The AWG5200 Arbitrary Waveform Generator from Tektronix

April 18, 2017 by Karissa Manske

In this News Brief, we'll look at the release of Tektronix's AWG5200 series arbitrary waveform generator.

In this News Brief, we look at the latest Arbitrary Waveform Generator from Tektronix, the AWG5200.

Tektronix announced the release of their new series of arbitrary waveform generators April 18. The AWG5200 series is capable of providing solutions for general electronic testing, military and government applications, and advanced research. 


The AWG5200 series can be used for general electronic testing, military application, and advanced research.


These three areas each have specialized needs that Tektronix created the AWG5200 series to address. In general electronic testing, the AWG5200 can provide multiple independent high-bandwidth RF streams in MIMO and WiMAX technologies. The needs for military and government center around the ability to quickly respond to rapidly adapting threats without the need to create custom solutions. Quantum computing utilizes qubits, which are often controlled using precision pulsed microwave signals. Each of these signals requires multiple independent RF channels. 

The AWG5200 is an 8-channel unit and has the ability to sync with multiple units, and is compatible with previous Tektronix AWG products. The direct generation of RF signals up to 8 GHz helps eliminate the need for more equipment. The base price for this piece of equipment runs around $11,000 per channel. There are a variety of add-on options for both hardware and software.

AAC met with David Njuguna, Technical Marketing Manager at Tektronix, who stated, "We are glad to have a unit that allows our customers to deal with complex issues with a cleaner signal, scalability, compatibility, and to condense the equipment necessary for their projects."

The AWG5200


Product Specs

  • 10 GSamples/s sample rate
  • 16-bit vertical resolution
  • 2 GHz (-3 dB) bandwidth, usable to 8 GHz
  • 2 GSamples/channel memory
  • -70 dBc SFDR (in-band, 10 GS/s, DC-1.25 GHz)
  • 1.5 Vp-p Diff @ 2 GHz
  • -85 to +10 dBm @ 10 MHz to 2 GHz

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