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Tekbox TBTC1 TEM Cell

Normally, radiated emission tests are carried out in anechoic chambers equipped with antennas to pick up the radiated signals. Due to bandwidth limitations, several antennas are required to cover the complete frequency range. Furthermore, it requires a lot of space and the cost of the equipment for a standard configuration setup is considerable. An engineer of a small or medium size enterprise usually has to rely on his experience and on best practice methods in order to design an EMC compliant product. Nevertheless, it is estimated that >50% of products fail EMC compliance tests at the first attempt. Every time an engineer sends a new product for compliance testing, it is a shot in the dark. Failing is very expensive. Not only is the cost of re-tests high, but also the project schedule and market introduction gets delayed.

What’s needed is a compact and affordable laboratory setup to measure radiated emissions, prior to submission for EMC compliance testing. A TEM cell is the right piece of equipment for desktop testing of radiated emissions. TEKBOX developed the TBTC1 to cover the complete frequency range up to 2GHz and with usability at even higher frequencies. Combined with a spectrum analyser, products can be tested before and after EMC related design modifications. A TEM cell based setup will not deliver exactly the same quantitative results as a measurement in a certified test house, however it will give an excellent indication on whether the design suffers from excessive radiated noise or not. An engineer will clearly see whether his modifications changed the EMC performance, for better or for worse. The TBTC1 eliminates the guesswork.

A TEM cell is a stripline device for radiated emissions and immunity testing of electronic devices. It is not a replacement, but due to its size and cost it is a convenient alternative to measurements in an anechoic chamber. A TEM cell consists of a septum, the conductive strip in the centre section and walls which are connected to ground. The geometry is designed to present a 50Ω stripline. The device under test (DUT) is placed in between the bottom wall and the septum. The TBTC1 is a so called “open TEM cell”, which has no side walls for convenient placement of the DUT. It may pick up RF background noise, which can be taken into account by doing a measurement of the cell output signal before powering on the DUT.

The TBTC1 has a better frequency response compared with standard TEM cells of similar size. TEM cells suffer from higher order wave modes which limit the usable bandwidth. A unique design feature of the TBTC1 implements resistance perpendicular to the desired propagation direction of the wave. Consequently higher order wave modes and resonances are suppressed.

The device is supplied together with a 50Ω/25W RF termination and a DC block to protect the spectrum analyser or RF receiver input.


TEM Cell

  • Length: 390mm
  • Width: 200mm
  • Height: 108mm
  • Septum height: 50mm
  • Connectors: N-female
  • Nominal cell impedance: 50 Ohm
  • Wave impedance: 377 Ohm
  • Maximum RF input power: 25W
  • Input return loss: S11 up to 1.2GHz <-20dB, up to 2.1GHz <-17dB, up to 3GHz <-14dB
  • Transmission loss: up to 1.4GHz <1dB, up to 2.1GHz <3dB, up to 3GHz <6dB

DC-Block 50V-6GHz-N

  • Connectors: N-Male/Female
  • Nominal impedance: 50 Ohm
  • Max. continuous RF power: 2W
  • Max. continuous RF voltage: 50V RMS
  • Frequency: 500kHz to 6GHz
  • VSWR: ≤1.2

RF-Termination 50Ω-3GHz-25W-N

  • Connector: N-Male
  • Nominal impedance: 50 Ohm
  • Max. continuous RF power: 25W
  • Frequency: DC to 3GHz
  • VSWR: ≤1.2
  • Third order intermodulation: ≤120dBc


TBTC1  Specifications
Model TBTC1
TEM Cell Connectors N-female
Nominal Cell Impedance 50Ohm
Wave Impedance 377Ohm
Maximum RF Input Power 25W (limited by supplied 50 Ohm Termination)
Input Return Loss S11 up to 1.2 GHz < -20dB, up to 2.1 GHz < -17dB, up to 3GHz < -14dB
Transmission Loss up to 1.4 GHz < 1 dB, up to 2.1 GHz < 3dB, up to 3 GHz < 6dB
Dimensions Length: 390mm
Width: 200mm
Height: 108mm
Septum Height: 50mm
Rectangular area under the septum: 19cm x 13cm x 5cm

Note* Specifications are liable to change. For the full list of Specifications, please see the products datasheet located under the ‘Documentation’ tab.


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