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Tektronix unveils 'fastest' arbitrary waveform generator

Posted: 03 Oct 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Tektronix  AWG7000  Arbitrary Waveform Generators  AWG  high-speed serial data buses 

Tektronix Inc. has announced its latest AWG7000 Series of arbitrary waveform generators (AWG). The AWG7000 is touted to be the fastest AWG, designed to meet the test needs for high-speed serial data buses and wideband digital RF devices. With 5.8GHz bandwidth, 10 bit resolution, and sample rates up to 20GS/s, the AWG7000 is the only AWG that can produce high-speed real-life waveforms with imperfections including noise, jitter, pre/de-emphasis and multi-level signalling up to 10Gbps.

Real-life signals
Design engineers who are developing technologies such as SATAIII, PCI Express 2, 2x XAUI, HDMI 1.3, ultra-wideband (UWB), the latest storage devices and radar, need to process large amounts of data at faster speeds, broader bandwidths and higher frequencies, and often involving the latest high-speed standards. An AWG is used by engineers in design and test processes to create, replicate and generate either ideal, distorted or real-life signals including noise, jitter, glitches and other imperfections to assist with prototype, debug, verification and standards compliance for the latest serial data or wideband digital RF designs.

The AWG7000 series is based on a high performance platform that incorporates a DAC to produce greater precision and performance, according to the company. This DAC utilises uses an IBM SiGe 7HP process that increases vertical resolution and sample rate to establish new performance benchmarks for signal fidelity and timing resolution. With the flexibility to create, replicate and generate virtually any type of signal, the AWG7000 is the most capable and versatile signal source available, Tektronix said.

20GSps sample rates
The sample rate has increased from 4.2GSps in previous generation products to 20GSps with the AWG7000 series, providing engineers with four times the performance. It is able to generate signals including imperfections such as noise and jitter up to 10Gbps with 45ps rise time (20/80) for high-speed serial data applications and modulated digital RF/IF signals of 5GHz for wideband applications including advanced radar. The combination of AWG7000 performance attributes matches the test needs of generations of high-speed serial and wideband digital RF technologies.

Connectivity features include GPIB and Gigabit Ethernet. The units come with 1 or 2 analogue channels and 2 and 4 marker outputs enabling the generation of mixed-signal waveforms that provide for analogue signals and digital control channels. The new AWG series enables easy data interchange with third-party software including MatLab, MathCad and Microsoft Excel, which are often used in the creation and generation of waveforms, data streams and mixed signals as an aid to design, prototype, debug and test compliance of the latest products.

The AWG7000 Series is available immediately for order. U.S. MSRP for the AWG7000 Series starts at Rs.27.88 lakh ($60,000) for the 5GS/s AWG7051.

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