8 Hints for Making Better Measurements Using RF Signal Generators

Signal sources provide precise, highly stable test signals for a variety of component and system test applications. Signal generators add precision modulation capabilities, and are used to simulate system signals for receiver performance testing. This guide helps you improve the
accuracy of your measurements that involve using RF signal sources. You may increase the accuracy of your data by using more than one of the hints in your test setup.

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Summary of the hint 

HINT 1.

Improve Source’s Effective Harmonic Distortion

Use a low pass filter at the output of your source to decrease its harmonic distortion.

HINT 2.

Increase Power Level Accuracy

Use a power meter to increase the accuracy of the signal level at your device under test (DUT).

HINT 3.

Improve Frequency Accuracy

Select the appropriate frequency reference to improve absolute or relative frequency accuracy.

HINT 4.

Improve Source Match

Use a fixed attenuator to reduce the mismatch error.

HINT 5.

Combine Source Outputs for TOI Measurements

Use a proper setup to isolate sources, improve match.

HINT 6.

Extend the Amplitude Range

Use an amplifier or an attenuator to increase or decrease respectively, the amplitude range of your signal source.

HINT 7.

Optimizing ACLR for CDMA Receiver Testing

Use the attenuator hold function to optimize for ACLR.

HINT 8.

Select the Optimum Phase Noise Profile

Choose the appropriate phase noise profile to optimize in-channel or out-of-channel measurements.



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