NUNEATON, UK - The UK auto industry research body MIRA has opened a new, $5 million radio frequency interference laboratory. The unit replaces a 10-year-old facility.
'The laboratory will operate at much higher frequencies than MIRA's previous electromagnetic compatibility unit,' said MIRA Chairman Clive Ennos. 'It is designed to accommodate the imminent growth of mobile communications devices, microwave security sensors and navigation systems fitted as standard to vehicles.'
The test facility will help discover when such devices interfere with each other.
The new laboratory has a fully anechoic chamber lined with radar-absorbent cones.
The facility will detect emissions from 50Hz to 170GHz. It will also test automotive devices for immunity against incoming interference at frequencies from 50Hz to 18GHz. The frequency ranges are considerably wider than the test range specified by European Directive 95/54/EC.