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Compact signal generator handles complex signals

Posted: 13 Aug 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:arbitrary/function generator  signal generator 

Tektronix Inc. introduces the AFG2021 arbitrary/function generator. The compact, easy-to-use entry-level signal generator is targeted at cost-sensitive education and manufacturing applications as well as R&D needs.

In the past, entry-level signal generation equalled limited functionality and flexibility. The AFG2021 changes this by offering 20MHz bandwidth, 14bit resolution, 250MSps sample rate performance and an intuitive user interface for a starting price of Rs.86,885.25 ($1,590). This price includes the company's ArbExpress software that lets users quickly create and import waveforms into the AFG2021 to meet custom stimulus requirements. For educators, this means it is possible to develop advanced course material involving more complex concepts such as serial data streams and modulated waveforms.

For manufacturing applications the AFG2021 provides the same ease of use, functionality, computer connectivity and support software available with the Tektronix AFG3000 series, but in a smaller form factor ideal for rack mounting. For R&D applications, the ArbExpress software included with AFG2021 makes it easy to create new signals to test and validate systems. A standard 3 year warranty further lowers total ownership costs.

The innovative ease-of-use features first offered on the AFG3000 Series arbitrary/function generators are incorporated into the AFG2021, providing quick access to setup and operational features. A 3.5inch colour TFT screen shows relevant parameters in both graphic and text formats. It includes 12 standard waveforms, modulation capability, and a built-in noise generator to thoroughly exercise designs.

The AFG2021 offers a range of connectivity options for saving or downloading customised waveforms or instrument settings including both USB Host Port on the Front Panel and a USB Device Port on Rear Panel, plus the optional GPIB and LAN ports. The 2U height and half-rack width form factor allow the AFG2021 to be stacked on other bench instruments.

The AFG2021 and ArbExpress software are available now worldwide.

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