Anritsu Debuts Measurement Solution for Handset Power Amplifiers

4/2/2003 - Anritsu Company introduces the ME7840/4 Handset Power Amplifier Test System (PATS), a single connection solution that thoroughly characterizes the performance of next-generation handset power amplifiers. By intelligently integrating the measurement capabilities of five instruments with a high power test set, PATS streamlines handset power amplifier test, resulting in lower capital equipment expenditures, enhanced productivity, and improved time-to-market.

A turnkey measurement solution for power amplifiers that handles 5 Watts from 10 MHz to 6 GHz, Handset PATS consists of Anritsu's Scorpion® Vector Network Measurement System (VNMS), a high-power test set, and Scorpion NavigatorT software. With the integration of the Scorpion VNMS, Handset PATS includes a powerful suite of measurements, including the industry's fastest capability to tune for swept power gain compression and intermodulation distortion (IMD). Other single connection tests include S-parameters, harmonics, and noise figure from 50 MHz to 6 GHz.; For Adjacent Channel Power Ratio (ACPR) measurements, the high-power test set also includes an auxiliary path for connection to an external signal generator and analyzer.

The intelligent Scorpion Navigator software dramatically improves the time-consuming and often tedious setup, calibration, measurement, and reporting activities typically associated with power amplifier tests. With Windows® compatibility, Scorpion Navigator is easily installed on most computers, providing immediate access to a suite of single-tone, two-tone, and modulated measurement tools.

The Scorpion Navigator also contains advance algorithms that can optimize settings, orchestrate calibrations, avoid damaging situations and flexibly display results so users can concentrate on optimizing performance in terms of gain, match and linearity versus power.

For further flexibility and higher functionality, the Scorpion Navigator contains an easy to automate feature that enables the orchestration of further custom measurement scenarios. For example, the Scorpion Navigator can easily handle external pulse generators and power supplies to characterize power amplifiers under pulse or various bias conditions. This capability is inherent to Scorpion Navigator because it utilizes ActiveX® controls that can plug into a wide variety of popular software environments. Among the environments are Visual Basic, Excel, VBScript, JavaScript, Visual C++, LabView, Lab Windows, Test Stand and HP-Vee. This flexibility allows modulated sources, modulation analyzers, power meters, pulse generators and power supplies to be easily configured with the test system for the highest levels of functionality.

Handset PATS is Anritsu's latest single connection solution. Anritsu also offers the ME7840A Base Station Power Amplifier Test System (PATS) and the ME7842 Tower Mounted Amplifier Test System (TMATS), both of which also consist of the Scorpion VNMS, optimized test set, and intelligent Scorpion Navigator software. These test systems provide easy-to-use, comprehensive and intelligent measurement capabilities for next generation power amplifier and tower mounted amplifier (TMA) requirements.

About Anritsu Company
Founded more than a century ago, Anritsu Corporation is one of the world's largest providers of technology solutions, employing 4,000 professionals in 18 countries. Named one of Business Week's InfoTech 100 top information technology companies, Anritsu has four divisions that address communications test and measurement, network solutions, components and devices, and industrial automation. The Measurement Solutions group provides tools for the analysis of wired and wireless technologies, including fiber, microwaves/RF, optical, and digital mobile radio. Anritsu's North and South American operations are headquartered in Richardson TX. For more information, call 1-800-ANRITSU or visit us on the Web at

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