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New RF multi-band translator from Aeroflex

Posted: 28 Oct 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:aeroflex  tx501  rf multi-band translator  3g frequency translator 

Aeroflex launched the TX501 RF multi-band translator, a cost-effective and easy-to-use full duplex 3G frequency translator that enables network equipment developers to test infrastructure operating in 3GPP frequency Bands I to VI using existing 3G Band I test mobiles.

"As the 3GPP standard continues to evolve, network infrastructure equipment developers need cost-effective and easy-to-implement ways of robustly testing new features and functionality," said Phil Windred, Aeroflex business unit manager for the TM500, SystemAT and QoS (Quality of Service) products. "The TX501 provides an ideal multi-band frequency translation solution for the bands defined in 3GPP Release 6."

The TX501 RF Multi-band Translator sits between the test mobile and Node B base station providing direct RF connections to both units. No additional software is required to control the TX501; frequency band selection is made either via the front panel rotary switch or using an electrical control interface. Using the electrical interface, the TX501 may be configured as part of an automated regression test system. The uplink and downlink local oscillator frequencies on the TX501 are controlled via external signal generators, such as Aeroflex's IFR 2023A, IFR 2023B or IFR 2025. The Node B base station, signal generators and test mobile unit can be locked to a common 10MHz reference via the TX501.

The TX501 is designed to operate in conjunction with any Band I mobile test device to provide 3G multi-band frequency translation. It is designed for use with the company's TM500 HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) Test Mobile unit to enable network testing with infrastructure operating in any of the 3GPP Release 6 frequency bands. The TM500 HSDPA Test Mobile tests the evolving 3G mobile communications networks. It has the capabilities of an HSDPA W-CDMA mobile terminal, with additional advanced test interfaces and features.

Priced at $18,000, the TX501 RF multi-band 3G frequency translator is available in 3 weeks upon receipt of order. Meanwhile, pricing for the TM500 HSDPA Test Mobile starts at $185,000.

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