A calibration by Custom-Cal is performed by engineers with extensive OEM experience. We have the expertise and the necessary standards to perform the GIGATRONICS 8542C Calibration, onsite calibration may be available. We specialize in quick turnaround times and we can handle expedited deliveries upon request.

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   GIGATRONICS 8542C   Description / Specification:    
GIGATRONICS 8542C Dual Input Universal Power Meter

The Giga-tronics 8542C Dual Input Universal Power Meter combines accuracy, speed, range and measurement capabilities unavailable from any other power meter. Built-in features such as power sweep calibration and frequency calibration provide an unequalled degree of measurement accuracy. The meter can measure the CW, peak and true average power of the complex modulated signals used in EW, radar, and communications systems. The 8542C can automatically measure the average power of pulse modulated signals or pulse signals that are amplitude modulated during the pulse β€˜on’ period β€” such as TDMA (time division multiple access) signals. Achieve 500 readings per second over GPIB. Or use our exclusive fast buffered mode to further reduce processor overhead and capture up to 4,000 readings per second in CW mode. Specifications. Frequency Range: 10 MHz to 40 GHz (Depending on sensor). Power Range: -70 dBm to +47 dBm (100 pW to 50 Watt) (Depending on sensor). Display Resolution: User selectable from 1 dB to 0.001 dB in Log mode, and from 1 to 4 digits of display resolution in Linear mode. Averaging: User selectable, auto-averaging or manual from 1-512 readings. Analog Output (BNC): Provides an output voltage of 0 to 10V. Options. 02, Add 256K buffer for Fast Buffered Mode Power Readings Stores up to 128,000 readings. 04, Rear Panel Sensor and Calibrator Connections. 06, Second Analog Output, -10V to +10 V. 11, Time Gating.


Standard Calibration $175.00 *
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*This is a Web introductory price for one calibration of the GIGATRONICS 8542C. Price does not in most cases include measurement performance data. Pricing does include NIST traceable calibration and issue of a calibration certificate and calibration label. Pricing may vary slightly due to volume and location of laboratory supporting calibration. Volume pricing may apply. On-site fees may apply depending on logistics, location and volume of work to be completed during the visit.

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Averaging is a mathematical process to reduce the variation in a measurement by summing the data points from multiple measurements and dividing by the number of points summed.

Jitter in technical terms is the deviation in or displacement of some aspect of the pulses in a high-frequency digital signal. Jitter is the time variation of a periodic signal in electronics and telecommunications, often in relation to a reference clock source. Jitter may be observed in characteristics such as the frequency of successive pulses, the signal amplitude, or phase of periodic signals. Jitter is a significant, and usually undesired, factor in the design of almost all communications links (e.g., USB, PCI-e, SATA, OC-48). In clock recovery applications it is called timing jitter.

Pulse Power
Pulse Power, the energy transfer rate is averaged over the pulse width. Pulse width is considered to be the time between the 50 percent risetime/falltime amplitude points. Pulse power averages out any aberrations in the pulse envelope such as overshoot or ringing.

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