Dual Channel Down Converter for Pulsed RF Measurements

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The U.S. Navy incorporates the most advance transmitter components in the world. It is often necessary to measure the performance of its components in-system during development, production, and support.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), has developed, patented, and implemented a cost effective device for converting RF and microwave signals into a lower frequency that can be used to make high quality, accurate, and repeatable RF/microwave measurements on two port devices. The Dual Channel Down Converter provides initial and recurring cost savings as it replaces the complex network of devices currently used to fully characterize components in-system with a single instrument. It can be used in conjunction with other test equipment or as a "one stop box" for a multitude of spectral and time domain measurements.

-Automatic RF measurements performed in-system
-A single instrument that is capable of fully characterizing RF and microwave components
-Initial cost savings of comparable equipment and savings of recurring cost of calibration and maintenance

Potential Applications:
-Cell phones
-Transmitters/ Receivers
-High Power Amplifiers
-Support of medical RF or microwave radiation sources
Utility Patent
United States
Jun 6, 2006
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