TSG4106A E1 Tektronix RF Generator
The TSG4106A E1 is a 6 GHz RF Generator from Tektronix. An RF generator is a tool engineers use to generate sinusoidal outputs while testing electronic equipment. The output will automatically have its frequency varied or swept between frequencies. A “sweep” is one complete cycle of a frequency variation. Engineers use RF signal generators as test equipment, mostly to measure responses of filters, amplifiers, and electrical components.
- Frequency range: 950 kHz-6 GHz
- Option E1: Instrument with oven-controlled crystal oscillator (OCXO) time-base and GPIB interface
- Analog and vector/digital signal generation capabilities
- Dual baseband ARB generators
- Analog modulation standard
- Soft key upgrade to vector/digital modulation at very low cost
- Digital modulation applications for GSM, EDGE, W-CDMA, APCO-25, DECT, NADC, PDC, and TETRA
- USB, GPIB, RS-232, and LAN interfaces
- 2U high and half standard rack width
- Typical ≤±0.30 dB amplitude accuracy (0 dBm CW signal at 22 ºC) from 10 MHz to 6 GHz
- I/Q modulation inputs (400 MHz RF bandwidth)
- ASK, FSK, MSK, PSK, QAM, VSB, and custom I/Q
- 3-Year Warranty
The Tektronix TSG4106A-E1 RF Vector Signal Generator offers mid-range performance and up to 200 MHz modulation bandwidth at an entry-level RF signal generator price. This signal generator uses a new technique to provide spurious free outputs with low phase noise (-113 dBc/Hz at 20 kHz offset from 1 GHz carrier) and extraordinary frequency resolution (1 μHz at any frequency).
The Tektronix TSG4106A-E1 comes standard with analog modulation. Convenient, in-field software upgrades allow for easy transition from analog to more advanced vector and digital modulation capabilities, providing the most flexible configuration and best CAPEX protection. This instrument complements other leading mid-range RF test solutions from Tektronix, such as the USB-based RSA306 Spectrum Analyzer and MDO4000B and MDO3000 Mixed Domain Oscilloscopes.
The Tektronix TSG4100A Series instruments use an ovenized SC-cut oscillator (TSG410xA-M00 or E1 models) time-base, providing a 100 X improvement in stability (and a 100 X reduction in the in-close phase noise) compared to instruments that use a TCXO time-base.
External IQ modulation
The rear-panel BNC I/Q modulation inputs and outputs enable arbitrary vector modulation via an external source. The external signal path supports maximally 400 MHz of RF bandwidth with a full scale range of ±0.5 V and a 50 Ω input impedance.
Power vs. frequency
All TSG4100A Series models have cascaded stages of amplifiers and digital attenuators to drive the RF output. Five stages can provide up to +25 dB of gain to -130 dB of attenuation in 156 digitally controlled steps. During factory calibration, the output power is measured at 32 frequencies per octave for each of the 156 attenuator steps to populate a memory matrix with about 40,000 elements. When set to a particular frequency and power, the instrument interpolates between these matrix elements to determine the best attenuator setting. An analog attenuator is used to provide 0.01 dB resolution between matrix elements and to compensate for residual thermal effects.
These instruments offer an oven-controlled crystal oscillator (OCXO) timebase. The time-base uses a third-overtone stress-compensated 10 MHz resonator in a thermostatically controlled oven. The time-base provides very low phase noise and very low aging.
Easy remote communications
Remote operation is supported with RS-232, LAN, and GPIB interfaces. All instrument functions can be controlled and read over any of the interfaces. Up to nine instrument configurations can be saved in non-volatile memory.