Boonton - Amplifier Test Part 1

Amplifier Test Part 1 - Replacing Your Crystal/Diode Detector

Broadcasted on 12/13/2010

Wireless Telecom Group Bob Muro

Bob Muro

Wireless Telecom Group

Before modern peak power meters were available, a system that included a crystal/diode detector, oscilloscope, average power meter, pulse generator and assorted couplers was assembled to capture pulse waveforms from high power amplifiers used for RADAR signals. These fast rise time signals require calibrated wide video BW peak power sensors to capture fast transient events. The original system can be replaced by a two channel peak power meter that simultaneously measures forward and reflected antenna power. This webinar describes how our family of peak power meter/sensor systems can replace the single-ended detector system used for measuring the forward and reflected power of a Radar antenna system.

  • Large Dynamic range to view input & output
  • Calibrated power sensor for accurate measurements
  • Peak power meter simplifies equipment list


Webinar Q&A

Below are questions we recieved during the webinar. If you have any additional questions, email us.

Are there Labview drivers available for your power meters?

Yes, and they are available at under the Boonton Brand

Can both channels be displayed on the power meter simultaneously?

Yes the displayed channels can be separated or overlaid and are differentiated by color.

Can I trigger the power meter using an external pulse from my signal generator?

Yes, most Boonton peak power meters have an external trigger input and the 4500B Peak power analyzer has advanced features like trigger delay by event or time.

What BW sensors are available for a Boonton peak power meter?

Our Peak Power sensor line has a maximum 40 GHz carrier signal input.

Can you export envelope trace data from the peak power meter?

Yes. It is available in several formats including CSV, but it is simpler to let the instrument process the data and simply export the required parameter information.

What is the difference between video BW and the BW of the peak power sensor?

Video BW is the maximum modulation detected by a peak sensor, and the sensor BW is the maximum carrier frequency.

Can you export a screen image to a computer?

Yes. It can be done using the front panel USB port, or via LAN, or GPIB.