Keithley Adds WiMAX Testing Capability to Its RF Test Instrumentation Family
Keithley's unique approach to instrument design provides simple, low-cost upgrade path to future Wave 2 MIMO
with 4x4 signal streams and other new wireless standards
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Cleveland, Ohio - June 17, 2008 -
Keithley Instruments, Inc. (NYSE:KEI), a leader in solutions for emerging measurement needs, today announced
a set of signal creation and analysis tools that extend its RF test capabilities to include
WiMAX signal testing. Keithley's new solution is built on a next-generation hardware platform that makes it
simple and inexpensive to add support for new signal standards, such as 802.16e mobile WiMAX Wave 2 testing with
up to 4x4
MIMO channels, without requiring expensive hardware upgrades or different instrumentation. In addition, the
new instruments support testing to lower frequency bands down to 400MHz, an increasingly important capability for
new WiMAX solutions being developed. For more information on Keithley's expanded WiMAX test solutions, visit
Keithley's RF test solutions are based on the company's
award-winning Model 2820 RF Vector Signal Analyzers and Model 2920 RF Vector Signal Generators. Because
these test instruments rely on a next-generation DSP-based Software-Defined Radio (SDR) architecture, they are
capable of making extremely high speed measurements both thoroughly and accurately. The SDR architecture
enables Keithley's highly flexible offering with instruments that are easy and less costly to upgrade as new
wireless and cellular standards are introduced. In addition, the same Keithley signal analyzers or signal
generators can be used in an automated production environment or can be moved easily to the bench for standalone
Keithley's test systems provide frequency coverage from 400MHz to 4GHz and to 6GHz
if WLAN measurements are needed. Coverage in the lower frequencies, below 2.4GHz, has become more
important recently, as the 400-700MHz bands are being opened for new mobile wireless communications services
where WiMAX solutions are likely to be employed.
The Challenge of Next-Generation WiMAX Testing
WiMAX is arguably the most complex modulation scheme in the world, encompassing
multiple technologies into one very versatile system, including bandwidths in excess of 20MHz, configurations
with more than 2000 subcarriers, high peak-to-average power ratios, and both SISO and MIMO radio configurations.
This complexity has made testing a challenge for manufacturers. Keithley's Model
2820 RF Vector Signal Analyzer and Model 2920 RF Vector Signal Generator enable users to test WiMAX in any
frequency band between 400MHz and 4GHz faster and more easily than other available instruments.
A Powerful and Integrated WiMAX Solution
The Model 2820 RF Vector Signal Analyzer is optimized for automated testing of wireless devices in production
test environments, as well as in new product and device research and development. It features measurement speeds
up to three times faster than competitive instruments in production test, takes up half the space, and costs
half as much as competitive products. The Model 2820 combines high performance, complex signal analysis
capability with unprecedented ease of use even for those with modest training, background, or practical
experience in RF measurement to serve a wide range of measurement needs on wireless devices, transceiver
modules, and RF components. Keithley's Model 2820 is the lowest cost, widest signal acquisition bandwidth,
stand-alone vector signal analyzer with both manual and automated operation on the market today.
The Model 2820 RF Vector Signal Analyzer is designed to work closely with
Keithley's Model 2920 RF Vector Signal Generator. Together, these two instrument families form a powerful
RF test and measurement solution that reduces test times and capital equipment costs for testing RF devices.
For example, production test engineers can use built-in list mode features to perform fast simultaneous
measurement of components, transmitters and receivers - dramatically reducing test times.
Working in conjunction with the two RF test instrument families is Version 2.0 of
Keithley's SignalMeister™ Waveform Creation Software, for creation of the entire range of signals in accordance
with WiMAX and WLAN wireless connectivity standards and 3GPP and 3GPP2 cellular standards. First
introduced in mid-2007, SignalMeister is a PC-based object-orientated waveform creation tool that allows
engineers to create highly complex signals required for today's RF testing needs quickly and flawlessly.
SignalMeister is the only waveform creation software tool available that uses an object-oriented graphical
interface that is optimized for MIMO signals, allowing engineers to easily create basic and complex waveforms.
SignalMeister is an expandable software platform with a common user interface that
allows creation of waveforms from multiple signal standards with optional additive signal impairments and
channel modeling in a single environment. Users download the waveforms they create to any Keithley Series 2900
RF Vector Signal Generator.
Price and Availability
The base prices of the Model 2820 and Model 2920 instruments at 4GHz are US$25,000 and US$23,000 respectively.
SignalMeister can be downloaded from Keithley's web site at no charge; specific software licenses start at
US$2,500. All units are available six to eight weeks ARO.
For More Information
For more information on any of Keithley's RF measurement products, visit
www.keithley.com/products/rfmicrowave or contact the company at:
Keithley Instruments, Inc.
28775 Aurora Road
Cleveland, OH 44139-1891
About Keithley Instruments, Inc.
With more than
60 years of measurement expertise, Keithley Instruments has become a world leader in advanced electrical test
instruments and systems from DC to RF (radio frequency). Our products solve emerging measurement needs in
production testing, process monitoring, product development, and research. Our customers are scientists and
engineers in the worldwide electronics industry involved with advanced materials research, semiconductor device
development and fabrication, and the production of end products such as portable wireless devices. The value we
provide them is a combination of precision measurement technology and a rich understanding of their applications
to improve the quality of their products and reduce their cost of test.
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