RF Peak Power Analyzer 4500B Taking performance to a new peak

RF Peak Power Analyzer 4500B Taking performance to a new peak
Data Sheet
RF Peak Power
Taking performance to a new peak
4500B RF Peak Power Analyzer
The Boonton Model 4500B is the instrument of choice for
capturing, displaying, analyzing and characterizing RF power
in both the time and statistical domains. Applications include
pulsed RF such as RADAR, TDMA and GSM, pseudorandom or
noise-like signals such as CDMA and WLAN and modulated time
slotted signals such as GSM-EDGE and TD-SCDMA.
The 4500B features 100 psec timebase resolution, video bandwidth up to 65 MHz (sensor dependent), flexible triggering and
greater than 70 dB dynamic range (sensor dependent) without
any range switching to cover the most demanding peak power
measurement applications. The 4500B also features continuous statistical analysis of power (optional) at acquisition rates
up to 25 MSa/s, a text display of up to 15 automatic measurements per channel as well as envelope and persistence views to
provide fast in-depth signal analysis. Convenient I/O including
USB ports for storing data such as instrument setups, trace
waveforms and bitmap image files.
• 8.4” TFT color LCD display
• Displays up to 4 measurement channels, 2 memory channels
and 1 math channel simultaneously
• Automatic peak-to-peak, delay-by-time and delay-by-events
• Statistical analysis including gated CCDF and PDF with linear
or log presentation (optional)
• Text view of up to 15 time and power measurements
per channel
• Envelope, persistence and roll mode displays
• Peak Power Sensors available with high video bandwidth, fast
risetime, and wide dynamic range
• Video bandwidth up to 65 MHz
High Bandwidth
Large Display
Peak power meter with video
bandwith up to 65 MHz and
rise time less than 7 nsec (sensor dependent)
View multiple channels and
measurements on the 8.4”
color TFT display
Powerful Automatic
Interactive Control
Most settings can be selected
and updated interactively with
instant visual feedback
One button text key automatically displays up to 15 power
and time measurements per
Dual Trigger System
Wide Dynamic Range
Superior Time Capture
Internal and external trigger
with auto peak-to-peak and B
trigger delay by time or events
Peak power sensors are available up to 40 GHz, some with
70 dB dynamic range
View signals from 5 nsec/
div to 1 hr/div with 100 psec
Convenient I/O
Precise Measurements
Windows based connectivity
such as USB for data storage
directly to a flash drive
Markers and time gates allow
for the analysis of specific portions of a waveform
Accurate AutoCalibration Precision
1 GHz RF step calibrator for
superior linearity and absolute
level accuracy
Intuitive User Interface
Fast Data Analysis
Clear Views
Easy to navigate, soft
menu driven
Statistical displays of PDF, CDF
and CCDF including time-gated
analysis (optional)
Persistence, envelope and
roll mode displays aid visual
Efficient Design
Convenient I/O
Power factor corrected power
supply and thermostatically
controlled, dual-fan cooling
Printer ports, external monitor,
Remote Control
Optional Inputs
Replace front panel inputs,
optional trigger output
GPIB with SCPI compliant command set anvd legacy Support
Superior Time Capture
The Boonton 4500B features a large 8.4” diagonal TFT
color LCD, 640 x 480 pixels, with CCFL backlight for a
clear view of up to two live RF channels, two live trigger
channels, two stored memory channels and one live
math channel simultaneously.
The need to clearly view multiple channels can be invaluable in many applications. The large color display in the
4500B is especially well suited for multiple channel
applications. User selectable colors are used to distinguish overlapping traces and to color correlate graphical
channel data with its measurements. For example, if the
color of the channel 1 is yellow, then the measurements
calculated on channel 1 are also yellow. The traces and
measurements are clearly marked and color correlated.
Figure 1: Analysis of CDMA Pulse Train with RF and Trigger Channels
The 4500B gives the user the flexibility to customize the
Updating Simultaneously
display by allowing them to select the measurements or
specific parametric settings and measurement indicators they wish to display. These measurements can be
grouped to avoid clutter.
Unique Trigger System
The 4500B features a unique trigger qualifier that allows a user to qualify the trigger on a specific event or
a specific delay time allowing a user-selected pulse to
be captured, even when its timing is variable. Modern
communications signals typically have long frames of
data and it is often important to lock a peak power
acquisition to a specific time slot or to a specific event
within a group. The B trigger qualifier eliminates problematic synchronization issues associated with time
jitter within pulse bursts that are often found in UWB
and RADAR applications. This qualifier may be set up
to 999,999 events or up to 1 second.
Figure 2: Qualify the Trigger on a Specific Event in CDMA pulse train
Automatic Analysis
The 4500B provides power-versus-time waveform
analysis of repetitive RF signals. Applications include
TDMA and GSM, as well as RF amplifier linearity testing,
RADAR, satcom, and avionics. The timebase extends to
5 nsec/div and the logarithmic power display will show
more than 70 dB dynamic ranges at the same time.
Peak power sensors are available that feature <7 nsec
risetime (video bandwidth up to 65 MHz) and dynamic
range of 70 dB (pulse mode) or 80 dB (modulated
mode). These sensors have been optimized for use with
the 4500B and are ideal for measuring RADAR or signals
in 3G and future 4G wireless systems that use complex
modulation such as OFDM.
Two adjustable markers can read the power at any point
across the waveform. In addition, the markers can be
Figure 3: Pulsed RF including width, rise time & fall time measurements
used to define the portion of the waveform in which the
maximum power, minimum power, long term average
power and peak to average ratios are measured. This is
especially useful for characterizing the power level over
a portion of the top of a pulse. An auto measure function
measures and calculates 15 common power and timing
parameters. All parameters for up to four active channels
are summarized in a Text display and are also available as
user defined display parameters above the Graph display.
Powerful Statistical Analysis
The 4500B features optional probability density functions (PDF) and cumulative distribution functions (CDF,
CCDF) to accurately characterize noise-like RF such as
CDMA, HDTV and WLAN. These statistical functions build
and analyze a very large population of power samples
continuously at a rate of up to 25 MHz or triggered up
to 50 MHz on two channels simultaneously. These functions are fast, accurate and allow the measurement of
very infrequent power peaks for a user-defined population size or acquisition interval. Although the programmable acquisition time can be very long or continuous,
even short runs can resolve very low probabilities, due to
the extremely high sample throughput.
Figure 4: Analyze CDMA timeslots with time gated probability density function (PDF)
Sensor Inputs*
Pulse Polarity
+ or –
RF Connector
Precision type N
External Pulse Input
Rear panel BNC, TTL level
RF Frequency Range
1 MHz to 40 GHz
Pulse Measurement Range
-50 to +20 dBm
Modulated Measurement Range
-60 to +20 dBm
The calibrator is used to automatically generate linearity calibration
Relative Offset Range
±100.00 dB
data for peak power sensors.
Logarithmic Vertical Scale
0.1 to 50 dBm/div
in 1-2-5 sequence
Measurement System
0.1 to 50 dBV/div
in 1-2-5 sequence
Sensor Inputs
0.1 to 50 dBmV/div
in 1-2-5 sequence
0.1 to 50 dBuV/div
in 1-2-5 sequence
Measurement Technique
Random repetitive sampling system that provides pre and post
Linear Vertical Scale
1 nW/div to 50 MW/div
in 1-2-5 sequence
1 mV/div to 50 kV/div
in 1-2-5 sequence
Video Bandwidth
65 MHz
Rise Time
<7 nsec
Single-Shot Bandwidth
5 MHz
trigger data as well as statistical histogram accumulation.
Maximum Sampling Rate
50 Mega-samples/second on up to four channels simultaneously.
(Equivalent effective sampling rate of 10 Giga-samples/second)
Memory Depth
256K samples per channel at
max sampling rate
(based on 10 samples per pulse)
Pulse Repetition Rate
50 MHz max
Vertical Resolution
14-bit A/D Converter
Minimum Pulse Width
6 nsec
Waveform Averaging
1 to 16,384 samples per data
Number of Histogram Bins
Size of Sample Bins
32-bits (4,000 mega-samples)
Bin Power Resolution
<0.02 dB
point (time domain measurement)
* Specifications sensor model dependent
Time Base
Time Base Range
5 nsec/div to 1 hr/div
Time Base Accuracy
Time Base Resolution
100 psec
Statistical Acquisition (optional)
Time Base Display
Sweeping or roll mode
Continuous or gated by pulse
mode time markers
Statistical X-Axis (optional)
Sampling Rate
Linear or logarithmic,
25 Mega-samples/second on 2
channels simultaneously.
1 to 7 cycles
Limit Count
Linear Ranges
0.1%/div to 10%/div
Limit Time
Linear Offset
0 to 99.9%, 0.1% resolution
Log Range
1e-9% to 100%
Adjustable, 2–4096 Megasamples
`3600 seconds (appr. 2.5 min. at
full sample rate)
Terminal Action
Stop, flush and restart or
decimate performance
Calibration Source
Operating Modes
CW, internal or external pulse
System Displays
1.024 GHz ± 0.01%
Display Type
Level Range
-50 to +20 dBm
Power versus time (pulse mode), Power versus time (modulated
0.1 dB
mode), External trigger versus time (pulse mode), Auto-measure text
Output VSWR
1.20 maximum
(all modes), Help text (all modes), Reports (sensors, configuration,
Absolute Accuracy
±0.065 dB (±1.5%) at 0 dBm
Accuracy vs Level
add ±0.03 dB per 5 dB increment
calibrator, files, stored waveforms, GPIB commands, GPIB buffers)
Statistical Display Type (optional)
from 0 dBm
Cumulative Distribution Function (CDF), Complementary Cumulative
Preset Internal Pulse Period
0.1 or 1 or 10 msec
Distribution Function (CCDF), Split screen, gated CCDF and power
Preset Internal Pulse Duty Cycle
10% to 90% in 10% increments
versus time (pulse mode,CCDF), Distribution function (histogram),
Variable Pulse On Time
7 usec to 65.535 msec
External trigger statistical (statistical mode), Auto-measure text
in 1 usec steps
(statistical mode)
Variable Pulse Period
28 usec to 131.072 msec in
2 usec steps Off-time limits within 7 usec to 65.535 msec
One or two sensor measurement
Pulse Mode Automatic Measurements
Trigger Source
Pulse width
Pulse rise-time
Channel 1 (internal), Channel 2 (internal, with optional channel 2)
Pulse fall-time
Pulse period
External trigger 1, External trigger 2 (with optional channel 2)
Pulse repetition frequency
Pulse duty cycle
Pulse off-time
Peak power
Trigger Slope
+ or –
Trigger Delay Range
Pulse power
Percent overshoot
Time base setting Delay range;
pre trig(-), post trig(+)
Average power
Top level power
5 nsec to 500 nsec
-4 msec to +100 msec
Bottom level power
Edge delay
1 usec to 10 msec
±4000 divisions
Pulse edge skew between channels
20 msec to 3600 sec
-40 to +100 sec
Trigger Delay Resolution
0.02 divisions
Statistical Mode Automatic Measurements (optional)
Trigger Hold-off Range
0.0 – 1.0 sec
Peak power
Average power
Trigger Hold-off Resolution
10 nsec
Minimum power
Peak to average ratio
Trigger Mode
Normal, auto, auto peak-to-peak,
Dynamic range
Percent at reference lines
free Run
Power at markers (absolute or normalized)
A only, B delay-by-time, B delay-
Total time (indicated)
by-events specs
Total number of samples (indicated)
B Trigger Mode
B Trigger Source
Chan 1, chan 2, ext trig 1, ext trig 2
B Trigger Slope
+ or –
Waveform Storage
B Trigger Events Counter Range
1 to 999,999 events
Storage Locations
B Trigger Time Delay Range
0.0 – 1.0 sec
Waveforms & distribution functions can be saved to and recalled from
10 nsec
internal storage locations and removable file-based memory devices.
B Trigger Time Delay Resolution
Internal Trigger Level Range
-40 to +20 dBm (sensor-dependent)
External Trigger Level Range
±5 volts, ±50 volts
External Interfaces
External Trigger Input
1M or 50 ohm, DC Coupled
Programmable interface;
complies with SCPI ver. 1990
Pulse and Modulated Mode Marker Measurements
RS-232C Interface 1
Serial printer/plotter interface
Markers (Vertical Cursors)
Settable in time relative to the
RS-232C Interface 2
Diagnostic interface
trigger position
General purpose i/o interface
Power at specified time
Parallel printer/plotter
Marker Independently
Pair of Marker:
(Centronics type)
Power at two specified times with ratio or average power between
LAN (optional)
Ethernet port.
them. The minimum and maximum power between the markers and
the ratio or average power between them. The average power, peak
Other Characteristics
power (hold) and peak-to average power ratio between the markers.
Lines (Horizontal Cursors)
Settable in power
Automatic Tracking
8.4” Diagonal TFT color LCD, 640
x 480 pixels, With CCFL Backlight.
Main Computer
Pentium based architecture
Intersection of either marker and the waveform. Either marker and
Hard Disk
Internal EIDE 40 Gbytes
pulse distal, mesial or proximal levels.
Acquisition Engine
32-bit Floating Point DSP in each installed channel CE Mark Compli-
Statistical Mode Marker Measurements (optional)
Markers (Vertical Cursors)
Each Marker Independently
ance for use in the European Union
Settable in percent
Operating Temperature:
0 to 50º C
(distribution functions)
Power Requirements
90 to 260 VAC, 47 to 63 Hz, 120W
Power at specified percent
Dimensions (HWD)
19” rack-mountable;
Pair of Markers
7.0” x 17.5” x 19.5”
Power ratio at two specified percents. Statistical analysis between
markers (using triggered statistical mode)
Ref Lines (Horizontal Cursors)
(17.8 cm x 44.5 cm x 49.5 cm)
25 lbs (11.4 kg)
Settable in power
Automatic Tracking
Set to track the intersection of either marker and the distribution
function measure percent probability at a defined power level.
Ordering information
RF Peak Power Analyzer, single channel, front panel inputs.
Dual channel, front panel inputs
Single channel, rear panel inputs
Dual channel, rear panel inputs
Trigger outputs (rear panel only)
Calibrator, rear panel output
Statistical package (includes gated CCDF and PDF)
LAN remote control
Removeable flash drive (replacing HD)
Warranty extended to 3 years
Spare Removable Solid State Hard Drive with image (requires option -15)
Peak power sensor*
Peak power sensor*
Peak power sensor*
* More sensors available
Wireless Telecom Group Inc.
25 Eastmans Rd
Parsippany, NJ 07054
United States
+1 973 386 9696
+1 973 386 9191
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