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RF Test Automation Systems

Flexible test system automation platform in a box. Ranatec offers both off the shelf and customized systems.

Wireless test automation has become a necessity in order to stay ahead in the race for more and more capable products and systems. Ranatec provides a range of products dedicated to help customer to rationalize their test set-ups and enable efficient and accurate wireless test automation:

  • Ranatec has developed a range of RF switching and routing products. Using high quality RF switches and couplers, any RF-signal path can be set up, to interconnect any device under test to any external or internal test port
  • In addition to flexibly setting up signal paths, Ranatec provides signal conditioning products such as digital attenuators and RF filters, to assure the right power level and bandwidth at any port in a RF test set-up
  • Ranatec also has a range of more advanced and dedicated instruments to e g enable accurate spurious emissions tests (wide range of electronically tunable notch filter) as well as channel emulators to make performance verification under realistic conditions in a laboratory environment

Although many of our products have been developed to meet the requirements from the mobile industry, our wireless test automation products are used across several industries where testing RF equipment is a must. Applications for our products span the whole life-cycle: from early development and evaluation through product release and certification to production testing and in-service performance assessment. As supplier, Ranatec can supply anything from discrete RF-switching modules and digital attenuators to complete test automation solutions, tailored to specific customer demands.

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RF2018B
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RF2018B

Solid State Switch Box

Features

  • Switch mode: SP4T latching, terminated

  • DC – 6 GHz RF frequency range
  • Insertion loss < 1.9 dB up to 3 GHz
  • 63 dBm IP3
  • +30 dBm maximum input power
  • Flexible supply voltage: 5-45 VDC
  • <100 μs switching time
  • High repeatability
  • Ultra-long lifetime

Specifications

Switch mode: SP4T latching, terminated

  • Switching time: < 100 μs
  • Supply voltage: 5 – 45 VDC
  • Supply current: < 1 mA
  • Actuating current: < 50 μA (active low, input (pulled up to 3 VDC)
  • Operating frequency: DC – 6 GHz
  • Impedance: 50 Ohm
  • Max DC at RF inputs: 0 VDC
  • VSWR (max):
  • 1.4:1 @ 0.01 – 0.698 GHz
  • 1.3:1 @ 0.698 – 3 GHz
  • 1.4:1 @ 3 – 6 GHz
  • Insertion loss (max):
  • 1.6 dB @ 0.01 – 0.698 GHz
  • 1.9 dB @ 0.698 – 3 GHz
  • 2.2 dB @ 3 – 6 GHz
  • Isolation RFC – RFx (min):
  • 55 dB @ 0.01 – 0.698 GHz
  • 40 dB @ 0.698 – 3 GHz
  • 35 dB @ 3 – 6 GHz
  • Isolation RFx – RFy (min):
  • 55 dB @ 0.01 – 0.698 GHz
  • 40 dB @ 0.698 – 3 GHz
  • 30 dB @ 3 – 6 GHz
  • Input power thru path (max):
  • 30 dBm @ 0.01 – 6 GHz
  • Input power hot switching & into termination (max):
  • 20 dBm @ 0.01 – 6 GHz
  • Input IP3 (typ):
  • 63 dBm @ 0.01 – 6 GHz
  • Operating temp: 0°C to +50°C
  • Storage temp: -20°C to +70°C
  • Relative humidity: 95% at +40°C
  • Connectors: SMA(F)
  • Size: 19” rack mount, 3 U
RF2018B

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RF2018B Solid State Switch Box

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Overview

The Ranatec RF2018B is a RF Solid State Switch system with 12 switch modules, each with 1 pole and 4 throws. It is well suited for high volume testing, where long lifetime is required, without sacrificing RF performance. RF2018B offers very good linearity, power handling and speed.

Application

RF2018B is designed for applications such as:

  • Production testing of mobile handsets
  • Production testing of mobile basestations
  • Built-In-Test (BITE) applications
  • MIMO applications

Control Interfaces

  • Web-interface, for manual operations
  • Textual (SCPI-like) API

All switches are controlled remotely via web-interface or API. It can be controlled from any computer in the network via TCP/IP sockets or via its internal web server. The communication protocol is very simple and independent from operating system, programming language etc.

RF2020B

Switch Box

Features

  • DC – 18 GHz RF frequency range

  • Insertion loss <0.35 dB up to 18 GHz
  • 50 dBm maximum input power
  • Mechanical switches with high power and linearity

Specifications

  • Switch mode: SP4T latching, terminated

  • Switch mode: Failsafe (SP4T)

  • Normally open (SPDT)

  • Switching time: < 10 ms
  • Operating frequency: DC-6 GHz (SP4T)
  • DC-18 GHz (SPDT)
  • Impedance: 50 Ohm
  • Max DC at RF inputs: 0 VDC
  • VSWR (max):
    1.2:1 @ DC-3 GHz (SP4T)
    1.3:1 @ 3-6 GHz (SP4T)
    1.1:1 @ DC-3 GHz (SPDT)
    1.2:1 @ 3-12.4 GHz (SPDT)
    1.4:1 @ 12.4-18 GHz (SPDT)
  • Insertion loss (max):
    0.15 dB @ DC-3 GHz (SPDT)
    0.20 dB @ 3-8 GHz (SPDT)
    0.35 dB @ 12.4-18 GHz (SPDT)
    0.20 dB @ DC-3 GHz (SP4T)
    0.30 dB @ 3-6 GHz (SP4T)
  • Isolation (min):
    80 dB @ DC-3 GHz (SP4T)
    70 dB @ 3-6 GHz (SP4T)
    80 dB @ DC-3 GHz (SP4T)
    75 dB @ 3-8 GHz (SPDT)
    65 dB @ 8-12.4 GHz (SPDT)
    60 dB @ 8-18 GHz (SPDT)
  • Input power thru path (max):
    52 dBm @ DC-6 GHz (SP4T)
    50 dBm @ DC-18 GHz (SPDT)
  • Operating temp: 0°C to +50°C
  • Storage temp: -20°C to +70°C
  • Relative humidity: 95% at +40°C
  • Size: 19” rack mount, 3 U
  • Connectors: SMA(F)

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RF2020B RF Switch Box

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Overview

The Ranatec RF2020B is an RF Switch box with five switches, three SP4T DC-6 GHz and two SPDT DC-18 GHz.

Application

RF2020B is designed for applications such as:

  • Production testing of mobile handsets
  • Production testing of mobile basestations
  • Built-In-Test (BITE) applications
  • MIMO applications

Control Interfaces

  • Web-interface, for manual operations
  • Textual (SCPI-like) API

All switches are controlled remotely via web-interface or API. It can be controlled from any computer in the network via TCP/IP sockets or via its internal web server. The communication protocol is very simple and independant from operating system, programming language etc.

Customized

The Ranatec RF2000 series is a flexible test system automation platform that helps you to integrate your complete test system into a single box. No more cables and discrete parts on your desktop!

Even though it is switch-oriented, it is well suited for integration of all other coaxial/waveguide parts of a test system. Due to its backplane-based architecture, the user can easily add/remove modules whenever needed without need for software upgrade. Plugin modules can be mounted both on the front side or on the rear side.

  • Modular configuration (mainframe + plugin modules)
  • Plug-and-play system without need for SW upgrades
  • Extensive range of standard switch modules ranging from DC to 50 GHz
  • Extensive range of other modules such as: Voltage and Digitally Controlled Attenuators, Amplifiers, Mixers, etc are available
  • 64 control ports as standard (128 as option)
  • LAN to GPIB converter module available
  • Custom modules available upon request (can be ANY coaxial active or passive components)
  • Remote controlled by LAN, GPIB or RS-232
  • Display and keyboard for local operation
  • Switch counters enable preventive maintenance
  • Cost-effective solution

All switches can be controlled locally or remotely. During installation, it can be helpful to control them via the local keyboard and display. The display is always updated with the actual status, which can be useful during an ongoing automated verification procedure.

RF2000A is designed to be the central communication hub of your test system.

When connected to a LAN network, the user can control both internal modules and external instruments via its GPIB Master

interface (optional). It can be controlled from any computer in the network via TCP/IP sockets or via its internal web server. It can also be remotely controlled via GPIB or RS-232.

The communication protocol is very simple and independent from the operating system, programming language etc.

The RF2000 series is designed to be a cost effective way to automate test systems like:

  • Volume production tests of mobiles, basestations, radio links, radars and other wireless devices
  • Automated design verification tests
  • Remote control of test systems for monitoring etc
  • Radio network emulation in lab environment
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