CATARC (Tianjin) Automotive Engineering Research Institute selects Rohde & Schwarz to supply full vehicle antenna test (FVAT) system

October 1, 2020 Tiera Oliver

With various wireless standards being supported in  today’s vehicles, the challenge for tier 1 component suppliers and OEM vehicle designers is to ensure optimal performance of individual antenna modules and entire vehicles after the systems have been integrated.

Rohde & Schwarz is supplying to CATARC (Tianjin) Automotive Engineering Research Institute  a solution for full-vehicle active and passive antenna tests that includes a full anechoic over-the-air (OTA) test chamber, a turntable, an antenna gantry and vehicle lift, the R&S TS8991 test system, and R&S AMS32 OTA measurement software.

Rohde & Schwarz is also providing project services such as system engineering, training, on-site installation, and calibration. CATARC (Tianjin) Automotive Engineering Research Institute and their clients can characterize the entire vehicle antenna radiation pattern in 3D, facilitating optimal positioning and integration of antenna modules and supporting validation as well as certification of antenna systems in a controlled RF environment.

Over-the-air (OTA) test systems provide passive and active OTA antenna measurements using a single probe setup with high measurement accuracy and optional extension of the frequency range to millimeterwave bands, covering the main wireless communication bands and even automotive radar frequencies. The Chair of High-Frequency Engineering of the Technical University of Munich developed a near-field to far-field (NF-FF) transformation algorithm called fast irregular antenna field transformation (FIAFTA), which has been integrated into R&S AMS32. The algorithm ensures that the antenna pattern of the full vehicle can be obtained in a relatively compact test environment such as an anechoic chamber rather than the real far field range length of hundreds of meters. This feature allows extrapolation of results in areas where mechanical constraints or reflections make measurements impossible. The CAD shape of the vehicle can also be imported into the analysis software.

CATARC (Tianjin) Automotive Engineering Research Institute Co.,Ltd. has a long-term relationship with Rohde & Schwarz in various fields such as C-V2X and EMC systems. The two companies recently signed a memorandum of understanding for collaboration on future projects.

For more information, visit www.rohde-schwarz.com/automotive

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Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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