[time-nuts] What are some cw signal Generators for ATE test?

Scott McGrath scmcgrath at gmail.com
Sun Jan 18 16:44:49 EST 2015

The Agilent 8340 series might be useful here - little weak in the phase noise area but they offer frequency and power sweeps. And you did say economy was a key requirement

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> On Jan 17, 2015, at 9:59 PM, "Ivan.Cousins" <ijcousins at frontier.com> wrote:
> time-nuts members:
> What are some signal generators for ATE test?
> Requirements:
> 100MHz to >=10GHz (higher would be better)
> Settling time less than 1mS
> Reasonable phase noise
> Cost, less than mortgaging a house.    :)
> Just a single tone that can be moved reasonably fast.
> IQ modulation not required.
> Application: Testing ICs or small RF modules.
> I do not want suggestions of how one could be built.
> I am aware of pieces that can be used to build one.
> Generally, the units that are based upon YIGs or YIG tuned filters are not fast enough.
> I am not looking for general discussions on how one could be designed or measured.
> Although, this being "time-nuts", that will probably happen anyway.    :)
> What I am looking for is one that can be purchased and be used in a test system.
> I am looking to build a list of possible instruments that can be used.
> Right now I am only looking at what is on the market for a survey.
> I am not looking for salesmen to call or write to me.
> I have done the standard google searches and looked on the usual instrument company web sites.
> Links to other surveys that are available are welcome.
> I may have missed some.
> Some instruments that I am aware of at the moment are:
> Keysight N5183B
> Rhode-Schwarz SGS100A
> Ni-PhaseMatrix USB 20GHz
> Apria Technology ULNsyn-MD20
> What are some others?
> Thank you.
> Ivan Cousins
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