PXI Modules
3030A Wideband RF Digitizer
Fully featured wideband PXI RF Digitizer module for complex signal analysis
applications in communications system test
Frequency range 330 MHz to 3 GHz
36 wide MHz digitized corrected bandwidth
14 bit A/D resolution with 103.68 MHz
sample rate
75 dB spurious free dynamic range
75 dB intermodulation free dynamic
Noise spectral density <-145 dBm/Hz
Excellent level accuracy of typically
0.3 dB
List Mode for fast frequency and level
Digital IQ or digital IF output
128 M samples digital IF memory
Real time digital IF/IQ output via LVDS
IF In and IF Out
FFT Spectrum Analyzer Measurement
PXI Studio application software
Analyzing RF communciations signals has
never been more flexible
The combination of PXI modules 3030A and 3010
form a compact 3U high precision RF Digitizer
occupying just 3 slots. Together with measurement application software supplied they provide
first class vector signal analysis of RF signals.
Their functionality and performance are ideally matched to the
needs of RF test systems for manufacturing or design verification.
The 2 slot wide 3030A frequency down converts and digitizes RF signals in the range 330 MHz to 3 GHz providing an instantaneous
analysis bandwidth of up to 36 MHz. The single slot wide 3010 / 3011
RF Synthesizer module provides the low phase noise, frequency agile
local oscillator input to the RF digitizer.
The 3030A offers high linearity, low noise and excellent level accuracy performance making it especially suited for the analysis of WLAN,
WMAN and 2G / 3G cellular radio signals. The 3030A outputs
amplitude and phase corrected digital IF or IQ data samples with an
absolute amplitude accuracy of better than 0.45 dB (typically 0.3 dB).
Correction ensures amplitude flatness is maintained better than
0.25 dB across 33 MHz bandwidth with phase compensation better
than 0.03 radians pk-pk.
The Aeroflex PXI Studio application software provides a basic
framework for vector signal analysis. As standard PXI Studio supports hardware configuration, control and display of IQ data in various domains ideal for general purpose testing and alignment of radio
communications transmitters and components. As they become
available, optional measurement library plugins to the basic software
can then easily be added. Plugin libraries integrate existing .dll
measurement library options within the PXI Studio framework
thereby providing an intuitive API and a highly flexible graphical user
interface. Plugin support of specific communications system
personalities will extend to include GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSUPA
UL, cdma2000/1xEV-DO reverse link, WLAN and WMAN (WiMAX)
signal analysis in additon to general purpose Spectrum Analysis.
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Advantages of PXI
The 3030A RF digitizer offers significant economies compared to
general purpose rack and stack instruments without compromising
performance. In part this is achieved by exploiting the benefits of the
PXI specification, an industry standard open architecture for modular instrumentation. Using PXI enables faster measurement speed,
smaller size and greater flexibility for easier system integration and
future system evolution.
The RF Digitizer is an essential component within any development
or manufacturing RF test system designed around the needs of
advanced digital communications standards as used in WLAN,
WMAN and cellular communications. The 3030A is equally beneficial for applications in satellite and terrestrial broadcasting and military communications. Whether the application is for test, measurement or system emulation, the 3030A delivers the functionality and
performance required. When used in conjunction with other Aeroflex
PXI RF modules, complete RF test systems can be designed. The
3030A RF digitizer is complementary to the 3020 series digital RF
signal generators which can provide wideband linear modulated RF
signal generation up to 6 GHz with integrated dual channel arbitrary
waveform generator.
Performance Highlights
Wide Frequency Range: The 3030A provides continuous frequency coverage from 330 MHz to 3 GHz with 1 Hz resolution. This satisfies the requirements for all mobile phone operating bands as well
as WLAN, WLAN licenced and unlicenced bands below 3 GHz.
Level Range: Full dynamic range is provided for signal input powers up to +10 dBm peak. The maximum safe input range is extended to + 22 dBm (with 8 dB input attenuation selected). With a noise
spectral density specification of –145 dBm/Hz, the 3030A is able to
discern very low level signals, especially useful when measuring
transmitter spurious outputs. RF Input level control is provided
using reliable, fast electronic switched attenuation selectable in small
4 dB steps to help maximize the useable dynamic range.
Level Accuracy: The 3030A is ideal for making accurate RF power
measurements in high volume manufacturing. A typical 0.3 dB total
measurement uncertainty together with <0.05 dB repeatability error
ensures that a high yield can be maintained.
High Dynamic Range: The 3030A is purpose designed for difficult
transmitter measurements such as burst power and spectral emissions on WLAN/WMAN, 2G and 3G cellular terminals. With a spectral density of –145 dBm/Hz, 3030A is able to measure steep power
ramps as generated by 2G, 3G and WLAN/WMAN radio transmission equipment. For GSM type signals, power ramps of 80dB can be
measured. The digitizer typically provides 75 dB of spurious free
dynamic range and 75 dB intermodulation free dynamic range. This
together with excellent phase noise performance makes it possible to
measure an ACLR of typically 68 dB on 3G terminals. Frequency conversion is performed using a highly linear single stage down converter which offers a TOI of +30 dBm and low conversion loss.
Wide Bandwidth: The 3030A provides a bandwidth of 36 MHz with
phase and amplitude correction across 33 MHz. This can help
improve measurement speed by making it possible to use a single
capture to acquire multiple carriers or wide band width modulated
signals such as used in emerging WLAN standards.
Low Phase Noise: The 3030A module is designed to be used either
with a PXI 3010 or 3011 RF synthesizer module. This provides a low
noise agile local oscillator signal from which the 3030A phase noise is
defined. Phase noise at 20 kHz offset from carrier is typically
-115 dBc/Hz at 2 GHz while he noise floor from 10 MHz offset is typically –138 dBc/Hz. Frequency settling can be achieved in typically
250 µs, (3010 opt 01 fitted) making the 3030A ideal for high productivity RFIC testing.
IF Input: The 3030A will accept a direct IF input signal at
77.76 MHz with a maximum input level of +10 dBm.
Flexible ADC: Full rate digital IF or decimated IQ data can be
streamed via a LVDS data interface on the front panel. This is especially useful for realtime system emulation applications. Data can also
be captured to internal memory then read over the PCI bus. Internal
memory provides storage for up to 128 M x 16 bit samples of IF data
sampled at 103.68 Msamples per second, equivalent to 1.2 seconds.
The sample rate is user defined and independent of the sampling
clock over the range 6.328 ks/s to 85 Ms/s. Lowering the sample rate
improves data transfer rates and allows much longer events to be captured.
Small Size: The 3030A is unparalleled in terms of size. The module occupies just 2 slots in a 3U PXI rack. An additional slot is
required to accommodate the 3010 RF synthesizer making a total of
just 3 slot widths required for a complete RF digitizer.
Acquisition, Data Transfer and Measurement Speed: Data
acquisition, data transfer and measurement processing can be performed serially or overlapped. New data acquisition can be initiated in
parallel to processing a previous capture sample thus leading to faster
measurement time. Data transfer time to the CPU is performed at a
rate of up to 20 MSamples/s (IF data) or 10 Million IQ pairs per second while measurement processing time varies according to CPU
speed and the application.
Triggering and Synchronization: The 3030A module can frequency lock to a 10 MHz reference signal supplied by the 3010.
The 3030A supports external trigger sources. Triggers can be applied
either from the PXI backplane or directly through the front panel
LVDS and TTL interfaces.
The 3030A is able to initiate data capture based on an internal IF trigger derived from sample data. IF triggering can be set as absolute,
with a user defined threshold level, or relative in which case a power
change results in trigger activation. Both trigger modes have settable
time constants for noise filtering making it possible to avoid false
triggering on transients. All trigger modes are supported by user
definable pre- and post trigger delays. 3030 data acquisition is also
able to be gated. The sample length is then defined by the duration
of the externally applied gate.
List Mode: This feature enables the 3030A to be preloaded with up
to 128 combinations of different frequency and level settings. All
3030A internal hardware settings are pre-calculated making re-selection of a new frequency and level possible in typically 250 µs, (3010 opt
01 fitted) while still maintaining level accuracy. This feature is ideally suited for fast mobile phone transmitter alignment applications and
is complimented by similar features in the 3020 series RF Signal
Generator in support of the corresponding fast mobile phone receiver alignment.
FFT Spectrum Analyzer Measurement Suite Highlights
The 3030A is supplied with a variety of software including; measurement applications with optional system personality plugins, measurement suites (function libraries), instrument drivers and soft front
As standard 3030 series modules are supplied with an FFT Spectrum
measurement suite comprising a library of hardware independent
functions for frequency and time domain analysis of digitized IQ data.
To assist with programming, source code examples and user help are
provided for a wide variety of different applications development
environments including LabView, LabWidows CVI, VB and Visual C.
FFT analysis can be performed with a maximum span of 200 MHz..
The resolution bandwidth is continuously variable using 3 dB or
Noise Equivalent Bandwidth windows with a minimum resolution of
Channel Power and Adjacent Channel Power Measurement
The user defines the channel configuration to be measured (i.e.
channel width; channel spacing; center frequency; etc). The measurement then computes the central channel RMS power as an
absolute and the adjacent channel powers relative to this from the
FFT spectrum. Four adjacent channels are examined (two either
side of the central channel).
3030A Soft Front Panel
Driver Software All 3030 series modules are supplied with mutli
layered software APIs and GUIs starting with a low level vxi pnp module driver to control the digitizer independently and then a higher
level driver providing a single combined interface to both the 3030
and 3010 series modules. Each driver is supplied with a .dll API and
is supported with a soft front panel GUI to aid manual operation and
debugging during applications development.
Application Software The 3030 series module is supplied with
application software 'PXI Studio' which provides a high level fully
intergrated API and GUI to all Aeroflex 3000 series signal generator,
digitizer, local oscillator and combiner modules and measurement
libraries. This vastly simplies the effort required to integrate PXI
without compromising flexibility.
The basic application supports module hardware configuration and
control through a single GUI and integrates measurement libraries
through a series of standard and optional plugins. The basic PXI
Studio application provides spectrum analyser functions as well as
allowing display of IQ data in various domains including ampltude vs
frequency, amplitude vs time, phase vs time, I vs Q (amplitude vs
phase). This application is ideal for general purpose measurements
in a wide variety of communication applications and particularly suited for fast characterization and alignment of radio transmitters.
Occupied Bandwidth is calculated from the FFT spectrum by a
function that returns the bandwidth in which a user defined percentage of the total signal power is occupied.
The FFT spectrum can be configured as either RMS averaged or
peak hold in which case the function will output an averaged result or
retain peak values if repeatedly called. The number of averages is
user defined.
A marker power function is provided together with a marker peak find
and a next peak search function. These enable measurement of discrete signals within the FFT spectrum.
Time domain analysis functions include computation of average
power of a range of IQ data samples plus power and frequency versus
time. The time window for analysis can be the entire IQ sample array
or any user defined subset.
Optional Measurement Suites. Signal analysis measurement
suites are also available for measurement of GSM/EDGE, WiMAX
WLAN, UMTS uplink and cdma2000 uplink transmissions. (See
separate datasheets for 3030 options 100 to 104). These provide
measurement of power, modulation quality and spectrum parameters
in accordance with the relevant standards for mobile terminal testing,
ideal for both production line and development laboratory use. Each
application library is supplied with example source code to help
familiarize the user.
Customer Support
Users can elect to purchase PXI modules with optional warranty
extensions. Standard Extended Warranty provides either a 36 month
or 60 month warranty period plus the benefits of guaranteed product
repair times in the event of failure. Standard Extended Warranty can
also be provided inclusive of scheduled calibration. On request
Aeroflex can provide customized Premium Warranty support
designed around your specific needs.
PXI Studio screen shot
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All 3030A specifications are defined when used in conjunction with
3010/11 RF Synthesizer PXI module.
RF input: 330 MHz to 3.0 GHz
IF input: Centered on 77.76 MHz
1 Hz
As per frequency reference
Settling Time
Time taken to be within 1 kHz of final frequency
3010 in Normal Loop Bandwidth:
As standard:
List Mode Channel Parameters
RF Frequency, RF/IF Level (defined as input level or as 3030A RF and
IF attenuator settings
List Addresses
128 numbered 0 to 127
Settling Time
See frequency and level data
Address Sources
Manual (software commanded)
External (hardware triggered)
Internal (counter timer)
Extrernal Mode Trigger Sources
PXI Trigger Bus, Star Trigger, PXI Local Bus, LVDS Aux 1 to 5, TTL+ve,
Counter Mode (internal)
Dwell time 250 µs to 10 seconds with resolution 10 µs
Typically 1.1 ms
With 3010 option 01 fitted:
List Mode: (requires PXI local bus left connection to 3010/3011)
hardware triggered; Typically 250 µs
3010 in Narrow Loop Bandwidth:
Typically 10 ms
Input Coupling
AC Coupled
Input Power
Max RF input +16 dBm continuous, (+22 dBm with 8 dB of RF input
Max IF input +10 dBm with 0 dB of IF attenuation
RF Input Attenuator
0 to 28 dB in 4 dB steps
IF Input Attenuator
0 to 35 dB in 1 dB steps
RF Input Return Loss
16 dB with 8 dB or more RF attenuation
Level Accuracy (RF input, 23°C ±5°C, Auto Flatness Mode enabled)
Better than ±0.45 dB, typically 0.3 dB
Valid for signals with <5 MHz occupied bandwidth at the tuned frequency and S/N ratio >40 dB
Level Settling Time
Typically 250 µs settled with 0.3 dB of final value
Level Temperature Stability
±/-0.01 dB/0C
Level Repeatability
Better than ±0.05 dB after warm up following a return from a change
in frequency or level. Valid for at least 2 hours and excluding temperature influence.
SSB Phase Noise
Typical at 2 GHz and at ambient room temperature
Loop Bandwidth
100 Hz
1 kHz
10 kHz
20 kHz
100 kHz
1 MHz
10 MHz
Wide (normal)
Phase noise below 100 Hz is dependent upon reference phase noise.
(Specifications apply to RF input)
Typically 75 dB intermodulation free dynamic range (2 tone input with
maximum 0 dBm input power for each tone) Manual mode
Adjacent Channel Leakage Ratio (ACLR)
Better than 63 dB ACLR on 3GPP (downlink test model 1)
Typically 68 dB ACLR on 3GPP uplink
Typically -75 dBc excluding IF image frequencies and harmonic
Residual Responses (no signal input)
-100 dBm with RF input terminated into 50 ohms and minimum RF
and IF attenuation
Noise Spectral Density (no signal input)
RF input terminated in 50 ohms and minimum RF and IF attenuation
Below 1 GHz, <-145 dBm/Hz
1 GHz and above, <-140 dBm/Hz
Trigger Polarity
+ve or –ve (Edge trigger) Gate High, Gate Low (Gated trigger)
Center 77.76 MHz
0 to sample length
Relative to RF input (0 dB input attenuation selected)
Typically -3 dB between 330 MHz to 2.5 GHz
Typically -5 dB between 2.5 GHz to 3 GHz
Delayed Trigger
–10 to + 2G samples
Trigger Latency
Typically >100 MHz (-3 dB)
0 to 1 sample at the output sample rate
FFT Length
14 bits
2n for n = 7 to 16
ADC Clock
Measurement Bandwidth
Fixed 103.68 MHz
2 Hz up to 10 MHz
Sample Rate Control
IF: 103.68 MHz
IQ: Variable 6328.125 S/s to 85 MS/s or 51.84 MS/s with LVDS output enabled
Sample Rate Resolution
NEBW: Gaussian 3 dB: Gaussian Fixed: Blackman Harris 5 term
Channel Power and Adjacent Channel Power
Adjacent Channels: 2 upper and 2 lower subject to 33 MHz bandwidth
0.1 Hz when the sample rate is enterred as a real number
Sample rate can be entered as a fraction made up of integers
Channel filter alpha: 0 to 1
Channel spacing: up to 15 MHz
Channel width: up to 25 MHz
Sample Rate Accuracy
As per 10 MHz ref(1)
Window Type
Occupied Bandwidth (OBW)
add ±2 µHz when using generic resampling mode
Percentage range: 1% to 99.99%
Amplitude Flatness (correction on)
Marker Functions
Flatness correction on: 0.25 dB to 33 MHz, 0.1 dB across center
5 MHz
Phase Flatness (typical with correction on)
Marker power, peak search, next peak
Time Domain Functions
(Computed for the entire IQ sample record or any subset) Average
Power, Power versus Time, Frequency versus Time
0.03 radians pk-pk to 33 MHz
Data Output
A sample data block (equal to the data capture length) can be stored
to the memory internal to the 3030 and then transferred to the controller via the PCI bus. Sample data can be continuously streamed out
of the LVDS connector.
IF data samples have 16 bit resolution. IQ data samples can be 16 or
32 bit resolution.
Data Transfer Rate
LO output, (SMA)
10 MHz reference I/O (SMA x 2)
PCI bus interface including PXI triggering functions
RF input (SMA)
Typically 10 Mwords/s (a word is 32 bits long)
Local oscillator input (SMA)
IQ and IF block data transfer when using 2.2 GHz embedded CPU running windows XP
IF output and; IF input (SMA * 2)
Sample Memory
128 M x 16 bit samples
Trigger Mode
10 MHz reference (SMA * 2)
IF or IQ 16 bit LVDS data (VHDCI)
PCI bus interface including PXI triggering functions
TTL trigger (SMB)
Single, Repeat
Trigger Type
Edge, Gated, NONE (software triggered)
Hardware Trigger Sources
Internal (IF, derived from IQ data with user defined level control)
External (LVDS, LBL, Trig Bus, Star Trigger, TTL)
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+3.3 V
+5 V
+12 V
-12 V
50 mA
650 mA
50 mA(2)
30 mA
1.5 A
300 mA
150 mA
1. 250 mA transiently during power up
2. 3011 OCXO requires 300 mA startup reducing to 150 mA after 5
Storage Temperature
3010/11 Single width 3U PXI module 3030A Double width 3U PXI
-20 to +70°C, meets IEC-60068-2-1 and 60068-2-2
Storage Humidity
5 to 93% non-condensing, tested to IEC-60068-2-56
375 g (0.8 lbs)
390 g (0.86 lbs)
3030A 750 g (1.7 lbs)
30 g peak, half sine, 9 ms pulse. Tested in accordance with IEC60068-2-27
Random vibration 5 Hz to 500 Hz, 2.46 g rms non-operating. Tested
in accordance with IEC-60068-2-64
External, Free Running (3030A)
External Source
PXI Specification, Revision 2.1
VXIplug&play Specifications (VPP-2, VPP-3.x, VPP-4.x and VPP-7)
10 MHz
0.4 V to 4 V pk-pk into 50 ohms or looped through
The following general specifications are common to the 3010, 3011
and 3030A
Standard Warranty
24 months
Calibration Interval
Recommended 24 months
Electromagnetic Compatibility
EN 61326-1:1997, Emissions Class A, Immunity Table 1 Performance Criteria B
EN 61010-1:2001 Safety requirements for electrical equipment for
measurement, control and laboratory use-Part 1, General requirements
Driver Software
VXIpnp compliant software driver
Frequency range
1500 MHz to 3000 MHz
3010 output: -4 dBm to +3 dBm 3030A input: Nominally 0 dBm
Specifications are common to the 3010 and 3011 unless otherwise
Frequency Range
1.5 GHz to 3.0 GHz
1 Hz
As frequency standard
Output Power
Fixed level in the range -4 dBm to +3 dBm
Output Impedance
50 Ω nominal
2 V pk-pk nominal square wave into 50 ohms
10 MHz
Aging Rate
1 in 109 per day, 1 in 107 per year
Temperature Stability (0 to 50°C)
Operating Temperature
0 to 50°C, meets IEC-60068-2-1 and 60068-2-2
Operating Humidity
10 to 90% non-condensing, meets IEC-60068-2-56
Typically better than ±1 x 10-8
Warm-Up Time
<5 Minutes
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Service Options
3010 Standard Extended Warranty 36 months
3030 Standard Extended Warranty 36 months
3010 Standard Extended Warranty 36 months with
scheduled calibration
PXI Wideband RF Digitizer
PXI RF Synthesizer
PXI RF Synthesizer (including OCXO 10 MHz
3030 Standard Extended Warranty 36 months with
scheduled calibration
3010 Standard Extended Warranty 60 months
Supplied with:
3030 Standard Extended Warranty 60 months
The 3030A and 3010/11 are each supplied with:
CD ROM containing drivers, application software
and user documentation.
3010 Standard Extended Warranty 60 months with
scheduled calibration
3030 Standard Extended Warranty 60 months with
scheduled calibration
2 x SMA-SMA links
SMA link cable
68 way VHDCI to SCSI-3 cable assy 1.8 m
68 way VHDCI to VHDCI cable assy 1.8 m
SMA connector saver
PXI assy, 8 slot chassis with 2.2 GHz P4 embedded
controller (Windows XP)
PXI assy, 8 slot chassis with MXI-4 PCI-PXI interface
PXI assy, 18 slot chassis with 2.2 GHz P4 embedded controller (Windows XP)
PXI assy, 18 slot chassis with MXI-4 PCI-PXI interface
PXI hard carry case (for use with 82536, 82544)
CD ROM containing factory test data and
calibration certificate
Optional Accessories
3010/11 Opt 01 High speed frequency switching (subject to export
Optional Application Libraries (supplied on
separate CDROM) See separate data sheets
3030 Opt 100
GSM/EDGE measurement suite
3030 Opt 101
UMTS/HSUPA uplink measurement suite
3030 Opt 102
cdma2000/1xEV-DO reverse link measurement
3030 Opt 103
WLAN measurment suite
3030 Opt 104
WiMAX measurement suite
When purchased as an upgrade, order as:
RTROPT100/3030 GSM/EDGE enable
RTROPT101/3030 UMTS uplink enable
RTROPT102/3030 cdma2000 reverse link enable
RTROPT103/3030 WLAN enable
RTSOPT104/3030 WiMAX enable
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