Arbitrary waveform generators step up bandwidths to 160 MHz

November 20, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Teledyne LeCroy's WaveStation function/arbitrary waveform generators now includes three models with bandwidth up to 160 MHz and 500 Msamples/sec sample rate — over three times more bandwidth and four times more sample rate than the existing models.

These instruments have a larger 4.3-in. colour display, intuitive front panel, two output channels, and PC waveform editing software; they are available with bandwidths of 80 MHz, 120 MHz and 160 MHz, each with 500 Msamples/sec sampling rate, 14-bit resolution and 16 kpts memory per channel. Applications with greater memory needs may access 512 kpts of memory on channel 2, a feature that is standard on all new models.

The intuitive front panel provides easy access to basic waveforms and various operating modes. Users can easily create basic sine, square, ramp, pulse, and noise waveforms. The display shows all relevant waveform parameters and waveform shapes. High sample rate and high resolution with low jitter and low harmonic distortion ensures the superior precision of the generated waveform.

Accompanying the WaveStation hardware is a PC software utility which runs on an external PC and provides additional waveform creation capabilities. Waveforms can be created, shaped and edited with the software using mathematical operators, digital filters, or by placing individual sample points. The software also provides a flexible waveform drawing tool allowing you to create a freeform waveform sketch on the PC and output it from the WaveStation. In addition, the WaveStation waveform editing software provides the capability of importing waveforms captured on a WaveAce oscilloscope via USB and recreating them on the WaveStation.

USB and GPIB connectivity enable control of a WaveStation remotely or integration into a test system. All necessary I/O for synchronisation can be accessed on the rear panel. A front panel USB port provides a means of saving waveforms.

Teledyne LeCroy; www.teledynelecroy.com