Keysight MXA revision-b signal analyzer / Spectrum analyzer review, analysis & experiments

Keysight MXA revision-b signal analyzer / Spectrum analyzer review, analysis & experiments from The Signal Path: In this episode Shahriar reviews the long awaited Keysight MXA Signal Analyzer (N9020B). The new X-Series Spectrum Analyzers from Keysight offer an entirely re-designed GUI interface which supports multiple tabs as well as multi-touch interaction. Check out the video after […]

Teardown, repair and experiments with the Anritsu 37347A 20GHz Vector Network Analyzer

Here’s another great video teardown from TheSignalPath: In this episode Shahriar repairs an Anritsu 37347A 20GHz Two-Port Network Analyzer. The unit does not boot up and as a result its internal state is unknown. The boot fault is traced to a bad RTC module which has a built-in integrated battery. A replacement unit is located […]

Simple crystal tester

Dilshan Jayakody writes: This is simple Colpitts oscillator to test commonly available passive crystals which range between 2MHz to 27MHz. This unit must connect to an oscilloscope and/or frequency counter to get the frequency of the crystal. This circuit is design to work around 9V to 12V DC power source. Both 2SC930 transistors can replace […]

Rigol DSA875-TG 9kHz – 7.5GHz Spectrum Analyzer & tracking generator review, teardown & experiments

Rigol DSA875-TG 9kHz – 7.5GHz Spectrum Analyzer & tracking generator review, teardown & experiments from TheSignalPath: In this episode Shahriar takes a close look at the top-of-the-line Rigol DSA875-TG 7.5GHz Spectrum Analyzer. This unit which, offers a built in tracking generator for the full frequency range, has a portable form-factor. I offers the following performance: 9 […]

Teardown & analysis of a Keysight InfiniMax III N2802A 25GHz active probe

A teardown & analysis of a Keysight InfiniMax III N2802A 25GHz active probe from TheSignal Path: In this episode Shahriar takes a close look at one of Keysight (Agilent) InfiniMax III active probes. The model N2802A offers 25GHz of analog bandwidth, 17.5pS of rise time and a total differential input capacitance of 32fF at 10k-Ohm […]

Building and characterizing a DIY RF power sensor

Kerry Wong writes: For the build, I followed LT’s reference design detailed in the datasheet. For the output filtering, I used a 2.2K/10pF output RC filter to limit the output bandwidth to around 3 MHz. Since we are in the RF realm, board layout becomes much more critical than dealing with sub MHz circuits. But […]

Wireless LED driver with PCA9634

Ondřej Karas of DoItWireless writes, “If You are interested in LED driving through RF, this article would be interesting for you. I tested own PCA9634 breakout board for this chip and wrote simple low level driver for IQRF TR-52D module. Next week, I am going to publish PC application for comfortable operation with that.”

App note: Direct-sampling DACs in theory and application

An application note from Maxim:  Direct-sampling DACs in theory and application  High-speed digital-to-analog converters (DACs) with high resolution in the 12- to 14-bit range enable new types of transmitter designs that employ a direct modulation scheme. In such designs, the modulated transmission signal is generated directly on the base frequency. This application note explains how […]

Variable RF signal sampler

Brian Dorey  posted an article describing how he built his variable RF signal sampler: It isn’t safe to connect the output of a radio directly into a frequency counter or oscilloscope due to the high voltages and currents on the transmitter and so we needed a way to sample part of the transmitted signal while dumping the […]

Si4707 weather band receiver IC breakout board

AIW designed a breakout board for the Si4707 weather band receiver IC. It features a coax antenna connector, and I2C pins broken out and pulled high to 3.3V. Code sample for interfacing the device to the Arduino was released in the forum. I do have comms utilizing Arduino I2C bus. The Si4707 is 3.3V so […]

PIC12LF1840T48A MCU with Integrated Sub-GHz Trasmitter

Octal tipped us off about the new PIC12LF1840T48A microcontrollers that have a built in sub-GHz transmitter: Microchip just published the datasheet related to using the PIC12LF1840T48A Microcontroller with Integrated Sub-GHz Trasmitter. The PIC12LF1840T48A is a Microchip microcontroller that has an on-board transmitter. The transmitter is suitable for operation in the 418, 434 and 868 MHz […]

SimpliciTI™ protocol

SimpliciTI™ is a low-power RF protocol aimed at simple, small RF networks. This open-source software was designed for easy implementation and deployment out-of-the-box on several TI RF platforms such as the MSP430 family of low-power MCUs and the CC1XXX/CC25XX/CC430 transceivers and SoCs. Access point and range extenders are not required but provide extra functionality such […]