Update in satcom RF packaging suits automatic test systems

13th June 2017
Source: AtlanTecRF
Posted By : Enaie Azambuja
Update in satcom RF packaging suits automatic test systems

AtlanTecRF has launched a new plug-in 6U Loop Test Translator (LTT) for satcom RF testing. The traditional configuration for loop test translators used in off-satellite set up, calibration, alignment and quality monitoring of ground based equipment in satcom terminals is the 19” x 1U rack mount chassis. In other applications, however, such as automatic test systems used in the manufacture of satellite terminals such packaging does not deliver optimum equipment densities or ease of operation.

In such situations AtlanTecRF's new plug-in 6U Module comes into its own bringing ATE stacking principles to the satcom RF test world. For a loop test translator the standard width plug-in 6U Module contains all the RF functions with power and control inputs at the back plane and RF connections on the front panel for ready connection to the system under test (SUT).

A number of 6U modules can then be stacked in the chassis, more possibly with LTT functions and some with other functions such as amplification, signal generation or noise generation. All can be driven via the back plane by a common power supply (PSU) module and controlled by a digital local/remote ethernet, RS485 or other bus system.

Commenting on this new approach to satcom RF testing, AtlanTecRF C.E.O, Geoff Burling, said “The style of housing for all test equipment, satellite RF included, is key to the convenience of its use. AtlanTecRF has consistently taken steps to offer the most appropriate housing for each application".

"Our bench instruments, ruggedised portable and weatherised outdoor units have lead the way. We now offer this very adaptable high density plug-in 6U Module for the automatic test equipment community and extend our ease-of-use philosophy even further.”

As well as loop test translators in all bands from L through S, C, X, Ku, DBS, Ka and Q, the same 6U outline brings similar advantages to AtlanTecRF’s ranges of Satcom Line Amplifiers, Block Converters, Signal Generators and Noise Generators. Custom equipment users can also benefit as AtlanTecRF is adept at fast and efficient design of specialist modules in many fields of application.

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