Microwave Journal

Agilent Introduces High-resolution Arbitrary Waveform Generator

April 15, 2010

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced the 81180A arbitrary waveform generator, a new generation of instrument that bridges the trade-off between bandwidth and bits. The 8118A is a new class of instrument, an arbitrary waveform generator that provides greater bandwidth and higher resolution.

Until now, engineers had to decide between the optimal bandwidth and optimal signal quality for their application. But many of today’s applications require high bandwidth and high-signal quality. For example, to ensure measurement reliability in aerospace and defense (A&D) applications, high performance and good dynamic range is a must.

“Many of our customers, especially in the A&D industry, are requesting higher bandwidth in conjunction with higher vertical resolution,” said Jürgen Beck, General Manager of Agilent’s Digital Photonic Test business. “This new dimension of bandwidth and signal quality ensures the required test repeatability. Just high bandwidth instruments are not sufficient.”

Transferring high-volume data requires digital modulation capabilities with a high dynamic range. With Agilent’s new 81180A arbitrary waveform generator, test engineers can achieve both up to 1.5 GHz bandwidth and 12-bit vertical resolution.

The advanced sequencing in the 81180A supports complex arbitrary waveform. Three levels of sequencing, combined with 64M point’s memory, allow engineers to set up complex real-world signals. The dynamic control connector lets real-time applications control the waveform and allows external select sequences.