Copper Mountain Technologies revealed details of Cobalt, its new, high performance, yet affordable VNA series, and information about the innovative new manufacturing and test approaches that allow the analyzers to deliver faster measurement speeds while maintaining a wide dynamic range. Presently with two models: the Cobalt C1220 and the C1209, Cobalt offers a unique combination of compact design and extremely fast measurement speed that makes them optimal for engineers looking for fast production and BTS filter tuning applications where space is at a premium.
Throughout the symposium, the company also demonstrated antenna testing with its vector reflectometers. Attendees saw how these products, which cover a frequency range from 85 MHz to 14 GHz, perform lab-quality measurements of S11 parameters in various presentation formats. They also learned how the portable, PC-driven reflectometers operate in any environment without the need for a test cable, ultimately resulting in highly dependable performance and calibration stability. Vector reflectometers are is also fully programmable using an extensive SCPI-like command set.
From its compact VNA line, Copper Mountain Technologies provided live demonstrations of its S5048 two-port instrument testing a filter. The PC-driven, highly portable S5048 offers a 123 dB dynamic range (typical, 10 Hz IF bandwidth) and measures the S11, S21, S12 and S22 parameters for a variety of applications from 20 kHz to 4.8 GHz.
Last but not least, the company demonstrated how its highly portable, Planar 814/1 VNA, capable of a 145 dB dynamic range (typical, 1 Hz IF bandwidth), accurately performs in a load pull system. The PC-driven, two-port VNA measures S11, S21, S12 and S22 parameters in a variety of applications from 100 kHz to 8 GHz. It is also ATE compatible, rack mountable and easy to program.
Every VNA in the Copper Mountain Technologies portfolio is PC-driven, meaning the company separates the measurement module from the processing module so that its software can offload processing of the measurement results to an external PC. This allows for improved processing power, better display capabilities and more reliable performance. Copper Mountain Technologies also offers customers a wide range of standard features that include time-domain with gating, fixture simulation (embedding and de-embedding) and frequency offset mode.
- Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
To achieve high performance and an affordable cost, the design and production of Cobalt VNAs incorporates several new proprietary manufacturing and test approaches. Innovative new test grade coaxial connector technology for internal interconnect and tighter tolerances contribute to Cobalt’s exceptional metrological accuracy. Advanced electromagnetic modeling optimizes the 20 GHz Cobalt’s ultra-wideband directional coupler design, and new production methods for precision airstrip lines give the directional couplers extraordinary stability, both over temperature and over very long intervals of time.
In addition, Cobalt’s hybrid dual-core DSP+FPGA signal processing engine, combined with new frequency synthesizer technologies, propel Cobalt’s measurement speed to among the most advanced instruments in the industry, and well past the achievements of any cost-competitive products. These extremely fast measurement speeds and compact design make Cobalt VNAs optimal for engineers looking for fast production and BTS filter tuning applications without requiring a lot of space.
The top-of-the-line C1220 analyzer boasts a frequency range of 100 kHz – 20 GHz. It offers a typical dynamic range of 145 dB, an output power adjustment range of -60 dBm to +10 dBm, and measures up to 500,001 measurement points per sweep. C1220 can reach a measurement speed of 10 microseconds per point and has dimensions of 14.8" x 16.3" x 5.5" (376 x 415 x 140 mm).
The C1209 features many of the same technical specifications and is capable of analyzing the frequency range from 100 kHz to 9 GHz. With dimensions of 14.8" x 8.3" x 3.7" (377 x 210 x 95 mm) and a weight of just 4.8 kg, the smaller C1209 is about a “half rack” in width.
Like all VNAs in the Copper Mountain Technologies portfolio, Cobalt VNAs are PC-driven, meaning the design separates the measurement module from the processing module so that its proprietary software can offload processing of the measurement results to an external PC. This allows for improved processing power, better display capabilities and more reliable performance. Copper Mountain Technologies also offers customers a wide range of standard features that include time-domain with gating, fixture simulation (embedding and de-embedding) and frequency offset mode for mixer/converter testing.
- Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
While Copper Mountain Technologies will reveal the complete details of its new, top-of-the-line VNA series the first day of IMS, its expert metrologists and engineers have stated these products, when compared with the company’s other VNAs, offer faster measurement speeds while maintaining a wide dynamic range. Plus, a unique combination of size and speed make these forthcoming VNAs optimal for fast production and BTS filter tuning.
Throughout the symposium, the company will demonstrate antenna testing with its vector reflectometers. Attendees will see how these products, which cover a frequency range from 85 MHz to 14 GHz, perform lab-quality measurements of S11 parameters in various presentation formats. They will also learn how the portable, PC-driven reflectometers operate in any environment without the need for a test cable, ultimately resulting in highly dependable performance and calibration stability. It is also fully programmable using an extensive SCPI-like command set.
From its compact VNA line, Copper Mountain Technologies will provide live demonstrations of its S5048 two-port instrument using a filter from Reactel, Incorporated. The PC-driven, highly portable S5048 offers a 123 dB dynamic range (typical, 10 Hz IF bandwidth) and measures the S11, S21, S12 and S22 parameters for a variety of applications from 20 kHz to 4.8 GHz.
Last but not least, the company will demonstrate how its highly portable, Planar 814/1 VNA, capable of a 145 dB dynamic range (typical, 1 Hz IF bandwidth), accurately performs in a load pull system. The PC-driven, two-port VNA measures S11, S21, S12 and S22 parameters in a variety of applications from 100 kHz to 8 GHz. It is also ATE compatible, rack mountable and easy to program.
Every VNA in the Copper Mountain Technologies portfolio is PC-driven, meaning the company separates the measurement module from the processing module so that its proprietary software can offload processing of the measurement results to an external PC. This allows for improved processing power, better display capabilities and more reliable performance. Copper Mountain Technologies’ proprietary software also offers customers a wide range of standard features that include time-domain with gating, fixture simulation (embedding and de-embedding) and a frequency offset mode for mixer/converter testing.
- Posted: Monday, April 20, 2015
- Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2015
- Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2014
- Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Our PC-driven vector network analyzers have become a choice of many engineers around the world in the RF and microwave industry, the wireless world, and in defense programs.
See what our customers, including CERN, Rosenberger, and JFW are saying about their PC-driven VNAs!
- Posted: Friday, September 5, 2014
You can also find more VNA tutorial videos on our YouTube channel.
- Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014
This month's issue of Critical Comms magazine has featured the CMT 7530 Compact VNA, touting it as a great solution for the SATCOM industry and any other 75 Ohm applications in broadcast or wireless. The 7530 has a measurement frequency range of 20 kHz to 3 GHz and many standard features such as fixture simulation, gating. It is also fully programmable in a variety of programming protocols, including LabView and COM/DCOM compatibility.
- Posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The Penn State Applied Research Laboratory has provided an unsolicited, independent report on the measurement performance of the Planar 304/1 VNA compared with an Agilent E8364B PNA. Several tests were performed by the ARL, including basic performance tests with antennas (S11 parameters), filters, and amplifiers. We invite our customers to use this report to better understand the accuracy and capabilities of a Planar VNA in a variety of test applications.
- Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014
See the full post-IMS video coverage over at Microwave Journal.
- Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
- Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014
- Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The new software releases of Planar 804/1, Planar 808/1 and S5048 VNA version 3.39 includes Point Trigger support. Point Trigger enables tight time synchronization of the analyzer sweep with external events and devices. The VNA can easily be integrated with a DMM to measure an analog Auxiliary voltage as the sweep executes. S5048 will be demonstrated with automation scripts and the new Point Trigger functionality at Booth 645.
The 83rd ARFTG Conference will be held on Friday, June 6th at the Marriott Waterside Hotel. Copper Mountain Technologies will present at Session B on the topic of new methods for verification of the residual errors of calibrated two-port vector network analyzers based on a special time-domain technique. "Estimation of Complex Residual Errors of Calibrated Two-Port Vector Network Analyzer" will be presented by Ben Maxson. See the full technical agenda for ARFTG here.
- Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2014
- Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Wireless infrastructure encompasses a broad range of radio technologies, antennas, towers, and frequencies. Radio networks are built from this infrastructure and from mobile radios—the radios used by municipal and commercial customers to communicate over licensed frequency bands. Typical end user applications of such systems include local and regional law enforcement, highway and local maintenance dispatch, ambulance and fire service dispatch, and federal law enforcement communications. Wireless infrastructure is often remotely located and difficult to access—or may be completely inaccessible—due to adverse weather conditions. It is critical to perform regular maintenance like visual inspection and RF testing of exterior cabling and antennas, and testing and adjustment of radios and combining networks. Maintenance is performed on two types of links: the RF radio networks and the microwave links that provide backhaul.See how these challenges can be practically addressed at the CMT presentation at the IMS MicroApps Theater in Tampa Bay on June 4th. Find the full MicroApps schedule at MTT here.
Traditional network analyzers are large, heavy, and intended for use in indoor engineering laboratories or production environments. For field use, a network analyzer must overcome several limitations of traditional instruments. The VNA should be compact and lightweight, as space is limited. The instrument must also be quick to start up and begin taking accurate measurements and, ideally, recall preset test confi gurations to save time. Customers typically require detailed documentation following each preventative maintenance (PM) cycle, so extracting measurement results from the VNA is vital for reporting. Finally, the VNA must be programmable, so a predefined set of test results can be automatically collected and consistently saved.
- Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014
- Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014
- Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
As a throwback, see the video interview from RF Globalnet at last year's show:
- Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014
NAB Show is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With more than 93,000 Attendees from 156 countries and 1,550+ Exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new devices in new ways.
See the equipment at Booth C2920 April 7-10th.
For more on how VNAs can be used in the cable industry, read our conference presentation from SCTE 2013, Validating and Troubleshooting OFDM: Considerations and Approaches by Ben Maxson, Applications Engineer.
- Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014
- Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014
We are excited to exhibit at the International Wireless Communications Expo from March 26-27th in Las Vegas, NV! Stop by Booth #4094 to demo our products, meet our team, and learn more about testing with a handheld VNAs. Our instruments are ideal for testing antennas, cables, and other RF components of wireless systems. While traditional handheld analyzers offer a partial solution, PC-based analyzers can do more.
The R54 and R140 offer an extensive feature set, high accuracy, and low cost. Results are easily exported in CSV or Touchstone formats, and field reporting is easy with PDF, Word, or PNG files directly on your desktop, increasing tech efficiency and simplifying wireless design and maintenance.
See our exhibitor profile here.
- Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014
- Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Planar 808/1 is a four-port VNA that operates with an external PC, opening a new range of possibilities for users who need highly accurate multiport instrumentation for lab, production or field use. At 19 pounds, Planar 808/1 is a more mobile and transportable solution than a traditional benchtop unit. This lab-quality VNA has an extensive feature set, multiple data saving options, and is fully programmable for incorporation in automated applications.
Extensive Feature Set
Planar 808/1 characterizes S-parameters in a wide variety of presentation formats. In addition to the traditional frequency domain measurements of S-parameters, it has time domain with gating, embedding and de-embedding, and frequency offset mode for mixer/converter testing.
As a four-port VNA, the Planar 808/1 can be used to measure balanced or differential networks. The Planar 808/1 fixture simulation feature supports testing DUTs with single ended inputs and balanced outputs, balanced inputs and single ended output, and balanced inputs and outputs. Multiport analyzers are also well-suited for testing multiport DUTs such as combiners and duplexers, reducing or eliminating reconnection steps from the testing process. Unlike other four-port VNAs, the Planar 808/1 incorporates two independent generators, providing greater flexibility for advanced test scenarios.
The Planar 808/1 is fully compatible with the ACM8000T automatic calibration module, enabling full four-port calibration with as few as four connection and four disconnection steps. Automatic calibration is particularly time-saving in production environments or other scenarios where frequent recalibration is required. Or, the Planar 808/1 can be calibrated with any commercially available 50 ? mechanical calibration kit.
Planar 808/1 can fit into applications needing automation – it is fully programmable by SCPI commands from any programming environment supporting COM/DCOM – including C++ , Visual Basic and LabVIEW. Automation enables remote instrument control and automatic exchange of data among components in an integrated ATE station.
Thanks to David Vye for the feature!
- Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
We are very happy to be one of the companies featured in the Leaders in Microwaves issue of the magazine Microwaves & RF. We are very happy to be one of the companies featured in the Leaders in Microwaves issue of the magazine Microwaves & RF. Read the full digital issue here to see which companies and technologies to be watching in 2014! Pick up the issue will have at the following shows this year: APEC, IMS, Electronica, ECIA, Design West, EDS, and Pacific Design.
- Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
- Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
For more information on DAKS and other inventive RF systems, please visit Schmid & Partners Engineering (SPEAG).
- Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013
- Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013
- Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Bench, portable, and modular instruments are offering increasing flexibility for RF and microwave test applications... Autotestcon focused on military and aerospace test applications, but many of the products and technologies highlighted have commercial applications as well.
- Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013
- Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013
In addition to VNAs, we offer several solutions for Cable and Satellite TV test and measurement here.
With DOCSIS 3.1's standardization of OFDM, the waveform technology will for the first time be deployed onto CATV networks on a world-wide basis. With this new era of modulation will come new terminology, new measurements, and new best practices for both validating and troubleshooting services delivered over such networks.
Since a single transport stream may be transmitted to a user via multiple, potentially adaptive modulation formats simultaneously (e.g. 256-QAM, 1024-QAM, and 64-QAM) some conventional measurements may become less relevant, such as the constellation diagram. At the same time, a need may arise for new parametric measurements, including for example proxies for latency, jitter, throughput, or packet loss.
Of course, video and data services delivered via OFDM carriers have been deployed and tested in certain specific regions for several years (e.g. DVB-T, ISDB-T for video; MoCA and DVB-C2 for video and data). In this paper, we describe approaches taken previously in characterizing such OFDM signals' quality, and discuss pros and cons of several approaches to making OFDM measurements in next generation cable networks.
See the full paper in our Technical Library.
- Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
See how Prism Microwave use a VNA from Copper Mountain Technologies in their design and production environment. Darren, Chris and their team use network analyzers to make RF conditioning equipment like filters and amplifiers for use in cell tower applications. They were seeking high measurement accuracy, ease of use, portability, integration with existing systems and a good price from their test equipment. See how they solved their engineering puzzle with an easy to use, advanced and affordable PC-driven VNA.
- Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
David Vye reports on CMT's latest offerings:
Copper Mountain was impressing EuMW visitors with their compact Network Analyzers and reflectometer product lines, including their R140 vector reflectometer, planar 808/1 “full-size” VNAs and 5048 compact VNA. The highly portable R140 (attached to a demo antenna) can operate in any environment without the use of a test cable and is fully programmable using COM/DCOM automation. With a frequency range up to 14 GHz, it’s an alternative to other field instruments that users wouldn’t think of leaving behind in a remote site. The new 808/1 VNA offers a high performance 4 port network analyzer with a frequency range up to 8.0 GHz. The compactness and innovative engineering behind Copper Mountain products should have engineers in the market for a cost and size friendly VNA to take a serious look at their offerings.
- Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013
One member of the committee particularly focused on the 8 foot tall antenna on which we demonstrated the use of our Planar R54 Vector Reflectometer, mimicking its use for cable and antenna testing in the field.
We are proud of the award we claimed for our exhibit and we had a great time meeting other industry experts in test and measurement. Cheers, AUTOTESTCON!
- Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Copper Mountain Technologies not only offers impressively compact Network Analyzers and reflectometers, the company walked off with the “Best Small Exhibition Stand” award from the Autotestcon organizers. Not to say that their booth was small - the company packed in at least three product demo stands in their well-designed space – enough room to highlight their R140 vector reflectometer, planar 808/1 “full-size” VNAs and 5048 compact VNA. The highly portable R140 (attached to a demo antenna) can operate in any environment without the use of a test cable and is fully programmable using COM/DCOM automation. With a frequency range up to 14 GHz, its an alternative to other field instruments that users wouldn’t think of leaving behind in a remote site. The new 808/1 VNA offers a high performance 4 port network analyzer with a frequency range up to 8.0 GHz. The compactness and innovative engineering behind Coper Mountain products should have engineers in the market for a cost and size friendly VNA to take a serious look at their offerings.
- Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
We also invite you to have a cup of coffee, on us, on the morning of the 8th and 9th. Reception stations will be set up on the show floor and all attendees are welcome to have a morning drink. Key personnel from the Copper Mountain Technologies development team will be attending, so stop by Booth 234 to get an in-depth demonstration of our analyzers.
European Microwave Week is truly the premier event of its kind in Europe and its conferences are set to be even more cutting edge and ground breaking in 2013 than in previous years. The European Microwave Week consists of three conferences:
• The European Microwave Conference (EuMC) • The European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference (EuMIC) • The European Radar Conference (EuRAD)
In addition, Exhibitor Workshops, Seminars and Round Table Forums will be an invaluable platform for leading manufacturers, institutes and industry bodies to stimulate dialogue and interaction with attendees on relevant Microwave, RF, Wireless, Defence/Security and Radar issues.
- Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
PC-driven VNAs store all test data on an external PC, so they are useful for sharing between multiple users, or even to deploy in a security-heightened area. See how a PC-driven VNA can fit budgets, increase physical security and simplify post-processing of test results.
Come visit the newest PC-driven VNAs at Booth 814 at Autotestcon in Schaumburg, Illinois from September 16-19. We are looking forward to meeting the attendees of Autotestcon 2013, particularly to explore emerging technology in defense communications!
Autoteston is the world’s premier conference that brings together the military/aerospace automatic test industry and government/military to share new technologies, discuss innovative applications, and exhibit products and services.
See you at the show!
- Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
August 28, 2013. Copper Mountain Technologies has released its new 5048 vector network analyzers, adding to the company's compact VNA line. The VNAs combine a standard feature set with a compact size suitable for many applications. The latest additions to this series—the TR5048 (two-port, one-path) and S5048 (two-port, two-path) VNAs—offer magnitude and phase measurements from 20 kHz to 4.8 GHz. Like other Copper Mountain models, these new instruments also include time-domain operation with gating, fixture simulation, embedding and de-embedding, and a frequency-offset mode for mixer/converter testing.
Each instrument is fully programmable using COM/DCOM SCPI automation. With a weight of 2.9 lbs., 5048 provides accurate measurements and a variety of analysis capabilities in the frequency and time domains. The instruments characterize S-parameters in a variety of presentation formats.
Operated by an external PC, each VNA has 16 logical channels with up to 16 traces each. Any test results can be saved in a variety of formats for post-processing. If post-processing of the results is required, the user can save the data on the PC and carry it over into any further software application without multiple points of data transfer. The storage of VNA data on an external PC makes the device useful for sharing between multiple users, or even to deploy in a security-heightened area. Features include a 125-dB dynamic range, 200,001 measurement points, and 200-µs measurement time per point. Each VNA measures 12.8 x 16.3 x 3.8 inches.
- Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
- Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
When: September 16-19th Where: Schaumburg Convention Center, Booth 814 (Please see floor plan here).
Appointments: If you would like a private demonstration, please let us know and we will be happy to meet with you.
See you in Schaumburg!
- Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
- See more at: http://www.rfglobalnet.com/Doc/full-suite-of-vector-network-analyzers-0001#sthash.64AOM1wE.dpuf
- Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
- Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Alex says of Virtual VNAs,
"the biggest benefits of the virtual format are a much lower price point, smaller footprint, its lightweight form factor, and operation from any external PC. All of these aspects will make our VNAs very attractive to both development labs and production environments".
And what about the roots of the company's name?
NF: The best known Copper Mountain in this country is in Colorado. Why did you name the firm “Copper Mountain Technologies?” And who came up with the name?
AG: Yes, we’ve received inquiries about ski passes more than a few times! Unfortunately for those callers, our expertise is… ice hockey. Just kidding, it is actually in microwave and RF test equipment. Our company is named after a different Copper Mountain, which is located in the South Ural Mountain Ridge [in central Russia]. Chelyabinsk, home to our manufacturing facility, is located in this region. Our company’s name is a tribute to the rich history of the region. It brings together old-world craftsmanship with modern technological advancements (created by highly talented engineers and researchers—many of whom are graduates of South Ural University, a well-known engineering school).
- Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Alik and Alex showed the full Planar line of VNAs at the show.
- Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012
It was a particularly great chance for the Copper Mountain Technologies team to meet with representative companies from all across the country. We displayed our R54 Vector Reflectometer, the PLANAR TR1300/1 VNA, and the PLANAR 804/1 VNA, and had a great time showing the product family's features like gating, time domain measurements, and frequency offset.
Below, see the VNA experts assembled at the CMT booth.
From left: Alik Shapiro of Copper Mountain Technologies, Tom Kilbourne of GTEK LLC, Aldo Guarino of GTEK LLC, Bob Tyler of Techmaster Electronics, Pete Keating of GTEK LLC, Alex Goloschokin of Copper Mountain Technologies, Mike Lynch of Techmaster Electronics, and Ted Rankin of Rankin Components.
Special thanks to the great team at Testforce, with whom we had the pleasure of sharing a booth wall! A leader in test and measurement throughout Canada, we are grateful to work with this team, including Sami Stephan, Tony Tirelli, Evan Schuster, and Mike Caines, among others. Thank you!
- Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
AUTOTESTCON is the world’s premier conference that brings together the military/aerospace automatic test industry and government/military acquirers and users to share new technologies, discuss innovative applications, and exhibit products and services. It is sponsored annually by the IEEE.
The Theme this year is Mission Assurance through Advanced ATE.
AUTOTESTCON will be held at the Disneyland Resort and Conference Center in Anaheim, California, on September 10-13, 2012. The TECHNICAL PROGRAM for AUTOTESTCON 2012 will be determined by the interests of those participants submitting for publication and presentation a TECHNICAL PAPER or organizing a TECHNICAL SESSION. Important Aspects of Systems Readiness
Performance Based Logistics Health Monitoring & Diagnostics Embedded Instrumentation Support Economics Test & Support Management
For Technical Program information contact: Michael T. Ellis, Technical Program Chairman Northrop Grumman Corp. 21240 Burbank Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA 91367 (818) 715-2944 email@example.com
For other information contact: Bob Rassa, General Chairman Raytheon Company 2260 Engle Rd Fallston MD 21047 (310) 985-4962 RCRassa@raytheon.com
Sponsored by the IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement and IEEE Aerospace & Electric Systems Societies
- Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012
Since 1952, Hamvention® has been sponsored by Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA). For many years it has been the world's largest amateur radio gathering, attracting hams from throughout the globe. It was a great time and a new experience for us, with most of the hams taking an interest in PLANAR TR1300, operating from 300 kHz to 1.3 GHz and priced to be accessible to hobbyists and professionals alike.
See you at Hamvention 2013...
- Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
- Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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- Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011
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