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Arbitrary Waveform Generators

A waveform generator is a classification of a signal generator used to generate electrical waveforms over a wide range of signals. Common types of waveforms outputs include sine wave, square wave, ramp or triangular wave, pulse wave, cardiac pattern wave, gaussian pulse waves, arbitrary waves. These waveforms can be injected into a test circuit and analyzed to confirm the device is operating properly.

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What is a waveform generator used for?

A waveform generator is a classification of a signal generator used to generate electrical waveforms over a wide range of signals. Common types of waveforms outputs include sine wave, square wave, ramp or triangular wave, pulse wave, cardiac pattern wave, gaussian pulse waves, arbitrary waves. These waveforms can be injected into a test circuit and analyzed to confirm the device is operating properly.

How do you use a waveform generator?

Arbitrary waveform generators are very user-friendly and can be used to test a circuit’s design in just a few steps.

  1. Enable the output control.
  2. Choose the desired waveform type, such as wine wave, square wave or arbitrary wave.
  3. Connect the waveform generator to an oscilloscope to visualize and capture your signal.
  4. Configure the desired frequency and amplitude.
  5. Attach the output leads to your device under test.

What's the difference between a signal generator and a function generator?

A signal generator is any device that creates electronic signals. A vector signal generator specializes in creating RF signals with analog and digital modulation schemes in formats such as QAM, QPSK, FSK, BPSK, and OFDM. Vector signal generators are commonly used for receiver sensitivity testing.

A function generator has a preset list of waveforms or patterns that it can play. The operator can change the parameters of a waveform, such as how fast it’s played, the amplitude and offset, or add basic distortion or modulation.