Enhanced arbitrary waveform generator supports EW testing

19th February 2019
Source: Tektronix
Posted By : Mick Elliott
Enhanced arbitrary waveform generator supports EW testing

The AWG70000B Series Arbitrary Waveform Generator has been launched by Tektronix with new features that enable it to fully support the testing of complex electronic warfare and wireless communications systems that require the ability to dynamically alter signal sequences during test scenarios.

In complex test scenarios, engineers and researchers need flexibility to accurately recreate real-world signals and cycle through fast-changing signal tests quickly.

To meet these requirements, Tektronix is bringing new Streaming Waveform ID functionality to its family of high-performance arbitrary waveform generators and doubling available waveform memory to 32 GSamples.

These capabilities provide significant advantages for replicating the chaos of the real world during simulation exercises and evaluation of modulated signal formats.

The Streaming Waveform ID feature provides users with immediate access to a total of 16,383 sequence steps though a direct Ethernet interface. With this expanded access, users can change scenarios quickly to replicate real-world simulations far more accurately in less time.

In electronic warfare simulation, dynamic signal scenarios and deeper waveform memory enable engineers to generate more complex and longer strings of continuous radar pulses to more effectively simulate electronic counter measures.

For wireless communications research, engineers can now change modulation types on the fly to simulate Doppler radars, building obstructions or other obstacles to improve orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) signal durability in real-world deployments.

The AWG70000B Series also includes support for the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system to meet IT security mandates for instrument operation in government agencies and corporate IT departments.

The instrument provides cutting-edge performance with up to 50GSamples/s, 10-bit vertical resolution and spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) of up to -80dBc.

This enables generation of highly precise RF signals and gives users high confidence in their measurement stimulus system.

The signal generator works with advanced SourceXpress PC-based software to simplify and accelerate test signal creation.

SourceXpress allows users to create signals anywhere and control multiple AWGs. SourceXpress is supported by a growing library of plug-ins to provide application-optimised waveform creation capabilities for RF, radar, high-speed serial, optical and other applications.

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