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Aeroflex launches a new family of signal generators

Aeroflex--SGA15 November 2010 — The Aeroflex S-Series RF signal generator family makes its worldwide debut at Electronica last week. The S-Series offers simplicity, portability, modularity, and RF performance at an attractive price. The range of instruments has been designed from the ground up to meet the expectations of today’s engineers for instant answers at the touch of a screen. Buttons, rotary controls, and deeply nested software menus have all been removed.

Introducing the SGA Analog RF Signal Generators

The first in the series is the Aeroflex SGA analog RF signal generators. They are compact and lightweight with low phase noise, accuracy and fast settling time at an attractive price.

“Younger engineers in particular are very familiar with touch-screen interfaces on phones and MP3 players, and are demanding the same ease of use from test instrumentation,” added Bill Burrows, Aeroflex’s business development manager. “Aeroflex has always been the leader in signal generation technology. Today we have moved to the next level, combining the latest technologies to bring on a whole new generation of signal sources.”

The SGA is a high specification analog RF signal generator that is a reliable and repeatable signal source solution for general-purpose, aerospace and military test applications in laboratory, factory and field environments. The intuitive LCD touch-screen interface allows modulated or swept RF signals to be set up using fewer keystrokes than required by traditional soft key models, thus saving the engineer’s time and reducing the risk of error.

A modular format, featuring the new Aerolock™ locking mechanism, allows additional RF instruments such as a second signal generator and combiner to be mechanically coupled externally by the user.

The Aeroflex SGA is currently available in two models: the SGA 3, which has an operating frequency range of 100 kHz – 3 GHz, and the SGA 6 covering 100 kHz – 6 GHz. The SGA is the first instrument in the new Aeroflex S-Series, which is planned to include digital signal generators for wireless-specific measurements including LTE, LTE-A and IEEE 802.11ac standards, and a range of signal analyzers.

Portability is a key feature of the new instruments. The SGA is half rack width and 4U high, and weighs less than 17 lbs (8 kg) – less than half the weight of its predecessor. This makes it simple for one person to move it around the laboratory or to use in the field.

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