test oscillator

test oscillator

[′test ‚äs·ə‚lād·ər]
(engineering)
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Many times, the system phase noise is given with an internal reference oscillator or a test oscillator used as a reference for measurement purposes.
An unusual feature of this test oscillator is that the power supply is a low frequency square-wave.
Single-element-controlled sinusoidal oscillators find numerous applications in communication, control systems, signal processing, instrumentation, and measurement systems as test oscillators or signal generators [7-11].
These phase-locked frequency synthesizers are ideally suited for use as low cost solutions for broadband test oscillators. Supplied as fixed-frequency or serially-programmable precision phase-locked oscillators, the synthesizers are designed to cover the frequency range from 50 MHz to 12 GHz in up-to-octave bandwidths.