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Rapid High-Frequency Measurement of Electrical Circuits by Using Frequency Mixer and Pseudo-Random Sequences

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-119
Number of pages7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Frequency-response measurements at high frequencies have been shown to provide a valuable design tool in various fields of electronics. These measurements are often challenging when using most commercially available measurement tools due to their relatively low maximum sampling frequency and long measurement time. This effectively prevents frequency-response-based low-cost applications where fast and reliable measurements are required. This paper proposes the use of a combined frequency mixer applied with pseudo-random sequences. In this method, the applied pseudo-random excitation is upconverted to high frequencies by the mixer, and once injected into the device being tested, the system response is down-converted to lower frequencies. The method provides a low-cost solution that can be applied for rapid high-frequency measurements by using only modest data-acquisition tools. Experimental results based on a high-frequency resonator are presented and used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed methods.

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