Rohde & Schwarz has introduced an innovative signal generation and analysis solution, R&S FE170 frontend extensions for measurements in the D band.
This solution will significantly simplify early next-generation mobile communications research.
The new R&S FE170 frontend extensions are easy to mount and configure with the R&S SMW200A vector signal generator and the R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyzer.
The extensions will allow the two high-end test instruments to cover frequency ranges between 110 GHz and 170 GHz – key spectrum for beyond 5G, for 6G technology and future automotive radar applications.
At European Microwave Week 2022 (EuMW) in Milan, Rohde & Schwarz will showcase a compact, easy-to-use solution for D band signal generation and analysis with excellent signal performance.
The new R&S FE170ST (single transmit) and R&S FE170SR (single receive) frontends extend the frequency range of the R&S SMW200A vector signal generator and the R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyzer from 110 GHz to 170 GHz.
The D band, which ranges from 110 GHz to 170 GHz, has been identified by academia and key industry players as a candidate frequency band for future mobile communications – in particular beyond 5G and 6G – and automotive radar applications. Rohde & Schwarz continues to push the limits of sub-THz research with its innovative test solutions. A test setup for sub-THz research using the R&S SMW200A and R&S FSW is now easy to configure since only three connections are needed (IF, reference frequency and LAN) to integrate the new frontends into the base units. Users simply have to enter the IP address in the user interface of the base units. After connection, the frontends are directly controlled by the R&S SMW200A and R&S FSW, since the frontends’ control unit is integrated into their firmware. Because all correction data is considered, this concept offers the major advantage of a fully calibrated solution.
With their compact form factor of 152 mm x 190 mm x 50 mm, both frontends take up little space on the lab bench.
Since the high-performance internal synthesizer provides a local oscillator (LO), the test setup needs no additional analog signal source, ensuring excellent phase noise performance.
Smart accessories such as bandpass filters and TX power amplifiers further enhance the solution’s performance.