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Power sensor first to measure DC to 110GHz range

Posted: 15 Mar 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Rohde and Schwarz? power sensor? USB interface? modulated signals?

Test and measurement equipment manufacturer Rohde and Schwarz has recently bolstered its power sensor portfolio with the release of the R&S NRP-Z58. The sensor's high measuring speed of over 300 measurements per second in buffered mode allows especially fast power measurements. With a range of 55 dB (C35 dBm to 20 dBm), it offers the largest dynamic range (DC to 110GHz) of any thermal power sensor on the market.

When performing relative measurements such as amplification and reflection measurements, the R&S NRP-Z58 delivers extremely precise measurement results thanks to its high linearity of 0.01 dB. The ball bearing 1.00 mm coaxial plug can be screwed conveniently and securely onto the jack of the measuring instrument to provide extremely high measurement reproducibility.

Like all thermal power sensors from Rohde & Schwarz, the R&S NRP-Z58 can be connected directly to a PC via a USB interface in order to analyse measurement results. It can also be used in combination with the R&S NRP2 base unit or with nearly any signal generator, signal and spectrum analyser or network analyser from Rohde & Schwarz.

For users of the R&S ZVA110 network analyser, the power sensor is the perfect addition. It comes equipped with the appropriate 1 mm socket for connecting the R&S NRP-Z58. The power sensor makes it possible to achieve a consistent power calibration up to 110GHz using a single instrument and without any adapter. Before, this required multiple power sensors and various adapters.

In addition, the power sensor helps users working in development, production and maintenance to determine the average power of CW signals, pulsed signals or even complex digitally modulated signals. This makes the R&S NRP Z58 especially well-suited for automotive applications at 77GHz, such as automatic cruise control and collision warnings, as well as for radar systems for industrial and military applications at 94GHz.

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