Power Sensor 50 MHz to 18 GHz

Providing the highest video bandwidth and fastest rise times, the 50 MHz to 18 GHz Power Sensor by Boonton is the ideal instrument for fast, accurate and reliable RF power measurements. 

This module is ideal for many different applications including Crest Factor and Peak to Average Power Ratio (PAPR) measurements for Power Amplifiers and RF components; Telecommunication & Satellite signals: W-CDMA, QAM, OFDM, LTE-FDD and LTE-TDD; WiFi signals: 802.11ac and legacy 802.11 a/g/n/b; RF and Microwave pulse modulated power measurements: RADAR, MRI, Particle Accelerators; General purpose scalar measurements such as gain and return loss using modulated and pulsed signals as well as CW; and Monitoring, Recording, ALC loops, transient phenomena.




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RF Frequency Range 50 MHz to 18 GHz Average Dynamic Range -50 to +20 dBm
Pulse Dynamic Range -40 to +20 dBm
Internal Trigger Range
-27 to +20 dBm
Rise Time (fast/slow)
<100 ns/<10 µs
Video Bandwidth
6 MHz/350 kHz
Single-shot Bandwidth 6 MHz RF Input
Type N, 50 Ω
VSWR 1.15 (0.5 to 2.0 GHz) 1.20 (2.0 to 6.0 GHz) 1.28 (6.0 to 16 GHz) 1.34 (16 to 18 GHz) Sampling Techniques
Real-time/Equivalent Time/ Statistical Sampling
Continuous sample rate 100 MHz Effective sample rate
10 GHz
Time Resolution 100 ps Statistical Analysis
Continuous or gated CCDF
Statistical Speed 100M points/sec Trigger Sources
Internal or External TTL
External Trigger in/out TTL in (slave) or out (master) Minimum Trigger Width
10 ns
Maximum Trigger Frequency 50 MHz Trigger Jitter
0.1 ns rms
Trace Acquisition Speed Trace Acquisition Speed Measurement Speed
100K meas/sec (buffered mode)
Measurement Speed over USB 800 meas/sec (continuous) Trigger Modes
Auto, Normal, Single, Free run
Trigger Arming Continuous, Trigger Holdoff, Frame (gap) Holdoff Remote Connectivity
USB 2.0, type B connector
Command Protocol IVI-C and IVI-Com Maximum Input Power
200mW avg, 1W for 1us peak
Size (LxWxH) 145 x 43 x 43 (mm) 5.7 x 1.7 x 1.7 (inches) Weight
363 grams/0.8 lbs.
Cable (with locking USB) 1.8 m / 6 ft Power Consumption
2.5W max (USB high power device)
Operating Temperature 0 to 55⁰C Storage Temperature
-40 to 70⁰C