IFAT: The IF problem-solver
An IF-to-IF Converter
Today’s wideband digitizers require greater input flexibility in order to achieve best results. Traditional frequency converters have a fixed IF. Syntonic’s IFAT product-line addresses this need, giving a translation bridge to serve your needs.
Create new IFs, as high as 8 GHz. Transform bandwidths, to give your digitizer just what you require, up to 1 GHz. Syntonic Microwave IFAT is the ideal bridge enabling flexibility from project to project, mission to mission. Your digitizer can then be used to its full capability.
- Changes BW
- IFs up to 8 GHz
- Available in Rack Mount or Benchtop
New Wideband Tuners have the wrong IF?
The new generation of wide-band and ultra-wideband tuners have output frequencies as high as 4 GHz and 6 GHz. These frequencies are often out of sync with adjacent and peripheral equipment.
The IFAT-8000 has an input range up to 8 GHz, can process a BW of 1000 MHz (or lower) and can convert/translate the IF to a frequency and bandwidth that is manageable by downstream assets.
As times and applications change, the IFAT can change with the new needs.
Old Tuners have the wrong IF?
Legacy Tuners often have IF frequencies or Bandwidths that no longer interface with today’s equipment, such as recorders and digitizers. The IFAT enables users to transform the RF interfaces of these older assets into something more useful, breathing new life into aging equipment.
We’ll customize our microwave converter requirements!
Syntonic Microwave’s converters are highly flexible and highly customizable. So please let the factory know what you’re interested in and we’ll do our best to deliver it to you – form, fit, function! It’s not only our desire to help, it’s our very company mission. You can contact us here!
Syntonic Microwave’s converters are highly flexible and highly customizable. Listed here are our standard, off-the-shelf configurations. Please use the CONFIGURE tab to create your own tailored solution.
|Frequencies < 160 MHz|
|IFAT-1000||1-160 MHz||1-160 MHz||9 BW’s, 0.1 – 40 MHz|
|Frequencies < 2 GHz|
|IFAT-2000||50-2000 MHz||50-2000 MHz||5 BW’s, 50-1000 MHz|
|IFAT-2200||10-2000 MHz||10-2000 MHz||8 BW’s, 10-1000 MHz|
|IFAT-2400||1-2000 MHz||1-2000 MHz||13 BW’s, 0.1 MHz – 1 GHz|
|Frequencies < 8 GHz|
|IFAT-8000||50 MHz to 8 GHz||50 MHz to 8 GHz||5 BWs: 50 MHz to 1 GHz|
|IFAT-8400||1 MHz to 8 GHz||1 MHz to 8 GHz||13 BWs: 0.1 MHz to 1 GHz|
|IFBT-16M||Baseband||70 MHz||2, 4, 8, 16, 36 MHz|
|IF Input (select at time of order)|
|Input Tuning Range (IFAT-1000)||up to 160 MHz|
|Input Tuning Range (IFAT-2000)||up to 2 GHz|
|Input Tuning Range, (IFAT-8000)||up to 8 GHz|
|Input Gain Range||Up to 30 dB, in 1 dB steps|
|Step Size||10 kHz|
|IF Output (select at time of order)|
|Output Tuning Range (IFAT-1000)||up to 160 MHz|
|Output Tuning Range (IFAT-2000)||up to 2 GHz|
|Output Tuning Range (IFAT-8000)||up to 8 GHz|
|Output Gain Adjustment||Up to 30 dB, in 1 dB steps|
|Step Size||10 kHz|
|Selectable Bandwidths – Standard||50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 MHz|
|Selectable Bandwidths – Narrowband option||adds 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 MHz|
|Phase Noise||0.5 degrees RMS|
|Noise Figure||12 dB, typ|
|Spurious, internal||<-50 dBc, typ|
|Image Rejections||>70 dB, typ|
|Reference In/Out||10 MHz|
|Reference Stability||<1 ppm standard, 0.1 ppm optional|
|Reference Int/Ext Select||Auto-sensing|
|Remote Access||Ethernet & RS-232|
|Ethernet Modes||DHCP, Static|
|IP Configuration||Settable IP, Gateway, Mode|
|Addressing||MAC address monitorable|
|User Interfaces||SCPI, Web Browser|
The IFAT in Depth
The IFAT is used to create a translation bridge between Input Frequencies. The user experience is quite simple: tell it your input IF frequency and gain, choose a desired output frequency and level to drive into downstream equipment, and set the bandwidth needed for the translation (output bandwidth). The choices of frequency are universal and the IFAT can upconvert to a higher IF and downconvert to a lower IF. The exact input and output frequency ranges and be specified at the time of order and they can be dissimilar (you can choose an input range of say up to 8 GHz and output range of say up to 2 GHz).
The block diagram below is an illustration of our 2 GHz unit (IFAT-2400):
IFAT Packaging Choices
The IFAT can be configured for a variety of installations. The standard 19″ Rack Mount is available as is a benchtop chassis which is roughly 2U High and 1/2 Rack space wide. Both chassis can be delivered with or without a front panel. In the instance where no front panel is wanted, complete command and control of the IFAT is accomplished via one of the communication ports, Ethernet or RS-232.
User Interface for the IFAT
All functions of command and control of the IFAT are available to users either locally, via the front panel controls, or remotely, via Ethernet or RS-232. In the case of remote access, there is a variety of interface options. Over the ethernet port, users can find a browser-based GUI which renders on the user’s computer. Alternatively, a SCPI-based command set can be used for communications to and from the IFAT. The SCPI commands can be used on either the Ethernet or RS-232 port. Front panel access is also available, through a complete keypad, LCD display and LED status/indicator lights.
Under the Hood of Our Frequency Sources
For over 25 years, Syntonic Microwave has been known throughout the microwave industry as a premier supplier of phase-locked oscillators and synthesizers. Our frequency sources provide the backbone of frequency converters in the Satellite communications industry, the radio astronomy field, the military radar and surveillance sectors, and more. Our oscillators and synthesizers found in the design include our ground-breaking DS-3000 Synthesizer.
Need something more portable? Ask about our 1/2 Rack benchtop chassis.
IFAT PRODUCT OPTIONS
Please set up your configuration by choosing your options below.