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AWG520

Arbitrary Waveform Generators

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Features & Benefits

  • Two Channels with 10-Bit Vertical Resolution
  • Independent 10-Channel, 1 GHz Digital Data Generation (Opt. 03)
  • Built-in Independent Real-time Noise Generation
  • External Clock Input Permits Jitter Insertion and Synchronization
  • Supports Direct External Clock and 10 MHz Reference Input
  • Unique Real-time Sequencing Links Multiple Waveform Files Creating Waveforms of Nearly Infinite Length
  • Built-in Application Generates Jitter, Data Communication and Disk Drive Waveforms
  • User Modified Isolation Pulse for Disk Drive Testing
  • Built-in 10 GB Hard Drive for Mass Data Storage that can Optionally be made Removable for Secure Applications (using Opt 11)
  • Optional 128 MB Flash Disk for ATE Applications (Opt 10)
  • Replace Standard Function and Sweep Generators in Wide Range of Applications

Applications

  • Communications Design and Test:
    • Low Frequency Modulated RF with Components Using AM and FM Modulation
    • Digital Information Encoding Using FSK, PSK and QAM (Quadrature Modulation) for Cellular, Fax and Modem Communications
  • Optical Communications Design and Test:
    • Reflections, Crosstalk and Ground Bounce Simulation
  • Pulse Generation:
    • Duty Cycle Ranges from 0% to 100% for NRZ Data
    • Testing Clock/Gating Width Variations
  • Real-world Simulations:
    • Corrupt Ideal Waveforms
    • Add Jitter to Waveforms
    • EMP/EMI and Other System Noise
    • Power Supply Noise and Ripple
    • Transducer Simulation

AWG520 Solves Communications Physical Layer and Media Storage Design and Test Challenges

The AWG520's unique design combines a graphical editing display with powerful output capabilities to simplify the creation of arbitrary and complex waveforms and enable easy on-screen waveform editing. With the AWG520's many built-in intuitive and powerful features, you can easily develop and edit custom waveforms. Option 03 adds an independent 10–bit-wide digital data port that can be used in conjunction with marker outputs for data generation up to 14–bits wide at up to 1 GHz (14–bits, AWG520). Direct waveform transfer capability makes the AWG520 the perfect complement to selected Tektronix oscilloscopes.

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The AWG520 can easily generate telecom signals which complement masks from a digital oscilloscope.

Characteristics

Operating Modes

Continuous - Waveform is iteratively output. If a sequence is defined, the sequence order and repeat functions are applied.

Triggered - Waveform is output only once when an external, internal GPIB/Ethernet or manual trigger is received.

Gated - Waveform begins output when gate is true and resets to beginning when false.

Enhanced - Waveform is output as defined by the sequence.

Arbitrary Waveforms

Waveform Length - 256 to 4,194,048 points in multiples of four.

Sequence Length - 1 to 8,000 steps. Both CH1 and CH2 operate from the same sequence.

Sequence Repeat Counter - 1 to 65,536 or infinite.

Function Generator Waveforms

Operation Mode - Continuous mode only.

Waveform Shape - Sine, Triangle, Square, Ramp, Pulse, or DC.

Frequency - 1.000 Hz to 100.0 MHz.

Amplitude -

Range: 0.020 Vpp to 2 Vpp into 50 Ω.

Resolution: 1 mV.

Offset -

Range: -1.000 V to +1.000 V into 50 Ω.

Resolution: 1 mV.

DC Level - DC waveform only.

Range: -1.000 V to +1.000 V into 50 Ω.

Resolution: 1 mV.

Phase -

Range: -360° to +360°.

Resolution:

1.000 Hz to 100.0 kHz: 0.036° step.

100.01 kHz to 1.000 MHz: 0.36° step.

1.001 MHz to 5.000 MHz: 1.8° step.

5.001 MHz to 10.00 MHz: 3.6° step.

10.001 MHz to 20.00 MHz: 7.2° step.

20.001 MHz to 25.00 MHz: 9° step.

25.001 MHz to 40.00 MHz: 14.4° step.

40.001 MHz to 50.00 MHz: 18° step.

50.001 MHz to 100.0 MHz: 36° step.

Polarity - Normal, Invert.

Duty Cycle -

Range: 0.1% to 99.9%, Pulse waveform only.

Resolution:

1.000 Hz to 1.000 MHz: 0.1% step.

1.001 MHz to 5.000 MHz: 0.5% step.

5.001 MHz to 10.00 MHz: 1% step.

10.01 MHz to 20.00 MHz: 2% step.

20.01 MHz to 25.00 MHz: 2.5% step.

25.001 MHz to 40.00 MHz: 4% step.

40.01 MHz to 50.00 MHz: 5% step.

50.01 MHz to 100.00 MHz: 10% step.

Marker Out -

Marker1 Pulse Width: Hi / Lo: 20% / 80% of Period.

Marker2 Pulse Width:

Hi / Lo: 50% / 50% of Period, except 5.001 MHz to 8.000 MHz.

Hi / Lo: 52% / 48% of Period, at 5.001 MHz to 8.000 MHz.

Marker Level:

Hi Level: 2 V into 50 Ω.

Lo Level: 0V into 50 Ω.

Clock Generator

Sampling Frequency - 50.000000 kHz to 1.0000000 GHz.

Resolution - 8 digits.

Internal Clock - Accuracy: ±1 ppm.

Phase Noise:

At 1 GHz, 10 kHz offset: -80 dBc/Hz.

At 1 GHz, 100 kHz offset: -100 dBc/Hz.

Internal Trigger Generator

Internal Trigger Rate - Range: 1.0 μs to 10.0 s.

Resolution: 3 digits, 0.1 μs minimum.

Accuracy: ±0.1%.

Main Output

Output Signal - Single-ended; CH1 and CH2.

DA Converter - Resolution: 10-Bit.

Differential Non-linearity: ±1 LSB.

Integral Non-linearity: ±1 LSB.

Normal Out - Pulse Response (-1 and 1 waveform data, 0 V offset, Through filter):

Rise time (10 to 90%): Amplitude >1.0 V, ≤2.5 ns; Amplitude ≤1.0 V, ≤1.5 ns.

Fall time (10 to 90%): Amplitude >1.0 V, ≤2.5 ns; Amplitude ≤1.0 V, ≤1.7 ns.

Aberrations (at 500 MHz): Amplitude >1.0 V, ±10%; Amplitude ≤1.0 V, ±7%.

Flatness (after 50 ns from rise/fall edge): ±3%.

Small signal bandwidth (-3 dB, Amplitude 0.5 V): 300 MHz.

Sinewave Characteristics (1 GS/s clock, 32 waveform points, 31.25 MHz signal frequency, 1.0 V amplitude, 0 V offset, Through filter):

Harmonics: ≤-50 dBc, DC to 400 MHz.

Noise: ≤-53 dBc, DC to 400 MHz.

Phase Noise: ≤-90 dbc/Hz at 10 kHz offset.

Filter:

Type: 10, 20, 50, 100 MHz Bessel low-pass.

Rise time (10 to 90%): 10 MHz, 35 ns; 20 MHz, 17 ns; 50 MHz, 7.0 ns; 100 MHz, 3.5 ns.

Delay from trigger: 10 MHz, 77 ns +1 clock; 20 MHz, 57 ns +1 clock; 50 MHz, 45 ns +1 clock; 100 MHz, 42 ns +1 clock; Through, 37 ns +1 clock.

Direct DA Out - Output Voltage: 0.5 Vp-p (with -0.27 V offset) into 50 Ω.

Amplitude Accuracy: 0.5 Vp-p ±10%.

DC Offset Accuracy: -0.27 V ±10% (waveform data = 0).

Pulse Response (-1 and 1 waveform data):

Rise time (10 to 90%): ≤700 ps.

Fall time (10 to 90%): ≤700 ps.

Output Impedance - 50 Ω.

Connector - Front panel BNC.

Channel Output Summary

Output Type

AWG520

Analog

2

Complement

N/A

Marker

CH1: M1, M2

CH2: M1, M2

Digital (Option 03)

2 Analog (CH2 Analog = D0 to D9, CH1 and CH2 Analog independent.), D0 to D9, 4 Markers

Auxiliary Outputs

Marker - Number:

AWG520: 4.

Level:

Hi/Lo: -2.0 V to 2.0 V (0.05 Vp-p to 4 Vp-p) into 50 Ω; -4.0 V to 4.0 V (0.1 Vp-p to 8 Vp-p) into 1 MΩ.

Resolution: 0.05 V.

Accuracy: Within ±0.1 V ±5% of setting.

Rise/Fall Time (10 to 90%, typical):

At 1 Vp-p, Hi +0.5 V/Lo -0.5 V: 0.5 ns.

At 2 Vp-p, Hi +1 V/Lo -1 V: 1.0 ns.

At 4 Vp-p, Hi +2 V/Lo -2 V: 2.0 ns.

Variable Delay:

Range: 0 ns to +2 ns.

Resolution: 20 ps.

Marker Skew: 32 ps.

Connector: Rear-panel SMB.

Clock Out - Level: ECL 100 K compatible.

Connector: Front-panel BNC.

Noise - Level:

Range: -145 dBm/Hz to -105 dBm/Hz.

Resolution: 1 dB.

Accuracy: ±2.5 dB at 100 MHz.

Flatness: ±2.5 dB, 1 MHz to 300 MHz (referenced to -105 dBm/Hz at 100 MHz).

Type: Gaussian.

Connector: Front-panel BNC.

Digital Data Out (Opt. 03) - Output Signals: D0 to D9 (10-Bits).

Level:

Hi/Lo: -2.0 V to 2.0 V (0.1 Vp-p to 4 Vp-p) into 50 Ω; -4.0 V to 4.0 V (0.2 Vp-p to 8 Vp-p) into 1 MΩ.

Resolution: 0.1 V.

Accuracy: Within ±0.1 V ±5% of setting.

Rise/Fall Time (10 to 90%) typical:

At 1 Vp-p, Hi +0.5 V/Lo -0.5 V: 0.5 ns.

At 2 Vp-p, Hi +1 V/Lo -1 V: 1.0 ns.

At 4 Vp-p, Hi +2 V/Lo -2 V: 2.0 ns.

Skew Between Data: ≤1 ns, 330 ps typical.

Delay:

Data to marker: 4.4 ns.

Clock to data: 3.7 ns.

Connector: Rear-panel SMB.

Auxiliary Inputs

Trigger In - Impedance: 1 kΩ or 50  Ω.

Polarity: POS or NEG.

Input Voltage Range:

1 kΩ: ±10 V.

50 Ω: ±5 V.

Threshold:

Level: -5.0 V to 5.0 V.

Resolution: 0.1 V.

Accuracy: ±(5% of level + 0.1 V).

Pulse Width (0.2 V amplitude): 10 ns minimum.

Trigger Holdoff: 500 ns maximum.

Delay to Marker: 30 ns +1 clock.

Connector: Front-panel BNC.

Event Trig Input - Number of Events: 4 Bits.

Input Signals: 4 event bits, strobe.

Threshold: TTL level.

Pulse Width: 64 clocks minimum.

Maximum Input: 0 V to +5 V (DC + peak AC).

Delay to Analog Out: ≤384 clock +20 ns.

Impedance 2.2 kΩ, pull-up to +5 V.

Connector: Rear-panel 9-Pin D-sub.

CH1 ADD Input - Input Voltage Range: -1 V to 1 V (DC + peak AC).

Impedance: 50  Ω.

Bandwidth (-3 dB): DC to 200 MHz at 1 Vp-p input.

Amplitude Accuracy: ±5%.

Connector: Front-panel BNC.

Reference 10 MHz Clock IN - Input Voltage Range: 0.2 V to 3.0 Vp-p, ±10 V maximum.

Impedance: 50 Ω, AC coupled.

Frequency Range: 10 MHz ±0.1 MHz.

Connector: Rear-panel BNC.

External Sample Clock In

Input Voltage Range - 0.25 Vp-p to 1 Vp-p.

Maximum Input Voltage Range - ±10 Vmax.

Impedance - 50 Ω, AC coupling.

Frequency Range - 10 MHz to 900 MHz.

Duty Cycle Ratio - 40% to 60%.

Pulse Width - 0.5 ns minimum.

Connector - Rear panel BNC.

Display

Area - 13.2 cm (5.2 in.) horizontal by 9.9 cm (3.9 in.) vertical.

Resolution - 640 horizontal by 480 vertical pixels.

Data Storage

Internal Hard Disk Drive - 10.0 GB (standard).

Floppy Disk Drive - 3.5 in., 1.44 MB.

Option 10 - Substitute flash disk (128 MB) for HDD, add standby switch. (Opt. 10 is best suited for ATE and system usage requiring 7x24 hour operation.)

Option 11 - Substitute Internal Hard Disk Drive with removable 10.0 GB Hard Disk Drive mounted on top of the instrument

Environmental, EMC, Safety

Temperature - Operating: 10 °C to +40 °C.

Nonoperating: -20 °C to +60 °C.

Humidity - Operating: 20 to 80%, noncondensing.

Nonoperating: 5 to 90%, noncondensing.

Altitude - Operating: Up to 4,500 m. (15,000 ft). Maximum operating temperature decreases 1 °C per 300 m above 1.5 km.

Nonoperating: Up to 15,000 m (50,000 ft.).

Vibration (test limits) - Operating: 0.27 GRMS from 5 to 500 Hz, 10 minutes duration.

Nonoperating: 2.28 GRMS from 5 to 500 Hz, 10 minutes duration.

Shock (test limits) - Nonoperating: 294 m/s2 (30 G), half-sine, 11 ms duration.

EMC Compliance - EN50081-1.

EN50082-1.

FCC Part 15, Subchapter B Class A.

AS/NZS 20641/2.

Safety - UL3111-1, CSA1010.1, EN61010-1, IEC61010-1.

Power

Source Power - Line Voltage Range: 100 to 240 VAC.

Line Frequency: 48 to 63 Hz.

Power Consumption - 600 W at 8 A maximum.

Physical Characteristics

Dimensions

mm

in.

Weight

kg

lbs.

Height

178

7.0

Height with Option 11

215.5

8.48

Width

422

17.5

Depth

560

25.8

Net

17

37.5

Warranty - One year parts and labor.

Other

Programmable Interface - GPIB: 24-Pin IEEE488.1 connector.

Ethernet: 10Base-T, RJ-45 connector.

Keyboard Connector - 6-Pin mini-DIN connector.

Ordering Information

AWG520

Programmable Dual-channel Arbitrary Waveform Generator.

Includes: User manual (071-0099-00), Programmer manual (071-0100-00), GPIB programming examples disk (063-2982-00), sample waveform library disk (063-2981-00), AXW100 ArbExpress™ Software Utility CD (063-3763-00 ), performance verification disk (063-2983-00), power cord, fuse (159-0239-00). Please specify power plug when ordering.

Recommended Accessories

Service Manual - Order 071-0101-01.

Protective Cover - Order 200-3696-01.

GPIB Cable - Order 012-0991-01.

50 Ω BNC Cable (36-inch) - Order 012-1341-00.

50 Ω BNC Cable (98-inch) - Order 012-1256-00.

50 Ω SMB Cable - Order 012-1458-00.

50 Ω SMB-to-BNC Cable - Order 012-1459-00.

50 Ω BNC Termination - Order 011-0049-02.

800 MHz BNC Low-pass Filter - Order 015-0660-00.

400 MHz BNC Low-Pass Filter - Order 015-0659-00.

200 MHz BNC Low-Pass Filter - Order 015-0658-00.

100 MHz BNC Low-Pass Filter - Order 015-0657-00.

Rackmount Conversion Kit - Order 016-1675-01.

Keyboard - IBM-compatible 4-Pin mini DIN connector.

Spare Removable Hard Disk Kit - Order 650-4643-00 (Opt 11 Must be installed).

Options

Opt. 03 - CH. 2 10-Bit output up to 1 GHz.

Opt. 10 - Flashdisk (128 MB) and standby switch - removes HDD. (Opt. 10 is best suited for ATE and system usage requiring 7x24 hour operation.)

Opt. 11 - Removable Hard Disk (exclusive to Option 10 and/or Option 3)

Opt. 1R - Rackmount.

Power Plug Options

Opt. A0 - North America Power

Opt. A1 - Universal EURO Power

Opt. A2 - United Kingdom Power

Opt. A3 - Australia Power

Opt. A4 - 240 V, North America Power

Opt. A5 - Switzerland Power

Service

Opt. C3 - Calibration Service 3 Years

Opt. C5 - Calibration Service 5 Years

Opt. D1 - Calibration Data Report

Opt. D3 - Calibration Data Report 3 Years (with Option C3)

Opt. D5 - Calibration Data Report 5 Years (with Option C5)

Opt. R3 - Repair Service 3 Years

Opt. R5 - Repair Service 5 Years

Warranty

One year parts and labor.