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Modular Instruments

Model SC2215

26.5 GHz Programmable Gain RF Amplifier

SC2215
The SC2215 is a 2-Channel programmable gain amplifier that can operate from 10 MHz to 26.5 GHz. Each channel provides over 31.5 dB of programmable gain, controllable in 0.5 dB increments. Both channels have excellent low noise performance. With the channels cascaded, the SC2215 can provide up to 70 dB of small signal gain and can achieve a maximum saturated output power of 28 dBm at 1 GHz and 22 dBm at 26.5 GHz.

 

Typical Applications

  • High Volume Production Test
  • Benchtop Designer Verification Testing (DVT)
  • RF/Microwave Design and Characterization
  • Receiver Characterization

The SC2215 is a single-slot PXIe compliant module targeted at test and measurement applications requiring high output power and low noise performance. It is well suited for high volume production test applications.

 

Channel 0 includes a direct path which bypasses the amplifier stages. This capability can be useful in high applications requiring bi-directional signal measurement, like those present in devices sharing Tx and Rx paths on a common port. Channel 1 has higher drive capability and can generate 28 dBm of saturated output power at 1 GHz.

 

Use of solid-state switches minimizes reliability concerns associated with mechanical relays. On-board thermal measurement and in-circuit, high frequency power detectors are present on both channel outputs. These functions are accessible by the user and can be incorporated into systems requiring dynamic output power level monitoring and self-test functions, helping to minimize outages in production environments.

Channel 0 Direct Path

  • Frequency Range: 10 MHz to 26.5 GHz
  • Gain:
    • -3.3 dB @ 1 GHz
    • -3.3 dB @ 6 GHz
    • -5.2 dB @ 13 GHz
    • -8.8 dB @ 26.5 GHz
  • Maximum Input Power: +15 dBm
  • Second Harmonic:
    • -75 dBc @ 1 GHz
    • -70 dBc @ 9 GHz
  • Third Harmonic:
    • -90 dBc @ 1 GHz
    • -90 dBc @ 9 GHz

 

Channel 0 Main Path

  • Frequency Range: 10 MHz to 26.5 GHz
  • Maximum Linear Gain:
    • 34.5 dB @ 1 GHz
    • 34.5 dB @ 6 GHz
    • 32.5 dB @ 13 GHz
    • 27.2 dB @ 26.5 GHz
  • Gain Control Range: 0 to -31.5dB in 0.5 dB Steps
  • Noise Figure:
    • 4.7 dB @ 1 GHz
    • 4.7 dB @ 6 GHz
    • 7.0 @ 13 GHz
    • 10.7 @ 26.5 GHz
  • Output P3dB:
    • 18.7 dBm @ 1 GHz
    • 18.7 dBm @ 6 GHz
    • 17.0 dBm @ 13 GHz
    • 14.7 dBm @ 26.5 GHz
  • Maximum Input Power: +15 dBm
  • Second Harmonic:
    • -40 dBc @ 1 GHz
    • -40 dBc @ 9 GHz
  • Third Harmonic:
    • -70 dBc @ 1 GHz
    • -67 dBc @ 9 GHz

 

Channel 1 Path

  • Frequency Range: 10 MHz to 26.5 GHz
  • Maximum Linear Gain:
    • 37.2 dB @ 1 GHz
    • 37.2 dB @ 6 GHz
    • 33.8 @ 13 GHz
    • 27.8 @ 26.5 GHz
  • Gain Control Range: 0 to -31.5dB in 0.5 dB Steps
  • Noise Figure:
    • 4.1 dB @ 1 GHz
    • 4.1 dB @ 6 GHz
    • 4.1 dB @ 13 GHz
    • 9.5 dB @ 26.5 GHz
  • Output P3dB:
    • 25.8 dBm @ 1 GHz
    • 25.8 dBm @ 6 GHz
    • 21.5 dBm @ 13 GHz
    • 20.5 dBm @ 26.5 GHz
  • Maximum Input Power: +15 dBm
  • Second Harmonic:
    • -45 dBc @ 1 GHz
    • -40 dBc @ 9 GHz
  • Third Harmonic:
    • -72 dBc @ 1 GHz
    • -67 dBc @ 9 GHz

 

Compliance

  • EN 61326-1:2013: Class A emissions; Basic Immunity
  • AS/NZS CISPR 11: Group 1, Class A
  • FCC Part 15/B: Class A emissions
  • ICES-001: Group 1, Class A
  • KN11: Group 1, Class A
  • RoHS Compliant

 

Environmental

  • Operating temperature: 0 to 50°C
  • Storage temperature: -40 to 70°C