Version 1.5 of Aeroflex's 3900 series digital radio test set adds firmware and specific capabilities to diversify the 3900 series platform.
The platform now provides test features found on the Agilent 8920 analog radio test set, which is used extensively in the radio production environment. Agilent has announced the 8920 series has been discontinued and will stop supporting the unit in the near future.
New features in the 3900 series release 1.5 include a remote language interpreter that allows users an upgrade path from obsolete 8920s. This interpreter currently provides 80 percent compatibility with existing GPIB commands for the 8920.
GPIB speed also is important to a number of 8920 usersthe 3900 series provides a 15 percent improvement in test speeds over the 8920. Additional tests include signal to noise and transmitter hum and noise measurements.
The 3900 series also now supports Aeroflex IQCreator software and adds the ability to generate single or multiple carriers with user-defined digital or analog modulation types unique to each carrier.
With IQCreator capability, the 3900 series now provides a high level of future-proof capability by providing engineers and production test users the ability to update their 3900 generator capabilities with digital modulation formats, whether they are proprietary or part of a new standard.
Additional audio test capabilities include a new FFT audio analyzer and a tunable notch frequency for distortion and SINAD measurements. These capabilities provide advanced analysis of audio signals from 0 Hz to 24 kHz. They include:
- FFT audio analyzer
- Support for IQCreator
- Signal to noise measurements
- Transmitter hum and noise measurements
- GPIB remote language compatibility with the Agilent 8920 series
Software version 1.5 for the Aeroflex 3900 series radio test platform will be available for download on May 31, 2006 at www.aeroflex.com/products/software.cfm?ProductName=3900%20Series
The Aeroflex 3900 series digital radio test set is available in two base models, the 3901, which offers a 1GHz frequency range and the 3902, which features operation up to 2.7GHz.
The 3901 is priced at U.S. $27,995 for a basic configuration that includes full analog duplex capabilities, spectrum analyzer, oscilloscope, meters and GPIB remote command features. It is available in 8-12 weeks upon receipt of order. The 3902 is priced at U.S. $29,995.