In some test-and-measurement quarters collaboration is everything, with the sum greater than the individual parts. A new test system combining technologies from two companies proves the point.
In this case Instrument supplier Anritsu Co. (Richardson, Texas) is teaming up with Modelithics (Tampa, Florida) to provide the ability to do characterization of frequency-translating devices such as microwave mixers, up- and down-converters, and frequency multipliers. This capability can be applied to devices working at frequencies as high as 40-GHz.
With this accord, Anritsu and Modelithics enable the 40-GHz characterization through a test station that uses Anritsu instrumentation and software and Modelithics' EDA software.
While most readers know Anritsu, Modelithics is slightly less well known. It's a company that provides RF/microwave/mm-wave characterization services and modeling products, offering a number of measurement services, including S-parameter, noise parameter, and source/load-pull types.
Modelithics also specializes in equivalent-circuit and black-box models for linear and non-linear devices that can be inserted into most microwave EDA software tools currently on the market
This development is part of an on-going technology alliance between the two companies. Both firms claim their accord represents a unique approach comprised of Anritsu spectrum analyzers, power meters, and synthesizers.
The test station used by Modelithics provides characterization and models for packaged, chip, and on-wafer frequency-translating devices. The two companies are also expected to collaborate on future products. For its part Modelithics will provide EDA software models for RF/microwave components and ICs.
Modelithics also offers precision measurement services to developers. Models for over 2000 commercial microwave components are available for licensing. A range of custom model services are also available, including a short turn-around Models-On-Demand-Express (MODEX) service.
For more information about Modelithics' MODEX, phone 813-TO-MODEL (813-866-6335), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Modelithics, Inc., 13101 Telecom Dr., Suite 105, Tampa, Fla. 33637-0914. Phone: (813) 866-6335. Fax: (813) 558-1102.
Or, go the the company's Web aite.
Contact Anritsu Co., North Americas Region Operations Headquarters, Sales and Service, 1155 East Collins Blvd., Richardson, Texas 75081. Phone toll free: (800) ANRITSU (267-4878). Fax: (972) 671-1877. Anritsu's Web site.