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AWG70000A Series

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AWG70000A Series



The industry-leading AWG70000A Series arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) provides you with unparalleled performance at the cutting edge for sample rate, signal fidelity, and waveform memory. In order to engineer the world's most complex data communications systems, the ability to create ideal, distorted and "real life" signals is essential. The AWG70000A Series of AWGs delivers this, giving you the industry's best signal stimulus solution for ever-increasing measurement challenges. With up to 50 GS/s and 10-bit vertical resolution, it offers easy generation of very complex signals and complete control over signal characteristics.

Key performance specifications
  • Sample rates up to 50 GS/s
  • -80 dBc spurious free dynamic range
  • 10 bits vertical resolution
  • 16 GSample waveform memory
Key features
  • Complete solution for wideband RF signal generation in a single box
    • Direct generation of wideband signals with carriers up to 20 GHz, removing the need for external RF conversion
  • Simulate real-world analog effects on high speed digital data streams
    • Model signal impairments up to speeds of 12.5 GBs
  • Generate high precision RF signals
    • Spurious Free Dynamic Range performance better than -80 dBc
  • Create high speed baseband signals for optical transmission with the vertical resolution to handle higher order complex modulation
    • 10 bits of vertical resolution at a sample rate of 50 GS/s
  • Create long waveforms scenarios without building complex sequences
    • Up to 16 GSamples of Waveform Memory plays 320 ms of data at 50 GS/s
  • Synchronize multiple units (manually or with the AWG Synchronization Hub) to achieve a multi-channel high speed AWG system
  • Fully operational without external PC
    • Built-in display and buttons make it possible to quickly select, edit and play waveforms directly from the front panel of the AWG
  • Simulate real-world environments by playing back captured signals
    • Waveforms captured with Oscilloscopes or Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers can be played back, edited or re-sampled on the AWG
  • Smooth transition from simulation to the real-world testing environment
    • Waveform vectors imported from third-party tools such as MATLAB
  • Wideband RF/MW for communications and defense electronics
    • Output wideband RF signals up to 20 GHz
  • Validation and compliance testing of high speed silicon and communications devices
    • Easily stress test receivers with a wide array of signal impairments
  • Coherent optical research
    • Generation of high Baud rate baseband signals with higher order, complex modulation
  • Leading edge research in electronics, physics & chemistry
    • High speed, low jitter signal source generates uniquely specified analog signals, fast pulses, data streams and clocks

Seamless transition from simulation to generation

If a waveform can be defined or captured, then the AWG70000A can generate the signal. The creation of the waveform can happen in many ways. Waveform creation plug-ins, which are optimized to work specifically the Tektronix AWG family, provide specific waveform creation capabilities, while 3rd party solutions like MATLAB, Excel, or others, have the flexibility to create any waveform you desire. Waveforms created in any of these packages can be imported and played back in the AWG70000A, seamlessly transitioning from the simulation world to the real world.

Additionally, any signals captured on Tektronix oscilloscopes or Real-Time Spectrum analyzers can be loaded into the AWG70000A and played back. With the use of the built in waveform generation plug-ins, the captured signal can also be modified or changed to meet any specific requirements that may exist.

Wideband RF signal generation

RF signals are becoming more and more complex, making it more difficult to accurately create the signals required for the testing and characterization of RF systems. To address these challenges, RF Generic delivers advanced capabilities to synthesize digitally modulated baseband, IF and RF/microwave signals supporting a wide range of modulation schemes.

The RF Generic, Radar, Multitone, OFDM, and Environment plug-in’s easy to use graphical user interfaces integrate seamlessly with the AWG70000A Series user interface or the SourceXpress remote PC application.


The AWG70000A with the RF Generic Plugin allows complex RF Waveform Generation

The latest digital RF technologies often exceed the capabilities of other test instruments because of the need to generate the wide-bandwidth and fast-changing signals that are increasingly seen in many RF applications such as Radar, RF communications, OFDM, and Multi-tone. When used in conjunction with the specific plugin, the AWG70000A Series supports a wide range of modulation formats and simplifies the task of creating complex RF waveforms. The AWG70000A Series instruments provide customers with ways to generate fully modulated baseband, intermediate frequency (IF) signals, or directly generated RF waveforms up to 20 GHz.




3 GHz wide multi-carrier signal generated on the AWG70000A with over 60 dBC SFDR

Radar signal creation

Generating advanced radar signals often demands exceptional performance from an AWG in terms of sample rate, dynamic range, and memory. The Tektronix AWG70000A Series sets a new industry standard for advanced radar signal generation, by delivering wide modulation bandwidths up to 20 GHz. With a sample rate of up to 50 GS/s the AWG70000A Series can directly generate RF signals never before possible from an AWG. In instances where IQ generation is desired, the AWG70000A offers the ability to oversample the signal, thereby improving signal quality with its outstanding SFDR performance.

The AWG700000A and the Radar plug-in are the perfect solution for creating complex radar signals. Users get the ultimate flexibility in creating custom radar pulse suites. Modulation types such as LFM, Barker and Polyphase Codes, Step FM, and Nonlinear FM are easily created using the AWG, and the flexibility of the plug-in enables the creation of waveforms requiring customer-defined modulation. The combination AWG and Radar plug-in solution also has the ability to generate pulse trains with staggered PRI to resolve range and doppler ambiguity, frequency hopping for Electronic Counter-Counter Measures (ECCM), and pulse-to-pulse amplitude variation to simulate Swerling target models including antenna scan patterns, clutter, and multipath effects.


AWG radar pulses created with AWG70000A and Radar plug-in.

Environment signal generation

The mission-critical nature of many radar signals requires that they coexist with standards-based commercial signals sharing the same spectrum without performance degradation. To meet this expectation, a radar designer has to thoroughly test all the corner cases at the design/debug stage. The AWG70000A and the Environment plug-in offers extreme flexibility to define and create these worst-case scenarios.

You can specify up to 50 scenarios to define your environment, including WiMAX, WiFi, GSM, CDMA, W-CDMA, DVB-T, Noise, Bluetooth, LTE, OFDM, Radar and more. This plug-in also allows you to seamlessly import signals from other plug-ins (including Radar, RF Generic etc.), as well as from Matlab® and from Tektronix spectrum analyzers and oscilloscopes, into your environment. You can also configure PHY parameters of your standard-specific signals. You can define the carrier frequency, power, start time, and duration for all the signals in your environment, so you have full control over the way these signals interact/interfere with each other.


Multiple scenarios with multiple emitters using the Environment plug-in

Coherent optical

Today's high speed and increasingly web driven world is pushing the demand for short and long haul coherent optical development. Phase modulation, high baud rate, high sample rate, bandwidth and resolution are all critical to optical applications. Tektronix understands the challenges and inconsistencies of coherent optical testing and offers a reliable, easy to set up and high performing tool set for optical testing, waveform generation and calibration.

The Tektronix AWG70000A Series Arbitrary Waveform Generator (AWG) can reach sampling rates as high as 50 GSa/s with 10 bits vertical resolution. Such level of performance allows for the direct generation of IQ basebands signals required by modern coherent optical communication systems based on quadrature modulation of an optical carrier with data rates well over 200Gb/s. Multiple AWG70000As can be synchronized (manually or with the AWG Synchronization Hub) to use the max 50 Ga/s on each baseband signal with low EVM and 32 Gbaud performance.

Generating the desired signal is only the first challenge in coherent optical. The quality of the signal, low EVM's and having a clear open eye is crucial. The Optical plug-in, in conjunction with the pre-compensation plug-in, can be used for calibration of the AWG to the device under test and for precompensation of coherent optical signals.


Generic OFDM creation

In today's wireless world, OFDM is becoming the modulation method of choice for transmitting large amounts of digital data over short and medium distances. The need for wide bandwidths and multiple carriers create challenges for engineers who need to create OFDM signals to test their RF receivers. The AWG70000A Series, when coupled with the OFDM plug-in, allows users to configure every part of the OFDM signal definition. Engineers can build signals symbol-by-symbol to create a complete OFDM frame or let the plug-in choose default values for some signal aspects. The combined AWG and OFDM plug-in supports a variety of data coding formats that include Reed Solomon, Convolution, and Scrambling. Users also have the ability to define each subcarrier in the symbol which can be configured independently for type, modulation, and base data. The OFDM plug-in gives visibility into all aspects of the OFDM signal by providing a symbol table that gives a summary of all the carriers in the selected symbol. OFDM packets/ frames can be built by specifying the spacing between the symbols/frames and parts of the OFDM packets can be stressed by adding gated noise.

High-speed serial signal generation


Serial signals are made up entirely of binary data- simple ones and zeros. As clock rates have increased, these simple ones and zeros have begun to look more like analog waveforms because analog events are embedded in the digital data. The zero rise time and the perfectly flat tops of textbook digital signals no longer represent reality. Electronic environments have noise, jitter, crosstalk, distributed reactances, power supply variations, and other shortcomings. Each takes its toll on the signal. A real-world digital "square wave" rarely resembles its theoretical counterpart.

Since the AWG70000A Series is an analog waveform source, it is the perfect single-box solution that is used to create digital data streams and mimic the analog imperfections that occur in real-world environments. The AWG70000A Series uses direct synthesis techniques to allow engineers to create signals that simulate the effects of propagation through a transmission line. Rise times, pulse shapes, delays, and aberrations can all be controlled with the AWG70000A Series instruments. When used in conjunction with the High Speed Serial (HSS) plug-in, engineers are provided control over every aspect of their digital signals reaching speeds of up to 50 Gb/s. This is exactly what is needed for rigorous receiver testing requirements.




Easily create digital data impairments with the AWG70000A and HSS plug-in.

The HSS plug-in allows the AWG70000A Series instruments to create a variety of digital data impairments such as jitter (Random, Periodic, Sinusoidal), noise, pre/de-emphasis, duty cycle distortion, Inter-symbol Interference (ISI), Duty Cycle Distortion (DCD), and Spread Spectrum Clocking (SSC). The transmission environments of both board and cables can be emulated using S-parameter files that can be applied to any waveform. The AWG70000A and the HSS plugin also provides base pattern waveforms for many of today's high-speed serial applications such as SATA, Display Port, SAS, PCI-E, USB, and Fibre Channel.

For high-speed serial applications the AWG70000A Series offers the industry's best solution for addressing challenging signal stimulus issues faced by digital designers who need to verify, characterize, and debug complex digital designs. The file-based architecture uses direct synthesis to create complex data streams and provides users with the simplicity, repeatability, and flexibility required to solve the toughest signal generation challenges in high-speed serial communication applications.




Digital data with de-emphasis added using the AWG70000A and the HSS plug-in.

LXI Class C

Using the LXI Web Interface, you can connect to the AWG70000A Series through a standard web browser by simply entering the AWG's IP address in the address bar of the browser. The web interface enables viewing of instrument status and configuration, as well as status and modification of network settings. All web interaction conforms to the LXI Class C specification.

Performance you can count on

Depend on Tektronix to provide you with performance you can count on. In addition to industry-leading service and support, this product comes backed by a standard one-year warranty.


All specifications are guaranteed unless noted otherwise. All specifications apply to all models unless noted otherwise.


Specifications (not noted) - Product characteristics described in terms of specified performance with tolerance limits which are warranted/guaranteed to the customer. Specifications are checked in the manufacturing process and in the Performance Verification section of the product manual with a direct measurement of the parameter.

Typical (noted) - Product characteristics described in terms of typical performance, but not guaranteed performance. The values given are never warranted, but most units will perform to the level indicated. Typical characteristics are not tested in the manufacturing process or the Performance Verification section of the product manual.

Nominal (noted) - Product characteristics described in terms of being guaranteed by design. Nominal characteristics are non-warranted, so they are not checked in the manufacturing process or the Performance Verification section of the product manual.

Model overview
  AWG70001A AWG70002A
Digital to analog converter
  Sample rate (nominal) 1.5 kS/s - 50 GS/s 1.5 kS/s - 25 GS/s
Resolution (nominal) 10 bit (no markers selected), 9 bit (one marker selected), or 8 bit (two markers selected)
Sin(x)/x roll-off
  Sin(x)/x (-3dB) 11.1 GHz 11.1 GHz


Ordering information

AWG 70000 family

10 bit, 2 GSamples record length, 1-channel arbitrary waveform generator.

Option 150: 1.5 kS/s to 50 GS/s


10 bit, 2 GSamples record length, 2-channel arbitrary waveform generator.

Option 225: 1.5 kS/s to 25 GS/s

Standard accessories1
One 50 Ω SMA terminator per channel
USB mouse
Compact USB keyboard
Touch screen stylus
Installation and safety manual
Certificate of calibration
Power cord

1Specify power cord and language option at time of order


One-year parts and labor

Product options
Opt. 01 

Waveform record length expansion

AWG70001A: from 2 GSamples to 16 GSamples

AWG70002A: from 2 GSamples to 8 GSamples on both channels

Opt. 03 
Adds sequencing
Opt. 150 
Adds 50 GS/s sampling rate (AWG70001A only)
Opt. 208 
Adds 8 GS/s sampling rate (AWG70002A only)
Opt. 216 
Adds 16 GS/s sampling rate (AWG70002A only)
Opt. 225 
Adds 25 GS/s sampling rate (AWG70002A only)
Opt. AC

Adds a single-ended AC coupled output connector with additional amplification and attenuation (AWG70001A only)

Power plug options
Opt. A0
North America power plug (115 V, 60 Hz)
Opt. A1
Universal Euro power plug (220 V, 50 Hz)
Opt. A2
United Kingdom power plug (240 V, 50 Hz)
Opt. A3
Australia power plug (240 V, 50 Hz)
Opt. A5
Switzerland power plug (220 V, 50 Hz)
Opt. A6
Japan power plug (100 V, 50/60 Hz)
Opt. A10
China power plug (50 Hz)
Opt. A11
India power plug (50 Hz)
Opt. A12
Brazil power plug (60 Hz)
Opt. A99
No power cord
Language options
Opt. L0
English manual
Opt. L5
Japanese manual
Opt. L7
Simplified Chinese manual
Opt. L8
Traditional Chinese manual
Opt. L10
Russian manual
Service options
Opt. C3
Calibration Service 3 Years
Opt. C5
Calibration Service 5 Years
Opt. CA1
Single Calibration or Functional Verification
Opt. D1
Calibration Data Report
Opt. D3
Calibration Data Report 3 Years (with Opt. C3)
Opt. D5
Calibration Data Report 5 Years (with Opt. C5)
Opt. G3
Complete Care 3 Years (includes loaner, scheduled calibration, and more)
Opt. G5
Complete Care 5 Years (includes loaner, scheduled calibration, and more)
Opt. R3
Repair Service 3 Years (including warranty)
Opt. R5
Repair Service 5 Years (including warranty)
Post sales service options
Single calibration or functional verification
Repair service coverage 5 years
Repair service coverage 2 years post warranty
Repair service coverage 1 year post warranty
Rack mount kit
Rack mount kit for AWG70000A Series
Product upgrades
AWG701AUP Opt. 01 

Increases the waveform record length to 16 Gsamples

AWG701AUP Opt. 03 
Adds sequencing
AWG701AUP Opt. SSD-01 

Provides an additional (or replacement) preprogrammed Solid State Drive with the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system for instruments with serial numbers B019999 and below. This drive can also be used to revert an instrument with the Windows 10 OS to the Windows 7 OS.

AWG701AUP Opt. SSD-02 

Provides an additional (or replacement) preprogrammed Solid State Drive with the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system for instruments with serial numbers B020000 and above. This drive can also be used to convert an instrument with the Windows 7 OS to the Windows 10 OS.

AWG701AUP Opt. SSD-03 

Provides an additional (or replacement) preprogrammed Solid State Drive with the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system for instruments with serial numbers B019999 and below. This drive can also be used to convert an instrument with the Windows 7 OS to the Windows 10 OS.

AWG702AUP Opt. 01 

Increases the waveform record length to 8 Gsamples for each channel

AWG702AUP Opt. 03 
Adds sequencing
AWG702AUP Opt. 0816 
Increases the sampling rate from 8 GS/s to 16 GS/s
AWG702AUP Opt. 0825 
Increases the sampling rate from 8 GS/s to 25 GS/s
AWG702AUP Opt. 1625 
Increases the sampling rate from 16 GS/s to 25 GS/s
AWG702AUP Opt. SSD-01 

Provides an additional (or replacement) preprogrammed Solid State Drive with the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system for instruments with serial numbers B019999 and below. This drive can also be used to revert an instrument with the Windows 10 OS to the Windows 7 OS.

AWG702AUP Opt. SSD-02 

Provides an additional (or replacement) preprogrammed Solid State Drive with the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system for instruments with serial numbers B020000 and above. This drive can also be used to convert an instrument with the Windows 7 OS to the Windows 10 OS.

AWG702AUP Opt. SSD-03 

Provides an additional (or replacement) preprogrammed Solid State Drive with the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system for instruments with serial numbers B019999 and below. This drive can also be used to convert an instrument with the Windows 7 OS to the Windows 10 OS.


Plug-ins increase the capabilities of the arbitrary waveform generators. Various plug-ins are available providing unique types of waveforms or additional compensation. Each plug-in has its own installation file which installs seamlessly into the generators. After installation, it simply becomes a new menu selection. No other configuration is necessary.

Plug-in Description Nomenclature Licensed enhancements
Multitone & Chirp plug-in Create generate chirps, notches and tones MTONENL-SS01
PreCompensation plug-in Create correction coefficients that can be applied on waveforms to get flat frequency and linear phase response PRECOMNL-SS01
High Speed Serial plug-in Create pre-distorted waveforms to test a device's conformance to standards HSSNL-SS01
S-Parameters and Intersymbol Interference
Spread Spectrum Clocking (Licensed enhancements are included with HSSPACK)
RF Generic plug-in Create digitally modulated signals with multiple carrier groups RFGENNL-SS01
Optical plug-in Create waveforms with complex modulation schemes for optical testing OPTICALNL-SS01
Spread Spectrum Clocking
OFDM plug-in Create Single or Multiple OFDM based Frames with one or more bursts OFDMNL-SS01
RADAR plug-in Create RADAR pulsed waveforms with various modulations and impairments RADARNL-SS01
Environment plug-in Create real world scenarios for commercial, electronic warfare, and simulations for monitoring and receiver testing ENVNL-SS01
Spread Spectrum Clocking plug-in Adds SSC capability to the High Speed Serial and Optical plug-ins SSCFLNL-SS01
S-Parameters plug-in Adds S-Parameter capability to the RF Generic, High Speed Serial, Optical, OFDM, and RADAR plug-ins SPARANL-SS01 SPARAFL-SS01  

Plug-ins require the purchase of a license before they are fully functional.

There are two types of licenses available for each plug-in: node-locked (NL) and floating (FL).

  • Node Locked Licenses (NL) provide your own copy of the application on your instrument and are permanently assigned to a product model/serial number.

  • Floating Licenses (FL) can be moved between product models.

Recommended accessories


Item Description Part number
Synchronization Hub Enables fast synchronization of multiple AWG70000A series instruments AWGSYNC01 Synchronization Hub
GPIB to USB Adapter Enables GPIB control through USB B port TEK-USB-488 
MDC4500-4B DC amplifier for MIPI applications MDC4500-4B
Baluns 200 kHz - 17 GHz Picosecond Pulse Labs 5315A
300 kHz - 26.5 GHz Marki BAL-0026 
5 MHz - 20 GHz Hyperlabs HL9402
Bias Ts 10 kHz - 50 GHz Picosecond Pulse Labs 5542 
200 kHz - 12 GHz Mini-Circuits ZX85-12G-S+
Power Splitters 1.5 kHz - 18 GHz Mini-Circuits ZX10-2-183-S+
DC-18 GHz Aeroflex/Weinschel 1515 
Amplifiers 2.5 kHz - 10 GHz, 26 dB gain Picosecond Pulse Labs 5866 
25 kHz - 45 GHz, 16 dB gain Picosecond Pulse Labs 5882 
0.01 - 20 GHz, 30 dB gain RF-Lambda RAMP00G20GA
Adapter SMB female to SMA female Mouser 565-72979 
Programmer manual Programming commands, English only Visit Tektronix website