AXW100

ArbExpress® 2.5 Waveform Tool for Tektronix AWG/AFG
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Features & Benefits

  • Comprehensive Library of Standard Functions for Quick Waveform Creation
  • Powerful Equation Editor for Mathematical Definition of Waveforms
  • Point Draw Tool for Entry of Waveform through a Numerical Table
  • Seamless Import of Oscilloscope Data with Optional Resampling of Waveform
  • Easy Transfer of Waveform Files to Connected ARB Directly from ArbExpress, or MATLAB
  • Validation of Waveform Parameters Specific to the Selected Instrument
  • Math Operations on Waveforms (Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide)
  • Digital Marker Output Editor allows for Easy Creation and Editing of Marker Pulses
  • Multiwaveform Overlay for Convenient Comparisons and Editing
  • Microsoft .NET-based Application

Applications

  • Configuration of ARBs in Characterization, Functional Test, Design, and Validation
  • Creation and Editing of Standard and Arbitrary Waveforms
  • Replication of Real-world Signals Recorded with DSO
  • Simulation of Sensor Outputs
  • Stimulation and Driving of Actuators
  • Phase Comparator Test with Controlled Phase Difference Signals
  • Frequency Response Test with Swept Signals
  • SFDR/IM Test with Multitone Signals

Efficient and Effortless Waveform Creation for Tektronix AWG and AFG Models

Designers frequently need to ensure their designs operate under real-world conditions. ARBs are ideally suited to generate any signal. ArbExpress enables engineers to quickly and conveniently create the desired waveforms and send them to Tektronix AFG/AWG arbitrary waveform generators.

Comprehensive Library of Waveforms and Flexible Editing Tools

The large ArbExpress waveform library includes various standard and advanced functions that users can easily adapt to fit their needs. Individual signals can be combined with waveform math functions such as add or multiply to quickly add noise to an existing waveform. Freehand, point drawing, and easy edit tools are available to shift or rotate waveform segments, or to augment signals with anomalies.

Link MATLAB Directly to ARB

All commands to open and close a connection to the ARB, transfer waveforms, remote control, and query the ARB can be conveniently included in a MATLAB program. Create waveforms directly in MATLAB, connect to the ARB, transfer waveform data, and control the instrument directly from the MATLAB command line.

Grab from Oscilloscope and Go!!

If sensor signals are difficult to access, but can be acquired with an oscilloscope once, they can be downloaded into an ARB and replicated indefinitely with ease. ArbExpress seamlessly imports acquisition data from Tektronix oscilloscopes through .CSV files. If the sampling rates of the oscilloscope and ARB do not match, ArbExpress can resample the signal using linear or sync algorithms.

Characteristics

Characteristic

Description

User Interface

Windows 98 SE/ME/NT/2000/XP/7 Professional

Displays

Waveform and Marker Data

Waveform Translation

Product

Description

Oscilloscope

Import waveforms directly from TDS1000, TDS2000, TDS3000, TDS5000, TDS6000, TDS7000, CSA7000, DPO7000, or DPO/DSA70000 Series oscilloscopes.

Translation of oscilloscope .WFM waveform formats to AWG/AFG formats.

Resampling of signals with linear or sync interpolation

AWG

Tektronix AWG400, AWG500, AWG600, AWG700, AWG2000, AWG5000, and AWG7000 Series

AFG

Tektronix AFG300 and AFG3000 Series

MATHCAD

ASCII

MATLAB

*.CSV, ASCII

Others

*.CSV, ASCII

Standard Waveforms

Characteristic

Description

Basic Waveforms

Sine, Square, Triangle, DC, Pulse, Noise (Gaussian White, Pink), Exponential Rise, and Exponential Decay

Advanced Waveforms

Sync, Sweep (linear), Multitone, and Lorentz.

Users can control all parameters of the waveform being created

Parameters

Amplitude, Frequency, Phase, Cycles

Extended Functions

Supports preview before committing to changes

Supports multiple waveform display

Waveform Creation Palette

Characteristic

Description

Manual Draw

Freehand, Vertical Draw, Horizontal Draw

Point Draw

Enter waveform data as position and amplitude coordinates; linear, smooth, or staircase interpolation between points

Edit Functions

Copy, Paste (Prepend, Append), Replace between Cursors, Move Horizontally or Vertically, Rotate Horizontally or Vertically, Copy as Bitmap, Copy to System Clip Board, Zoom In, Zoom Out, Horizontal Zoom, Fit to Window, Cut, Undo, Redo, Invert, and Mirror

Markers

Characteristic

Description

Edit Markers

Modify between Cursors, User-defined Patterns in Hex or Binary, Set High, Set Low, 0/1 Patterns, Random Patterns, Clear Patterns, and Freehand editing

Equation Building

Characteristic

Description

Math Operators

Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide

Math Functions

Linear, Absolute, Log, Square, Exponential, Integration, Differentiation, Normalize.

Supports Preview

Equation Waveform Library

Comprehensive library of sample equations

Waveform Math

Characteristic

Description

Math Operators

Add, Subtract, Multiply, and Divide on Basic Waveforms, Scalar, and Clipboard.

Optionally normalize waveforms

Waveform Transfer

Characteristic

Description

Supports both NI VISA and TekVISA™

GPIB (TekVISA), USB, (TekVISA), LAN (Raw Socket). Transfer waveform files to the ARB directly from MATLAB command line

Instrument Control

Characteristic

Description

Models

AFG3xx (GPIB), AFG3xxx (GPIB, USB, LAN), AWG20xx (GPIB), AWG4xx, AWG5xx, AWG6xx, AWG7xx (GPIB, LAN)

Controls

Analog: Run, Stop, Frequency, Amplitude, Offset, Phase, Filter, Clock, and Channel Output On/Off

Digital Markers: Amplitude

MATLAB

Instrument control directly from MATLAB command line

System Requirements

OS Supported

Minimum Requirements

Windows XP Professional,Service Pack 1

Windows 2000

Windows ME

Windows 98 SE*1

Windows NT Service Pack 6a

Windows 7

Pentium III at 800 MHz, or higher

256 MB RAM

300 MB free disk space

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01, or higher

.NET Framework 1.1 redistributable

800×600 display resolution

*1 Does not support USB driver for AFG3000 Series.

Connection

AWG/AFG

Oscilloscope

ArbExpress 2.5 requires TekVISA 3.3.2.7 or higher. TekVISA enables the communication between the ArbExpress application and instruments connected to the PC. The following table lists the conditions under which ArbExpress uses TekVISA™:

LAN

AWG Series – TekVISA is not required (supported through raw sockets)

AFG3000 Series – Supported through VX11 server*2

TekVISA required

GPIB

TekVISA required

TekVISA required

USB

TekVISA required*3

TekVISA required

RS232

Not supported

TekVISA required

*2 AFG3xx and AWG2xxx Series instruments do not support LAN.

*3 Only AFG3xxx supports USB.

Last Modified: 2010-09-15 05:00:00
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