What to Understand Before Choosing Your Signal Generator: Part 2

Posted by Scott Blanchard on Sep 27, 2016 9:49:17 AM

Sifting through the available signal generators on the market to find a reliable, cost-effective option for a test facility can be cumbersome. While it is good to have a basic understanding of the specifications listed on the datasheet, it still does not help with digging through the wide array of options in the marketplace. To make things a bit easier, let’s dive into the differences between our two Signal Generator Series, the LSG Series and the LMS Series, and how to use them effectively. 

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Topics: Signal Generators

What to Understand Before Choosing Your Signal Generator: Part 1

Posted by Scott Blanchard on Sep 15, 2016 5:15:49 PM

What is a Signal Generator?

An RF signal generator is electronic piece of test equipment that generates RF signals over a wide variety of frequencies with high spectral purity, stable frequency, and stable amplitude. RF signal generators are not to be confused with vector signal generators, which generate RF signals but also have complex digital modulation capabilities with formats such as QPSK, QAM, FSK, BPSK and OFDM. RF signal generators offer modulations that include amplitude modulation (AM), frequency modulation (FM), phase modulation (фM) and pulse modulation.

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Topics: Signal Generators

Programmable RF Components in Automated Test Equipment (ATE)

Posted by Scott Blanchard on Mar 24, 2016 3:00:00 PM

In the past, large production environments and sophisticated labs were the dominant influence on the research and development that led to yesterday’s full-featured benchtop equipment market. Today, however, nimble test and verification teams are increasingly looking for more portable and cost efficient solutions devoid of cluttered GPIB cabling and specialized software. Not only has the debugging of previous generation automated test equipment (ATE) proven difficult without expert technicians, test engineers today are enjoying the flexibility of using programmable components that leverage APIs connected to commonly used software platforms. 

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Topics: Signal Generators, Lab Brick, digital attenuators, test and measurement, ATE

Q & A with Vaunix: Using Lab Brick Signal Generators with External Clock References

Posted by Scott Blanchard on Sep 22, 2015 10:00:00 AM

In our Q & A blog series, we’ve addressed some of the most important and technical questions about our Lab Bricks. We hope these answers give you a better understanding of how our products work.

Q. Can I lock three Lab Brick LMS-203 signal generators to an external reference or daisy chain them to one internal reference. Can I also modify the RF output power?

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Topics: Signal Generators, Lab Brick, Q & A

Getting to Know Lab Brick Part Two: Signal Generators

Posted by Scott Blanchard on Jan 21, 2015 3:16:03 PM

As instruments rather than components like attenuators and phase shifters, signal generators are obviously more complex, and our goal has been to make the Lab Brick LSG and LMS Series instruments easy to use but very capable.

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Topics: Signal Generators