ETSI or CISPR and the height of your chamber

If you want to work with ETSI standards, you need to know the following: all ETSI test chambers have to be fully lined with hybrid absorbers. What does that mean if your chamber isn’t? We turned to our Technical Consultant, Uliana Trucchi, a seasoned professional in the field, to explain the pitfalls she encounters in practice.

Uliana: “ETSI stands for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute and demands -5 dB reflectivity up to 12,75Ghz and a minimal one-meter distance between the antenna and the absorbers. While the FCC regulates communications within the United States, ETSI focuses on establishing standards for information and communications technologies in Europe.

The height of the chamber is an important factor: ETSI norms require that no part of the test antenna should come within one meter of the absorber tips to avoid electric loading. The question that arises in the market is if the height of a chamber needs to be increased or if you can test at the height applied to CISPR 16-1-4 chambers. Well, the answer is no because you will not receive formal accreditation in this case. Test houses know this difference, but there is confusion amongst OEMs about the effects of the requirements. In the photo, you can see an actual example of a 5m and 3m test range semi-anechoic chamber that we designed and built for SITAEL in Italy. This chamber enables SITAEL to perform a wide variety of measurements, ranging from commercial CISPR 16-1-4 and IEC/EN 61000-4-3 to ETSI/radio through MIL-STD, DO-160, and automotive CISPR25 ISO 11452-2 component level.”

Are you considering investing in a SAC with ETSI requirements, or are you unsure if your chamber meets them? Contact Uliana Trucchi for advice. She is more than happy to clarify things for you.

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We are committed to helping you achieve the best EMC testing possible.