Compact RF and microwave power sensors/meters that feature fast measurement speed, cover a wide frequency range, and provide extensive power measurements from basic average power to pulse profiling have been devised by Tektronix.

The PSM RF Power Meter Series come fully calibrated over their entire operating temperature range, so they do not require sensor zeroing and meter reference calibration.

The company’s new PSM3000, PSM4000, and PSM5000 Series are compact USB power sensors/meters that can be used for a broad range of CW and pulse modulation measurements depending on the model selected.

The meters are delivered with Microsoft Windows-based power meter application software for controlling the meter, displaying readings and recording data. This combination provides a complete test solution, eliminating the need for a separate meter mainframe.

Accurate power measurement has emerged as an absolute requirement in RF and microwave design and manufacturing. While testing of RF products has become faster and easier over the past several years, testing RF power still remains one of the most basic and time consuming tests.

This has led to a need for more capable, compact power sensors/meters.