Test & Measurement

The Challenge

Deploying accurate test technologies is critical for connecting components, sensors and subsystems, particularly with increasingly complex electronics.

High performance test and measurement is critical to all operations:

  • Design and development demand high performance test and measurement.
  • Manufacturing requires speed and throughput.
  • Minimizing costs and risks and ensuring quality and customer satisfaction is everyone’s job.

Integrating "test" adds value.

When it is critical, it pays to integrate test & measurement technologies into any stage of the process. We can help.

Integration Expertise

We collaborate closely with our customers to integrate GNSS, time and frequency and synchronization technologies into their devices or systems.

Here are several areas where we bring our expertise to help solve today’s challenges.

  • GPS testing. If you make a product that moves, you probably have integrated or will integrate GPS. For the most demanding applications for positioning, navigation and timing, we will help you develop solutions based on Spectracom GPS signal generators, simulators and testers.

  • Frequency Control & Analysis. Any high-end frequency controlled device requires time and frequency calibration, measurement and analysis. Our Pendulum frequency counters/analyzers offer speed, resolution and analysis of even the most complex signals with feature sets for applications in the R&D lab, manufacturing, calibration lab and the field.

  • Network Testing. As the interconnectivity of devices is often through network connections, Spectracom leverages its technology for measuring and optimizing networked systems. Examples include synchronization testing and aligning wireless microwave links.

Off-the-Shelf and Customizable Products

We offer standard products that generate and/or receive precise signals. Often, we collaborate to integrate our capabilities and product platforms into larger systems.

Here are some of our core platforms, which we use:

Essential Education

  • GPS Simulation: See How it Works

    A fully-configurable RF generator is simply the best way to test GPS integration.

    Testing a GPS device or system outside, using the live sky signal, is limited existing locations, time and conditions. Often, it is expensive or even dangerous to test the ability of the receiver under the entire range of dynamic conditions. That’s where a GPS simulator comes in.


White Papers

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High precision oscillator manufacturers need to verify a long list of performance criteria. This white paper describes these measurements and the list of instruments that can be replaced by a high performance frequency counter/analyzer and the companion modulation domain analysis software.
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Friday, February 1, 2008
By: Spectracom
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As GPS receivers are built into more mission-critical devices for difficult application environments, and designed with the emerging capabilities of a multitude of GNSS constellations and augmentation systems, developers and manufacturers need better ways to guarantee performance. That’s where a GPS simulator comes in.
pdf - 403 KB
Monday, May 14, 2012
By: Spectracom

System Diagrams

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Ganged GSG Simulators System Diagram
pdf - 89 KB
Monday, June 2, 2014
By: Spectracom
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System diagram for multiple GPS receiver testing.
pdf - 212 KB
Friday, January 6, 2012
By: Spectracom


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An intelligent GPS repeater system offers a cost-effective indoor positioning solution for GPS-denied locations.
pdf - 2 MB
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
By: Spectracom

Presentations and Articles

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This article originally appeared in Microwave Journal.

A new line of microwave counter is a fundamental design departure from both general purpose and microwave counters. It incorporates a unique counter/timer/analyzer with a sophisticated microwave counter/power meter. This new generation of instrument is a ‘zero deadtime’ microwave counter that uses a graphic display to show numeric and statistical data of measurement results. The instrument can display measurement data in a statistical format, including a graphic display of trend line and histogram distributions, and a numeric format of mean, min/max, peak-to-peak, Allan Deviation and standard deviation of the frequency or power of a microwave signal.

pdf - 374 KB
Thursday, March 15, 2007
By: Spectracom

Application Notes

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This application note specifically addresses the use of a state-of- the-art frequency analyzer, such as the Pendulum CNT-91, along with TimeView™ software to obtain powerful modulation domain analysis.
pdf - 2 MB
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
By: Spectracom
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The TimeView 3 software is intended to make measurements easy for the current user of the HP 53310A Modulation Domain Analyzer. The added MDA mode is designed to emulate the parameters of the HP 53310A making the transition to the TimeView 3 solution seamless
pdf - 653 KB
Thursday, October 1, 2015
By: Spectracom