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Antenna Test Equipment for Pattern Measurement in Less Than a Second

RFxpert is the only real-time, compact, bench-top antenna measurement device.

What is Antenna Pattern?

Text book definition of antenna pattern or antenna radiation pattern is a graphical representation of the radiation properties (e.g. TRP, gain, efficiency, EIRP, directivity, phase or polarization) of the antenna under test (AUT) as a function of space.

Antenna Pattern Measurement Techniques

Until recently, the two dominant approaches for testing and evaluation of antenna parameters were near-field and far-field measurement techniques.

In the near-field range method antenna emissions are measured in the radiating-near-field region. The results are then projected to the far-field with well-developed and proven algorithms e.g. to offset RF reflections, mutual coupling between the AUT and the measurement antenna/probe, etc. This is critical because most antennas are intended to operate in the far-field region.

A direct far-field measurement method can be performed in outdoor or indoor environments. Smaller antennas can be measured in an anechoic chamber. However, testing larger antennas often requires a remote open-air-test-site (OATS) consisting of a large area in a rural environment to avoid reflections.

Both antenna pattern measurement techniques are costly and require longer times for Antenna Designers and Wireless Engineers to debug their designs, to do rapid prototyping, and to explore new designs, materials and geometries.

Novel Approach to Antenna Pattern Measurement:
Very-Near-Field

RFxpert is a desktop antenna pattern measurement system that characterizes antennas without the need for a chamber. It provides far-field patterns, bisections, EIRP and TRP in less than a second. Novel near-field results, including amplitude, polarity and phase give insights into the root causes of antenna performance challenges and help troubleshoot far-field radiation patterns.

How accurate is the result compared to a CTIA anechoic chamber?

RFxpert measures the characteristics of an antenna in one second compared to hours (including the set-up time) in an anechoic chamber. RFxpert accuracy is +/- 1.5dB. Below are comparative test results:

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Efficiency comparison in the range of 1700 – 2200 MHz done by a reputable cell phone manufacturer

 

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TRP comparison of a WCDMA device for Bands 5 & 6 done by another reputable cell phone manufacturer

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Base Station Antenna comparison at 1950 MHz done by a cell phone service provider

 

Why RFxpert Is Right For You

You want to avoid the delays and set-up needed for far-field measurements in a chamber.

RFxpert not only require low CAPEX and zero OPEX, they also deliver significant ROI advantages.

You can execute real-time analysis of your design, test multiple design iterations and optimize complex designs on your lab-bench in seconds at each stage of the design process.

Key Benefits

Test results in seconds
Easy to use
Compact and tabletop
Significant time-to-market acceleration
Dramatic increase in production
Substantial cost reduction

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Are you under time-to-market pressure because of the countless number of lengthy measurements in inaccessible anechoic chambers?

Tired of losing valuable project time waiting in line to test your designs in expensive anechoic chambers?

Do you want to test your design and performance quickly to accelerate project completion and delivery?

Are you under budget pressures?

Why did your product fail the compliance test in an anechoic chamber? Why didn’t you see this coming?

With RFxpert, in seconds and a fraction of an anechoic chamber cost you can easily:

  • Analyze your embedded antenna and wireless device designs
  • Prototype / test new designs, components, and forms
  • Iteratively test and optimize embedded antenna designs
  • Perform highly repeatable and rapid over-the-air wireless device measurements
  • Verify final product performance in real-time
  • Gain immediate insight into the root causes of performance issues by analyzing the near-field results

…all for a fraction of the cost of an anechoic chamber.

  •   How does RFxpert work?

    rfxpert-how-does-it-workRFxpert measures the magnetic field (H-Field) in two orthogonal directions using H-field probes and projects this data to the far-field using the planar aperture distribution to angular spectrum transformation or plane wave spectrum (PWS) transformation.

    A second custom algorithm then adjusts the far-field projection to eliminate the predictable coupling effects of the measurement array of probes. Probe response compensation is also taken into consideration in this algorithm.

    EMSCAN meticulously developed this custom algorithm through comprehensive and rigorous R&D efforts to get the most accurate test results.

Companies Who Trust RFxpert Products
What Our Customers Are Saying
“I prefer to use the RFxpert for my antenna design projects instead of simulation software. In a couple of hours, I can model a real antenna out of copper and test it with the RFxpert in the antenna’s intended operating environment. I then use the proven design, based on the RFxpert analysis, to prepare a CAD drawing and send it off to manufacturing for prototyping.”
Jorge I. Ortiz
RF Network & Antenna Engineer, Independent Consultant at Mueller Systems Ocala, Florida Area
“We're impressed with the accuracy of the RFX scanner compared to our external lab measurements for TRP.”
Jeremy Monroe
MoJoose Inc
“We wanted to extend the distance between the hand-held transmitter and the aerial device. Initially we thought that we had to add an additional power amplifier stage. The RFxpert showed us that the real problem was something else: the coax was radiating as much as the antenna. By using better coax and a different coupling method from the final power amplifier stage to the antenna, we were able to transfer more power to the antenna. We managed this significant increase by almost zero cost to the design.”
Director of Engineering
Consumer Electronics Manufacturer
“Designers now evaluate designs in real-time vs. waiting at the back of the queue with $100M+ projects in front”
RF Design Engineer
Leading Military Subcontractor

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