As 5G becomes more and more of a reality, developers are scrambling to make sure that their products are ready to effectively support and work with this new technology. One such concern is the use of mmWave (millimeter-wave) technology, which offers speeds that are twenty times faster than a 4G LTE network, has the capability to cover an entire football stadium, offering ten times the capacity of LTE networks. While all that is exciting and opens up whole new opportunities to designers and consumers alike, there is a downside – the mmWave signals have a shorter range and cannot penetrate obstacles the way that LTE and 5G low-band or mid-band frequencies can. Through the use of specialized RF test adapters and RF circuit assemblies, radiofrequency testing can help those who work in the telecommunications industry figure out a method for overcoming these issues.
Testing and Verification Solutions
One workaround that is currently being used is to utilize hybrid technology that allows for the use of mmWave when available while offering alternative options when it is not. Performance of the beamforming signal and antenna, as well as other various types of antennas, is crucial to making this new technology work. In order to ensure the best possible performance for consumer devices, engineers must verify certain compatibility issues between 4G and 5G to ensure that both the infrastructure and devices support a dual-mode operation for a quality and seamless user experience in a mixed-deployment network. Radiofrequency testing is an essential part of these functional test solutions, and EMC Technologies is ready and equipped to meet those test challenges.
Our design team has developed a variety of RF test adapters and test stations that are instrumental in the testing of RF circuit assemblies and microwave sub-assemblies for our clients. Some of the many techniques and strategies that we have successfully used include a complete six-sided metal enclosure sealed with EMI-shielded gaskets and RF silicone to isolate the unit under test (UUT) from electromagnetic interference. Our clients come to us directly during the development phase of their product design to ensure that we are able to create functional test solutions according to their unique specifications and accommodate any industry or government-imposed regulations. We are proud of the work that we have done in the area of radiofrequency testing and foresee many new challenges for this industry in the future.
Custom Designs for Testing RF Circuit Assemblies
Some of the work that we have done for our clients in the area of functional test solutions for telecommunications and networking include specific testing for RF circuit assemblies. Our designs have incorporated the use of semi-rigid triple shielded coax (tensolite) cables, as well as rigid coax cables, characterized by lab. We have also utilized SMA and BNC connectors, matched impedance traces in printed circuit board (PCB) design, and have even designed and manufactured PCBs fabricated with Rogers Material. Some of the other ways that we have helped our clients to achieve their goals is through the use of RF rotary switches, RF test adapters, RF power sensors, and other types of coax switches. Our team has even custom-designed and built wage guide adapters for the many RF applications we have undertaken.
At EMC Technologies, we are able to do everything in-house to help our customers achieve their goals. This means that everything from engineering and development on to manufacturing and testing can be done at our Southeastern Massachusetts facility. We even offer extra services that many of our competitors do not, including contract manufacturing with fabrication, assembly, testing, PCB design, and electro-mechanical assembly, custom wiring, built to print test adapters, and much more. Our engineering services, machining, and prototyping opportunities, and other support options are all designed to help our clients achieve their goals. Our mission is to ensure that we are able to meet or exceed expectations for every client we serve when it comes to functional test solutions for radiofrequency testing applications. To learn more about EMC Technologies and the services we provide, contact our team by calling 508-672-0808. We can answer any questions that you might have about our RF circuit assemblies testing and custom RF test adapters, as well as assist you in placing your first order with our team.