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Tektronix Unveils Next Generation High Performance AWG Series

        Tektronix Unveils Next Generation High Performance AWG Series

With Industry Leading 50 GS/s Sample Rate, New AWG 70000 Series Arbitrary
Waveform Generator Powers High Speed Test Applications, Advanced Research

PR Newswire

BEAVERTON, Ore., March 18, 2013

BEAVERTON, Ore., March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Tektronix, Inc., a leading
worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, today
unveiled its next generation of arbitrary waveform generators that offer up to
50 GS/s sample rate performance. With the industry's best combination of high
sample rate, long waveform memory and deep dynamic range, the new AWG70000
Series supports a wide range of demanding signal generation requirements in
defense electronics, high-speed serial, optical networking and advanced
research applications.


As data rates and signal complexity continue to increase across all
electronics and RF segments, engineers and researchers need more advanced
signal generators to fully stress test designs or to perform cutting-edge
research. The AWG70000 Series meets this need with its unique combination of
50 GS/s sample rate performance, 16 GS of waveform memory, and 10 bit vertical
resolution. This means it produces fast, clean signals that can be routed
through a receiver or other device under test for long periods of time for
truly comprehensive testing. 

"The AWG70000 series represents a significant advance for customers who are
pushing against today's performance boundaries and need a more powerful way to
generate accurate test signals at high sample rates," said Jim McGillivary,
general manager of the Source Analyzer Product Line, Tektronix. "This next
generation of arbitrary waveform generators further extends Tektronix's long
track record of leadership and innovation in advanced signal generation

Researchers at Bell Labs, the research organization within Alcatel-Lucent,
recently turned to the AWG70000 to generate signals for advanced research
demonstrating 1.5 Terabits per second superchannel transmission over
ultra-long-haul optical fiber distances. "The sampling rate of 50 GS/s
combined with the ability to synchronize two AWGs enabled us to generate 30
GBaud signals per optical carrier, with a data rate of 233 Gb/s, more than
twice the previous record," said S. Chandrasekhar, one of the lead Bell Labs
researchers on this project. His colleague, Xiang Liu added, "the performance
and signal purity of the AWG70000 more than met our requirements for this
demanding experiment."

The AWG70000 Series gives design engineers and researchers the ability to
create, generate or replicate ideal, distorted or "real-life" signals, an
essential step in the design and measurement process. By offering easy
generation of very complex signals with complete control over signal
characteristics, the AWG70000 Series offers an industry best solution for
measurement challenges in the following applications:

Defense Electronics – The AWG70000 offers bandwidth on demand by generating
wide bandwidth signals at baseband, IF and RF frequencies up to 20GHz, with
greater than -80 dBc dynamic range. With up to 16 GSamples of waveform memory,
it can generate unique signals that are long enough to simulate real world
environments, making it the most flexible wideband signal generation product
available today.

Optical – Researchers developing new and faster optical technologies can use
the sample rate and high vertical resolution of the AWG70000 to very high
bandwidth signals with good spectral purity.  Multiple units can be
synchronized together to provide a complete IQ signal generation at these high

High-Speed Serial – A number of next generation serial buses have intense
signal generation needs. For instance, the AWG70000 offers a two-box solution
for HDMI 2.0, supporting four lanes at 6 Gbps per lane. It gives designers the
ability to add impairments to waveforms directly, eliminating the dependency
on hardware elements to generate the necessary signals.

Advanced Research – The AWG70000 Series is ideal for a variety of research
applications, giving scientists the ability to create high precision,
high-speed non-standard waveforms. With the AWG70000, engineers and
researchers can now generate signals that they previously could not generate.

Pricing & Availability
The AWG70000A Series is available now for orders now with production delivery
starting in Q2 2013. Pricing starts at $120,000 U.S. MSRP.

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About Tektronix
For more than sixty-five years, engineers have turned to Tektronix for test,
measurement and monitoring solutions to solve design challenges, improve
productivity and dramatically reduce time to market. Tektronix is a leading
supplier of test equipment for engineers focused on electronic design,
manufacturing, and advanced technology development. Headquartered in
Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix serves customers worldwide and offers
award-winning service and support. Stay on the leading edge at

Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc. All other trade names
referenced are the service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective companies.

SOURCE Tektronix, Inc

Contact: Amy Higgins, PR Manager of Tektronix, +1-503-627-6497,
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