLAN and CDMA2000/1xEVDO plug-ins for the PXI Studio software application. In addition, Aeroflex has made significant upgrades to the WiMAX, UMTS, and GSM/EDGE measurement suites for their PXI 3000 Series modular test platform. The addition of new communications standards to the PXI 3000 Series enable communications test engineers to address a variety of 2G and 3G wireless data standards with a single, flexible, software-defined system. Existing PXI customers can download the software updates for free.

New and Updated PXI Measurement Suites

    Bluetooth Measurement Suite
    Enables characterization of Bluetooth and Bluetooth enhanced data-rate (EDR) radio signals in accordance with the requirements of 2008 Bluetooth Specifications 1.2/2.0/2.0 + EDR/2.1/2.1 + EDR revision 2.1E1, the new Bluetooth measurement suite enables fast measurement of all signal characteristics including burst power, spectrum and modulation accuracy.

    CDMA2000/1xEV-DO Measurement Suite
    Designed for PXI-based RF test systems used in the development and manufacturing of mobile radio transmitters, sub-modules and RFICs (radio frequency integrated circuits), the new CDMA2000 and 1xEVDO reverse link measurement suite from Aeroflex enables precise characterisation of CDMA2000 rev C and 1xEVDO rev A reverse link transmissions. The new release now features phase and amplitude error measurements accessible from within the PXI Studio plug-in.

    WLAN Measurement Suite
    Adds support for IEEE 802.11a/b/g with data rates and corresponding modulation and encoding formats up to 54 Mb/s. DSSS-OFDM support is now available along with new measurements including carrier leak, skew and gain imbalance. In conjunction with the appropriate hardware configuration, this measurement suite is ideal for testing smart phones, which are now rapidly proliferating with dual cellular and WLAN connectivity. It tests multiple standards in parallel, which greatly reduces test time.

    GSM/EDGE Measurement Suite
    Simplifies programming and integration of PXI into automated test applications for GSM handsets/devices and has been updated to include an increased frequency lock range to 300kHz, making it possible to test terminal transmissions even while unsynchronised to a down link (DL) signal.

    UMTS Uplink Measurement Suite
    Designed to perform high-speed RF measurements on UE radio transceivers, sub-assemblies and RF components during R&D, design verification, manufacturing test and quality control and now supports phase discontinuity, IQ skew, gain imbalance, carrier leak and phase/amplitude error. When used with PXI 302xC, it now supports receiver bit-error rate (BER) sensitivity testing in loopback and “drive to level,” making it possible to control the device under test (DUT) output power from the tester.

    WiMAX Measurement Suite
    Enables WiMAX PHY (physical layer), Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) power, spectrum and modulation measurements in accordance with IEEE 802.16e (2005). The updates to this suite include user-defined SEM, and expanded modulation measurements including IQ skew, gain imbalance and carrier leak.

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