Kista, Sweden — Alongside the evolution and spread of W-CDMA 3G mobile phone systems towards HSPA and beyond, the worlds most dominant mobile technology, GSM/EDGE, is also seeing increasing need to support higher data transmission speeds. In 2007, the 3GPP*2 body standardized the new EDGE Evolution (EGPRS2) specifications for increasing GSM/EDGE data rates, and services are expected to start next year. However, although R&D into EDGE Evolution-compliant base stations, mobile terminals, devices, and components is well under way, there are still no complete measuring instruments supporting the tests of RF Transmitter characteristics required by the EGPRS2 standard and by related equipment manufacturers.
To meet this urgent need for EDGE Evolution support, Anritsu has worked closely with the industry to develop the two new MX269013A and MX269013A-001 software packages for its MS269xA Signal Analyzer series.
Installing the MX269013A GSM/EDGE Measurement Software and the MX269013A-001 EDGE Evolution Measurement Software in the MS269xA Signal Analyzer series claims to be the first system for measuring the RF Transmitter characteristics of EDGE Evolution base stations, mobile terminals and devices and components. Installing these packages in the analyzer main frame eliminates the need for a PC to control measurement and achieves fast, accurate measurements with excellent reproducibility.
The small system footprint makes it the perfect system for both R&D environments where bench-top space is at a premium and on production lines where an additional PC controller is difficult to incorporate.
Three key RF transmitter measurements are supported: modulation analysis; output RF spectrum measurement; power versus time measurement.
Measurement of RF Tx characteristics usually requires time-consuming repeated modulation analyses and measurements of the output RF spectrum and power versus time characteristics. However, these software packages perform ten modulation analyses in 1.5 seconds, ten output RF spectrum measurements in about 2 seconds and ten power versus time measurements in about 2.5 seconds, greatly speeding up the measurement process.
Installing these software packages in the MS269xA Signal Analyzer series eliminates the need for a PC controller, increasing ease of use and efficiency at both the R&D and manufacturing stages.
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