Arbitrary waveform generator ready for electronica

7th November 2018
Posted By : Mick Elliott
Arbitrary waveform generator ready for electronica

The AFG31000 Arbitrary Function Generator from Tektronix is in stock at Farnell element14. It is designed for the demanding performance expectations throughout the product realisation process. The instrument incorporates a 9-inch capacitive touch display and a shallow menu tree that make locating and changing settings quicker, whilst also making browsing easier.

It will also monitor the generated waveform on the device under test in real time using InstaView. This simplifies the user’s job by verifying what the generated waveform looks like in real time when the signal is output from the AFG31000 to the test point in the circuit under test.

InstaView eliminates the need to use an oscilloscope to probe at that test point and as such adds confidence for users.

An advanced sequence mode for creating long or complex waveforms makes the AFG31000 an alternative for users who need long, non-repeating waveforms, or multiple waveforms with complex timing.

The instrument can also “draw” a waveform on-screen with fingertips using the built-in waveform creation tool. The built-in ArbBuilder enables arbitrary waveform creation and editing software eliminates the need to connect to a PC or use a USB memory to load arbitrary waveforms.

James McGregor, Global Head Test, Tools and Production Supplies at Premier Farnell and Farnell element14 said: “As the Development Distributor, Farnell element14 has the broadest range of in-stock test & measurement products in the high service distribution market. The AFG31000 is available from Farnell element14 and combines industry firsts that will make it easier for engineers and researches who need to generate increasingly complex test cases for debugging, troubleshooting, characterising and validating devices under test to focus on the task at hand without having to learn how to use the tool.”

The generator is available in 1- and 2-channel models, each having an output amplitude range from 1 mVP-P to 10 VP-P into 50-ohm loads.

A wide range of operating modes are available includes sine waves from 25 to 250MHz, sampling (at 14-bit vertical resolution) from 250MS/s to 2GS/s, and continuous, modulation, sweeping and burst run modes (with 128 kpoints arbitrary waveform memory on each channel).

A variety of more complex waveforms are also available in the advanced sequence mode, which adds value for design or failure analysis engineers, by verifying whether their circuit will operate as planned or how it will respond under extreme or stressed conditions. It will on show at electronica (November 13-16) in Farnell element14's Build and Test zone on the Avnet stand, Hall C Stand 101.




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