Tektronix Improves Signal Source Ease-of-Use with ArbExpress Software

6/15/2004 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced the availability of ArbExpressTM PC-based software that raises ease-of-use to a new level for arbitrary waveform generators (AWG) and arbitrary function generators (AFG), both signal sources from Tektronix. The software is available via download from the Tektronix website free of charge and supports existing signal sources plus the new AWG710B and AWG615 arbitrary waveform generators.

With today's faster engineering life cycles to achieve faster time to market, it is important to be able to test designs with real world signals and characteristics as easily and effectively as possible. In order to guarantee interoperability between different system components, it is often required that a signal source such as an Arbitrary Waveform Generator (AWG) or Arbitrary Function Generator (AFG) provide stimulus signals to the subsystem components and then verify that the components work as specified. In order to generate these real world signals, they must first be created. Creating these waveforms has historically been a challenge and a cause of increasing the time to market for the product being designed or tested. ArbExpress, a waveform creation and editing tool for Tektronix AWG and AFG instruments provides an easy to use and efficient way to create these real world signals or waveforms.

"Engineers often need to generate signals and Tektronix meets those needs with the most advanced signal sources available," said Bob Buxton, Signal Source Marketing Manager, Tektronix. "What has been missing is a way to simplify the test operations. The complexity issue has now been addressed with ArbExpress software. When used with existing Arbs such as the AWG2000, AWG400, AWG500 and AFG300 series or the new AWG710B and AWG615, and in conjunction with industry-leading Tektronix oscilloscopes, engineers will have a complete and easy-to-use test configuration."

ArbExpress is Windows based software that combines TekVisaTM GPIB/LAN connectivity with an easy to use UI that will make it simple for any level of operator/user to create real world waveforms for all current Tektronix AWG and AFG instruments. With ArbExpress, engineers will be able to directly import waveforms from an oscilloscope, create waveforms from standard waveform templates, and/or edit with specific anomalies, then send them to the signal sources to feed into the DUT for testing. The software also enables direct files access and instrument control of the Arb by the engineers along with the ability to create a signal using a built-in equation editor, and built-in math functions. Engineers can also perform direct instrument control and file transfer using MatLab® software from The MathWorks.

New Arbitrary Waveform Generators
Along with the ArbExpress software introduction, Tektronix introduced two new Arbitrary Waveform Generators, the AWG710B and AWG615, demonstrating further commitment in providing customers with complete solutions. The 4.2GS/s AWG710B delivers world-class signal fidelity with ultra high-speed mixed signal simulation, a powerful sequencing capability and digital logic outputs to solve the most difficult measurement challenges in the disk drive, communications, and semiconductor design/test industries. Building on the AWG710B platform, the AWG615 delivers the same signal fidelity up to 2.7 GS/s. This provides a cost effective solution for engineering challenges at slower measurement speeds.

Both of these new instruments have added a master/slave synchronization capability, providing users a multi-channel solution. The synchronization enables communication engineers the ability to generate ultra high speed IQ signals with world class signal fidelity, simulating real world, next generation wideband communication signals.

About Tektronix
Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement, and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in 19 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is www.tektronix.com.

Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc.

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