Tektronix Accelerates Arbitrary Waveform Generators

Released on: August 12, 2008, 5:01 am

Press Release Author: Poragmoni Das

Industry: Telecommunications

Press Release Summary: Tektronix, Inc. announced the new AWG7000B and AWG5000B
Series of Arbitrary Waveform Generators (AWG) . The AWG B series provides a 20%
performance boost over many of the available AWG instruments enabling to meet the
test needs for high-speed serial data buses and wideband RF applications.

Press Release Body:
Now 20% Faster, AWG7000B is the Fastest, Most Capable, and Versatile Waveform
Generator; Unique Software Meets Needs of High-Speed Serial Data and Wideband
Digital RF Test Challenges

Bangalore, India, August 12, 2008 - Tektronix, Inc., a leading, worldwide provider
of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced the new AWG7000B and
AWG5000B Series of Arbitrary Waveform Generators (AWG) www.tek.com/sources. The AWG
B series provides a 20% performance boost over many of the prior AWG instruments and
continues to be the world's fastest and most capable family of AWG's, designed to
meet the test needs for high-speed serial data buses and wideband RF applications.
With 9.6 GHz effective RF output, 10 bit resolution, and sample rates up to 24 GS/s,
the AWG7000B is the only AWG that can produce high-speed serial waveforms with real
life imperfections including noise, jitter, pre/de-emphasis and multi-level
signaling up to 8 Gb/s. Also announced today is the radar signal creation option -
RDR - for the RFXpress Software suite, offering the ultimate flexibility in creating
Pulsed radar waveforms on the AWG7000B and AWG5000B.

"Engineers have told us that they need greater performance, capability, and
versatility from a signal source to keep pace with the latest technology," said Mike
Higashi, vice president, Signal Sources Product Line, Tektronix. "Tektronix
designed the AWG B series to minimize complexity for users and to provide the
performance needed to match increasing high-speed serial data rates and the advance
of wideband digital RF technologies. The AWG B series can create, replicate or
generate virtually any signal and also has the ability to generate up to six signals
simultaneously on the AWG7000B Series. No other AWG can match the performance,
capability and flexibility of the Tektronix AWG B series. "

Meeting the needs of High-Speed Serial Challenges
Design engineers who are developing new technologies such as SATA Gen 3, PCI Express
2.0, PCI Express 3.0, HDMI 1.3, DisplayPort and the latest storage devices need to
process large amounts of data at faster speeds, broader bandwidths and higher
frequencies. AWG's are used by engineers in design and test processes to create,
replicate and generate either ideal, distorted or "real-life" signals including
noise, jitter, glitches and other imperfections to assist with prototype, debug,
verification, and standards compliance for the latest serial data designs.

Tektronix also recently announced the launch of SerialXpress® software that performs
direct synthesis of waveforms for high-speed serial data receiver testing, making it
ideal for testing SATA, SAS, PCI-Express, HDMI, DisplayPort and other serial bus
technologies operating at speeds up to 8 Gbps. SerialXpress manages the creation of
these waveforms for high-speed transmission on the AWG7000B Series. An easy to use
interface provided by the SerialXpress software package makes intuitive the creation
and management of high-speed serial waveforms. The AWG7000B with SerialXpress
software is the world's only one-box high-speed serial data signal generator for
receiver stress testing, eliminating the need for multiple instruments and
complicated test configurations.

Expanding Wideband RF Applications
In the RF world, technologies ranging from a wireless mouse to a satellite imaging
require test equipment that can provide enough sample rate and resolution to
re-create even the most complex RF behavior. The latest digital RF technologies
often exceed the capabilities of current test equipment to generate the wide
bandwidth and fast changing signals that are increasingly seen in many wireless
applications such as UWB-WiMedia, radar, and others. The new AWG B platform
supports wideband RF applications with carrier frequencies up to 9.6 GHz.

RFXpress® is a powerful and easy-to-use software package that is used to create and
edit RF/IF/IQ signals that are generated by arbitrary waveform generators (AWGs).
RFXpress fully exploits the wideband signal generation capabilities of Arbitrary
Waveform Generators (AWGs) to considerably reduce the time needed for signal
creation and simulation, and reducing overall development and test time. The
AWG7000B supports direct generation of signals in all UWB-WiMedia bandgroups
(BG1-BG6) when used with RFXpress and WiMedia options.

The new RDR option for RFXpress offers the ultimate flexibility in creating pulsed
radar waveforms. Option RDR provides the ability to build a radar pulse suite
starting from a pulse, to pulse trains, to pulse groups. It supports applications
such as resolving range and doppler ambiguity, frequency hopping for Electronic
Counter Counter Measures (ECCM) and Pulse to Pulse Amplitude variation to simulate
Swerling target models.

UWB-WiMedia signal creation for all the bandgroups of the UWB spectrum is possible
with the updated RFXpress option UWBCF/UWBCT. The UWB-WiMedia conformance mode
enables generation of all signals that conform to standard specifications, while the
custom mode enables adjustment of the signals for stress and margin testing.

AWG7000B Provides World's Fastest Performance

The maximum sample rate has increased from 20 GS/s in the previous generation to 24
GS/s with the AWG7000B Series providing engineers with 20% improvement, more than 4x
the performance compared to any other AWG. The AWG7000B is able to generate
signals including imperfections such as noise and jitter up to 12 Gb/s with 35 ps
rise time (20/80) for high-speed serial data applications and modulated digital
RF/IF signals up to 9.6 GHz for wideband applications including advanced radar.

Pricing and Availability
The AWG5000B and AWG7000B Series are available immediately for order. U.S. MSRP
starts at $28,000 for the 600 MS/s AWG5002B and $65,000 for the 6 GS/s AWG7061B.
The RFXpress software package starts at $5,000 U.S. MSRP.

About Tektronix
Tektronix is a leading supplier of test, measurement, and monitoring products,
solutions and services for the communications, computer, and semiconductor
industries - as well as military/aerospace, consumer electronics, education and a
broad range of other industries worldwide. With 60 years of experience, Tektronix
enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global
communications networks, computing and advanced technologies. Headquartered in
Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in 19 countries worldwide. Tektronix\'
Web address is www.tektronix.com.

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