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New ISM-band RF tester from Agilent is scalable

Posted: 12 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:TS-5020? tester? Agilent Technologies? automotive? HVAC?

The new TS-5020 tester from Agilent Technologies Inc. is a scalable system specifically slated for testing automotive supplemental restraint systems, small body electronics and HVAC climate-control modules. This product can perform RF standalone tests, such as remote-keyless-entry and tire-pressure-monitoring systems, as well as a combination of low-frequency (AC and DC) and high-frequency (RF) tests specifically for automotive.

The platform is also compatible with ISM-band (industrial, scientific, medical) applications from 100MHz through to 3GHz.

400-plus routines
Agilent's system uses a mature test-executive software development tool, with more than 400 test routines available. Its mainframe uses Agilent's existing 34980A multi-function switch/measurement unit, with built-in 6-1/2-digit DMM (digital multimeter) and LXI-compatible (LAN eXtensions for Instrumentation) parts.

The 34980A is configured as a 16 x 4 x 16 (16 instrument x four bus x 16-pin) matrix. Modules can be added as needed to expand the system up to 112 pins. The 34980A can also be combined with a 20-channel Form A switch module to heft 3A loads.

A series of optional plug-and-play modules is also available. In addition to basic instruments, the TS-5020 can be combined with optional instruments, including Agilent's N6700 Series module power supply and the company's IEEE-488/GPIB PCI (General Purpose Interface Bus) card.

You can also fit the tester with a quad RF multiplexer, an RF switch/attenuator, a 14-bit 50MSps function/aribitray waveform generator, and a 225MHz frequency counter (with options to make frequency measurements as high as 12.4GHz).

The TS-5020 runs under Windows XP and Agilent's TS-5000 Series family controller. It includes 1,024Mbytes of RAM, a DVD-RW drive, a floppy drive, keyboard, 15-inch flat-panel display, and mouse. Providing greater flexibility and full use of the system, the TS-5020 also offers the option of an express-connect interface connector assembly (ICA).

The ICA is the main interface between the UUT (unit under test) and the system. The ICA mounts to the system rack and includes a hinged insert that folds away from the tester to provide access to wiring.

- Alex Mendelsohn

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