Wide Bandwidth Upconverter/tuner
Flexible and Customizable
Syntonic’s Microwave Upconverter/Tuner is designed with a broad palette of options available to the user at the time of order, to ensure that our solution matches the requirement as closely as possible:
- Choose the microwave and millimeter ranges.
- Specify an IF that supports adjacent or downstream equipment.
- Select from a range of data interfaces, reference stabilities, packaging forms, and environmental extremes.
Customize, if needed, to meet the exact requirements of an application.
- Coverage as wide as 0.5-40 GHz
- Wideband and Narrowband IF’s
- Bandwidths up to 1000 MHz
- Excellent Phase Noise and Fast tuning
- Available in Rack Mount or Benchtop
Not seeing what you need here?
Syntonic Microwave’s converters are highly flexible and highly customizable. So please let the factory know what you’re interested in. 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.
|OUTPUT RANGE||IF INPUT||BANDWIDTH|
|RFT-4180||0.5-18, 26.5 and 40 GHz||70, 140, and 160 MHz||50 & 100 MHz|
|RFT-4470||0.5-18, 26.5 and 40 GHz||1000 MHz||500 MHz|
|RFT-4480||1-18, 26.5 and 40 GHz||1500 MHz||1000 MHz|
|RF OUTPUT RANGES – Primary|
|Output Range, RFT-4180||0.5-18 GHz|
|Output Range, RFT-4470||0.5-18 GHz|
|Output Range, RFT-4480||1-18 GHz|
|Tuning Speed||<2 msec|
|Step Size||10 kHz|
|RF OUTPUT RANGES – Secondary|
|Millimeter Extension, option FXT-001||18-26.5 GHz|
|Millimeter Extension, option FXT-002||18-40 GHz|
|Output Port||2.92 mm|
|IF INPUT CHARACTERISTICS|
|IF Input, RFT-4180||70, 140 or 160 MHz, selectable|
|IF Input, RFT-4470||1.0 GHz (500 MHz BW)|
|IF Input, RFT-4480||1.5 GHz (1000 MHz BW)|
|Gain Adjustment||Up to 30 dB, in 1 dB steps|
|Phase Noise||0.5 degrees RMS|
|1 dB comp. point, at max gain, typ||+10 dBm|
|Spurious, at rated output, typ||<-50 dBc|
|Harmonics, at 0 dBm output, typ||<-25 dBc|
|Conversion Sense, primary||non-inverting|
|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|
|Request A Quote|
Flexible and Customizable
We offer a broad palette of choices when ordering a product:
- CHOOSE the microwave and millimeter ranges.
- SPECIFY an IF that supports adjacent or downstream equipment.
- SELECT from a range of data interfaces, reference stabilities, packaging forms, and environmental extremes.
- CUSTOMIZE, if needed, to meet the exact requirements of an application.
A Complete Up/Down Solution
Syntonic’s Upconverters are fully compatible in features, interface, form-factor and specifications to the company’s other wideband microwave product, the RFT-3000 Downconverters. Taken together, these two products form a complete Up/Down solution for almost any microwave/millimeter application up to 40 GHz. Wideband coverage and excellent phase noise are two significant characteristics of the end-to-end solution, along with a common command-set, GUI and integration path.
Under the hood
For over 25 years, our company 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.
The RFT Upconverters can be controlled via the Ethernet port, using either a browser-enabled GUI or through SCPI commands. In many configurations, there is also an RS-232 port which can be accessed through a terminal application for sending and receiving communications using our SCPI command-set.
Syntonic Microwave is expanding its RFT Microwave Converters to support the growing need for phase coherent operation. In fact, we offer three different configuration schemes to meet this need. Each of these configurations has key advantages and trade-offs.
Provided below are block diagrams for each of these configurations and usage models to assist the user in finding the optimal solution for their particular requirement.
Master / Slave Configuration
- Each type works independently, stand alone
- Units then cable together for coherent operation
- Multiple configurations enables best versatility
- Taken together, the coherent solution is 2U high
In the Master/Slave configuration diagrammed above, there are two separate RFTs. One is a “Master” and can either work independently or share its LOs and control signal with a second RFT that is designated as a “Slave”. The Slave unit has its own LOs and can work independently, or in Slave mode will switch to using the LOs provided by the Master.
- Optimized for cases with multiple converters
- Reduced cost due to LO re-use
- Single 1RU can be configured for Dual Cvtrs
- Feed up to 6 converters from LO unit
In the configuration diagrammed above, one single 1RU chassis is outfitted with just the Local Oscillators, the front panel and ethernet interfaces and the reference system. The outputs of these LOs are then split and multiplexed to the rear of the chassis.
The RFT Slave units (which have no LOs, accept their inputs from the LO unit. This configuration is very useful for applications where a large number of converters (say greater than two) need to be phase coherent with each other. Slave units without LOs have room for two converter paths each.
- Self-contained solution
- Single Box
- One set of controls
- No special cabling or interconnects
In the configuration diagrammed above, one single 1RU chassis is outfitted with dual frequency conversion paths, driven by a set of shared Local Oscillators. This way, a single box and single User Interface provide control over the entire product.
This “all in one” configuration can then address either a single input/output (with the second path terminated) or the dual coherent paths can be addressed. This configuration is also limited to two RF paths.
The phase coherent configurations of Syntonic’s microwave tuners and converters shown above can be ordered as options now in any of the company’s converter products. See the configuration tab for ordering options.
Syntonic Microwave’s Wideband Tuner has been designed for a multi-purposed and multi-project workspace. Virtually every feature of the Tuner is customizable, as follows: