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Sunnyvale, CA, United States

A system and method for enabling automated testing of wireless data packet signal transceiver devices under test (DUTs). One or more DUTs are enclosed inside respective chambers within a shielded enclosure providing electromagnetic shielding for its interior region. Each DUT is powered by an internal power source and its radio frequency (RF) signal port is connected to an external RF signal interface at an outer wall of the shielded enclosure. An anchor at an outer wall of the shielded enclosure enables mechanical engagement with and physical displacement of the shielded enclosure, thereby allowing DUTs to be manipulated using pick and place automation devices for engagement with and connection to automated test equipment. Such test equipment can be assembled into vertically stacked RF signal test stations with which shielded DUT enclosures are engaged by physically mating their respective power and RF signal ports using the pick and place automation device.

System and method for confirming radio frequency (RF) signal connections with multiple devices under test (DUTs) tested concurrently using replicas of a RF test signal. Cabled signal connections between the signal source and the DUTs are monitored by sensing levels of outgoing and related reflection RF signals. These signal levels are compared against similar signal levels when the outgoing RF signals are provided to reference impedances. Alternatively, the cabled signal connections have lengths of known signal wavelengths and the RF test signal frequency is swept such that minimum and maximum time delays between the outgoing and reflection RF signals go through minimum and maximum signal cycles with a difference of at least one full cycle. The reflection RF signal magnitude and phase are monitored, from which peak and valley signal level differences and phase changes are identified to determine return loss and phase changes indicative of DUT connection.

System and method for controlling test flow of a radio frequency (RF) signal transceiver device under test (DUT) by inducing an interrupt via an internal signal interface or an external signal interface (with one example of the latter being a baseband signal interface for conveying audio signals). With exemplary embodiments, one or more DUT control signals are provided to or otherwise initiated within the DUT by inducing an interrupt, including inducement via use of the signal interface. With further exemplary embodiments, one or more test control signals are also provided to RF circuitry that responds by transmitting one or more RF receive signals for the DUT and receives from the DUT one or more RF transmit signals related to the one or more DUT control signals.

System and method for capturing and enabling analysis of one or more test data packets from a radio frequency (RF) data packet signal transmitter device under test (DUT). Recently captured data packets from a received RF data packet signal are retained for analysis following confirmation that they contain potentially valid test data packets. Such confirmation is achieved by confirming that a data pattern defined by currently captured data packets differs from a data pattern defined by subsequently received data packets. Following such confirmation, a trigger signal initiates access and/or analysis of the captured data packets.

Litepoint | Date: 2014-05-06

System and method for implementing a Vector Network Power Meter (VNPM) as a new class of electronic test instrument that uses a novel topology based upon a reflectometer to combine the functionality of a Power Meter with that of a Vector Network Analyzer (VNA). The VNPM overcomes application limitations of the two existing classes of test instruments, including parallel and simultaneous measurement capability, in-circuit operation, and improved accuracy and repeatability by eliminating the calibration of interconnecting cabling. Also provided are alternate implementations of a correlator for the reflectometer which reduce the size and complexity of the correlator while extending its frequency range without limit.

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