Test and measurement firm Aeroflex this week announced the launch of the TX501 RF Multi-band Translator, which is designed to be a cost-effective, 3G frequency translator.

With the TX501, developers can test infrastructure operating in frequency Bands I through VI using existing 3G Band test mobiles, thus letting equipment developers continue to use Band I mobile test devices like Aeroflex’s TM500 Test Mobile, according to a company press release.

"As the 3GPP standard continues to evolve, network infrastructure equipment developers need cost-effective and easy-to-implement ways of robustly testing new features and functionality," Phil Windred, Aeroflex business unit manager for the TM500, SystemAT and QoS products, said in a prepared statement. "The TX501 provides an ideal multi-band frequency translation solution for the bands defined in 3GPP Release 6."