Anritsu Generates Analog Modulation for Signal Generator Family

6/10/2003 - Anritsu Company introduces a full suite of analog modulation and sweep options for its MG3690A series, a family of signal generators that provides best-in-class phase noise and pulse performance in a sleek design. The addition of frequency, phase, pulse, and amplitude modulation capabilities make the MG3690A series an ideal source for applications ranging from component manufacturing to laboratory signal simulation.

All four modulation options can be driven via internal low frequency and pulse generators or externally. By offering each modulation capability separately, users can configure the synthesizer to satisfy existing needs, while also having a very easy and affordable upgrade path as requirements expand in the future. The synthesizers can be configured for individual analysis - such as AM, FM/M, PM, external/internal, or analog sweep - or can be fully loaded to conduct all these measurements.

The versatility and flexibility of the MG3690A series is complemented by the signal generators' performance. Specifying performance down to 10 Hz offset, the MG3690A series offers the lowest phase noise in the broadband synthesizer category. The signal generators also produce the industry's best pulse performance, evident by its minimum pulse width of 1 ms at <2 GHz and 100 ns at >2 GHz. All the models in the MG3690A series achieve frequency resolution of 0.01 Hz over the full frequency range, with a variable phase offset that can be adjusted in 0.1 increments.

The MG3690A offers the unparalleled frequency coverage in a single instrument. Six models covering 0.1 Hz to 65 GHz are available in the MG3690A series. External waveguide multipliers are available that extend the frequency range to >110 GHz. For vector modulation applications, an IF input is available that up-converts an external IQ-modulated IF signal to 40 GHz.

The models in the MG3690A series can act as CW sources of single RF and microwave frequencies or as analog or digitally swept sources, sweeping either frequency or power, or both. As a CW source, the generators feature as many as 20 independent markers to set independent CW frequencies. When used as a sweeper, the MG3690A synthesizers allow sweep widths to be set from 0.1 Hz ~ 65 GHz. The number of sweep steps can be adjusted from 10 to 10,000, with every frequency step in the range phase locked.

The MG3690A series is designed with Anritsu's "millennium package" that combines refined ergonomics and aesthetics with intuitive menus and controls in a small 3u package. The sleek design of the MG3690A series - as well as a COM-based Interchangeable Virtual Instrument (IVI) driver - makes the signal generators well suited for ATE environments.

The MG3690A series delivery is 4 weeks ARO.

About Anritsu
Anritsu Company is the American subsidiary of Anritsu Corporation, a global provider of innovative solutions for more than 100 years. With offices throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Central America, and South America, Anritsu Company provides solutions for existing and next-generation wired and wireless communication systems. Its measurement solutions include optical, microwave/RF, wireless and digital instruments that can be used during R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu Company also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed devices for design into communication products and systems.

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