Anritsu Debuts Industry's First Multi-Standard WLAN Power Meter

3/22/2004 - Anritsu Company introduces the ML2488A, the industry's first multi-standard power meter for WLAN and Bluetooth power measurements. Addressing the important issues of power control, peak power, and timing in the design and implementation of wireless networks, Anritsu's ML2488A delivers accurate power measurements related to all Bluetooth and IEEE 802.11 WLAN standards.

With its high sampling rate of 64 Ms/s, Anritsu's ML2488A offers accurate peak power detection for wide bandwidth systems such as those compatible with 802.11a/b/g, eliminating the need for manual correction factors found on the current generation of power meters. The dual channel sensor input and display allow simultaneous monitoring of WLAN and Bluetooth devices, providing crucial testing for the co-existence of the multi-standards.

The ML2488A power meter covers 100 kHz to 65 GHz with power measurements from -70 dBm to +20 dBm, depending upon the sensor range. Among the compatible sensors are the MA2491A and MA2490A wideband power sensors. The MA2491A is an 18 GHz CDMA sensor incorporating a unique filter switchable between 5 MHz and 20 MHz, and a chopper enabling the sensor to be used down to -60 dBm. The MA2490A sensor has 8 MHz bandwidth. The MA2411A 40 GHz radar and pulse sensor can also be used for pulse measurements, providing a dynamic range of +20 dBm to -25 dBm. Additionally, the ML2488A supports Anritsu's full line of diode, thermal, and universal power sensors.

Featuring a unique combination of a wide 20 MHz bandwidth plus its high sampling rate, the ML2488A has many built-in features including gates, templates, wireless presets, and a high-visibility color display that simplify conducting power measurements. In addition to measuring the power of Bluetooth and 802.11 signals, the ML2488A provides strong performance for testing radar, electronic warfare, pulsed amplifiers, and other commercial wireless systems.

The ML2488A is priced at $6730. Delivery is 4 to 6 weeks ARO.

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