SourceXpress® Datasheet

SourceXpress Datasheet

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SourceXpress is a PC based software environment that enables Tektronix waveform creation modules, instrument control and simulates the native environment of the Tektronix AWG70000A series. SourceXpress allows you to create signals anywhere and not be tied to a signal generator. When you're ready connection brings a uniform look and feel to waveform creation while enabling an ever growing library of waveform creation modules.

Key features
  • PC-based instrument control that simulates the AWG70000A Series interface
  • Free up instruments to create waveforms offline
  • Use your Windows tablet or your powerful PC workstation
    • Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8 (64 bit), and Windows 10 (64 Bit) operating systems supported
  • Single, Consistent UI: Customer only needs to learn one interface to control multiple instruments. This UI will be standard for future instruments as well. Customer will have a single platform for instrument control and waveform generation for all their Tek sources.
  • Multi-Instrument Control: Customers who have large racks of instruments or multi-instrument setups will have a single interface to control and feed all of their signal sources.
  • Stay on the cutting edge of Tek: SourceXpress plug-ins provide quicker access to new signal generation capabilities, standards, and functionality.

  • Work Seamlessly and Remotely with your Signal Generator: Develop offline waveforms with the same UI that is used on the AWG70000A Series generators. Easily fine tune or change the waveform out of the lab and then apply those changes when the signal generator is available.

Virtual generators

You can create as many virtual instruments you like, each with different configurations. Use the Connectivity > Connect to Virtual Generator... menu. When connected to a virtual instrument, you can create all your waveforms or sequences, create setups specific to instrument types, all in the absence of an instrument. Then when an instrument is available, you can simply recall your saved files.

Connect to instruments

With SourceXpress installed on a networked PC, SourceXpress can remotely connect and control any AWG70000A instrument on the network. The interface of the AWG70000A instrument is displayed in the SourceXpress application window, providing you access to all instrument controls, directly from SourceXpress.

Quick instrument search and connect

The connectivity tab provides a window for you to directly enter the computer name (hostname) or IP address of a networked instrument you wish to connect to. You can obtain the correct hostname, go to the target instrument, select Computer > Properties and note the computer name.

This method bypasses the search mechanism found in the Connectivity > Connect to Instrument... menu.

Selecting the active generator

From the Connectivity tab, you select which instrument you want to access, regardless if it's a virtual generator or a connected instrument. Making the generator active brings its display into view.

File types supported

SourceXpress supports the same file types as the Tektronix AWG70000A Series instruments.

File formatDescription
.AWGX 1Setup file created by Tektronix AWG70000A Series instruments or SourceXpress.
Setup files can contain multiple waveforms and multiple sequences.
.WFMX 1Waveform file created by Tektronix AWG70000A Series instruments.
.AWG 1Setup file created by Tektronix AWG5000 or AWG7000 Series instruments.
.WFM 1Waveform file created by Tektronix AWG400/500/600/700/5000/7000 Series Instruments.
Waveform file captured by Tektronix TDS/DPO/MSO/DSA Series instruments
.ISF 1Waveform file captured by Tektronix TDS/DPO/MSO/DSA Series instruments.
.PAT 1Waveform file created Tektronix AWG400/500/600/700 Series instruments.
.IQT 1Waveform file captured by Tektronix RSA3000 Series instruments.
.TIQ 1Waveform file captured by Tektronix RSA6000/5000, SPECMON, MDO4000 Series instruments or by SignalVu-PC.
.TFW 1Waveform file created by Tektronix AFG3000 Series Instruments.
.TXT 1ASCII file created by Tektronix AWG5000 or AWG7000 Series instruments. If using Excel, use .csv files by first changing the file extension to .txt. (The batch file load uses .csv files directly.)
.RFD 1Waveform file created by Tektronix RFX100 RFXpress Advanced RF/IF/IQ waveform software.
.SXD 1Waveform file created by Tektronix SDX100 SerialXpress high-speed serial data signals software.
.MATMatlab file type, Level 5 or Level 7.3. (Must conform to Tektronix file format.)
.TMPMidas BLUE file type. (Must conform to Tektronix file format.)
.PRMMidas BLUE file type. (Must conform to Tektronix file format.)
.SEQX 1Sequence file created by Tektronix AWG70000A Series instruments.
.SEQ 1Sequence file created by Tektronix AWG400, AWG500, or AWG600 Series instruments.

1Proprietary Tektronix file format.

Suggested requirements

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor (2 GHz or faster)

  • Windows 7 SP1 (64 bit) , Windows 8 (64 bit) , Windows 8.1 (64 bit) , Windows 10 (64 bit)

  • 4 GB of RAM minimum, 8 G of RAM recommended

  • 5 GB of available hard-disk space, 10 GB recommended (exact space depends on number of waveforms and size)

  • 1366x768 display (1920x1080 recommended)

  • OpenGL® 2.0, 32-bit color, and 1 GB of VRAM

Last Modified: 2016-05-10 05:00:00
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