Com-Power CGC-255E Comb Generator

Broadband EMC Reference Signal Source for Quick EMC Conducted Testing

The Com-Power CGC-255E Comb Generator is a broadband EMC reference signal source for quick EMC conducted testing. It it used check you entire conducted test setup including LISN, cables, transient limiters and receivers quickly and efficiently. Monitoring a few frequencies or entire range regularly using the Comb Generator's can detect potential problems before it causes erroneous results.

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Com-Power CGC-255E Comb Generator Product Description

The CGC-255E Comb Generator is a conducted reference signal source to test Line Impedance Stabilisation Network (LISN). The Comb generator output has the harmonics of the fundamental frequency. It has two user selectable frequency step sizes of 50 kHz and 250 kHz.

This Comb Generator simulates an EUT generating conducted EMI noise. The CGC series Comb Generators have the standard NEMA three blade connector that can plug directly into any LISN with the matching EUT power socket. It can be attached to any other socket type using suitable adaptor. The CGC-255E has high impedance to the external line voltage, AC or DC up to 230 V. This feature allows the Comb Generator to be used while the LISNs are connected to external power source.

The CGC-255E is powered by rechargeable internal NimH batteries. The battery power eliminates the need for an external cabling that may interfere with the radiated signals. When fully charged, the battery allows continuous use of the Comb Generator for up to 18 hours. The Comb Generator and the charger are shipped with a custom wooden storage box.


The main application of the CGC-255E Comb Generators is to quickly verify conducted emissions test setups. It is designed to plug directly into the EUT power socket of the LISN. The conducted noise output level of the Comb Generators are close to or above the CISPR 22 limits. Typical output plot is shown on the next page.

Most EMI labs typically calibrate LISNs and other equipment (spectrum analysers, cables, connectors, etc.) in the conducted emissions test setup at regular intervals. However, test equipment malfunctions may occur between any calibration interval and may go undetected until the next calibration. In the meantime, these malfunctions may produce erroneous test results. The time and resources lost due to these unforeseen errors can be avoided with the help of Comb Generator. With the Comb Generator, the test engineer will be able to quickly perform verification of the conducted test setup more frequently to assure accurate test results.

Other possible applications of the CGC-255E Comb Generator could include production evaluation of components, such as cable shields and filters.

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