DATE: 17 March 2003  

Aeroflex Announces New 3 GHz Spectrum Analyzer for Around $7,000

The IFR 2397 offers affordability and high performance in a portable package


Wichita, Kan. — March 17, 2003 -- Aeroflex’s subsidiary IFR(Nasdaq: ARXX), today announced a new spectrum analyzer that balances affordability and high performance in a portable size. Designed for wireless infrastructure and production testing, the 2397 will also be used for satellite telephones and ground stations, television broadcast and cable television field-testing, quality measurements for manufacturing or laboratory applications, and other general purpose RF and microwave applications.

The 2397 spectrum analyzer can be configured with options similar to those available for other members of the 239X spectrum analyzer family. Hardware options include a tracking generator, AC/DC power supply, high stability timebase and quasi-peak detector. Software options include Distance to Fault, Marker Label Edit, and EMC for pre-compliance testing.

“The 2397 spectrum analyzer is a great value to customers who buy and use a large quantity of spectrum analyzers for manufacturing and field testing,” said Bryan Harber, spectrum analyzer product manager, IFR. “We are able to give customers an instrument that includes the features most important to them, such as the tracking generator and the Distance to Fault software.”

About the 2397 Spectrum Analyzer

The 2397 spectrum analyzer is part of the 239X family of spectrum analyzers from IFR. The 239X range extends from 9 kHz to 3 GHz in the 2397, and up to 26.5 GHz in the 2395 spectrum analyzer. The 2397 is lightweight (20 lbs.) and offers many of the same features found in higher priced instruments. The marker system simplifies troubleshooting by allowing nine markers to be displayed on the screen at any one time. A marker table shows the frequency and level of each marker selected, thus allowing multiple signals to be evaluated simultaneously. The standard RS-232 and GPIB interfaces allow remote control of the instrument. A VGA output allows the user to connect to a VGA color monitor and view the larger display in color.

EMC testing can also be carried out, an option that provides the measurement facilities and resolution filters required for pre-compliance testing.

Key Specifications of the 2397 Spectrum Analyzer


2397 Spectrum Analyzer


Frequency Range

9 kHz to 3 GHz

Frequency Span

100Hz/div to 300 MHz/div in 1, 2, 5 step selections (auto-selected); Zero span and Full span (9 kHz to 3 GHz); Manual selection of Start, Stop and Span

Sweep Speed

50 ms to 1000 s in 1, 2, 5 sequence, 5 ms to 20 s in Zero Span

Resolution Bandwidth

300 Hz, 1 kHz, 3 kHz, 10 kHz, 30 kHz, 100 kHz, 300 kHz, 1 MHz, 3 MHz


Up to 9 markers available plus Delta marker. Modes: Delta, Peak Search, Peak Track, 1/Delta, Marker Track, Marker to Center, Marker to Reference; all markers to Peak

Displayed Average Noise Level (DANL)

Typically < -115 dBm in 300 Hz, 1 MHz to 3 GHz

Reference Level Accuracy

Range: -110 dBm to +30 dBm with 1 kHz filter using 1 dB/div scale


IEEE 488.1, 488.2; RS-232C, VGA


350mm (13.78 inches”) wide, 185mm (7.28 inches”) high, 381mm (15 inches”) deep including handle


< 9.4 kilograms (20.7 lbs)


The 2397 spectrum analyzer is available immediately. Delivery is 4 weeks upon receipt of order. Hardware options available for the 2397 include the 100 kHz to 3 GHz Tracking Generator (2397/1), Option 03 High Stability Timebase, Option 04 Quasi-Peak Detectors and EMC Filters, Option 06 AC/DC Power Supply and optional Battery Pack. Software options include Option 11 Distance to Fault, Option 12 Marker Label Edit and Option 13 EMC.

About Aeroflex

Aeroflex Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, designs, develops and manufactures state-of-the-art microelectronic module, integrated circuit, interconnect and testing solutions used in broadband communication applications. The Company’s common stock trades on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol ARXX and is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 index. Additional information concerning Aeroflex Incorporated can be found on the Company's Web site:

About IFR, an Aeroflex Company

IFR, an Aeroflex Company, is a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced wireless test solutions for communications, avionics and general test and measurement applications. For more information about IFR in the United States, contact: IFR, 10200 West York Street, Wichita, Kan., 67215-8999. Contact IFR via e-mail at, on the Web at, or by telephone at (800) 835-2352 or (316) 522-4981.

All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release regarding Aeroflex's financial position, business strategy and plans and objectives of its management for future operations are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend" and similar expressions, as they relate to Aeroflex or its management, identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs of Aeroflex's management, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to its management. Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including but not limited to, competitive factors and pricing pressures, changes in legal and regulatory requirements, technological change or difficulties, product development risks, commercialization difficulties and general economic conditions. Such statements reflect our current views with respect to the future and are subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to Aeroflex's financial condition, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity.

US Media Contacts


Deb Stockman
Aeroflex Test Solutions

Debra Seifert

McClenahan Bruer Communications