R&S FE170 D band frontend extensions enable sub-THz research  

At EuMW (European Microwave Week) Rohde & Schwarz will present a signal generation and analyser for measurements in the D band that, the company said will “significantly simplify early next generation mobile communications research”.

The The R&S FE170ST (single transmit) and R&S FE170SR (single receive) front end extensions are easy to mount to, and configure with, the R&S SMW200A vector signal generator and the R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyser. The extensions will allow these two instruments to cover frequency ranges between 110 and 170GHz which are key spectrum for beyond 5G, for 6G technology and for future automotive radar applications, pointed out the company.

A test set up for sub-THz research using the R&S SMW200A and R&S FSW can be configured using just three connections (IF, reference frequency and LAN) to integrate the front ends into the base units. All users have to do is enter the IP address in the user interface of the base units. After connection, the front ends are directly controlled by the R&S SMW200A and R&S FSW, because the front ends’ control unit is integrated in their firmware. 

The front ends are compact with a form factor of 152 x 190 x 50mm. In addition, the internal synthesiser provides a local oscillator (LO) so the test set up does not need an additional analogue signal source for “excellent phase noise performance”. 

Rohde & Schwarz also offers smart accessories such as bandpass filters and TX power amplifiers.

The R&S FE170ST and R&S FE170SR frontend solution for D band research will be available by the end of 2022. 

Rohde  & Schwarz is exhibiting at EuMW 2022 (27 to 29 September) at the Milano Convention Centre, Italy, stand number D18.


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