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Power meter software debuts

Posted: 29 Jul 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power meter  software  Ethernet 

Anritsu Co. debuts its PowerMax software that enhances visualisation of instrument display and simplifies remote control of Anritsu's ML2490A series power meters via Ethernet. According to the company, the remote user interface can configure the single sensor input ML2495A and dual sensor input ML2496A so that results and traces can be shown in a larger format on a laptop or monitor, giving design engineers a better view of measurement results to ensure the performance of high bandwidth designs.

With PowerMax, measurement results for up to eight gates can be simultaneously displayed on a monitor. Up to four marker readings can be displayed with PowerMax as well. The software also creates simple configuration tabs so that the power meters can be controlled directly from a computer. Measurement result images and traces can be saved directly on the computer's hard drive or removable storage, allowing raw data to be recalled and used as reference.

Keeping up with the times
Designed for the demands of the rapid rise time radar measurements and the latest 4G wireless applications, the ML2490A series has 65 MHz mainframe bandwidth. The power meters have a typical rise time of 8ns with 1ns resolution, when used with the MA2411B pulse sensor. Single and multi-pulse radar signals can be precisely measured using multiple gates, markers and a suite of dedicated pulse functions.

The ML2490A series measures the peak, average and crest factor of continuous and framed OFDM, and is suitable for WLAN and WiMAX applications. Because the ML2490A series conducts measurements independent of the protocol or modulation scheme, highly accurate measurements can be made on multi-carrier and multi-channel systems.

The ML2496A dual input instrument solves many of the measurement problems associated with designing and manufacturing amplifiers. OFDM/WCDMA modulation requires the power amplifier to precisely track the symbol power envelope to keep the error rate low and avoid generating broadband noise. Power amplifier designers can use the ML2496A to optimise the gain and output power of transmitters under pulsed or high crest factor conditions.

Fully compliant
The ML2490A series is fully compatible with all Anritsu sensors to provide truly universal power measurements for all applications. In addition to the MA2411B wideband power sensor, Anritsu offers the MA247xD standard diode sensors, MA2480A true RMS sensors, MA249xA wideband power sensors, and MA244xD standard diode sensors.

Delivery at 3 to 4 weeks ARO.

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