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Load Pull Measurements

 
 
Load Pull Measurements Copper Mountain Technologies and Maury Microwave

Load pull is the art of presenting a set of controlled load impedances to a device under test (DUT) while measuring a multitude of parameters at each impedance state.  By systematically varying the impedance, it is possible to characterize the performance of a device and design the ideal matching network for optimum realistic large-signal operating conditions.

 
 

Vector-receiver load pull, or VNA-based load pull, is a modern and efficient methodology for load pull measurements.  Low-loss couplers are placed between the tuners and device-under-test and are connected to the receivers of a VNA, such as a Copper Mountain Technologies’ Cobalt C2420. Doing so allows the a- and b-waves to be measured at the DUT reference plane in real-time, presenting vector information not normally made available through traditional power-meter load pull techniques.  Vector-receiver load pull allows the direct measurement of actual impedances presented to the DUT without any assumptions of pre-characterized tuner positioning or losses.  The delivered input power is derived from the a- and b-waves with incredible accuracy, which results in properly- defined power added efficiency.  Output powers at each frequency, fundamental and multiple harmonics, are made available, as are multi-tone carrier and intermodulation powers.  Time-domain NVNA measurements are easily implemented using appropriate hardware.

 
 

Copper Mountain Technologies’ VNAs compatible with Maury Microwave Load Pull Solutions include:

 

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C2209 2-Port 9 GHz Analyzer, Direct Receiver Access

100 kHz - 9 GHz

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C2409 4-Port 9 GHz Analyzer, Direct Receiver Access

100 kHz - 9 GHz

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C2220 2-Port 20 GHz Analyzer, Direct Receiver Access

100 kHz - 20 GHz

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C2420 4-Port 20 GHz Analyzer, Direct Receiver Access

100 kHz - 20 GHz

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