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8770A HP Arbitrary Waveform Generator


The 8770A is an Arbitrary Waveform Generator from HP. 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.


  • Complex IF signals (DC to 50 MHz)
  • Includes HP-IB
  • Switches frequencies as fast as 8 ns, phase continuous
  • -110 to +10 dBm
  • Attenuator: 110 dB in 10 dB steps

The HP 8770A is an excellent signal simulator for conventional analog communications systems, digital microwave radios, and satelite communications systems. Design and generate amplitude-, frequency-, and phase-modulated communications signals with digital precision. Exploit memory sequencing to hop from one frequency to the next with fast frequency switching speed an dphase continuity. Simulate Nyquist  filter responses in software to eliminate time-consuming and costly hardware filters.

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