2041 Marconi RF Generator


Additional Features:

  • 10 kHz to 2.7 GHz
  • Low residual FM noise: 0.3 Hz RMS at 1 GHz
  • Low spurious signals: -90 dBc non-harmonics
  • Low phase noise: -140 dBc/Hz at 1 GHz
  • Comprehensive modulation modes
  • +13 dBm output
  • 0.1 Hz to 500 kHz modulation oscillator
  • Comprehensive frequency and amplitude sweep capabilities

With a choice of operating modes, two low noise modes for improved SSB phase noise and normal mode for increased flexibility, the 2040 series can be used in a wide variety of applications. Microprocessor control coupled with a large screen dot matrix display provides ease of use via menu driven displays. Set up time is further reduced by recalling previously stored instrument settings from the non-volatile memory. Remote programming via the GPIB is provided as a standard feature, allowing the instruments to be incorporated in automatic test systems.

The excellent noise characteristics and the low level of spurious signals of the 2040 series enable the instruments to be used with confidence for a wide range of critical measurements. With a specified SSB phase noise performance of better than –140 dBc/Hz at 20 kHz offset from a carrier of 1 GHz, the 2040 series of signal generators is easily able to measure UHF receiver selectivities beyond 90 dB. The low residual FM noise figure (less than 0.3 Hz RMS at 1 GHz) gives the 2040 series the capability of measuring UHF receiver signal to noise ratios as high as 80 dB.

A specified non-harmonic spurious signal content of –90 dBc ensures the suitability of the 2040 series for the most demanding measurements on modern receivers and RF systems.

A large screen, dot matrix liquid crystal display, with backlighting, offers excellent clarity and low power consumption. The parameters displayed on the screen depend on the operating mode selected; for example in the Signal Generator mode, carrier frequency, modulation and RF level are shown in separate horizontal regions.

Status information is also shown with error messages being displayed in a single line at the top of the screen. Carrier frequency entry is selected via a soft key option on the signal generator screen and data is then entered directly via the keyboard. Frequency is resolved to within 0.1 Hz across the complete range of the instrument. Carrier frequencies can be stored in the non-volatile memory for recall at any time. A CARRIER ON-OFF switch is provided to completely disable the output.

RF output up to +13 dBm can be set by direct keyboard entry with a resolution of 0.1 dB or better over the entire range. An extended hysterisis facility allows for extended electronic control of RF output level without introducing mechanical attenuator transients when testing squelch systems and an overrange facility allows the generator to produce RF levels above the normal operating range.

A low intermodulation mode can be selected which disables the RF levelling system and improves the intermodulation performance when combining the outputs of two signal generators.

More Information
Frequency2.7 GHz
003+19 dBm Output Level (2040 only)
008RF Profile and Complex Sweep
01Second internal modulation oscillator
012Electronic attenuator (2040 and 2041 only). Not available with option 003
02Pulse Modulation
06Avionics (requires Option 001, not with Option 003)
105Modifies the pulse modulation option for slower rise and fall time (order with Option 002)
112External modulation inputs (2) 600 O impedance
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