Rohde & Schwarz RF upconverter yields compact vector signal generator for radar, SatCom, other aerospace applications

MUNICH, 5 June 2014. The Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) SGU100A RF upconverter is designed to extend the frequency range of the R&S SGS100A vector signal generator from 12.75 gigahertz (GHz) to 20 GHz.

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MUNICH, 5 June 2014. The Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) SGU100A RF upconverter is designed to extend the frequency range of the R&S SGS100A vector signal generator from 12.75 gigahertz (GHz) to 20 GHz.

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The two instruments combine to enable users to generate vector signals continuously from 80 MHz to 20 GHz, for use in test systems in the aerospace & defense sector. Once combined, the R&S SGS100A and R&S SGU100A act as a single unit with one I/Q input and one RF output, and can be controlled remotely or manually like a single instrument.

Depending on the configuration, it takes up two height units at ½ 19-inch width or one height unit at 19-inch width. The R&S SGS100A and R&S SGU100A together take up considerably less space in the rack than other, comparable microwave vector signal generators, while still offering outstanding performance.

For example, the error vector magnitude (EVM) for a 30 Msym/s QPSK signal is 0.5 percent at an RF frequency of 14 GHz. Above 12 GHz, the R&S SGS100A with the R&S SGU100A features an I/Q modulation bandwidth of 2 GHz. The solution is well suited to wideband applications, such as those used in satellite communications or radar tests requiring extremely short pulses.

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The R&S SGU100A is available as a pure CW source or as a source for I/Q-modulated signals. Especially when using the CW version, the combination of R&S SGS100A and R&S SGU100A is optimal for multitone applications requiring phase coherence, officials say. Users who already have an R&S SGS100A up to 12.75 GHz or another signal generator with a similar frequency range can use the R&S SGU100A to extend their generator's frequency range up to 20 GHz.

The R&S SGU100A RF upconverter is now available from Rohde & Schwarz. For more information, visit www.rohde-schwarz.com/ad/press/sgu100a.

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