New Aeroflex Modular WLAN 802.11ac Test System with 160 MHz Bandwidth

Aeroflex has announced a new test system based on its PXI 3000 series modular instrumentation to offer measurements over a 160 MHz bandwidth at operating frequencies up to 6 GHz.

The WLAN 802.11ac system consists of the 3070 signal analyzer and the 3050/3320 vector signal generator and is housed in the new PXI 3005 smart PXI chassis with universal AC power supply.


The 3070 high performance vector signal analyzer operates over a frequency range of 250 MHz to 6 GHz with a 160 MHz bandwidth. Typical noise floor is -160 dBm/Hz.  The 3050/3320 high performance vector signal generator operates over 100 kHz to 6 GHz with a 200 MHz bandwidth and up to +20 dBm output power. Typical noise floor is -150 dBm/Hz.  Both 3070 and 3050 have class leading phase noise of -135 dBc/Hz at 1 GHz with 20 kHz offset and have a build-in oven controlled crystal oscillator (OCXO) frequency reference.

Measuring Error Vector Magnitude (EVM) requires the residual EVM of the test equipment to be at least 5 dB below the EVM specification of the device under test, which for 256QAM is -32 dB maximum. The PXI 3000 Series test system comfortably achieves this, with typical residual EVM of -42 dB for 80 MHz and -38 dB for 160 MHz for both signal analysis and generation.

The new system is suitable for making R&D, design verification and production measurements on wireless LAN (WLAN) devices on the IEEE 802.11ac standard.

Contact your local Aeroflex sales office for more information. In the US, call 800-835-2352, UK +44 (0) 1438 742200 and in Germany +49 (0) 89996410 or email