Product News: Electronic Components & Devices

Waveform Generators produce waveforms up to 30 MHz.

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August 24, 2012 - Available in 1- and 2-channel models, 33500B Series provides total harmonic distortion less than 0.04% and non-harmonic spurs less than 75 dBc. Instruments' 8.4 ns rise and fall times allow engineers to accurately set trigger points, while 16 bits of resolution enable output changes down to 1 ┬ÁV. In addition to point-by-point arbitrary waveforms, 33500B Series offers waveform summing and combining, variable bandwidth noise, waveform sequencing, and pseudo-random binary sequence pattern generation.

Agilent Technologies, Inc.

5301 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara, CA, 95051, USA

Original Press Release

Agilent Technologies Introduces New Family of Waveform Generators with Unrivaled Signal Accuracy

Press release date: August 21, 2012

Instruments Deliver Lowest Jitter, Harmonic and Non-Harmonic Distortion in Class and True Point-by-Point Arbitrary Waveforms

SANTA CLARA, Calif., - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the 33500B Series waveform generators. The eight new one- and two-channel models, which generate waveforms up to 30 MHz, incorporate exclusive Trueform signal-generation technology. Trueform enables these models to offer unmatched capabilities for generating a full range of signals for the most demanding measurements required when designing electronic devices.

The 33500B waveform generators provide the lowest jitter and lowest total harmonic distortion in their class, giving engineers the ability to generate the exact signals they need. With better jitter performance, engineers can place edges more accurately, helping them reduce timing errors in their circuit designs. With total harmonic distortion less than 0.04 percent and non-harmonic spurs less than 75 dBc, the 33500B Series offers clean signals that don't introduce noise, enabling users to get more accurate results.

The 33500B Series' 8.4-ns rise and fall times and low jitter allow engineers to set trigger points more accurately as well. The instruments' 16 bits of resolution allows engineers to make output changes down to 1 uV - giving them the ability to test today's low-voltage circuits and designs.

With the 33500B Series, engineers can take advantage of easy software upgrades to expand the instruments' capabilities when they need to increase bandwidth and add true point-by-point arbitrary waveforms and deeper waveform memory.

Trueform Technology
Over the past two decades, direct digital synthesis has been the waveform-generation technology of choice in function generators and economical arbitrary waveform generators. Waveform generators built with DDS offer good frequency resolution, convenient custom waveforms and a low price. However, DDS has intrinsic limitations as well. Engineers with exacting requirements have had to either work around the compromised performance or spend up to 10 times more for a high-end, point-by-point waveform generator.

"Trueform technology offers a new alternative that blends the best of DDS and point-by-point architectures, giving engineers the benefits of both without the limitations of either," said Gary Whitman, vice president and general manager of Agilent's System Products Division. "Trueform technology uses an exclusive digital sampling technique that delivers unmatched performance at the same low price customers expect with DDS."

Unique Capabilities

In addition to point-by-point arbitrary waveforms, the 33500B Series offers features not normally found on waveform generators in this class:

Waveform summing and combining capability: Allows engineers to easily add noise to signals for margin and distortion testing using only a single channel. On a two-channel model, engineers can sum and combine up to four signals.

Variable-bandwidth noise: Allows engineers to adjust the bandwidth of the built-in noise generator to control the frequency content of their signals.

Waveform sequencing: Allows engineers to create multiple configured waveforms with several common segments. Users can also build long, complex waveforms using minimal instrument memory.

Pseudo-random binary sequence pattern generation: Allows engineers to test digital serial buses by streaming standard PRBS patterns - like PN7 and PN19 - without the need for a separate pulse generator.

Optional baseband IQ player: Allows wireless communication engineers to economically play IQ signals without the need for an expensive signal generator. The IQ player provides the ability to make adjustments to the signal, including amplitude gain, channel offset and channel skew as needed for a more accurate representation.

Additional information about Agilent's new 33500B Series waveform generators is available at www.agilent.com/find/33500B .

A product video is available at www.agilent.com/find/33500BSeries_video.

A backgrounder on Trueform technology is available at www.agilent.com/find/33500B_backgrounder.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Available now, Agilent 33500B waveform generators start at $1,650.

Model number      Channels     Frequency     Pricing
33509B               1          20 MHz       $1,650
33510B               2          20 MHz       $2,525
33511B with arb      1          20 MHz       $1,950
33512B with arb      2          20 MHz       $2,950
33519B               1          30 MHz       $1,850
33520B               2          30 MHz       $2,825
33521B with arb      1          30 MHz       $2,150
33522B with arb      2          30 MHz       $3,250
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company's 20,000 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $6.6 billion in fiscal 2011. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.
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