The Proteus family of arbitrary waveform generators (AWG) from Tabor Electronics was designed to solve measurement challenges in physics, communications, radar/electronic warfare (EW) and automotive sensors. With a bandwidth to 4 GHz and a frequency range to 9 GHz, these instruments provide signal generation capability for 5G, Wi-Fi 6, ultra-wideband (UWB), wideband linear FM (LFM) and LiDAR. Additionally, the optional RF digitizer and on-board FPGA provide a fully closed-loop, real-time measurement system, which is why Proteus is defined as an arbitrary waveform transceiver (AWT).
The heart of the AWT is a performance FPGA, which controls all the operational modes of the instrument:
- Fast sequencing waveforms from memory
- Controlling the RF digital-to-analog converters with built-in I/Q modulators
- Acquiring wideband signals with the RF analog-to-digital converters.
- Performing high speed measurement processing using an FPGA decision block system
- Streaming high speed waveforms from an external computer or disk.
The Proteus system helps physicists by modifying control waveforms based on measurements, especially compensating for noise and decoherence. For RF engineers designing amplifiers for Wi-Fi 6, 5G and UWB, the ability to stimulate, measure, process and re-stimulate leads to faster, lower cost device characterization. For radar/EW, the high fidelity signal creation of the AWG can generate fine details of a threat signal. Combined with the AWT, the ability to receive, process and adapt the signal based on the environment or countermeasures enables testing and evaluating more realistic scenarios. This same capability makes the AWT well suited for automotive sensors such as radar and LiDAR.
The Proteus family is available in multiple channel configurations and form factors, from benchtop to PXIe.