I take a detailed look at a cheap $100 function generator that came out recently, from JunCe Instruments.
Measuring amplitudes, checking harmonic distortion, making some funky waveforms, and seeing what's inside!
Looking at the 25MHz model in this review.
There are a few things I'd still like to test (PC connectivity and measurement capability for example)
I have posted some high-resolution images of the teardown over at the EEVBLOG forum here: https://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/anybody-know-anything-about-this-signal-generator/
(As well as some additional tests)
Repeated here for convenience:
Top of the main board
Top of the screen board:
Bottom of the main board:
Some additional tests
(Suggested by 'Kleinstein' from EEVBlog forum):
1) Noise, e.g. from the SMPS or just from the DAC: So maybe use just a DC or low amplitude sine.
DC out at 1V, AC coupled, output OFF:
Same as above, output ON:
2) DAC linearity: This can usually be seen from a slow triangle / ramp.
Triangle wave, 1KHz, 1Vpp:
3) Output amplifier slew rate: Many similar low cost generator run in to a slew rate limit with full amplitude and high frequency. So usually the maximum amplitude is reduces at the highers frequency.
Here's a sine wave, 25MHz, set to 1Vpp (but into a 50 Ohm load so what we 'should' see is 500mVpp)
Same as above, but a square wave:
4) There are 2 relays per output channel. So this could be an output attenuator. This has good sides, but might also limit the Offset range, when using low amplitudes.
Looks like you were right about the output attenuators, at 100mVpp setting (into 50 Ohms again), the maximum offset I can set is 0.25V;
I ran many many more tests, see results @ : https://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/anybody-know-anything-about-this-signal-generator/