Aeroflex IFR 3413 Signal Generator Product Review

Aeroflex IFR 3413 Signal Generator Product Review

The Aeroflex IFR 3413 is a portable signal generator that is optimized for testing an impressive range of wireless communication systems. This lightweight signal generator combines high-performance vector modulation with wide frequency cover to produce a versatile testing solution for both components and communication systems. It is engineered for applications within the 250 kHz – 3 GHz frequency range, offering level settling and fast RF frequency for users to carry out high speed testing with extreme precision.


The Aeroflex IFR 3413 is designed to offer a low adjacent channel power. This feature is ideal for testing amplifier linearity and receiver selectivity. To ensure that the ATE system performance is optimized, this signal generator is specially designed to deliver fast GPIB response. Additionally, the IFR 3413 is designed to offer various optimization modes including low ACP, low noise, higher power, and auto. It is also very capable when used for component testing. Its high-performance vector modulation capability enhances this functionality.

Learn more about Vector Modulation here.

Impressive Optional Features

This quality signal generator also offers various impressive optional features such as dual-channel arbitrary waveform generator, differential outputs (I/Q), and high-speed pulse modulation as standard. The differential I/Q outputs find numerous applications in component testing, easily accomplished with an intuitive touch panel interface. These impressive features make the Aeroflex IFR 3413 an intelligent choice for test and measurement in manufacturing, research and development applications.

The IFR 3413 is optimized to deliver rapid level control and features a useful electronic attenuator. Combining these features with its fractional-N synthesis techniques make it a popular choice for high-speed ATE testing. The rotary control and the keyboard of the instrument are designed to enable users to configure it with ease during operations. Its display shows parameters in a clear, easy to read format that minimizes chances of user error.

Learn more about fractional-N synthesis here.

Digital Signal Generation

The digital signal generator also can easily produce + 16 dBm peak output power. Its impressive 0.01 dB level resolution enables the operator to obtain accurate and repeatable results for wireless components tests. The embedded electronic attenuator finds numerous uses in high volume applications. Many user-settable RF level limits are available for a wide range of testing applications, ensuring that the digital signal generator does not produce signals that are likely to damage components.

The Aeroflex IFR 3413 signal generator offers a 2.0 ms frequency setting time and a 2.5 ms level setting time. These parameters ensure minimum test execution times and improved throughput. In addition, it can produce comprehensive modulation facilities for testing both digital and analog RF systems, as well as produce digitally modulated signals as either real-time baseband generator or dual-arbitrary waveform generator.

Key Features and Benefits:

  • ●    Internal Modulation oscillator which can generate 2 different tones
  • ●    Users can choose from a Baseband Generator (Real Time) or Waveform Generator (Dual Arbitrary)
  • ●    Vector modulation available via the embedded IQ modulator which can support either narrow band or wide band standards
  • ●    State of the art Spectral Purity
  • ●    Easy to use Windows OS based IQCreator software
  • ●    Remote control via ethernet and GPIB interfaces

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