Low-Loss RF Combiner speeds PXI measurement speed.

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Used in conjunction with signal generator and RF digitizer modules, 3065A RF combiner operates from 250 MHz to 6 GHz and addresses needs of RF test system engineers working in cellular handset or RFIC and component manufacturing. Dual-input module, in addition to providing summed signal outputs, supports various combinations of input and output switched path configurations to enable testing of single- and multi-port RF devices without need to alter connections.

Original Press Release:

Aeroflex Introduces Low Loss RF Combiner and Upgrades PXI Measurement Speed

New 3065A combiner has lower loss and higher power handling capability than existing PXI model; latest release of PXI Studio software speeds up measurements for all users

STEVENAGE, UK-Aeroflex Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp. (NYSE:ARX), announced today the launch of the 3065A RF combiner, the latest addition to the 3060 Series of PXI RF conditioning modules for communications system test applications. At the same time, updates are available to measurement suites for advanced digital communication standards that add new functionality and can double measurement speeds.

The Aeroflex 3065A RF combiner addresses the need of RF test system engineers working in cellular handset or RFIC and component manufacturing when making measurements of RF transceivers.

The RF combiner module is used in conjunction with signal generator and RF digitizer modules from the Aeroflex 3000 PXI range to enable development of high performance, low cost modular test systems for testing RF transceivers and components.

In addition to providing summed signal outputs, the two-input combiner module supports various combinations of input and output switched path configurations, to enable testing of single- and multi-port RF devices without the need to alter connections.

Operating over the frequency range 250 MHz to 6 GHz, the 3065A provides a combined low loss connection for a RF signal generator and RF digitizer to a mobile phone antenna, while offering high isolation between input ports and accepting input of power levels of up to +33dBm for TDMA burst signals or +30dBm for continuous CW. The low loss between the unit under test and the digitizer increases overall test system sensitivity, reducing the measurement uncertainty due to noise, and hence enabling more accurate calibration of mobile phone transmitters for UMTS and GSM UEs.

"The 3065A has been specifically developed to meet the rigorous demands of 2G and 3G handset test," said Tim Carey, PXI Product Manager of Aeroflex Test Solutions. "The improvement in system sensitivity is two-fold, thanks to the lower insertion loss and higher input power handling capability compared to earlier models."

To support the 3065A a new version of Aeroflex's PXI Studio application software v1.11 is also available to download free of charge from www.aeroflex.com. PXI Studio provides a novel easy to use user interface for controlling Aeroflex PXI modules in combination with the different measurement suites for advance digital communications standards.

PXI Studio Measurement Suites
Production test engineers in all industry sectors are under continual pressure to decrease measurement time in order to increase throughput. Updates to Aeroflex measurement suites for advanced communication standards have been designed to improve measurement speed and add new functionality.

"The new speed enhancements offer much faster production throughput, and the latest versions of the measurement suites are available at no cost to our existing PXI customers," commented Rahul Gupta, Assistant Product Manager for PXI.

About PXI Studio
Aeroflex PXI Studio application software supports the Aeroflex 3000 Series of PXI modules in waveform generation and vector signal analysis of complex wireless communications systems. Each measurement library supports test cases for Tx and Rx performance measurements for use in automated applications under remote control or manual operation within PXI Studio. With a portfolio of libraries in continual expansion the PXI system is capable of supporting multiple wireless standards including GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSUPA, LTE FDD, CDMA 2000 and 1xEVDO, TD-SCDMA, WiMAX, WLAN, and Bluetooth® wireless technology.

Price and availability
For more information, contact your local Aeroflex sales office by visiting or calling Aeroflex Sales at (800) 835-2352 or info-test@aeroflex.com.

About Aeroflex
Aeroflex Incorporated is a leading global provider of microelectronic components and test and measurement equipment used by companies in the space, avionics, defense, commercial wireless communications, medical and other markets.

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