Signal Generator offers DOCSIS 3.1 setups for device testing.

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Used for network component development and receiver tests, R&S CLGD signal generator can simulate channel loading scenarios composed of DOCSIS 3.1, digital (J.83/A/B/C), and analog TV signals in downstream as well as DOCSIS 3.1/3.0 signals in upstream. Frequency range of 47–1,218 MHz (1,794 MHz optionally) for downstream enables simultaneously generation of up to six 192 MHz DOCSIS 3.1 channels or up to 160 QAM channels. Individual channels are continuously modulated in real-time.

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Testing Broadband Devices at their Limits with DOCSIS 3.1 Test Setups from Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz is now offering its first test solutions for developing and manufacturing DOCSIS 3.1 based consumer electronics equipment and components. These test setups include an R&S CLGD cable load generator and an R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyzer equipped with a new downstream signal analysis option.

Munich — Transmitting high-definition 4K UHD contents to consumers' households requires large bandwidths. Capacity requirements for IP based services are also on the rise. This is where new broadband technologies such as DOCSIS 3.1 come in. The new DOCSIS 3.1 standard enables data rates of several Gbit/s for IP-based transmissions in cable networks. Rohde & Schwarz is offering the R&S CLGD signal generator for network component development and receiver tests. The generator can simulate channel loading scenarios composed of DOCSIS 3.1, digital (J.83/A/B/C) and analog TV signals in the downstream, and DOCSIS 3.1 along with DOCSIS 3.0 signals in the upstream. Typical applications for the signal generator include broadband tuner development for the new generation of cable modems and comprehensive receiver tests. It is also well suited for qualification tests on amplifiers and electrical/optical converters with DOCSIS 3.1 signals.

With a frequency range of 47 MHz to 1218 MHz (optionally up to 1794 MHz) for the downstream, the R&S CLGD can simultaneously generate up to six 192 MHz DOCSIS 3.1 channels or up to 160 QAM channels. It is also possible to use a combination of both channel types. Each individual channel is continuously modulated in real time, enabling bit error rate (BER) measurements on each channel across the entire frequency range without requiring any changes to existing configurations. To create real-world conditions, the signal generator also simulates different types of interference such as additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN), impulsive noise, microreflections (in line with SCTE 40), narrowband ingress and 50 Hz/60 Hz AC hum.

The R&S FSW-K192 option for the R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyzer makes it possible to analyze DOCSIS 3.1 OFDM downstream signals. The software offers features that greatly simplify precise DUT characterization and troubleshooting and carry out signal analysis fast and reliably. Typical DOCSIS 3.1 signal parameters are detected automatically, allowing users without detailed knowledge of the standard to carry out all measurements at the press of a button.

Due to its wide dynamic range, the R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyzer with the R&S FSW-K192 option can measure the key parameters determining signal quality with great accuracy. With a residual modulation error ratio (MER) of 57 dB, the R&S FSW8 sets the current industry standard. A wide choice of graphical displays is available for visualizing measurement results; for example, the MER value across all OFDM carriers of a DOCSIS 3.1 signal can be shown. This makes it easy to identify interferers and other influences in the transmission channel. The R&S FSW-K192 option can also decode detected symbols (LDPC and BCH decoding), enabling BER measurements on the DOCSIS 3.1 channels.

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Patrizia Muehlbauer

Phone: +49 89 4129 13818


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Pam Sanders

Phone: +1 410 910 7908


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Wen Shi Tong

Phone: +65 6 307-0029


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Rohde & Schwarz

The Rohde & Schwarz electronics group offers innovative solutions in the following business fields: test and measurement, broadcast and media, secure communications, cybersecurity, radiomonitoring and radiolocation. Founded more than 80 years ago, this independent company has an extensive sales and service network and is present in more than 70 countries. The electronics group is among the world market leaders in its established business fields. On June 30, 2014, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 9800 employees. It achieved a net revenue of EUR 1.75 billion in the 2013/2014 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany. It also has regional headquarters in Singapore and Columbia, Maryland, USA, to manage its operations in these regions.

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