Sunnyvale, Calif. LitePoint Corp. has launched three new systems the IQnxnplus, IQultra and IQnay for testing four wireless standards. The IQnxnplus system offers true multi-steam signal capabilities for WiFi and WiMAX MIMO development. IQultra, touted as the industry's first Ultra-Wideband (UWB) EVM test system covers both development and manufacturing testing of UWB devices. The IQnav test system is aimed at high-volume manufacturing test of embedded GPS-equipped devices.
The IQnxnplus test systems for WiFi/WiMAX MIMO development feature a modular approach to MIMO R&D testing. Each module contains its own vector signal analyzer (VSA) and vector signal generator (VSG). The system also includes a synchronizer subsystem to ensure that the modules work in lockstep. Developers can test programs on this system and then port them to a single IQmax tester for production testing.
The IQnxnplus systems are offered from 1x1 (e.g. one module and a synchronizer subsystem) to 4x4 (e.g. four modules and a synchronizer subsystem) configurations. The modules support WiFi and WiMAX frequency ranges of 2.15 to 2.7 GHz, 3.3 to 3.8 GHz, and 4.9 to 6.0 GHz. The included graphical user interfaces (GUIs) IQsignal for WiFi and IQsignal for WiMAX provide analysis and display capabilities for single, multi-stream and beam-forming adaptive-antenna functionality testing.
The IQultra WiMedia test system features a special-purpose VSA combined with an attenuator for UWB receive testing. The system can capture and analyze all WiMedia band groups (1 to 6) and time frequency codes (TFCs; 1-10). The new systems come with LitePoint's IQsignal for WiMedia GUI that controls the unit and supports signal analysis. The IQultra C++ software application program interface (API) enables users to easily create automated test programs. Available in two versions the IQultra-300 for triple-band capture and IQultra-100 for single-band capture, both support 3.1 to 10.6 GHz and MB-OFDM PHY layer specification version 1.2.
Aimed at manufacturing test of GPS-equipped devices, the multi-channel IQnav enables both C/No measurements and location-fix test to be performed in a single connection to the device under test (DUT). This saves time (up to 50 percent) compared to sequential test approaches, according to LitePoint. The IQnav is available in 1- and 6-channel models, both supporting L1 GPS frequencies (1575.42 MHz) over a power range of -60 to -145 dBm. The test system also features specialized trigger capabilities that support testing of assisted GPS (A-GPS), commonly used in CDMA one and CDMA 2000 handsets.
Pricing: All for orders and deliveries in the U.S. Prices for IQnxnplus systems range from $55,000 for a single IQmax-750 to $129,000 for two IQmax-750s and Multi-Stream MIMO subsystem. The price for the IQultra-300 triple-band capture test system is $55,000 and the IQultra-100 single-band model is priced at $42,300. The IQnav six-channel GPS manufacturing test solution is priced at $12,500 and the single-channel version is priced at $9,500.
Availability: Available worldwide in August 2008.
Product information: IQnxnplus, IQultra, and IQnav
LitePoint Corp., www.litepoint.com