Vector signal generator targets automotive, IoT sectors

Article By : Susan Nordyk

The R&S SMCV100B generator covers the 5G NR extended FR1 frequency range up to 7.125 GHz for use in automotive, IoT, and education sectors.

The Rohde & Schwarz SMCV100B vector signal generator covers the 5G NR extended FR1 frequency range up to 7.125 GHz for use in the automotive, IoT, and education sectors. Using a direct RF DAC concept for RF signal generation, the SMCV100B provides I/Q modulation and upconversion in the digital domain, which eliminates I and Q imbalance errors and LO leakage commonly experienced with conventional analog I/Q modulators.

Rohde Schwarz PR image of the SMCV100B vector signal generator

All options for the generator are available in device firmware and can be activated with option keys as needed. This includes frequency extension up to 6 GHz or 7.125 GHz, increasing RF modulation bandwidth to 250 MHz, raising RF output power to 23 dBm, and enabling waveform streaming with an RF bandwidth of up to 60 MHz (75 Msymbol/s).

The SMCV100B works with WinIQSIM2 simulation software, which supports all common cellular and wireless connectivity standards, including 5G, LTE, and WiFi (802.11xx). More than 30 standards are available, along with an arbitrary waveform generator to output user-defined signals. Memory depth of the ARB generator can be extended from 64 Msamples to 1 Gsample. As a general-purpose instrument, the SMCV100B can be used for automotive, broadcast, navigation, and various mobile communication applications.

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