PicoSource-AS108 Agile Synthesizer

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PicoSource AS108

8 GHz Agile Synthesizer

  • FM, ØM and AM modulation, internal sine or external input
  • Configurable stand-alone operation mode
  • External reference clock I/O and trigger I/O
  • Use sweep lists to emulate schemes such as QPSK, QAM, ASK, FSK
  • Adjustable dwell and trigger sweep or trigger next point modes
  • Work in and convert units of measure to suit application
  • Programming examples for LabVIEW, C, C#, Python, MATLAB
  • Suited to bench, field and system integration applications
  • USB-controlled from Windows PC and display or tablet
  • Touch, mouse, keyboard or remote interface software (API included)
  • Multi-unit operation with synchronized modulation, sweeps, hops and lists

PicoSource AS108

8 GHz Agile Synthesizer

 The PicoSource™ AS108 Agile Synthesizer is designed to meet the needs of  both benchtop and
integrated module applications. Its broad 300 kHz to  8 GHz frequency range, fast settling and
programmable phase, frequency and amplitude match it to a wide range of  applications, with the
added advantages of low cost, small footprint and 12 to 15 V power requirement.

The AS108 has professional-grade performance that is  effective in both static and parameter- agile
applications, making it a bench or field instrument for developers, scientists,  educators,
students, and service and  installation technicians. Its speed, external  clock referencing, trigger
capabilities  and user programmable power-up mode  all suit it to system integrations such as
automated test, unmanned installations  and multi-signal stimulus

The AS108 is a full-function USB controlled vector (IQ) modulating signal synthesizer.  It is
supplied with a clean, easy and  efficient user interface for controlling its  amplitude, frequency
and phase agility;  including modulations, sweeps, hopping  and list modes from Microsoft Windows.
Multiple synthesizers can be controlled from multiple instances of the software  running on a single
controlling PC or device. Remote control is also possible using the API included

The PicoSynth 2 software presents a  clean, efficient, touchscreen compatible user interface for
direct and convenient access to synthesis parameters. These can be typed, scrolled or stepped by  a
configurable increment value, in a selectable unit of measure such as dBm,  mW, V RMS, V pk-pk or
degrees &dradians. Its flexibility matches or exceeds that of  the traditional control panel of a
benchtop  synthesizer.  The controls are presented in three independent parameter tabs, each  of
which holds separate settings for convenient switching of functionality:

• Carrier wave and basic modulations

• Sweep or hopping of parameters

• Arbitrary list of parameters

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Specifications

PicoSource AS108 Specifications

Carrier wave
Parameter Applicable range and values Condition
Frequency range 300 kHz to 8.192 GHz
Frequency resolution
300 kHz to 125 MHz 1 Hz
> 125 MHz to 4 GHz 10 Hz
> 4 GHz 20 Hz
 
Frequency settling time
55 μs maximum 50 μs typical  
to ±10 ppm
Frequency accuracy (internal reference) ±5 ppm  
Output power range −15 dBm to +15 dBm  
Output power resolution 0.1 dBm  
Output power setting accuracy ±1.5 dB  
Output match (VSWR)
1.8:1 maximum 1.4:1 typical
 
Output amplitude settling time
to ±1 dB 25 μs maximum
to ±0.1 dB 200 μs maximum
 
Output protection 25 V DC pk and 20 dBm  
Phase noise at 10 kHz offset
1 GHz −98 dBc/Hz maximum −100 dBc/Hz typical
2 GHz −94 dBc/Hz maximum −96 dBc/Hz typical
4 GHz −88 dBc/Hz maximum −90 dBc/Hz typical
8 GHz −83 dBc/Hz maximum −85 dBc/Hz typical
 
  8GHz Synthesizer Measured phase noise at 1 GHz
Harmonics
−20 dBc maximum −26 dBc typical
Output power set to +10 dBm
Sub-harmonics
−40 dBc maximum −46 dBc typical
Output power set to +10 dBm
Spurious
−50 dBc maximum −60 dBc typical
Output power set to +10 dBm
Sweep, hop and list modes
Parameter Applicable range and values Condition
Sweep, hop or list parameters Frequency; level; phase; frequency and level; phase and level  
Discrete sweep or list points 2 to 10 001 (or 2 to 1750 points when saving power-up settings to device) Hop is a special case of sweep with only two points.
Frequency stepping dwell time 27 to 65 500 µs (or 27 µs to 1750 µs when saving power-up settings to device) Excepting any step exceeding ±2.2 GHz to or from the frequency band 7.0 GHz to 8.0 GHz, minimum dwell 100 µs.
Modulation
Parameter Applicable range and values Condition
Frequency range internal sine source 10 Hz to 5 kHz  
Internal modulation sample rate 37 kS/s Sampled sideband spurs are generated at 37 kHz offset. At 1 kHz modulation typically < -30 dB relative to sidebands.
Frequency resolution and accuracy 1 Hz resolution ± 0.1% accuracy  
AM depth range
For carrier at 0 dBm 5% minimum 90% maximum
0 dBm to 9 dBm 5% minimum 50% maximum
 
FM deviation 2% carrier frequency or 200 kHz maximum  
PM deviation ±180°  
External modulation input bandwidth DC coupled to 10 kHz  
External modulation input sampling AM: 125 kS/s
FM/PM: 89 kS/s at 12-bit resolution
Sampled sideband spurs are generated at 125 / 89 kHz offset. At 1 kHz modulation typically < -50 dB relative to sidebands.
External modulation input sensitivity
BNC(f) 600 Ω ±1 V pk typical
for selected depth or deviation
External modulation input protection ±5 V DC + AC pk  
Synchronization I/O
     
Internal 10 MHz reference output
BNC(f) 50 Ω −3 dBm minimum 0 dBm typical
Into 50 Ω
External reference input
BNC(f) 50 Ω −6 dBm sensitivity 6 dBm maximum
 
External reference lock range
  ±5 ppm  
 
Trigger input threshold voltage
BNC(f) 1 kΩ 0.5 V minimum 2.6 V maximum
 
Trigger output logic levels
BNC(f) Low 0.5 V maximum High 3.6 V minimum
Low 0.2 V maximum High 1.2 V minimum
Into 1 kΩ
Into 50 Ω
Trigger output rise and fall times
  40 ns maximum  
Into 50 Ω
Trigger in to trigger out delay
  0.5 ± 0.1 µs  
Gives a lead of 17.5 µs to frequency / phase step, 37.5 µs to a level step.
Trigger out to triggered event delay 17.5 µs typical Frequency or phase step
37.5 µs typical Level step
Dwell period holds off (prevents receipt of) a further trigger.  
Trigger input protection ±10 V DC + AC peak  
Trigger output protection ±4 V DC + AC peak  
Reference I/O protection 4 V AC p-p ±15 V DC  
General
Standard conditions are ambient temperature between 15°C and 30°C, 20 minutes after power-up.
Miscellaneous and environmental specifications
     
Power requirements +12 V to +15 V DC, 12 W, 2.1 mm jack, centre pin positive  
Control interface USB 2.0  
Dimensions W 173 mm x L 232 mm x H 56 mm Excluding connectors
Weight 1.78 kg  
Operating environment +5°C to +40°C, 80% RH non-condensing, Pollution Degree 2  
Storage environment −20°C to +50°C, 80% RH non-condensing, Pollution Degree 2  
Vibration tolerance 0.5 g 5 Hz to 300 Hz
Safety Declared conforming to:
EN61010-1:2010 and EN61010-2-030:2010
Safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use, general requirements and for testing and measuring circuits.
EMC Declared conforming to:
EN61326-1:2013 Electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use – EMC requirements. Group 1, Class B. (Emissions) EN61326-1:2013 Electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use – EMC requirements. Basic Environment. (Immunity) EN61326-2-1:2013 Part 2-1: Test configurations, operational conditions and performance criteria for sensitive test and measurement equipment for unprotected applications.
CFR 47 Code of Federal Regulations FCC: part 15 Subpart B – Frequency devices – unintentional radiators. Radiated emissions standard. Class A.
Warranty 3 years
ECCN coding EAR99
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