PicoSource™ AS108

8 GHz Agile Synthesizer

PicoSource AS108 Features

Specification highlights

  • 300 kHz to 8 GHz operation
  • –15 dBm to +15 dBm dynamic range
  • Fast 55 μs frequency settling time to 10 ppm
  • Fast amplitude settling: < 25 μs to 1 dB and < 200 μs to 0.1 dB
  • Sweep, hop and list of frequency and level or phase and level
  • −100 dBc/Hz phase noise typical at 1 GHz and 10 kHz offset

Powerful and capable

  • FM, ØM and AM modulation, internal sine or external input
  • External reference clock I/O and trigger I/O
  • Use sweep lists to emulate schemes such as QPSK, QAM, ASK, FSK
  • Adjustable dwell and trigger sweep or trigger next point modes
  • Work in and convert units of measure to suit application
  • Programming examples for LabVIEW, C, C#, Python, MATLAB
  • Suited to bench, field and system integration applications
  • USB-controlled from Windows PC and display or tablet
  • Touch, mouse, keyboard or remote interface software (API included)
  • Multi-unit operation with synchronized modulation, sweeps, hops and lists
  • (Planned for a future release) Configurable stand-alone operation mode

Remote control operation

The PicoSource AS108 is supplied with a DLL that allows you to control the device from C and C-compatible languages and applications such as C++, C#, Python, Keysight VEE, National Instruments LabVIEW and MathWorks MATLAB. See the PicoSource AS108 Programmer’s Guide for details.

Download the SDK (go to PicoSource > PicoSource AS108 > Software > PicoSynth 2)

Multiple device operation

You can control multiple AS108 signal synthesizers from a single PC by running multiple instances of the PicoSynth 2 software. Each time you start a new instance of PicoSynth 2, it will list all compatible connected devices that are not yet being controlled. You can then select any device in the list for connection. 

Demonstration mode

The “User Interface Demo” device is always available in this list and allows PicoSynth 2 to run for demonstration purposes without a connected device. You can use this mode to try out the software before buying a device.

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