Ionocom - Capabilities

By: Ionocom  09-12-2011
Keywords: Test Equipment

Ionocom is well-equipped to conduct most design and development work with a comprehensive set of digital, base-band and RF test equipment. Below is a selection of just the major items. Prospecive clients are welcome to see our equipment and facilities during an introductory meeting.

RF Test Equipment

  • HP 4396A Network/Spectrum Analyser (to 2.4GHz with range extender)
  • HP 87512A Transmission/Reflection Test Set
  • HP 8566B Spectrum Analyser (22GHz)
  • HP 85024A High-Frequency Probe
  • HP 8901B Modulation Analyser
  • Marconi 6960B RF Power meter
  • Fluke 607xA RF Signal Generators
  • HP 8657A RF Signal Generators
  • Marconi 2022 RF Signal Generator
  • Marconi 2040 RF Signal Generator, Low Phase Noise

Digital Test Equipment

  • Tektronix TDS744A Digital Storage Oscilloscopes, 4-Channel, 400MHz
  • Philips PM3585 Logic Analyser, 200MHz
  • HP 4951C Communications Protocol Analyser

Audio Test Equipment

  • HP 8903B Audio Analyser
  • Stanford SR780 Audio Spectrum (FFT) Analyser

Environmental Test Equipment

  • Thermotron S-1.2C Environmental Chamber, -73C to +177C, 1.2 cubic feet

Other meters, power supplies, counters, loads, signal generators, scopes and analysers are also available.

All Ionocom's core RF test equipment is HPIB controllable. We have extensive experience writing and using automated test programs, using a variety of tools, including writing automated programs for regulatory compliance testing.

All Ionocom's test equipment used for performance verification can be calibrated to NIST-traceable standards.


We have facilities to produce prototype units, including leaded and surface mount assembly equipment. We can handle large leaded parts and surface mount parts down to 0402 size and beyond. We have a large 40x stereo microscope to assist with surface mount assembly, rework and inspection. Our work area is ESD-safe.


  • Sherline 5400 Vertical Mill

We have a workshop area equipped with a small vertical mill and various other tools that allow us to fabricate small mechanical piece parts and to machine enclosures for prototypes.

Keywords: Test Equipment

Other products and services from Ionocom


Ionocom - PCB Design

Our experience ranges from single-sided boards designed for absolute minimum cost to high-performance multi-layer boards with power and ground planes designed for RF. Analog circuits where careful attention to routing and grounding is required to reduce noise and interference. We use OrCAD for maintenance of existing designs and for projects where clients prefer these tools.


Ionocom - Wireless Design

A particular focus for Ionocom is design of wireless products, using our broad experience over a wide range of technologies and frequency bands, with emphasis on short-range communications. 2.4GHz ZigBee We have designed ZigBee radios into products to provide wireless data transfer, using modular solutions and also discrete component designs based on chips from Ember Corp.


Ionocom - Other Design

Ionocom offers mechanical design of simple piece-parts associated with PCBs such as brackets and heat-sinks, custom displays, moulded keypads and other electro-mechanical items and front panels. We have designed systems ranging from simple, self-contained "go/no-go" test boxes through to computer-automated systems including GPIB-controlled test equipment and custom test jigs.


Ionocom - Software Development

Firmware is embedded software that is a permanent part of the product, typically stored in Flash memory and usually performing low-level functions that directly control the hardware. We have experience with 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers from suppliers such as Microchip, Texas Instruments, Rabbit and Atmel, and industry-standard parts such as the 8051.


Ionocom - Electronic Design

We have experience with 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers from supplies such as Microchip, Texas Instruments, Rabbit and Atmel, and industry-standard parts such as the 8051. We have solid digital logic design experience from tiny, low-power, discrete gate designs through to complex programmable-logic devices from suppliers such as Altera and Xilinx.