Aeroflex Debuts 6GHz PXI RF Test Modules for WLAN and WiMax RFIC Testing

9/29/2005 - Aeroflex has launched two new PXI modules to address the need for high-speed testing of RFICs and other devices designed for Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) and WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) applications. The two new modules are the Aeroflex PXI 3025 6GHz digital signal generator and the Aeroflex 3035 6GHz wideband RF digitizer. Occupying just three slots when associated with the Aeroflex 3010 RF synthesizer, these new modules provide wideband coverage while saving valuable system real estate and cost.

The 3025 digital RF signal generator follows the recent introduction of the 3020A digital RF signal generator, which introduced new features for Aeroflex’s PXI RF signal generators that improve range, speed, accuracy and flexibility for RF manufacturing and design verification. The 3010 RF synthesizer and the 3025 form a compact 3U-high precision digital RF signal generator complete with integrated dual-channel AWG that occupies just three PXI slots.

The frequency range of the 3025 has been extended to 6GHz to cover WLAN and WiMax frequencies. Modulation modes are extended to include internal AM/FM and external IQ vector modulation. List Mode and arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) file sequencing modes enable the user to set frequency, level and AWG waveforms much faster and with greater flexibility—especially important in high-speed manufacturing. AWG sequencing enables long files to be generated and a new option that offers analog IQ inputs and outputs allows the Aeroflex 3025 to be used for baseband stimulus generation as well as modulated RF generation. An external TTL trigger input adds to the broad range of available trigger sources.

The 3025 digital RF signal generator is an essential component within any automated development or manufacturing RF test system. Designed to meet the needs of advanced digital communications standards, the 3025 digital RF signal generator can be used for measurement or system emulation for WLAN, WiMax and cellular communications, as well as applications in satellite and terrestrial TV broadcasting and military communications.

The 3035 RF digitizer is complementary to the 3025; it provides wideband high dynamic range A to D conversion of RF input signals up to 6 GHz. Together with the 3010 RF digitizer and measurement application software, the system provides vector signal analysis of RF signals. Well suited for manufacturing or design verification for RF systems, the Aeroflex 3035 RF digitizer now adds extended digitizer bandwidth up to 6 GHz to cover emerging communications standards.

Delivery for the 3025 and the 3035 is initially eight weeks upon receipt of order. PXI products can be ordered online at or by contacting local Aeroflex sales representatives.

About Aeroflex
Aeroflex Incorporated is a global provider of high technology solutions to the aerospace, defence, cellular and broadband communications markets. The Company’s diverse technologies allow it to design, develop, manufacture and market a broad range of test, measurement and microelectronic products. The Company’s common stock trades on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol ARXX and is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 index.

About Aeroflex Test Solutions, Instruments Division
Staffed with experts in RF and microwave signal generation and processing subsystems, Aeroflex Test Solutions Group provides test and measurement systems, instruments, modules, services and integration support for the communications test, military, government and semiconductor industries. Aeroflex' solutions reflect a commitment to industry-accepted standards and the concept of modular product development. They encompass Communications test (public mobile radio, wireless cellular and telecom, military radio and avionics radio test), Signal sources (synthesizers, signal generators, signal analyzers and phase noise systems), General-purpose test (spectrum analyzers, microwave analyzers, bit error rate testers) and Systems (satellite, ATE, PXI and radar).

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