AWG610 Tektronix Arbitrary Waveform Generator


The AWG610 is an Arbitrary Waveform Generator from Tektronix. 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.

Additional Features:

  • Waveform Length – 512 to 8,100,032 points in multiples of eight.
  • Sequence Length – 1 to 8,000 steps.
  • Sequence Repeat Counter – 1 to 65,536 or infinite.
  • Sample Rate to 2.6 GS/s Tests High-speed Devices and Subsystems
  • Output Bandwidths Available to Over 800 MHz
  • Record Length to 8 M Words for Longest Signal Playtimes
  • Vertical Resolution 8 Bits for Precise Signal Replication
  • Channel 1 and Complementary Output
  • Marker Output 2 per Channel, Variable and Complementary for Mixed Signals
  • 400 fs Resolution Edge Shift Control for Greater Timing Precision
  • Direct Waveform Transfers from DSO
  • File Transfers from GPIB, Floppy Disk, or 10 Base-T Ethernet
  • On-Screen Waveform Creation and Editing for Ease-of-Use
  • Arbitrary or Standard Waveform Generation for Flexible Use
  • Unique Real-Time Sequencing Effectively Extends Records for Virtually Infinite Record Lengths
  • Programmable via GPIB and 10 Base-T Ethernet
  • Built-in Hard Drive for Mass Data Storage


  • Disk Drive Read/Write Design and Test
  • Communications Design and Test
  • Pulse Generation
  • Real-world simulations

Applications include characterization of designs for new and emerging standards by simulating “real” physical layer conditions. Margin testing includes nominal and impaired signals that simulate amplitude and timing impairments like:

  • Cross talk
  • Intersymbol effects
  • Reflections
  • Ground Bounce
  • Noise simulations
  • Jitter testing, and more

The High performance AWG family of Arbitrary Generators from Tektronix can create ideal signals conforming to specific standards or “real-world” signals with speed, precision and ease. They provide the highest clock speeds from 1 GS/ s to 2.6 GS/ s, 10 or 8 bit DAC resolution and up to 8 Mega bytes of memory depth.

They combine waveform generation and editing in one package that enables you to:

  • Create a waveform from scratch
  • Automatically transfer a waveform from a DPO or DSO
  • Download signals created via computer simulation tools
  • Modify a signal using the built-in editors

These instruments can simulate “real-world” signal impairments such as Noise, Jitter, Fading and more.

Their unique design integrates a graphical editing display with the most powerful hardware output capabilities available. This allows onscreen viewing of waveform editing and simplifies “whatif” test scenarios by easily allowing the creation of composite signals. The family uses a graphical user interface to overcome the historical difficulties associated with developing arbitrary and complex waveforms. Several intuitive and powerful techniques are built-in to develop and edit custom waveforms.

As a premier member of the Tektronix family of arbitrary generators, the AWG 610 is an easy-to-u se, high performance, flag-ship product.
The AWG 610 provides the world’s fastest and deepest memory with its 2.6 GS/s sample clock rate and 8 Mega-points of execution memory.

The AWG 610 provides up to 2 V output or 4 V into a differential input with the complementary output with 460 MHz bandwidth at normal mode (1 V output or 2 V into differential input with the complementary output with 875 MHz bandwidth at direct out), each with 8-Bits vertical resolution. The AWG 610 also provides 2-channels complementary 2.5 V variable marker (Tr/Tf : <150 ps @ 2 Vp-p ) data 100 ps deskew resolution at up to 2.6 GHz.

The high performance AWG 610 is fully programmable via GPIB. For throughput critical applications, the AWG 610 is also programmable via the 10-Base-T Ethernet port and provides an order of magnitude faster data transfers. Its GPIB reduces the programming effort required. As a result, it is the ideal addition to provide standard and arbitrary waveform generation for your system environment. An optional rack mount is available for easy hardware integration into your test system.

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