RFT-5100 Microwave Transceiver

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Modular, customizable and ready for the toughest applications 

The RFT-5100 family of microwave transceivers offers both RF up and down conversion with a shared LO integrated into a single chassis. The modular design and multiple interface options enable a frequency conversion solution that has the flexibility needed for your next high-performance system.

  • Integrated up/downconverter in a single 19 in. rackmount chassis
  • RF up to 40GHz and intermediate bandwidth up to 2GHz
  • SCPI or GUI control over ethernet or serial ports

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  • Dynamically set intermediate frequency and bandwidth
  • Multi-mission support by optimizing the frequency on the fly
  • Maximize digitizer compatibility with agile IF output

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Main Features

Instantaneous Bandwidth

  • Choices of 500, 1000, 2000MHz

Wideband Operation

  • RF up to 40GHz

Phase Coherent

  • Multiple phase-coherent configurations are available

GUI and SCPI based Interfaces

  • Complete SCPI based command set accessible over ethernet or serial ports
  • Browser-based, GUI interface
Key Specifications

Upconverter I/O Characteristics

  • Input Center Frequency, Fixed: RFT-5174 (1GHz); RFT-5184 (1.5GHz); RFT-5194 (1.5GHz)
  • Instantaneous BW (3 dB): RFT-5174 (500 MHz) RFT-5184 (1GHz)
  • VSWR (in band): 2.0:1 max (50ohm)
  • Input Level up to -10dBm
  • Tuning Range: RFT-5174: 0.5—18GHz; RFT-5184: 1.0—18GHz; RFT-5194: 1.5—18GHz
  • Tuning Resolution and Speed: 10kHz (finer resolutions avail.), 2 ms, typ
  • IF to RF Gain: 10—30 dB, typ +7 dBm min
  • RF Gain Variation: +/-2 dB typ, across 500MHz of output frequency range
  • Linear Dynamic Range, P1 dB, (1 MHz BW): 85 dB, typ
  • 3rd Order Dynamic Range (1 MHz BW): >60 dB, typ
  • 1 dB Compression Point +10 dBm, typ +7 dBm min
  • Spurious: >-50dBm, typ
  • Harmonics: -25dBc typ at 0dBm output
  • VSWR: 2.5:1 (50 ohm), max

Downconverter I/O Characteristics

  • Input Tuning Range: RFT-5174 (0.5—18GHz); RFT-5184 (1.0—18GHz); RFT-5194 (1.5—18GHz) 
  • Tuning Resolution and Speed: 10kHz (finer resolutions avail.), 2 ms, typ
  • Input 1 dB Compression Point: -15dBm, typ
  • Input iP3: -5dBm typ
  • Input VSWR: 2.5:1 (50 OHM), max
  • LO Re-radiation (23—40GHz): -70dBm, max
  • Max input level (no damage): +20dBm
  • Output Center Frequency, Fixed: RFT-5174 (1GHz), RFT-5184 (1.5GHz); RFT-5194 (1.5GHz)
  • Output IB (3dB): RFT-5174: 500MHz; RFT-5184 1.0GHz; RFT-5190: 2GHz
  • Spectral Sense: Non-inverting
  • Gain: 10—30dB typ, in 1dB steps
  • RF Gain Variation: +/-2dB typ, across the input range
  • Linear Dynamic Range, P1 dB, (1 MHz BW), 85 dB, typ
  • Output Compression at max gain: 10dBm, min
  • Output Third Order Intercept, at max gain: +20dBm, typ
  • Spurious, carrier related, at +10dBm output, in band: <-70dBc, typ
  • Spurious, internally generated (input referenced): <-90dBm, typ
  • SFDR, 3rd Order: >60dB min
  • Image Rejection: 60dB min, 70 dB typ
  • Noise Figure, at max gain: 12dB typ, 17dB max

General

Ordering Information

Model

  • RFT-5174-C Base Unit: 0.5—18GHz, 500MHz IBW
  • RFT-5184-C Base Unit: 1.0—18GHz, 1000MHz IBW
  • RFT-5194-C Base Unit: 1.5—18GHz, 2000MHz IBW

Options: Frequency Extensions

  • FXT-52: Extends to 26.5GHz
  • FXT-54: Extends to 40GHz
  • FXT-50: Extends down to 100MHz

Other Factory Options

  • -LN: Improves phase noise
  • -SWP: Fast step/sweep/search
  • -XTR: Ruggedized Housing

Microwave Frequency Conversion Simplified

With a modular design and an easy-to-use interface, the RFT-5100 makes high-frequency, broadband technology simple. This rackmount microwave downconverter supports both GUI add SCPI-based interfaces while delivering performance up to 40GHz. Offering a range of off-the-shelf configurations, high-performance RF has never been easier.

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