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Spectrum releases generatorNETBOX series of waveform generators

Spectrum releases generatorNETBOX series of waveform generators

July 29 2016.  Spectrum Instrumentation's release of the generatorNETBOX series of arbitrary waveform generators (AWGs), based on the LXI instrumentation standard, are designed to open doors for engineers and scientists who need to generate electronic signals in automated test and remote applications.

Technical Highlights:

  • LXI-based arbitrary waveform generators with 14 and 16 bit resolutions for accurate signal generation
  • Output rates up to 1.25 GS/s with 400 MHz bandwidth
  • Models with two, four and eight fully synchronized channels
  • Single-shot, Loop, FIFO, gating and sequence replay modes
  • SBench6-Pro software for waveform creation, control and documentation

The LXI-based AWGs combine  digital-to-analog converter (DAC) technology and can generate signals from DC up to 400 MHz in frequency. Full remote control is achieved through an Ethernet connection to any PC or local area network (LAN) for easy integration into any test system.

The generatorNETBOX series is available with two, four or eight synchronous channels. For high frequency applications, the fast, high-resolution DN2.66x AWGs use DACs with 16 bit vertical resolution and offer output rates up to either 1.25 GS/s or 625 MS/s. They also include large on-board memories (up to 2 x 4 GB) and a generous output voltage range of up to ±4 V (±5 V for 625 MS/s models) into high impedance and ±2 V (±2.5 V for 625 MS/s models) into 50O.

For lower frequency applications, Spectrum offers the DN2.60x AWGs, which utilize 14 bit DAC technology that can output signals at rates up to 125 MS/s. These instruments are ideal for applications where signals with frequency content up to 60 MHz need to be produced.

To allow the generation of long and complex waveforms, the AWGs combine their large on-board memories (2 GSamples for DN2.66x series and 512 MSamples for DN2.60x series) with a number of operating modes such as single-shot, loop, FIFO, gating and sequence replay. In FIFO mode, the instruments can stream data from PC memory to the AWG memory over the GBit Ethernet port. The AWGs can even output signals while new waveform data is being sent to the on-board memory.

Each channel is clocked using a precision phase locked loop (PLL) control system generated internally or from an external clock or reference. Front-panel multi-purpose I/O connectors enhance system flexibility by allowing access to asynchronous digital inputs, asynchronous digital outputs, the trigger output, the run and arm status, the PLL reference clock and a marker output.

The generatorNETBOX products can be benchtop or rack mounted. For mobile applications they can also be powered by an optional 12 or 24 VDC source.

The instruments are self-contained and come with the tools necessary to generate a variety of waveforms.