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Signal generators boast high output power

Posted: 18 Jun 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:signal generator  PXI modular  test system  power amplifiers 

3021C and 3026C

Aeroflex has expanded its flexible PXI modular test platform with two new 3020 Series high-power and compact RF signal generators.

The 3020 Series are compact, high-precision PXI modular RF signal generators with integrated dual-channel arbitrary waveform generators ideally 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.

"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," said Tim Carey, PXI product manager, Aeroflex.

Weighing in at a mere 1 kg. (2.2 lbs.) 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 50 watts, which results in lower running costs than conventional instruments.

The 3026C has a frequency range of 1 MHz to 6 GHz with +17dBm of output power and boasts the highest output power of any PXI modular signal generator on the market today, says Aeroflex. 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—3 GHz. 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 3 GHz.

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

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