The R8600 Radio Test Hub is the first multi-function test equipment product designed specifically for the manufacturer of LMR radios and RF devices. Building upon Freedom’s industry-standard software defined architecture, the Radio Test Hub enables radio manufacturers to test the latest digital radio technologies while also supporting production of traditional analog radios.
The Radio Test Hub operates without an embedded display to efficiently utilize manufacturing rack space as a piece of Automated Test Equipment (ATE). To support initial deployment and on-the-line troubleshooting, a remote interface mimics a traditional local interface.
The product includes a robust high power RF port capable of accepting 150 W of RF power continuously to support high volume and duty-cycle manufacturing requirements. This allows the R8600 to test the most powerful radios without requiring external components or switching, further reducing manufacturing space needs.
To ease integration into manufacturing lines using legacy analog test equipment, the R8600 provides emulation of HP 8920 commands in addition to an optimized programming command set. The unit’s physical command interface is Ethernet based to accommodate port availability of typical computers and simplify networking multiple R8600’s into a test rack. So the R8600 Radio Test Hub is ideal as both an upgrade to enable testing of modern radio technologies and production of legacy radios.
The R8600 is the most cost effective solution for testing a wide array of radios used in mobile radio and other industries. The R8600 software upgradability enables a manufacturer to standardize test equipment across multiple product lines and position themselves for new product lines without needing further investment in test equipment hardware.