MANHASSET, NY -- Agilent is aiming an arbitrary waveform generator at radar, satellite and electronic warfare device designers to make reliable, repeatable measurements and create highly realistic signal scenarios to test their products.
Precision arbitrary waveform generation is required for realistic testing of low-observable aircraft systems and for high-density communications used in satellite communications systems.
The M8190A arbitrary waveform generator delivers simultaneous high resolution and wide bandwidth along with industry-leading spurious-free dynamic range and very low harmonic distortion. The instrument’s 2-GSa memory allows designers to create longer test scenarios that are more realistic.
"The M8190 AWG allows engineers to approach reality when they create test scenarios," said Jürgen Beck, general manager of Agilent's digital and photonic test business, in a statement.
The M8190A has 14 bits of resolution and up to 5 GHz of analog bandwidth per channel simultaneously.
A proprietary digital-to-analog converter designed by the Agilent Measurement Research Lab and fabricated with an advanced silicon-germanium BiCMOS process yielded a DAC operating at 8 Gsamples/s with 14-bit resolution and at 12 Gsamples/s with 12-bit resolution. At 8 GSa/s, the Agilent DAC delivers up to -80 dBc SFDR, an industry-leading specification.
It was this technology breakthrough that eliminates the trade-off between high resolution and wide bandwidth so measurements are more reliable and repeatable and engineers are less likely to misinterpret glitches in the waveforms as analog output.
The M8190A runs on an AXIe modular system, which is designed for high-performance instrumentation. It can be used with either a 2-slot or 5-slot chassis.
Agilent’s demonstration of the M8190A 12-GSa/s arbitrary waveform generator can be seen here