Arbitrary Function / Arbitrary Waveform Generators

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25 Common Things You Can Do with an Arbitrary Function Generator

An acquisition instrument - usually an oscilloscope or logic analyzer - is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think about making electronic measurements. But these tools can only make a measurement when they are able to acquire a signal of some kind. And, there are many instances in which no such signal is available unless it is externally provided.

The arbitrary function generator (AFG) serves a wide range of stimulus needs and is actually the prevailing signal generator architecture in the industry today. The AFG offers unique strengths, and, moreover, it offers a way to modulate the signal from internal or external sources, generate frequency sweeps or output signal bursts. In this primer, we show 25 common applications for which an AFG can be used.

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Tektronix AFG1000 Series Arbitrary Function Generator

Best price performance in its class. Tailored for education users.

With 25 MHz or 60MHz bandwidth, 2 output channels, 1 mVpp to 10 Vpp output amplitude across full bandwidth, Tektronix AFG1000 Arbitrary/Function Generator generates all kinds of waveforms needed in a lab. Most importantly, it offers the best value for money in the Tektronix line-up of arbitrary function generators.


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Tektronix AFG2000 Series Arbitrary Function Generator

Performance. Versatility. Value. Nothing wrong with having it all.

Usually, generating a range of signals requires investment in a high-end signal generator. Introducing the Tektronix AFG2000. With 20 MHz bandwidth, 14-bit resolution, and 250 MS/s sample rate, the AFG2021 Arbitrary / Function Generator can create simple and complex signals. But perhaps its most impressive feature is its entry-level price.



Tektronix AFG31000 arbitrary function generator

Tektronix AFG31000 Series Arbitrary Function Generator


The AFG31000 series with InstaView™ technology is the first high-peformance AFG with built-in waveform generation applications, patented real-time wave monitoring, and a modern user interface.


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Tektronix AWG5200 Series Arbitrary Waveform Generator

Less Noise. Cleaner Signals.

The AWG5200 Arbitrary Waveform Generator meets demanding signal generation needs with high signal fidelity and the ability to scale up to 32 or more channels with multi-unit synchronization at an affordable price. Ideal for advanced research, electronic test and radar, and electronic warfare system design and test.



AWG70000B Series Arbitrary Waveform Generator


Tektronix AWG70000 Series Arbitrary Waveform Generator

Setting the standard for Arbitrary Waveform Generation.

The industry-leading AWG70000 Series arbitrary waveform generator represents the cutting edge in sample rate, signal fidelity, and waveform memory.The ability to create, generate, or replicate ideal, distorted, or “real-life” signals is essential in design, testing and operations of some of the world’s most complex components, systems and experiments. The AWG70000 Series, with up to 50 GS/s and 10-bit vertical resolution, delivers the industry's best signal stimulus solution, enabling easy generation of complex signals.



Tektronix Signal Generator Software


RFXpress delivers advanced capabilities to synthesize digitally modulated baseband, IF and RF/microwave signals supporting a wide range of modulation schemes. RFXpress simplifies waveform creation. 

SerialXpress® (SDX100)

SerialXpress® together with the AWG simplifies the signal creation and jitter simulations to reduce overall development and test time. The software enables the creation of the EXACT waveforms required for thorough and repeatable design validation, margin/characterization and conformance testing. SerialXpress' easy to use graphical user interface allows for a combination of test signals and various impairments including Inter Symbol Interferences (ISI), Duty Cycle Distortion (DCD), Spread Spectrum Clocking (SSC), Pre-emphasis and noise. 


Designers often need to validate their designs under real-world conditions, requiring complex stimulus signals during test. With ArbExpress® software, waveforms can be quickly created and transferred to Tektronix arbitrary waveform and function generators to meet custom stimulus requirements.