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Signal generators tailored for RF design verification

Posted: 07 Jul 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:signal generator? design verification? RF?

3020 RF generators

Aeroflex has extended its flexible PXI modular test platform with two new compact, high-precision PXI modular RF signal generators.

The 3020 series boasts integrated dual-channel arbitrary waveform generators suited for R&D manufacturing and design verification of RF components and systems. The addition of the 3021C and 3026C extend the output power range of the 3020 series to +17dBm for frequencies up to 3GHz and 6GHz respectively.

"Aeroflex offers the most versatile modular PXI platform for advanced RF communications system and component test on the market today. The addition of these two new high-power signal generators make it an even more comprehensive and flexible offering," said Tim Carey, PXI product manager, Aeroflex. "These compact new RF signal generators are 'punching above their weight.' For their size and weight, the 3021C and 3026C offer the highest output power of any signal generator."

Weighing in at 1kg and occupying just 3 x 3U PXI slots, the 3021C and the 3026C are the lightest and most compact signal generators to offer output power up to +17dBm. In addition, both of these new signal generators achieve low DC power consumption of less than 50W, which results in lower running costs than conventional instruments.

The 3026C, the new flagship signal generator of the Aeroflex PXI line, has a frequency range of 1MHz to 6GHz with +17dBm of output power and boasts the highest output power of any PXI modular signal generator on the market today. The 3026C can provide direct input stimulus to power amplifiers without the need for pre-amplification or it can be used to provide a direct high power LO input to frequency converters and modulators. The 3026C is ideal for use in test systems where test-fixture losses are high.

The 3021C RF signal generator has a frequency range of 100kHz to 3GHz. Offering the same performance specifications as the 3026C, but with an extended low-end frequency range and a more economical price tag for applications below 3GHz.

"Aeroflex's commitment to continually updating and improving our product lines as well as our unmatched on-site customer support and training make us the wise choice to meet customers RF testing needs," said Carey.

The Aeroflex PXI 3021C and 3026C RF signal generators are available with delivery approximately 10 weeks upon receipt of order.

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