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Broadband Amplifier enables EMC testing in microwave range.

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Mar 14, 2013 - With modular design that enables flexible setup, R&S BBA150 can be used for EMC testing up to 3 GHz in line with common standards as well as for non-EMC applications in component production and QA. Mismatch tolerance as well as ability to handle both short-circuiting at RF end and open RF output promote availability. Depending on setup, scalable product can be manually operated via its display and buttons or automatically controlled via remote control interface or Web browser.

Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co - DEU

Original Press Release

Compact Broadband Amplifier from Rohde & Schwarz Enables EMC Testing in the Microwave Range

Press release date: Mar 05, 2013

Rohde & Schwarz adds the R&S BBA150 for the microwave range to its EMC portfolio. These compact, lightweight amplifiers with their state-of-the-art design are optimized for high frequencies starting at 0.8 GHz. The first model in the R&S BBA150 family covers the 0.8 GHz to 3 GHz frequency band and is available with an output power ranging from 30 W to 200 W.

Munich — The R&S BBA150 amplifier family covers a wide range of applications. The amplifiers can be used for EMC testing up to 3 GHz in line with common standards, for instance for EMS measurements in line with the basic EN 61000 4 3 standard and referencing product standards. Manufacturers can also use these amplifiers for non-EMC applications in component production and quality assurance. The amplifiers are suitable for research, physical engineering and communications applications as well.

The compact, modular design of the R&S BBA150 amplifiers enables the flexible setup of complete systems. The 200 W model, for example, requires only four height units – ideal for desktop use or rack installation. These broadband amplifiers feature high availability thanks to their outstanding mismatch tolerance and ability to handle both short-circuiting at the RF end and an open RF output. The result is fewer downtimes and cost savings.

When used in combination with the well-established R&S BBA100, the R&S BBA150 can take advantage of the available RF switching options. If desired, the R&S BBA100 can act as a master to control the R&S BBA150 and integrate it like an additional RF path. The overall system then functions as a multiband amplifier that optionally has a common RF input, common sample ports and RF switches. Additional, external switching components are unnecessary.

Depending on the setup, the R&S BBA150 can be manually operated via its display and buttons or it can automatically controlled via a remote control interface or a web browser.

The R&S BBA150 can be scaled and configured to optimally meet test setup requirements. All of the amplifier's components are designed as modules. This modular concept protects customer investments and makes it possible to extend the amplifier's power and frequency range. The worldwide service network is a reliable source of modules and spare parts that promotes the trust and confidence of customers.

The R&S BBA150 broadband amplifiers are produced in series on a production line in one of Europe's most advanced manufacturing plants. The award-winning Rohde & Schwarz plant in Teisnach, Germany, offers superior manufacturing depth. Automated final test rigs ensure that only products that comply with specifications leave the plant.

The R&S BBA150 is now available from Rohde & Schwarz.

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Rohde & Schwarz
Rohde & Schwarz is an independent group of companies specializing in electronics. It is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcasting, radiomonitoring and radiolocation, as well as secure communications. Established almost 80 years ago, Rohde & Schwarz has a global presence and a dedicated service network in over 70 countries. It has approx. 8700 employees and achieved a net revenue of Euros 1.8 billion (US$ 2.3 billion) in fiscal year 2011/2012 (July 2011 to June 2012). Company headquarters are in Munich, Germany.  

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