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A Compact Millimeter-wave Multisine Generator for Calibrating Broadband Vector Receivers



Paul D. Hale, Kate Remley, Dylan Williams, Jeffrey Jargon, Chih-Ming Wang


We propose a compact and low cost waveform source that can be used to calibrate the magnitude and phase response of vector receivers over a bandwidth as large as a few gigahertz. The generator consists of a broadband comb generator followed by a filter and amplifier. The generator's output is calibrated by use of a sampling oscilloscope. As a demonstration, we constructed a source suitable for calibrating vector signal analyzers operating between 43 GHz and 47 GHz. We then used this calibrated source to characterize the response of a commercially available vector signal analyzer over a 120 MHz bandwidth. We compared the result with calibrations performed with multi-sines with different peak-to-average ratios from a more expensive and bulky calibrated source.
Proceedings Title
ARFTG 85th Microwave Measurement Conference
Conference Dates
May 1-3, 2015
Conference Location
Phoenix, AZ, US


Calibration, comb generator, oscilloscope, vector signal analyzer, vector signal generator


Hale, P. , Remley, K. , Williams, D. , Jargon, J. and Wang, C. (2015), A Compact Millimeter-wave Multisine Generator for Calibrating Broadband Vector Receivers, ARFTG 85th Microwave Measurement Conference, Phoenix, AZ, US, [online], (Accessed May 26, 2024)


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Created April 30, 2015, Updated April 12, 2022