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Tektronix software offers ease-of-use test configuration

Posted: 03 Sep 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:tektronix? software? arbitrary waveform generator? awg? arbitrary function generator?

Tektronix Inc. disclosed that they have developed a PC-based software that raises ease-of-use to a new level for arbitrary waveform generators (AWGs) and arbitrary function generators (AFGs), which are signal sources from the company.

With today's faster engineering life cycles to achieve faster time to market, it is important to be able to test designs with real world signals and characteristics as easily and effectively as possible, said Tektronix. In order to guarantee interoperability between different system components, it is often required that a signal source such as an AWG or AFG provide stimulus signals to the subsystem components and then verify that the components work as specified.

"Engineers often need to generate signals and we [Tektronix] meets those needs with the most advanced signal sources available," stated Bob Buxton, Signal Source Marketing Manager for Tektronix. "What has been missing is a way to simplify the test operations. The complexity issue has now been addressed with ArbExpress software.

When used with existing Arbs such as the AWG2000, AWG400, AWG500 and AFG300 series or the new AWG710B and AWG615, and in conjunction with industry-leading Tektronix oscilloscopes, engineers will have a complete and easy-to-use test configuration," Buxton added.

The ArbExpress is Windows based software that combines TekVisa GPIB/LAN connectivity with a UI that will make it simple for any level of operator/user to create real world waveforms for all current Tektronix AWG and AFG instruments. With ArbExpress, engineers will be able to directly import waveforms from an oscilloscope, create waveforms from standard waveform templates, and/or edit with specific anomalies, then send them to the signal sources to feed into the DUT for testing. The software also enables direct files access and instrument control of the Arb by the engineers along with the ability to create a signal using a built-in equation editor, and built-in math functions. Engineers can also perform direct instrument control and file transfer using MatLab software from The MathWorks.

Along with the ArbExpress software introduction, the company also introduced two new AWGsthe AWG710B and AWG615. The 4.2GSps AWG710B delivers world-class signal fidelity with ultra high-speed mixed-signal simulation, a powerful sequencing capability and digital logic outputs. Building on the AWG710B platform, the AWG615 delivers the same signal fidelity up to 2.7GSps.

The software is available via download from the company's website free of charge and supports existing signal sources plus the new AWG710B and AWG615 AWGs.

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