Tektronix AFG31000 Standard Function and Signal Generator Series up to 250 MHz

Tektronix AFG31000 Arbitrary Waveform and Standard Function Generators

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SHORT DESCRIPTION

New Series of Arbitrary Waveform Generators and Standard Functions Tektronix AFG31000 differs from other series by the maximum set of features and excellent characteristics. The AFG31000 can generate 12 standard waveforms, supports 5 modulations, and has a built-in arbitrary waveform generator with large memory per channel. Each generator comes preinstalled with the powerful ArbBuilder software, which allows you to create arbitrary waveforms right on the instrument screen. Also, the AFG31000 series generators contain the patented InstaView function, which is activated by a separate button on the front panel of the device and shows the real waveform at the generator outputs (in fact, this is a built-in oscilloscope).

Depending on the generator model, the frequency of the generated sinusoidal signal ranges from 25 MHz to 250 MHz. With the SEQ option, it is possible to generate signals according to a predetermined list (up to 256 signals in all combinations, with support for loops and transitions). To simplify the work, on the front panel of the generator there are about 30 shortcut keys to frequently used functions and settings. A large touch screen will further increase the efficiency of your work. You can download a full description of all the characteristics below on this page in the section Documentation.

Main characteristics:
25 MHz, 250 MSa/s, 1 channel, -10 to +10 V (model AFG31021).
25 MHz, 250 MSa/s, 2 channels, -10 to +10 V (model AFG31022).
50 MHz, 500 MSa/s, 1 channel, -10 to +10 V (model AFG31051).
50 MHz, 500 MS/s, 2 channels, -10 to +10 V (model AFG31052).
100 MHz, 1 GS/s, 1 channel, -10 (-6) to +10 (+6) V (model AFG31101).
100 MHz, 1 GS/s, 2 channels, -10 (-6) to +10 (+6) V (model AFG31102).
150 MHz, 2 GS/s, 1 channel, -5 to +5 V (model AFG31151).
150 MHz, 2 GS/s, 2 channels, -5 to +5 V (model AFG31152).
250 MHz, 2 GS/s, 1 channel, -5 (-4) to +5 (+4) V (model AFG31251).
250 MHz, 2 GS/s, 2 channels, -5 (-4) to +5 (+4) V (model AFG31252).
Resolution: 14 bits. Memory: 16M points. Types of modulation: AM, FM, FM, PWM, FSK.
12 standard signals: sine, square, pulse, sawtooth, triangular, Sin(x)/x, exponential rise and fall, Gaussian function, Lorentz function, Haversine, DC voltage, noise. Sweep and burst signals.
List mode (up to 256 signals in all combinations). Built-in oscilloscope (InstaView).
Areas of use: development and testing of electronic devices, complex research, playback of recordings of real signals, synchronization, training, etc.
Convenient user interface. Software ArbBuilder to create arbitrary signals directly in the generator menu. LabVIEW and LabWindows / IVI-C drivers.
22.9 cm touch screen (800 x 480 resolution). Interfaces: USB, Ethernet, GPIB.
Weight: 4.7 kg. Dimensions: 413 x 192 x 143 mm. Working temperature: from 0°С to +50°С.
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DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Series generators Tektronix AFG31000 are the first of their kind devices that combine the capabilities of a classic generator standard features (AFG), generator according to the list of signals (up to 256 pieces in all combinations) and a signal generator freeform (AWG). It is also worth noting separately the presence of the patented InstaView function, which shows the real signal generated by the generator, taking into account distortion due to load impedance mismatch.

The photo below shows a two-channel model Tektronix AFG31252 (right) in the generation mode according to a predefined list of signals, as well as the shape of these signals on the oscilloscope screen Tektronix MSO54 (left). Further on this page, the main features of the AFG31000 generators are described in detail. You can find a full description of their capabilities below on this page in the section Documentation.

Tektronix AFG31252 generator (right) in the mode of generating two signals according to a predetermined list and oscillograms of these signals on the screen of the Tektronix MSO54 oscilloscope (left)
Tektronix AFG31252 generator (right) in the mode of generating two signals according to a predetermined list and waveforms of these signals on the screen of a Tektronix MSO54 oscilloscope (left).

 

Standard Function Generation (AFG Mode)

All AFG31000 series generators can generate 12 types of commonly used standard waveforms: sine, square, pulse, sawtooth, triangular, Sin(x)/x, exponential rise and fall, Gaussian, Lorentzian, Haversine, DC voltage, and noise. 5 types of modulation can be applied to the generated signals: AM, FM, FM, PWM, FSK.

Dual Channel Models can generate different signals on both outputs with independent adjustment of amplitude, frequency and other parameters of each of the signals. This photo shows the screen of the AFG31000 Series Generator when the first output is a pure sine wave with 500 mV peak amplitude (1 Volt peak-to-peak) and 1 MHz, and the second output is a pure sine wave of the same amplitude and frequency, but with amplitude modulation. .

Screen of the Tektronix AFG31000 series generator in the mode of generating two different signals
Screen of the Tektronix AFG31000 series generator in the mode of generating two different signals.

 

Signal list generation (Sequence mode)

This mode is available with the SEQ option. The AFG31000 series generators have the ability to generate long sequences of different signals according to a pre-compiled list. For each channel, the list can contain up to 256 signals in any combination, with support for loops, transitions, pauses, and triggers on a clock pulse.

This feature is very useful in situations where you need to generate complex combinations of test signals that change frequently. Instead of reloading the next combination into the generator memory each time, you can arrange all the necessary signals in the form of a long sequence, load it into the instrument’s memory and then change test combinations on the fly simply by selecting the necessary steps and conditions in the transition table.

This screenshot of the generator screen shows a list of eight sine waveforms, each of which will be repeated three times. As can be seen from the table, for each signal, you can set a pause and transition conditions.

Screen of the Tektronix AFG31000 series generator in signal list generation mode
Tektronix AFG31000 screen in signal list generation mode.

 

In this screenshot of the oscilloscope series Tektronix MSO5 shows the result of the list generation function from the previous example. On the oscilloscope screen, you can see that two signals were generated, each of which consists of eight sinusoidal signals of different amplitude and frequency. In this case, each individual sinusoidal signal contains three periods (as indicated in the table above). The third signal on the oscilloscope screen (red graph) is a clock generated by the Tektronix AFG31000 generator at the beginning of the specified sequence.

MSO5 Series oscilloscope screen showing Tektronix AFG31000 generator list generation results
MSO5-series oscilloscope screen showing the results of the list generation function.

 

Arbitrary waveform generation (AWG mode)

For the AFG31000 series generators, there are two ways to generate arbitrary waveforms. The first way is to create signals on the computer using the program ArbExpress and transferring the created file to the instrument's memory for generation. The ArbExpress program is described later on this page.

The second way is to use the program ArbBuilder which is already installed on the generator itself. This program allows you to create and edit complex arbitrary waveforms directly on the instrument screen. Since the AFG31000 series generators use a large touch screen, the creation process is further simplified. And if you need to load into the generator a signal created in a third-party program (for example, in MATLAB) or a real signal recorded using an oscilloscope, then this can be easily done by importing .CSV files into ArbBuilder directly from a USB flash drive.

This screenshot shows the screen of the Tektronix AFG31000 series generator during the creation of an arbitrary signal from a set of points using the built-in ArbBuilder program.

Screen of the Tektronix AFG31000 series generator when creating an arbitrary signal in ArbBuilder from a set of points
Tektronix AFG31000 screen when creating an arbitrary signal in ArbBuilder from a set of points.

 

ArbExpress program for creating complex waveforms of any shape

ArbExpress is a powerful Windows software that included in standard delivery, designed to create and edit complex signals on a computer and send them to the memory of Tektronix AFG31000 series instruments for generation.

ArbExpress allows you to:
- create any combination of waveforms from standard waveform templates
- waveform maths
- directly import waveforms from Tektronix oscilloscopes
- transfer waveforms to AFG and AWG series instruments directly from the ArbExpress or MATLAB application

Below is an example of applying noise to a meander signal in the ArbExpress program. Calculation results are displayed in the lower Resultant Waveform window. The signal is ready to be loaded into the generator.

An example of applying noise to a square wave signal in ArbExpress, compatible with Tektronix AFG31000 series signal generators
An example of applying noise to a meander signal in the ArbExpress program.

 

Tektronix AFG31000 Series Signal Generator Rear Panel Connector Descriptions

The following is a description of the connectors on the back of the generator and shows their location on the case.

1. Additional input: BNC input connector that allows you to add an external signal to the K1 output signal.
2. External input mod.: Two BNC connectors for external modulation input (for channel 1 and channel 2). The input level to these jacks controls the modulation settings. Channel 1 and 2 inputs are independent.
3. External ref.in.: BNC input connector for external reference signal. The external reference input jack is used when synchronizing multiple arbitrary waveform/function generators or an AFG31000 series generator with another instrument.
4. External ref.out.: BNC output connector for external reference signal. The External Reference Output connector is used when synchronizing multiple Arbitrary/Function Generators or the AFG31000 Series with another instrument.
5.LAN: Used to connect the instrument to the network. The connection is made with a 10 BASE-T or 100 BASE-T cable.
6. USB (Type B): To connect with a USB controller.
7.GPIB: Used to control the instrument using GPIB (IEEE-488.2) commands.
8. Chassis ground screw: Used to ground the instrument (Thread No. 6-32, length 6.35 mm or less).
9. Power cord connector: For connecting a power cord that connects to an AC power source.
10. Security slot: Allows you to use a standard (Kensington) lockable laptop cable to securely store the instrument.

Tektronix AFG31000 Series Rear Panel Connectors
Rear panel connectors for Tektronix AFG31000 series generators.

 

Tektronix AFG31000 Series Signal Generator Specifications

This table lists the key specifications for the Tektronix AFG31000 Series Arbitrary Waveform Generators and standard features. Detailed technical characteristics of all models of the series, see below on this page in the section Documentation.

Tektronix AFG31000 Series Signal Generator Specifications

 

Tektronix AFG31000 Series Signal Generator Package

Name Short description
Tektronix AFG31021 Single-channel generator of arbitrary waveforms and standard functions. 25 MHz, 250 MSa/s, -10 to +10 V.
or
Tektronix AFG31022 Dual channel arbitrary waveform and standard function generator. 25 MHz, 250 MSa/s, -10 to +10 V.
or
Tektronix AFG31051 Single-channel generator of arbitrary waveforms and standard functions. 50 MHz, 500 MSa/s, -10 to +10 V.
or
Tektronix AFG31052 Dual channel arbitrary waveform and standard function generator. 50 MHz, 500 MSa/s, -10 to +10 V.
or
Tektronix AFG31101 Single-channel generator of arbitrary waveforms and standard functions. 100 MHz, 1 GS/s, -10 (-6) to +10 (+6) V.
or
Tektronix AFG31102 Dual channel arbitrary waveform and standard function generator. 100 MHz, 1 GS/s, -10 (-6) to +10 (+6) V.
or
Tektronix AFG31151 Single-channel generator of arbitrary waveforms and standard functions. 150 MHz, 2 GS/s, -5 to +5 V.
or
Tektronix AFG31152 Dual channel arbitrary waveform and standard function generator. 150 MHz, 2 GS/s, -5 to +5 V.
or
Tektronix AFG31251 Single-channel generator of arbitrary waveforms and standard functions. 250 MHz, 2 GS/s, -5 (-4) to +5 (+4) V.
or
Tektronix AFG31252 Dual channel arbitrary waveform and standard function generator. 250 MHz, 2 GS/s, -5 (-4) to +5 (+4) V.
a plus:
012-1732-xx Shielded cable with BNC connectors, 1 meter
174-4401-xx USB cable, 1 meter
- Brief instruction
- Power cable
- Calibration certificate
- 1 year warranty (can be extended to 3 and 5 years)

 

Options and Accessories for Tektronix AFG31000 Series Signal Generators

The following is a list of the main options and accessories that Tektronix AFG31000 series generators can be equipped with to expand their functionality. For a complete list of options and accessories with a detailed description, see below on this page in the section Documentation.

Name Short description
SEQ option Activates the generation mode by the list (up to 256 signals in all combinations), the generation mode by the trigger signal (Triggered) and the generation mode by the presence of a permissive signal (Gated). Installation during operation is possible (activation by program code).
MEM option Expands onboard memory from 16M/ch to 128M/ch. Installation during operation is possible (activation by program code).
Option
AUP-AFG3BW25T50-1
Bandwidth extension of single-channel models from 25 MHz to 50 MHz. Installation during operation is possible (activation by program code).
Option
AUP-AFG3BW25T50-2
Bandwidth extension of two-channel models from 25 MHz to 50 MHz. Installation during operation is possible (activation by program code).
Option
AUP-AFG3BW25T100-1
Bandwidth extension of single-channel models from 25 MHz to 100 MHz. Installation during operation is possible (activation by program code).
Option
AUP-AFG3BW25T100-2
Bandwidth extension of two-channel models from 25 MHz to 100 MHz. Installation during operation is possible (activation by program code).
Option
AUP-AFG3BW50T100-1
Bandwidth expansion of single-channel models from 50 MHz to 100 MHz. Installation during operation is possible (activation by program code).
Option
AUP-AFG3BW50T100-2
Bandwidth extension of two-channel models from 50 MHz to 100 MHz. Installation during operation is possible (activation by program code).
Option AUP-AFG3BW150T250-1 Bandwidth extension of single-channel models from 150 MHz to 250 MHz. Installation during operation is possible (activation by program code).
Option AUP-AFG3BW150T250-2 Bandwidth extension of two-channel models from 150 MHz to 250 MHz. Installation during operation is possible (activation by program code).
012-1732-xx Shielded cable with BNC connectors, 1 meter
012-0991-xx Double shielded GPIB cable
011-0049-02 50 ohm termination with BNC connector
ACD4000B Soft carry bag
HCTEK54 Hard transport case (requires soft bag ACD4000B)

This PDF documentation provides the most comprehensive description of the Tektronix AFG31000 Series Signal Generators features, specifications, and modes of operation.

Description and characteristics of Tektronix AFG31000 generators (in English) (20 pages; 2 MB)

Tektronix AFG31000 Generators User Manual (Russian) (175 pages; 31 MB)

Tektronix AFG31000 Generator Programming Guide (English) (219 pages; 3 MB)

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