Rohde & Schwarz announced one of the most flexible ultrawide band broadband RF amplifiers available on the market. The R&S BBA300 family provides a single amplifier solution that eliminates the need to switch instruments or bands during a test. This facilitates testing on automotive and ultrawide band wireless communication radios, for example.

The features of the R&S BBA300 family include its continuous ultrawide frequency range from 380 MHz to 6 GHz in a single amplifier. This is believed to be an industry first; it comprehensively addresses the requirements of EMC test centers, RF component designers, and product design and validation. The broadband amplifiers are an advance on existing Rohde & Schwarz amplifiers for development and product validation tests in quality assurance, and in the development and production of RF components.

The broadband amplifiers offer exceptional RF performance over this wide bandwidth ensuring dependable test results over the entire frequency range. Initially, two models are available, the BBA300-DE which operates from 1 GHz to 6 GHz, and the BBA300-CDE which offers 380 MHz to 6 GHz.

The design extends through its mechanical aspects, software, and RF design, delivering flexible and robust RF performance. The R&S BBA300 family’s design and manufacture ensure excellent linearity and outstanding noise power density (as low as -110 dBm/Hz). It also ensures excellent harmonic performance (down to -25 dBc). Intelligent protection features guarantee high availability, even in the event of component failure. Rohde & Schwarz’s high-quality design and manufacturing provide resilience against all forms of mismatch. With self-protection built-in, the instruments are strong against RF mismatch up to voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) of 6:1.

The R&S BBA300 models benefit from several smart settings and activation functions, which readily adapt instruments’ settings and behavior according to the application. The amplifier design offers the ability to realize a broad array of customer system setups, offering high flexibility and scalability, with upgradable frequency and power. This makes it easy for customers to expand their systems, building upon their initial investment.

The R&S BBA300-DE and R&S BBA300-CDE models are available now from Rohde & Schwarz and selected distribution partners.