QuickSyn Lite

QuickSyn Frequency SynthesizerQuickSyn Lite mmW synthesizer modules use a frequency multiplier module that mounts on top of a standard 20 GHz QuickSyn Lite to extend the frequency range to mmW frequencies. The new modules are powered and controlled by the Quickyn Lite base unit, making integration and control simple for the user. Like all Quicksyn synthesizers, these new mmW sources include serial SPI and USB control interfaces and are immediately deployable by connecting them to a PC and a DC power source. A soft front panel allows the user to access frequency control and frequency sweep plus 32K-point LIST mode settings. Additionally, embedded firmware allows these modules to be used as part of integrated auto test solutions. Care has been taken to minimize sub-harmonics and spurious. In addition to being used as local oscillators in a frequency-converter application, the QuickSyn Lite mmW modules can easily be used as reference-calibration frequency sources. Also, because of their fast-tuning and high-resolution capability, the QuickSyn Lite mmW modules are ideal for characterizing antennas, semiconductor devices and other components requiring acquisition of large amounts of data in a short time.

Features

QuickSyn Phase Noise• Millimeter wave frequency coverage
• 1 Hz Resolution
• Microsecond Frequency Switching
• Instrument-Grade Spectral Purity
• Frequency Sweep & List Mode
• USB & SPI Control Interfaces
• Compact Size (4 x 4 x 1.8 inches)

Other QuickSyn Products

QuickSyn Full-Featured Microwave Frequency Synthesizer
QuickSyn Lite Microwave Frequency Synthesizer Modules

 

Quick Specs

Model No. Range Resolution Switching
Speed
Power 10 kHz Phase Noise Spurious
FSL-2740 27 to 40 GHz 1 Hz 1 ms / 100 μs +17 dBm min. -103 dBc/Hz @ 40 GHz -60 dBc
FSL-5067 50 to 67 GHz 1 Hz 1 ms / 100 μs +17 dBm min. -100 dBc/Hz @ 67 GHz -60 dBc
FSL-7682 76 to 82 GHz 1 Hz 1 ms / 100 μs +10 dBm min. -98 dBc/Hz @ 82 GHz -60 dBc

Notes

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

QuickSyn Accessories

Order Number Description Documentation Image
MFSLMMW-ACC04 Test report None None
MFSLMMW-ACC06 Kit, quick-start

QuickStart Kit Guide

None
MFSLMMW-ACC10 Kit, heatsink

Heatsink Accessory Instructions

None

Software

USB Soft 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

Ordering Information

Models FSL-2740 27 to 40 GHz QuickSyn Lite mmW frequency synthesizer module
  FSL-5067 50 to 67 GHz QuickSyn Lite mmW frequency synthesizer module
  FSL-7682 76 to 82 GHz QuickSyn Lite mmW frequency synthesizer module
Options 03 Fast switching (any frequency to another)
100 µs max.
  08 Two-year warranty extension (total three years)
Accessories MFSLMMW-ACC04 Test report
  MFSLMMW-ACC06 Kit, quick-start
  MFSLMMW-ACC10 Kit, heatsink

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