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Boonton 55 Series USB Peak Power Sensor's Statistical Analysis Tool enables Crest Factor measurements for multicarrier LTE and 802.11ac Wi-Fi signals.

Posted August 17, 2015

Boonton, a Wireless Telecom Group company (NYSE: WTT), features a Statistical Analysis Tool in a USB form factor with the 55 Series Wideband USB peak power sensors. The Statistical Analysis Tool enables crest factor measurement which is a figure of merit measurement for characterizing RF amplifier performance when driven by challenging wideband high crest factor signals used in modern communication systems. Clipping of the rare occurring peaks can cause BER and system performance degradation as well as increased spurious emissions raising compliance issues. The 55006 model has industry leading 195 MHz video bandwidth that enables the sensor to accurately measure average power, peak power and crest factor of the most challenging communication signals such as multi-carrier FDD LTE, TDD LTE and 802.11ac WiFi. Accurate crest factor measurements rapidly converge and test times are significantly reduced by digitizing the detected signal at a rate of 100 Msamples per second and using fast DSP algorithms.

Boonton's innovative Real-Time Power ProcessingTM eliminates the acquisition latency associated with traditional peak power meters and sensors, yielding lightning-fast performance in a brand new USB platform. The 55 series is ideal for R&D laboratory, manufacturing or field use for wireless telecom as well as RADAR signals.

"We see that the pursuit of bandwidth efficient systems have resulted in advanced modulation schemes and broadband communication signals. Engineers increasingly find themselves having to work with challenging waveforms," said Joe Debold, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Wireless Telecom Group. "Precision and ultra fast crest factor measurement capability of the 55 Series and the Real-Time Power Processing™ has enabled real-time scrutiny of rapidly changing RF and microwave signals and their statistics with improved precision in time and amplitude. It simply takes amplifier design and testing to a new level."

Boonton's  power meters and sensors have been in use in major laboratories around the world for decades and have established the standard for RF power characterization of the fastest pulse and wideband communication signals. The 55 series includes 6, 18 and 40GHz models which target high performance, real-time power characterization. The small and lightweight units pack signal processing of Boonton's class-leading bench-top meters, enabling pulse measurements of down to 3 nanosecond rise time.

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