30GHz Standard Signal Generator


SKU: SG30000L Category:


Introducing the new compact SG30000L microwave generator!

This all-new hardware version of our standard 30GHz signal generator offers the same low-noise performance of the SG30000PRO, but without the costly switching for a low frequency band. Like our SG6000L product line, this microwave generator is fully programmable via SCPI commands, or the front panel interface, making it more flexible than any competing product. High output power, wide bandwidth, and ultra-compact size make this the best value 30GHz source on the market. Great for test setups and automated applications where low frequency output is not required. The new 2023 hardware design lowers both harmonic and sub-harmonic levels greatly.

Now shipping REV 5 (2023) !

SG30000L Standard 30GHz Device Features:

  • Output frequency range covering 14 – 30GHz
  • Calibrated power output range: -18dBm to +13dBm
  • Power output resolution (calibrated digital steps): 0.5dB
  • Power output resolution (sub-step vernier – uncalibrated): ~0.1dB
  • Excellent phase noise: <-90dBc @ 30GHz @ 10KHz offset
  • Harmonic levels: < -20dBc typical
  • Typical frequency switching time: < 5mS
  • Extremely small frequency step size (2Hz)
  • Ultra-low-noise 100MHz VCXO locked to internal TCXO or external 10MHz reference
  • Internal precision high-frequency reference source (±280PPB 10MHz)
  • External 10MHz reference input (MCX jack)
  • Multi-use control/trigger input port (MCX jack)
  • Compact powder-coated laser-etched enclosure
  • Stand-alone frequency sweeping support
  • Precision 2.92mm RF output port (not SMA!)
  • Ethernet remote operation (DHCP)
  • Windows control software included (USB & Network enabled)
  • SCPI command aware via USB-C virtual COM port for remote control
  • Front controls and bright OLED display for stand-alone usage
  • Completely powered from USB-C, no DC adapter required!

Common RF Applications:

  • Automated testing environments
  • General RF lab use
  • Flexible LO sourcing
  • Antenna design
  • EMC testing
  • Production verification and test setups
  • Educational / university lab use
  • Aerospace / Defense Research
  • Ku-band satellite link testing
  • Ka-band development
  • Up-converting and down-converting
  • Line of sight link testing
  • Wireless infrastructure design
  • Transponder verification
  • 5G testing
  • mm-wave technology

PC Control Application:


Mechanical Specifications (5-inch narrow case):

Signal Generator

RF Performance Plots (Phase Noise):

Command List (USB & Ethernet):

Command Example 1 Example 2 Description
*IDN? Return the SCPI identification string
*PING? returns “PONG!” if device is responding
SYST:ERR? Returns any pending error codes
SYST:DBG? Returns last debug status message
*REV? Return the hardware revision number
*CLS Clears any error codes
*RST Reset unit now
*DISPLAY *DISPLAY OFF *DISPLAY ON Power on of off the display
*SLEEP *SLEEP ON *SLEEP OFF Save power by putting device into sleep mode
*LAN *LAN ON *LAN OFF Enable or disable the network subsystem
*SAVESTATE Save frequency & attenuation as boot defaults
*CLEANSTATE Clear all settings back to factory defaults
*UNITNAME *UNITNAME Bob *UNITNAME DEV-34 Set a unique name in flash memory
*UNITNAME? Return this device’s name
*SYSVOLTS? Return USB voltage input reading
*TEMPC? Return system temperature
POWER:READ? Get power meter reading if hardware is available
*POWER:FCAL *POWER:FCAL 3000MHZ Calibrate the power meter for a different frequency
FREQ:CW FREQ:CW 400MHZ FREQ:CW 3.33GHZ Set output Frequency
FREQ:CW? Return current Frequency
FREQ:MIN? Return minimum supported freq in Hz
FREQ:MAX? Return max supported frequency in HZ
OUTP:STAT OUTP:STAT ON OUTP:STAT OFF Turn on or off the RF output
OUTP:STAT? Return if output is enabled
POWER POWER 9 POWER -12.5 Set output power in dBm
POWER? Return current output power
VERNIER VERNIER 3 VERNIER -22 Fine tune the output power (no units)
VERNIER? Return vernier setting
SYSREF INT VCXO locked to internal 10MHz TCXO
SYSREF EXT VCXO locked to an external 10MHz
SYSREF FREE VCXO not locked to 10MHZ – lowest noise
SYSREF AUTO Automatic choice between internal and external
SYSREF? Return the current source of the reference signal
SYSREF LOCK? Is the reference PLL locked?
SYSREF STATUS? Returns the detected status of current reference
SYSREF UPDATE after a reference change this will relock the source
SYSREF OFF disable internal 100MHz vcxo – requires external source
SWE:MODE SCAN Enters sweep mode & arms external sweep trigger
SWE:MODE LIST Enters list mode & arms external trigger
SWE:MODE? Returns the current sweeping mode
SWE:POINTS SWE:POINTS 10 SWE:POINTS 900 Sets sweep point count
SWE:POINTS? Returns the current point count
SWE:DWELL SWE:DWELL 25 SWE:DWELL 1000 Sweep dwell time in milliseconds
SWE:DWELL? Returns the current dwell time
SWE:RESET Return to start of list, does not clear memory
SWE:ACTIVE? Is the device sweeping now
FREQ:START FREQ:START 1GHZ FREQ:START 99MHZ Save the sweep start frequency
FREQ:START? Returns the start frequency
FREQ:STOP FREQ:STOP 2GHZ FREQ:STOP 999MHZ Save the sweep stop frequency
FREQ:STOP? Returns the stop frequency
LIST:DIR? Returns UP or DOWN
LIST:SIZE? Returns the current size of the sweeping list
LIST:ADD LIST:ADD 2GHz LIST:ADD 450MHz Add a single point to the end of the sweeping list
LIST:MAX? Returns the MAX frequency list length
LIST? Prints the entire frequency list
INIT:CONT INIT:CONT 0 INIT:CONT 1 Sweep continuous mode or single
INIT:IMM Trigger the sweep now
ABORT Stop the sweep now
TRIG:STEP Mode where trigger command only advances 1 step
TRIG:SWEEP Trigger command will execute entire sweep (default)
COM Settings: 115200bps, 8bits, 1 stop, no parity, no flow control – Command terminator = linefeed


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