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Waveform Generators Sample at Rates to 50 Gb/s

Aug. 24, 2020
These arbitrary waveform generators can play back captured signals by merit of sampling rates reaching 50 Gb/s.

High-speed test receivers in oscilloscopes and real-time spectrum analyzers often capture signals of interest that cannot be duplicated. Fortunately, the AWG70000B Series arbitrary waveform generators (AWGs) from Tektronix operate at sampling rates to 50 Gb/s and 10-bit vertical resolution, making it possible to duplicate almost any real signals. For test purposes or as part of electronic-countermeasures (ECM) systems, these AWGs provide clean outputs, with a spurious-free dynamic range of -80 dBc. They can be equipped with as much as 32 Gigasamples of waveform memory for storing a library of signals and waveform responses.

A wide modulation bandwidth of 20 GHz makes it possible to create a wide range of pulses with these AWGs for testing and simulating the performance or commercial and military radar systems. The display screen (see figure) simplifies operation without an external control computer and multiple units can be linked together directly for generating streams of complex waveforms. The AWG works seamlessly with modeling and mathematical software programs to create or duplicate complex waveforms captured in the field, whether they are analog or digital (to 12 GB/s). 

Tektronix, www.tek.com

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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