QuickSyn Synthesizers

QuickSyn Frequency SynthesizerQuickSyn microwave synthesizers deliver instrument-grade performance, increased functionality, and efficient power consumption at a reduced size and low cost. The synthesizers employ a patented, revolutionary phase-refining technology that provides a unique combination of fast-switching speed and low phase-noise characteristics.

Model FSW-0010 and FSW-0020 cover the frequency ranges of 0.5 to 10 GHz and 0.5 to 20 GHz respectively (extendable down to 0.1 GHz and 0.2 GHz). QuickSyn synthesizers utilize a fundamental VCO to achieve the desired output frequency. In contrast to frequency multiplication schemes, this approach eliminates possible spectrum contamination from subharmonic products. The use of the advanced direct digital synthesis approach, enables a very fine frequency resolution of 0.001 Hz. The VCO noise is suppressed by utilizing an ultra low noise reference oscillator in conjunction with a low-noise locking mechanism. Microphonic effects are also greatly reduced due to the use of a low-mass VCO and very wide PLL filter bandwidth.

QuickSyn Phase Noise• 0.1 to 10 GHz and 0.2 to 20 GHz Coverage
• 0.001 Hz Resolution
• Power Calibration and Control
• Microsecond Frequency Switching
• Instrument-Grade Spectral Purity
• Frequency and Power Sweep
• List Mode
• AM, FM, Phase and Pulse Modulation

Other QuickSyn Products

QuickSyn Lite Microwave Synthesizer Modules
QuickSyn Lite mmW Synthesizer Modules

Model No. Range Resolution Switching
Speed
Max. Leveled
PWR
10 kHz Phase Noise Spurious
FSW-0010 0.1 to 10 GHZ 0.001 Hz 100 μs +15 dBm -122 dBc/Hz @ 10 GHz -70 dBc
FSW-0020 0.2 to 20 GHz 0.001 Hz 100 μs +13 dBm -116 dBc/Hz @ 10 GHz -60 dBc

1.     In 2011, National Instruments (NI) acquired Phase Matrix, a well-established manufacturer of RF/microwave instruments, sub-systems, and components. Phase Matrix had previously developed the popular QuickSyn frequency synthesizers, many of which are used in a variety of applications within the RF/microwave industry.

2.     In 2014, NI changed the branding of the QuickSyn product line by replacing the Phase Matrix logo with the NI logo. In some cases, as we deplete our stock, you may observe that the Phase Matrix logo still remains on packaging, software, manuals, and the unit itself. Other than the mere change of the logo, QuickSyn products employ the same revolutionary phase-refining technology that enables blazing-fast switching speeds and very low-noise and spurious performance in a compact package.

3.     The EU Directive on Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) (2011/65/EU) restricts the use of harmful substances such as lead, mercury, and cadmium in products. It applies to 11 categories of electrical and electronic equipment. Our entire line of QuickSyn frequency synthesizers falls under Industrial Monitoring and Control Instruments within Category 9, which comes into scope July 22, 2017. We plan to fully comply with the directive by the appropriate date.

Accessories

Order Number Description Documentation Image
MFSW-ACC01 Cable, BNC-M to MCX-M None QuickSyn Accessory BNC to MCX Cable
MFSW-ACC02 Cable, USB None QuickSyn Accessory USB Cable
MFSW-ACC03 Cable, DC bias None QuickSyn Accessory DC Bias Cable
MFSW-ACC04 Test report None None
MFSW-ACC05 Kit, SPI-mating connector None SPI Connector Kit for QuickSyn
MFSW-ACC06 Kit, QuickSyn quick-start QuickStart Guide QuickSyn QuickStart Kit
MFSW-ACC07 Kit, RS232 interface-adapter cable Guide RS232 Cable Kit for QuickSyn
MFSW-ACC08 Kit, Ethernet interface-adapter Guide QuickSyn Accessory
MFSW-ACC09 Kit, GPIB interface-adapter Guide QuickSyn GPIB Accessory
MFSW-ACC10 Kit,QuickSyn heatsink Instructions

Software

USB Front Panel GUI Installation File

Calibration Software File

For Windows

To use the QuickSyn USB interface on Windows-based computers, you will need to install QuickSyn USB driver software. This driver software allows you to communicate with the synthesizer through a regular com port and facilitates easy communication from programs that you write. The driver supports both 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista,
and Windows 7.

Downloadable Zip File (both 32- and 64-bit files included)

Zipped QuickSyn USB Driver File

Note: Driver installation instructions are available in the QuickSyn user's manual

For Linux

Linux users do not need to download files to communicate with the QuickSyn synthesizer. However, the following setup is necessary.

1. Plug the QuickSyn synthesizer into a USB port and open a terminal window.
2. At the command prompt, enter cat /proc/bus/usb/devices

Example of data returned with no driver loaded:
T: Bus=05 Lev=01 Prnt=01 Port=00 Cnt=01 Dev#= 2 Spd=12 MxCh= 0
D: Ver= 2.00 Cls=02(comm.) Sub=00 Prot=00 MxPS=64 #Cfgs= 1
P: Vendor=213e ProdID=000a Rev= 1.00
S: Product=FSW_USBSerial
C:* #Ifs= 2 Cfg#= 1 Atr=c0 MxPwr=100mA

I:* If#= 0 Alt= 0 #EPs= 1 Cls=02(comm.) Sub=02 Prot=00 Driver=(none)
E: Ad=83(I) Atr=03(Int.) MxPS= 64 Ivl=10ms

I:* If#= 1 Alt= 0 #EPs= 2 Cls=0a(data ) Sub=00 Prot=00 Driver=(none)
E: Ad=01(O) Atr=02(Bulk) MxPS= 64 Ivl=0ms
E: Ad=82(I) Atr=02(Bulk) MxPS= 64 Ivl=0ms

To load the generic USBSerial driver, enter the following string: modprobe usbserial vendor=0x213e product=0x000a

Note: you must have the correct permissions to use modeprobe.

4. To view the loaded driver, enter cat /proc/bus/usb/devices

Example of returned data with driver loaded:
T: Bus=05 Lev=01 Prnt=01 Port=00 Cnt=01 Dev#= 2 Spd=12 MxCh= 0

D: Ver= 2.00 Cls=02(comm.) Sub=00 Prot=00 MxPS=64 #Cfgs= 1
P: Vendor=213e ProdID=000a Rev= 1.00
S: Product=FSW_USBSerial
C:* #Ifs= 2 Cfg#= 1 Atr=c0 MxPwr=100mA
I:* If#= 0 Alt= 0 #EPs= 1 Cls=02(comm.) Sub=02 Prot=00 Driver=(none)
E: Ad=83(I) Atr=03(Int.) MxPS= 64 Ivl=10ms
I:* If#= 1 Alt= 0 #EPs= 2 Cls=0a(data ) Sub=00 Prot=00 Driver=usbserial_generic
E: Ad=01(O) Atr=02(Bulk) MxPS= 64 Ivl=0ms
E: Ad=82(I) Atr=02(Bulk) MxPS= 64 Ivl=0ms

5. You can now communicate with the QuickSyn® synthesizer from the command prompt in the terminal window by redirecting the output to the USB device.

For example, to turn on the RF output, enter echo 0F01 > /dev/ttyUSB0

6. You can query settings by redirecting the USB input to standard input like this:
echo 04 > /dev/ttyUSB0 | head < /dev/ttyUSB0 which will read back the frequency.

Ordering Information

Models FSW-0010 10 GHz synthesizer
  FSW-0020 20 GHz synthesizer
Options 01 Frequency extension, 0.1 GHz output (FSW-0010 only)*
  01 Frequency extension, 0.2 GHz output (FSW-0020 only)*
  02 Power control, -25 to +15 dBm (FSW-0010 only)
  02 Power control, -10 to +13 dBm (FSW-0020 only)
  03

Fast switching (any frequency to any frequency)
100 µs max. (to ± 50 kHz in ext. triggered list mode)
200 µs max. (to ± 50 kHz regular SPI control)

  04 USB interface
  05 Pulse modulation
  06 Amplitude modulation†
  07 Frequency and phase modulation

*Output power between 0.1 and 0.5 GHz is limited at +1- dBM. Harmonics may increase below 0.5 GHz.
† Available with option 2 only. Power accuracy may change at low power levels.

Accessories MFSW-ACC01 Cable, AM/FM (BNC-M to MCX-M)
  MFSW-ACC02 Cable, USB
  MFSW-ACC03 Cable, DC bias
  MFSW-ACC04 Test report
  MFSW-ACC05 SPI mating connector with contacts
  MFSW-ACC06 QuickStart Kit (includes cables, power supply, and helpful guide for a quick start to operating the QuickSyn synthesizer)
  MFSW-ACC07 Kit, RS232 interface adapter cable
  MFSW-ACC08 Kit, Ethernet interface adapter
  MFSW-ACC09 Kit, GPIB interface adapter
  MFSW-ACC10 Kit, Heatsink