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The University of Bedfordshire Selects Rohde & Schwarz Equipment

The University of Bedfordshire has purchased six signal generators, six spectrum analysers and a vector network analyser from Rohde & Schwarz UK to equip its new telecommunications laboratory. The investment, which is part of a 1 million refurbishment of the Department of Computer Science and Technology's facilities, significantly expands the University's teaching and research capabilities into telecommunications, wireless, electronics, embedded systems development and beyond. Official opening of the Department of Computer Science and Technology's new facilities took place on Tuesday 25th January 2011.

Rohde & Schwarz's communications test and measurement equipment will be used by undergraduates, Masters, postgraduate students and researchers alike. A catalyst for the investment was the addition of new electronics courses to the University of Bedfordshire's portfolio. BEng Hons courses in Telecommunications & Network Engineering, and Computer Systems Engineering began in October 2010, whilst a third undergraduate degree, a BEng Hons in Electronic Engineering, is due to commence in October 2011. To support the expanded syllabus, the department has recruited 10 additional staff and researchers, bringing the total to approximately 40 people.

As part of its University Programme, Rohde & Schwarz has committed to support the University for three years with staff training on its instruments, teaching material for students and an annual prize for the best final year project in the field of RF & Wireless Communications.

The signal generators acquired by The University of Bedfordshire consist of five SMC100A's, which have a frequency range of 9kHz to 3.2GHz and a SMBV100A vector signal generator with a frequency range up to 6GHz. The department now also has four FSL6 spectrum analysers with tracking generators, an FSV7 with a frequency range to 7GHz, plus the ZVL-K1 firmware option.



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