Electronic Design

Waveform Generators Have Color Display, Rich Features

Wavestation_front-AThe WaveStation series of function/arbitrary waveform generators can generate signals up to 50 MHz with a 125-Mamples/s sampling rate, 14-bit resolution and 16-kpoint/s memory per channel. All members of the series, which is available with bandwidths of 10, 25 and 50 MHz, include a 3.5-in. color display, intuitive front panel, two output channels on all models, and PC waveform editing software. In addition to basic functions, such as sine, square, ramp, pulse and noise, the unit includes over 40 built-in arbitrary waveforms. The large display enables users to easily preview waveform shape along with various parameters, including frequency, amplitude, offset, and phase. WaveStation provides AM, PM, FM, ASK, PSK, FSK, PWM and other modulations schemes that can be controlled using the front panel. It has all the necessary I/O connections for synchronization, as well as standard USB and GPIB interfaces for remote control and automation. A PC software utility simplifies waveform creation and editing and also runs on an external PC for additional waveform creation capabilities. Waveforms can be created, shaped and edited with the software using mathematical operators, digital filters or by placing individual sample points. The software also provides a flexible waveform drawing tool, allowing the user to create a freeform waveform sketch on the PC with output from WaveStation. In addition, the waveform editing software provides the unique capability of importing waveforms captured on a LeCroy WaveAce oscilloscope via USB and recreating them on the WaveStation. Promotional introductory pricing is $990 for the 10-MHz version, $1950 for the 25-MHz version, and $3450 for the 50-MHz version.


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