Remote Spectrum Monitor™ MS27201A User Guide : LTE Measurements : LTE Channel Power
 
LTE Channel Power
Channel power measurements are one of most common measurements for a radio transmitter. This test measures the output power of a transmitter within the specified channel bandwidth. Out-of-specification power measurements indicate system faults, which can be in the power amplifiers or in filter circuits. Channel power measurements can be used to validate transmitter performance, comply with government regulations, or to keep overall system interference at a minimum.
The channel power measurement is a test performed to measure the power transmitted within a specified frequency or channel bandwidth. The total RF power and power spectral density (PSD) is determined from a channel power measurement. An example of a channel power measurement is shown in Figure: LTE Channel Power Measurement.
LTE Channel Power Measurement 

1. LTE Analyzer Status Panel: Each measurement features a unique status panel that displays settings and information relevant to the current measurement and view settings. This panel provides quick access to the MIMO antenna selection and status, sweep setting, and frequency and bandwidth configuration. See Status Panel (LTE Channel Power).
2. Channel Power: Channel power is integrated over the shaded region where the dashed green lines indicate the upper and lower frequency thresholds.
3. SETUP Menu: The channel power settings are configured in the SETUP menu. See SETUP Menu (LTE Channel Power).
4. Channel Power Summary: This area shows the channel power measurement summary data and pass/fail test results, when enabled:
The total channel power value and the test limit are expressed in dBm with a pass/fail result.
The total PSD limit is expressed in dBm with a pass/fail result.
Tapping this summary area opens the SETUP Menu (LTE Channel Power).
 
SETUP Menu (LTE Channel Power)
The channel power SETUP menu is available in MEASURE > MEASUREMENT > Channel Power > SETUP. Once the channel power measurement is selected, the SETUP menu can be quickly accessed by tapping on the summary display area below the spectrum display.
LTE SETUP Menu (Channel Power)
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INTEGRATION BW
Sets the range of integration used in calculating the power in the channel. The integration bandwidth (IBW) is displayed as the shaded region between the bandwidth start and stop thresholds (dashed green lines).
PSD UNITS
Sets the unit bandwidth for power spectral density (PSD). The available units are Hz or MHz.
POWER LIMIT
The power limit is the threshold value used to determine whether the actual measured channel power will pass or not. If the measured channel power exceeds the set power limit, the channel power test fails; otherwise, the test passes. Pass/fail test results are shown in the measurement results table.
PSD LIMIT
If the power spectral density limit is on, the PSD limit is the threshold value used to determine whether the actual measured PSD will pass or not. If the measured PSD exceeds the PSD limit, the PSD test fails; otherwise the test passes.
PRESET SETUP
Presets the SETUP menu to default settings.
 
Status Panel (LTE Channel Power)
The status panels illustrated in this section are unique to the current analyzer and to the particular measurement and view that is selected.
Figure: Status Panel (LTE Channel Power Measurement) shows the LTE status panel that covers the LTE channel power measurements.
Status Panel (LTE Channel Power Measurement) 
 
MIMO ANTENNAS: Toggles the current MIMO antenna setting between AUTO or to select one of the available antennas. When a single antenna is selected, a blue underscore will appear below the antenna icon. The antenna icon is highlighted green when receiving a signal.
SWEEP: Toggles the current sweep setting between continuously or sweep once.
SWEEP ONCE
When sweep is set to single sweep, SWEEP ONCE updates the measurement display. Data continues to be captured in the background.
CHANNEL BW
Sets the measurement channel bandwidth. The available bandwidth settings depend on the selected band and bandwidth option installed in the instrument. Refer to Options Settings.
TRACES
Displays the current status of up to six traces in a quick-view summary. The summary information includes the trace number, type, mode, and detector type. The active trace will show a highlighted background with the mode and detector type restated under the table. Clicking a trace in the summary panel activates the selected trace and opens the TRACE menu, which allows you to select and set up an individual trace as desired. Refer to Setting Trace Parameters.
FREQ REFERENCE
Indicates the current frequency reference source of Internal, External, or GPS Hi Accuracy (requires GPS). The instrument automatically selects the frequency reference in the following order of priority: external, GPS, then the internal time base.