Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Agilent introduces the M8190A Arbitrary Waveform Generator

On 3/2/11 Agilent introduced the creme da la creme of arbitrary waveform generators (AWG) with the M8190A. The M8190A offers ultra wide bandwidth and high resolution -- simultaneously. The M8190A offers sampling rates up to 8 GS/s at 14-bits of resolution and 12 GS/s at 16-bits of resolution.

The M8190A is a modular instrument for the AXIe standard. The AXIe standard was created in November of 2009. The three founding members are Aeroflex Corporation, Agilent Technologies Inc., and Test Evolution Corporation (for more info on AXIe click here). The M190A is targeted at applications such as radar, satellite comms, electronic warfare, ADC testing, and jitter margin testing. The following is a list of the M8190A's specs:

  • Variable sample rate from 125 MSa/s to 8 / 12 GS/s
  • Spurious-free-dynamic range (SFDR) up to 80 dBc typical
  • Harmonic distortion (HD) up to -72 dBc typical
  • Up to 2 GS arbitrary waveform memory per channel with advanced sequencing
  • Analog bandwidth 5 GHz (direct DAC out)

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