Signal/spectrum analyzer boosts data-transfer speeds for advanced waveform analysis

August 11, 2017 //By Graham Prophet
Anritsu’s MS2850A USB3.0 and PCIe interfaces enable faster data transfer rates to external applications used in prototype and proprietary waveforms analysis in areas such as 5G and broadcast satellite systems

Two options for the company’s signal analyzer/spectrum analyzer MS2850A support high speed transfer of captured waveform data to an external computer for post processing and analysis. Combined with the 1-GHz capture and analysis bandwidth, the options expand the capability of the MS2850A to address the needs of emerging wireless networks, including 5G, where experimental and prototype waveforms are being analyzed using simulation and analysis software.

 

The options install free software in the external PC to control the MS2850A, and transfer data captured by the MS2850A high-speed over a dedicated USB3.0/PCIe data-transfer interface. The MS2850A-053 option provides a PCIe Gen2 x8 connector to support high-speed external PCIe interfaces, while the MS2850A-054 option utilizes a type-B connector for testing high-speed data transfer from external USB interfaces via USB3.0. These enable data transfer speeds up to 100 times faster than conventional Ethernet ports, cutting the data transfer time.

In addition to the 1-GHz analysis bandwidth, the Signal Analyzer/Spectrum Analyzer MS2850A has up to 32 GB of built-in waveform capture memory, wide measurement dynamic range of >140 dB and high flatness performance. Two models – with frequency coverage up to 32 GHz and 44.5 GHz, respectively – are available, each with the noise figure (NF) and phase noise performance required for 5G testing. The analyzer supports 5G standards currently under development by 3GPP, as well as legacy technologies such as LTE, W-CDMA, TD-SCDMA and GSM.

Anritsu; www.anritsu.com