Component test suite aids high accuracy RF characterization

July 28, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Component test suite aids high accuracy RF characterization
Copper Mountain Technologies (CMT) has released SMD Test Solution and an Automatic Fixture Removal (AFR) software plug-in to facilitate characterization of RF devices and discrete components with metrological accuracy.

The AFR plug-in and SMD Test Solution may be used in combination, or individually, depending on user applications.

SMD Test Solution is a comprehensive product utilizing a vector network analyzer, fixtures, software, and tools — for manual, non-destructive characterization of 0402 components. It allows for measurement of SMD components over a wide frequency range from 100 kHz to 20 GHz, claiming an industry first. SMD Test Solution uses serial and shunt fixtures with known topology to make metrologically accurate measurements for discreet resistors, capacitors, or inductors under real-life installation conditions. No soldering is required for testing, reducing the time and cost of component testing. It is available to use with CMT 2-port 20 GHz Cobalt network analyzers.

Automatic Fixture Removal (AFR) VNA software plug-in enables the measurement of a wide range of components through comprehensive methods tailored to specific fixture properties. The intuitive AFR software moves the calibration plane towards hard to access DUTs and guides the de-embedding process using either time-gating, filtering, or bisect methods. These methods provide the user with better measurement accuracy and reliability based on the components to test. The AFR software plug-in is easy to use and is compatible with all CMT Cobalt series VNAs and Compact series two-port, two-path VNAs.

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