Small integrated signal generator for ATE - Embedded.com

Small integrated signal generator for ATE

The R&S SGS100A is a signal generator from Rohde & Schwarz, is more compact than previous RF sources but delivers the same performance as high-end conventional instruments.

It covers the frequency range up to 12.75 GHz and has been optimized for use in automated test systems. The signal source fits in one-half the width of a 19-inch rack and requires a single height unit. Four RF sources can be installed in the space previously needed for one unit. With typical frequency and level setting times of 280 µs, the R&S SGS100A is three times faster than its conventional counterparts. This means higher production test throughput in addition to significantly reduced space requirements.

The compact R&S SGS100A provides RF performance comparable with that of high-end signal generators. It offers a very high output level of typ. +22 dBm as standard and has an electronic step attenuator covering the entire frequency range. Its low nonharmonics of –76 dBc up to 1.5 GHz make the generator the ideal signal source for converter tests.

The R&S SGS100A is available in two models. The CW version generates frequencies up to 12.75 GHz. It can be used as a local oscillator as well as for interference testing against mobile radio standards.

The vector signal generator version with integrated I/Q modulator offers a maximum frequency of 6 GHz and covers the most important frequency bands for digital communications standards. RF signals from multiple R&S SGS100A can optionally be phase-locked to support beamforming applications for the aerospace and defense industry.

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