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Model 8550

50MHz Single-Channel PLL Function Generator

Model 8550 is an extremely high performance programmable function generator. It provides a variety of signal waveforms to be used as test stimuli for a diversity of electronic devices. For improved immunity to RFI and EMI noise, the instrument is housed in an all-round metal case.
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  • Four instruments in one: Function, Pulse, Phase and Sweep Generators
  • Popular output waveforms including sine, triangle, square, pulse and DC
  • Control input is available for pulse width modulation AM, VCO, and FM
  • Control inputs for FM, VCO, and AM modulation
  • Auto calibration and built-in self diagnostics
  • 30 storable, non-volatile, front panel set-ups
  • Standard GPIB interface

Versatility

The Model 8550 offers many features and functions. such as enhanced accuracy, eight different linear and logarithmic sweep modes, automatic phase lock loop, counted burst, and internal trigger generator. Besides its normal-continuous mode, Model 8550 offers a variety of interrupted and controlled modes. Tabor generators are reliable and easy to operate. Rapid, repeatable testing is assured by the user programmed non-volatile memory. Extremely broad frequency and amplitude limits permit usefulness in a variety of complex applications. Parameters are digitally set over exceptionally wide ranges:

  • Frequency - 10mHz to 50MHz
  • Amplitude - 10mVp-p to 32Vp-p
  • Pulse Width - 10ns to 999ms
  • Pulse Transitions - 5ns to 99.9ms
  • Sweep - 10mHz to 50MHz (8550)
  • Phase Lock Offset - 180°

Self-Calibration

Front panel calibration, even by inexperienced persons, has made maintenance and troubleshooting extremely easy. Output waveform parameters are compared to internal references and are stored together with correcting factors in special tables for later use. If the self-calibration routine fails to successfully complete, the generator produces a failure list that can be evaluated, anytime, either from the front panel or through GPIB reporting query. The self-calibration capability restores full accuracy potential - even at extreme temperatures (0-50°C).

Phase Locked Loop (PLL)

The phase lock feature automatically locks the 8550`s output to external signals at frequencies up to 60 MHz and voltages up to 40 Vp-p. Phase offset is programmable with 1º resolution, and accuracy of ±3º.

IEEE-488.2 Compatibility

The IEEE-488 standard greatly simplifies interconnection of programmable instrumentation. It clearly defines mechanical, electrical and protocol specifications. The IEEE-488.2 standard, has significantly improved definition of data formats, status reporting, and error handling. This new standard goes further and defines a set of common commands and common queries for easy and goes further and defines a set of common commands and common queries for easy instrument interchangeability between instruments made by different manufacturers. Models 8550 and 8551 fully comply with IEEE-488.2. The IEEE-488.2 standard, has significantly improved definition of data formats, status reporting, and error handling. This new stand and goes further and defines a set of common commands and common queries for easy and goes further and defines a set of common commands and common queries for easy instrument interchangeability between instruments made by different manufacturers. Models 8550 and 8551 fully comply with IEEE-488.2.

Standard Waveforms
Modulation
Phase Lock Loop (PLL)
Common Characteristics
Offset
Outputs
Inputs
Run Modes
Triggering Characteristics
General

 

ModelDescription
8550 50MHz Single-Channel PLL Function Generator

 

Accessories

NameDescription
S-Rack mount 19" Single Rack Mounting Kit
D-Rack mount 19" Dual Rack Mounting Kit
Case Kit Professional Carry Bag

 

Note: Options and Accessories must be specified at the time of your purchase.

Download Type
Manuals Users Manual for 8550 / 8551 25/03/2015
Ver. H
Download (1.6 Mb)
Manuals Service Manual for models 8550/8551 25/03/2015
Ver. H
Download (17.8 Mb)
Drivers IVI driver for model 8550

Application development environments: MATLAB, LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, Visual C, Visual Basic
11/08/2011
Ver. 1.1.5
Download (6.4 Mb)
Data sheet Data Sheet for model 8550 26/07/2006
Ver. E
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