MSG Series

Synthesizer

Noise XT and Phase Matrix collaboration enabled the generation of a high performance, affordable Microwave Signal Generator . The MSG series exhibits outstanding phase noise in a compact instrument. The QuickSyn® engine employs a patented, revolutionary phase-refining technology that provides a unique combination of fast-switching speed and low phase-noise characteristics.

Models MSG-10-1/2 and MSG-20-1/2 cover the frequency ranges of 0.5 to 10 GHz and 0.5 to 20 GHz respectively (extendable down to 0.1 GHz and 0.2 GHz). MSG synthesizers utilize a fundamental VCO to achieve the desired output frequency.

In contrast to frequency multiplication schemes, this approach eliminates possible spectrum contamination from sub-harmonic products. The use of the advanced direct digital synthesis approach, enables a very fine frequency resolution of 0.001 Hz.

The VCO noise is suppressed by utilizing an ultra low noise reference oscillator in conjunction with a low-noise locking mechanism. Microphonic effects are also greatly reduced due to the use of a low-mass VCO and very wide PLL filter bandwidth.

Why the MSG Series ?

  • 1 to 10 GHz and 0.2 to 20 GHz Coverage
  • 7” Touch Screen
  • Single or Dual Configuration
  • 001 Hz Resolution
  • Power Calibration and Control
  • 100 μs Frequency Switching
  • High Spectral Purity

Specifications

FREQUENCY
DESCRIPTION SPECIFICATIONS (MSG-10 / MSG-20)
Frequency Range (1) 0.5 to 10 GHz / 0.5 to 20 GHz
Frequency Resolution 0.001 Hz
Frequency Stability Same as reference
Frequency Switching Time Full band Step, to ± 50 kHz of final frequency
Standard Unit 1 ms (in all modes)
With Option 03 100 μs (triggered list mode)
List Mode 32,000 points, separate control of freq., power, RF output mute, and pulse modulation
SPECTRAL PURITY (3)
Harmonics -45 dBc typ. / -35 dBc typ.
Non-Harmonic Spurious -75 dBc typ. / -70 dBc typ.
-65 dBc max. / -60 dBc max.
MODULATION – Pulse Modulation (3)
On/Off Ratio 80 dB min.
Repetition Freq. Range DC to 10 MHz
Min. Pulse Width 50 ns nom.
Width Compression 15 ns nom.
Delay Time < 35 ns nom.
Rise/Fall Time (10 to 90%) 10 ns max.
Pulse Overshoot 10% max.
Input Level 10 kΩ (pulled up to +5 V)
MODULATION – Frequency Modulation (FM)
NB 1 Mode Rate Range 100 Hz to 10 kHz
NB 2 Mode Rate Range 10 kHz to 100 kHz
WB Mode Rate Range 50 kHz to 1 MHz
Phase Mode Rate Range DC to 100 kHz
Sensitivity (5) user settable
Deviation see note (6)
Absolute Max. Input Level ± 2 V (4 Vp-p)
Input Impedance 50 Ω nom.
MODULATION – AM MODULATION (2)
Rate Range DC to 100 kHz
Modulation Depth (4) 40 db min. / 20 dB Min.
Sensibility (5) User Settablet
Absolute Max. Input Level ± 2 V (4 Vp-p)
Input Impedance 50 Ω nom.
REFERENCE – INTERNAL REFERENCE
DESCRIPTION DSPECIFICATIONS (MSG-10 / MSG-20)
Output Frequency 10 MHz nom.
OutOutput Power +5 ±2 dBm
Refence Mute -60 dBm max.
Frequency Temp. Stability ±0.2 ppm (over 0° to 50° C)
Aging (after 30 days of operation) ±1.25 ppm for 10 years
Locking Range ±±2.0 ppm
Input Impedance 50 Ω nom.
REFERENCE – EXTERNAL REFERENCE
DESCRIPTION SPECIFICATIONS (MSG-10 / MSG-20)
Input Frequency (7) 10 MHz
Input Power +5 ±5 dBm
Absolute Max. Input Level +15 dBm
Input Impedance 50 Ω nom.

(*) Specification and ordering information subject to change without notice.

Note:

      1. Frequency extension down to 0.1 GHz (MSG-10) and 0.2 GHz (MSG-20) are available as option 1. Output power between 0.1 and 0.5 GHz is limited at +10 dBm. Harmonics may increase below 0.5 GHz.
      2. Available with option 2 only. Power accuracy may change at low power levels.
      3. Measured at maximum specified power.
      4. Measured with power set at mid range. AM is clipped when available power (min. or max.) is reached.
      5. AM and FM sensitivity is dependent on synthesizer output frequency and is controllable by software.
      6. The amplitude of the FM input signal must be adjusted to obtain the desired deviation according to the output frequency range.
      7. External reference frequency input to be within ± 2 ppm max.

Absolute Phase Noise (dBc/Hz) Values: [Typ. (Max.)]

Frequency 0.5 GHz 1 GHz 5 GHz 10 GHz 20 GHz
100Hz -109 (-103) -103 (-97) -89 (-83) -83 (-77) -77 (-71)
1 KHz -135 (-132) -132 (-126) -118 (-112) -112 (-106) -106 (-100)
10 KHz -144 (-139) -138 (-133) -128 (-123) -122 (-117) -116 (-111)
100 KHz -144 (-139) -138 (-133) -128 (-123) -122 (-117) -116 (-111)
1 MHz -146 (-141) -140 (-133) -132 (-127) -126 (-121) -120 (-115)
Floor -151 (-147) -150 (-147) -150 (-147) -150 (-147) -150 (-147)

For more specification please download .Pdf datasheet.

Main Options list

        • Option 01: 1 GHz output frequency extension (MSG-10) (1)
        • Option 01: 2 GHz output frequency extension (MSG-20) (1)
        • Option 02: Power control, -25 to +15 dBm (MSG-10)
        • Option 02: Power control, -10 to +13 dBm (MSG-20)
        • Option 03: Fast-switching (any frequency to any frequency) 100 μs max. (to ± 50 kHz in ext. triggered list mode)
        • Option 04: High Stability 10 MHz Reference
        • Option 05: Pulse Modulation
        • Option 06: Amplitude modulation (2)
        • Option 07: Frequency and phase modulation
        • Option 08: Mechanical Step Attenuator, incl. Opt.02
        • Option 09: Built-in Modulation Sources