The Sky’s the Limit: Learn How Portable and Programmable RF Test Devices Will Change the Way You Look at Wireless Simulation and Network Testing

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2019

Lab Bricks are a series of portable, low-cost, USB programmable test instruments from Vaunix that have been innovatively designed for ultimate versatility in the RF/microwave and wireless testing lab, and in the field. Lab Bricks are available in a variety of performance levels and in narrow and broad bandwidths up to 40 GHz, so they're enabling a new generation of test techs and engineers to set up and conduct unique single and multi-channel wireless network and microwave tests fast--and without the high cost and learning curve of heavily pre-programmed benchtop equipment! 


It All Starts with Easy-to-use Software

Lab Bricks are driver-less USB HID compatible devices (Ethernet models coming soon) that you can operate from our intuitive Windows GUI, or by using a library of Windows™ and Linux™ APIs that support Python™, C#, C++, MATLAB™, Java™, LabVIEW™ and many other programming styles.


Programmable Digital RF Attenuators

LDA series Lab Brick RF and Microwave Programmable Digital Attenuators include 50 Ohm and 75 Ohm bi-directional RF step attenuators with calibrated operation up to 20 GHz. These low cost, portable, hand-held wireless test devices are ideal for engineering and production test laboratories, field testing, and integration into high speed automatic-test-equipment (ATE) systems.


Attenuator Features Include:

• Incredible attenuation control range as good as 120 dB

• Ultra-fine attenuation step sizes to 0.1 dB

• Programmable fixed or swept attenuation ramps


Programmable Digital RF Signal Generators

LSG, LMS and BLX Series Lab Brick RF and Microwave Programmable Digital Signal Generators offer high output levels and excellent spectral purity through 40 GHz. They can be operated in both continuous-wave (CW) and swept-frequency modes. These low-cost, portable, hand-held wireless test devices are ideal for engineering and production test laboratories, field testing, and integration into high speed ATE systems as well.


Signal Generator Features Include:
• Selectable internal/external 10 MHz reference

• Programmable frequency stepping

• Can be used as a Portable LO Source

• Phase-continuous frequency sweep (LFM)

• High-speed internal and external pulse modulation (chirp)


Programmable Digital RF Switches

LSW Series Lab Brick RF and Microwave Programmable Switches offer high isolation, solid-state switching for wireless testing in both single pole double throw (SPDT) and single pole four throw (SP4T) configurations. These low-cost, portable units are also powered and controlled via a USB port connection to any PC or powered hub.


RF Switch Features Include:

• 10-Watt power handling capability

• Manual, internal and external switch control capability


Programmable Digital RF Phase Shifters

Lab Brick LPS Series RF and Microwave Programmable Digital Phase Shifters provide excellent phase accuracy while offering one-degree phase resolution. These low cost, portable, wireless test devices are also ideal for engineering and production test laboratories, field testing, and integration into high speed ATE systems.


RF Phase Shifter Features Include:

• 360° phase control in 1° increments

• Phase profile upload capability

• Calibrated performance for optimal accuracy


Lab Brick’s are being used by engineers at small companies, major commercial wireless OEMs, and military/defense contractors all over the world to solve big and small testing challenges without using high cost, overweight, heavily pre-programmed RF/microwave test equipment.


Lab Brick Applications Include:

  • Radar Systems Testing and Design
  • Engineering/Production Test Labs
  • MIMO and SIMO Field Testing
  • Wireless Fading Simulation Testing
  • Handover Testing
  • 5G Wireless Research and Development
  • 3G and 4G Wireless Simulation
  • WiMAX Testing
  • RF/Microwave Automated Test Equipment (ATE)
  • Portable RF/microwave LO Source
  • Phased Array Antenna Systems
  • Phase Modulation
  • Signal Cancellation
  • Beamforming


Download the updated 2019 Lab Brick Product Guide PDF at:

Each Lab Brick model is clickable within the PDF to a product detail page where a full data sheet PDF can be downloaded, and models can be purchased directly from Vaunix. Most of these portable RF testing devices are shipped from stock in 1 week or less. Custom rack mount systems and modules are also available.


RF/microwave designers and wireless engineers/technicians, both in the lab and in the field, can also learn various programmable ATE set up tips and guidelines by downloading our Tech Briefs at:

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