December 2011:- Tektronix Inc., a leading innovator of signal generation and analysis solutions for the microwave and RF industry, introduced the compact RF and microwave power sensors/meters that feature the industry’s fastest measurement speed, cover a wide frequency range, and provide extensive power measurements from basic average power to pulse profiling. The Tektronix PSM RF Power Meter Series come fully calibrated over their entire operating temperature range, eliminating the need for sensor zeroing and meter reference calibration.

RF Microwave Power Sensors/Meters for RF Power MeasurementsThe new Tektronix PSM3000, PSM4000, and PSM5000 Series are compact USB power sensors/meters that can be used for a broad range of CW and pulse modulation measurements depending on the model selected. The meters are delivered with Microsoft Windows-based power meter application software for controlling the meter, displaying readings and recording data. This combination provides a complete test solution, eliminating the need for a separate meter mainframe.

Accurate power measurements have emerged as an absolute requirement in RF and microwave design and manufacturing. While testing of RF products has become faster and easier over the past several years, testing RF power still remains one of the most basic and time consuming tests. Tektronix PSM Series power sensors feature the industry’s fastest measurement speed, rated at 2000 readings per second. This speed can significantly reduce test times and provide dynamic power measurement information that was previously unavailable. A high-speed logging application provides a mechanism for getting this data into a host PC for analysis. The PSM

PSM3000 Series RF power meters provide true average power measurements, giving accurate power measurements independent of signal modulation and bandwidth. The PSM4000 Series delivers average power (CW) measurements, and adds pulse and peak power measurements for gathering basic data on pulsed RF and microwave signals. PSM5000 Series power sensors/meters provide the same measurements as the PSM4000, and add pulse profiling capability for signal viewing and characterization in pulsed RF and microwave systems.

Power measurements are fundamental to the development cycle of any RF or microwave product, from ubiquitous mobile phones to sophisticated radar systems. Not surprisingly, along with the applications, the range of modulation and multiplexing schemes also varies widely. This fact, combined with the availability of new functions in power meters previously reserved for higher-end analyzers, makes the choice of an RF or microwave power measurement system more complex than ever. Due to the large variance in product offerings and specifications on manufacturer’s data sheets, a side by side comparison is the best way to evaluate power sensors before making a purchasing decision.