QuickSyn Lite

QuickSyn Frequency SynthesizerNI's QuickSyn microwave frequency synthesizers are now available in an even more compact size (4 x 4 x 0.8 inches). The new FSL-0010 and FSL-0020 (10 GHz and 20 GHz synthesizers respectively) employ the revolutionary phase-refining QuickSyn technology, which allows this line of signal sources to perform with remarkably low phase noise, switch between frequencies very quickly, and consume power efficiently.

The new Quicksyn Lite synthesizers are less than half the size of the full featured models, yet they perform with wide coverage (0.65 to 10 GHz and 0.65 to 20 GHz), fine resolution (0.001 Hz resolution), fast frequency switching (100 μs), and exhibit instrument-grade spectral purity. Furthermore, the FSL-0010 and FSL-0020 include SPI and USB control interfaces, and like all QuickSyn synthesizers, these new models are immediately deployable by connecting them to a PC and power source. A soft front panel allows the user to access frequency sweep and list mode.

Instrument designers restricted by reduced footprint goals, power consumption constraints, and the need for low phase noise will appreciate the QuickSyn Lite synthesizer as the single solution to a multitude of design challenges. Moreover, these synthesizers are amazingly affordable!

QuickSyn Phase Noise• 0.65 to 10 GHz & 0.65 to 20 GHz Coverage
• 0.001 Hz Resolution
• Microsecond Frequency Switching
• Instrument-Grade Spectral Purity
• Frequency Sweep & List Mode
• USB & SPI Control Interfaces
• Compact Size (4 x 4 x 0.8 inches)

Other QuickSyn Products

QuickSyn Full-Featured Microwave Synthesizers
QuickSyn Lite mmW Synthesizer Modules

Model No. Range Resolution Switching
Speed
RF Output 10 kHz Phase Noise Spurious
FSL-0010 0.65 to 10 GHz 0.001 Hz 100 μs +15 dBm min. -117 dBc/Hz @ 10 GHz -70 dBc
FSL-0020 0.65 to 20 GHz 0.001 Hz 100 μs +10 dBm min. -110 dBc/Hz @ 20 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.     All QuickSyn products are RoHS compliant 

Accessories

Order Number Description Documentation Image
MFSL-ACC04 Test report    
MFSL-ACC06 Kit, quick-start

QuickStart Kit Guide

 
MFSL-ACC10 Kit, heatsink Instructions
Outline drawing

Software

USB Front Panel GUI Installation 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

Linux Users

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 FSL-0010 0.65 to 10 GHz QuickSyn Lite frequency synthesizer module
  FSL-0020 0.65 to 20 GHz QuickSyn Lite frequency synthesizer module
Options 08 Two-year warranty extension (total three years)
Accessories MFSL-ACC04 Test report
  MFSL-ACC06 Kit, quick-start
  MFSL-ACC10 Kit, heatsink