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Communication Test Equipment from Trilithic Enables Optimal Performance

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August 17, 2011

Communication Test Equipment from Trilithic Enables Optimal Performance

 By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor


As much as we have come to rely on technology at home and in the workplace, we have also heightened our expectations on how any and all technology platforms should perform. Tie these expectations with available communication channels and providers have high standards to meet to maintain a competitive edge.


Trilithic is a provider in the communication test equipment space, offering robust solutions that enable optimal performance across any network. The company’s VTF series of frequency hopping filters are designed to offer the user the capability of turning over multiple octave ranges while also maintaining extremely tight tolerances on performance. When performance is optimized, the network and supported communications continue as expected.

A number of sites can experience issues when interference is created by an environment that is RF crowded. The VTF series of filters can help to mitigate the issues present, and prevent problems such as ground vehicle mounted and shipboard systems. One of the perks offered by this communication test equipment is a smaller footprint to allow better performance.

Trilithic has positioned its communication test equipment as being ideal for new system applications, as well as system modifications that are already in place. To extend the value of this solution, Trilithic also offers several frequency ranges to meet various communication test equipment needs.

Within this communication test equipment solution, there are currently 250 equally spaced tuning increments tune words that range from 00000000 to 1111010. The last five tune words are reserved specifically for housekeeping functions.

To drive optimal performance out of your communication test equipment, Trilithic’s PTF series of tunable filters are designed to be continuously tunable bandpass filters that utilize a Passive Tunable Integrated Circuit (PTIC) extended through an exclusive license from Paratek Microwave Inc. The PTIC ensures the unit can be considerably smaller than similar devices that rely on other technologies.

The filter series can be adapted to fit a number of different design considerations, including percentage bandwidth, multi-octave running ranges, and power handling capability. The communication test equipment filter series also offers higher Inband IP3 performance, as well as a broader temperature range than other voltage tunable filters.

To optimize overall performance of the communication test equipment, the filter designs allow for harsh environment use, including shock and high vibration. The PTF filter is also adaptable, making it ideal for software radio applications, extreme environmental conditions and laboratory testing.

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Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca


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