33250A Agilent Arbitrary Waveform Generator


The 33250A is an 80 MHz Function/Arbitrary from Agilent. An arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) is a type of electronic test equipment people use to generate repetitive or single-shot electrical waveforms. Single-shot waveforms require a triggering source, either internal or external, while repetitive waveforms do not. Inject the signal the waveform generator creates into a device for analysis during testing, finding problems with the device, or confirming proper operation.


  • 80 MHz sine and square waveforms
  • Ramp, triangle, pulse, noise & DC waveforms
  • 12-bit, 200 MSa/s, 64 Kpoint arbitrary waveforms
  • 50 MHz pulse waveforms with variable rise/fall times
  • AM, FM & FSK, burst (all internal/external)
  • Linear & logarithmic sweeps and burst operation modes
  • Graph mode for visual verification of signal settings
  • IntuiLink software plus GPIB & RS-232 interfaces included
  • Built-in multiple-unit link for synchronous channels

The Agilent Technologies 33250A function/arbitrary waveform generator uses direct digital-synthesis techniques to create a stable, accurate output on all waveforms, down to 1 μHz frequency resolution. The benefits are apparent in every signal you produce, from the sine wave frequency accuracy to the fast rise/fall times of square waves, to the ramp

Front-panel operation of the is straightforward and user-friendly. The knob or numeric keypad can be used to adjust frequency, amplitude and offset. You can even enter voltage values directly in Vpp, Vrms, dBm, or high/low levels. Timing parameters can be entered in hertz (Hz) or seconds.

Custom Waveform Generation
Why settle for a basic function generator when you can get arbitrary waveforms at no extra cost? With this instrument, you can generate arbitrary waveforms with 12-bit vertical resolution, 64K memory depth, and a sample rate of 200 MSa/s. You can also, store up to four 64K-deep arbitrary waveforms in non-volatile memory with user-defined names to help you find the right waveform when you need it most. The included Agilent IntuiLink software allows you to easily create, edit, and download complex waveforms using the IntuiLink arbitrary waveform editor. Or you can capture a waveform using IntuiLink oscilloscope or DMM and send it to the generator for output. For programmers, ActiveX components can
be used to control the instrument using SCPI commands. IntuiLink provides the tools to easily create, download, and manage waveforms for your unit. 

Pulse Generation
The pulse generator can generate simple pulses up to 50 MHz. With variable edge time, pulse width and voltage level, the instrument is ideally suited to a wide variety of pulse applications.

Built-in Versatility
AM, FM and FSK capabilities make it easy to modulate waveforms with or without a separate source. Linear or logarithmic sweeps can be performed with a programmable frequency marker signal. Programmable burst count and gating allow you to further customize your signal. For system applications, both GPIB and RS-232 interfaces are standard, and support full programmability using SCPI commands.

Color Graphical Display
The unique design of the unit combines a low-profile instrument with the benefits of a color graphical display. Now you can display multiple waveform parameters at the same time. The graphical interface also allows you to modify arbitrary waveforms quickly and easily.

Timebase Stability and Clock Reference
The 33250A TCXO timebase gives you frequency accuracy of 2 ppm for your most demanding applications. The external clock reference input/output lets you synchronize to an external 10 MHz clock, to another instrument, or to another Agilent 332XXA function/arbitrary waveform generator. Phase adjustments can be made from the front panel or via a computer interface, allowing precise phase calibration and adjustment.

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