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1-GS/sec Arbitrary Waveform Generator


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Features & Benefits

  • 1.024-GS/sec Clock Rate Provides up to 500-MHz Waveforms
  • 1-MB Record Length (4 MB with Opt. 01)
  • Region Shift Function Provides 10-ps Edge Placement
  • 8-Bit (1/256) Vertical Resolution
  • Direct DSO Waveform Transfers
  • Optional 8-Bit 1-GHz Digital Data Generator
  • Built-In 1.4-MB 3.5-in. Floppy Disk
  • FFT Editor (Option 09)
  • Frequency Domain Editing
  • Real-Time Waveform Sequencer Creates Automatic Test Sequences or Extremely Long Patterns Almost Infinitely
  • Formula Entry of Waveforms
  • Fully Programmable from Front Panel, RS-232, or GPIB (IEEE 488.2)
  • CE Certified


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AWG2041-Series Arbitrary Waveform Generator

The AWG2041 is the world's fastest and deepest memory Arbitrary Generator with its 1-GS/s sample rate and 1-MB execution memory (4 MB, Option 01). As with the entire 2000 Series family, the graphical user interface allows on-screen viewing of waveform editing and simplifies "what-if" test scenarios by easily allowing the creation of composite signals.

The standard AWG2041 configuration provides up to 2-V output or 4 V with the complementary output, each with 8-bit vertical resolution. Option 03 adds an 8-bit-wide ECL digital data port which can be used in conjunction with the marker outputs for data generation up to 10-bits wide at up to 1 GHz. The AWG2041 supports true Real-Time Sequencing capability similar to the AWG2021.

The real-time waveform sequencer extends the effective record length output to over a billion points! The built-in frequency domain (FFT) editor (Option 09) is a perfect addition for customers performing modulation simulations, filter design, or testing physical layer jitter tolerance, or for pulse-mask testing.

The AWG2041 easily simulates signals where fine-point definition and long records are required for simulating very complex waveform conditions. Direct waveform transfer capability makes the AWG2041 the perfect accessory for Tektronix DSOs.



Sine, square, triangle, ramp, pulse, arbitrary, linked sequence, and DC.


Execution Memory -

Waveform: 1 Mwords (4 Mwords with Option 01)

Marker: (2) 1 Mwords (4 Mwords × 2 bits with Option 01)

Waveform size: 32 points to 1 MU (4 MU with Option 01) in multiples of 32

Real-Time Sequencer Memory - 8 K individual waveforms

Loop Counter -

Waveform: 1 to 64 K

Sequence: 1 to 64 K repeats


Frequency Range - 1.000000 kHz to 1.024000 GHz

Resolution - 7 digits

Stability - 1 ppm/year (+15 °C to ±25 °C)


Continuous - Output waveform/sequence continuous at programmed waveshape, frequency, amplitude, and offset.

Triggered - Output quiescent until triggered by an external, GPIB, or manual trigger; generates a waveform/sequence only one time.

Burst - Output quiescent until triggered by an external, GPIB, or manual trigger; then generates a waveform/sequence up to 65,536 times.

Gated - Same as continuous mode except period is executed only for the duration of the gated signal until the sequence started is completed.

Waveform Advance - Output quiescent until triggered by an external, GPIB, or manual trigger, then generates the waveform/sequence in the Sequence file. When the scan count reaches value, output stops and waits for next trigger.

Auto-Step - Continuously outputs the waveform/sequence in the Auto-Step file; the next Auto-Step Trigger (rear panel) advances the waveform/sequence.

Slave - Receives clock from a master arbitrary waveform generator for parallel operation.


Digital-to-Analog Converter Resolution - 8 bits

Output Impedance - 50 ohm

Output Voltage - -2.0 V to +2.0 V into 50 ohm (L/V differential)

Amplitude -

Range: 20 mV to 2 V into 50 ohm

Resolution: 1 mV

Offset -

Range: -1.000 V to 1.000 V into 50 ohm

Resolution: 1 mV

Accuracy (20-mV Amplitude, 7F waveform data): ±(1% of offset + 5 mV)

Rise Time -

Amplitude >1.0 V, ≤2.5 ns

Amplitude ≤1.0 V, ≤1.5 ns

Fall Time -

Amplitude >1.0 V, ≤2.5 ns

Amplitude ≤1.0 V, ≤1.7 ns

Aberrations (at full BW) -

Amplitude >1.0 V, within ±10%

Amplitude ≤1.0 V, within ±7%

Flatness - Within ±3% after 50 ns from rise/fall edges

Sinewave Characteristics (1-GHz clock, 32 waveform points, 31.25-MHz frequency, 1.0-V amplitude, no offset, no filter) -

Harmonics: ≤45 dBc, DC to 400 MHz

Noise: ≤50 dBc, DC to 400 MHz


Type - Bessel low pass

Risetime -

10 MHz: 35 ns

20 MHz: 17 ns

50 MHz: 7.0 ns

100 MHz: 3.5 ns

Delay from Marker -

10 MHz: 42 ns

20 MHz: 22 ns

50 MHz: 12 ns

100 MHz: 7.0 ns

Through: 2.5 ns


Marker -

Number of Markers: 2

Level: Hi/Lo, -2.0 V to 2.0 V into 50 ohm, -4.0 V to 4.0 V into 1 megohm

Resolution: 0.1 V

Accuracy: within ±0.1 V

Rise/Fall Time: <1 ns (at 1 Vpk-pk)

Connector: BNC

Busy -

Level: Positive TTL pulse (0 V to 5.0 V into 1 megohm)

Delay: <60 ns from Ext. Trig; <150 ns from CH 1

Output Resistance: 51 ohm

Connector: SMB

Sync -

Level: Positive TTL pulse (0 V to 5.0 V into 1 megohm)

Delay: <60 ns from Ext.

Trig. Duration: 100 ns

Output Resistance: 51 ohm

Connector: SMB

Master Clock -

Level: ECL compatible (-1.620 to -0.810 into 50 ohm)

Connector: SMB

8-Bit ECL Digital Out (Option 03) -

Output Signals: D0 to D7, Clock

Level: ECL compatible (-1.81 V to -0.810 V into 50 ohm)

Skew Between Data: ±250 ps


Data to Marker: 2.0 ns

Clock to Data: 2.5 ns


Trigger -

Threshold: Level, -5 V to +5 V

Resolution: 0.1 V

Accuracy: -(5% × Level + 0.1 V)

Pulse Width: 10-ns minimum (0.2-V amplitude)

Sensitivity: 0.2-V minimum (1-MHz square wave)

Maximum Input: ±10 Vpk-pk when 1 kilohm selected; ±5 V when 50 ohm selected

Impedance: 1 kilohm or 50 ohm

Trigger Holdoff: 500-ns maximum

Stop Trig -

Threshold Level: TTL Level

Pulse Width: 100-ns minimum

Maximum Input Volts: +5 V to 0 V

Delay: 100-ms maximum

Impedance: 10 kilohm

Connector: SMB

Auto-Step Trig -

Threshold Level: TTL Level

Pulse Width: 100-ns minimum

Maximum Input Volts: +5 V to 0 V

Delay: 100-ms maximum

Impedance: 10 kilohm

Connector: SMB

External Clock -

Sensitivity: 400 mVpk-pk (-4.0 dBm)

Maximum Input Volts: 1.0 Vpk-pk (+4.0 dBm) DC ±20 V

Frequency: 10 MHz to 1.0 GHz

Delay External Clock to Marker: 13 ns

Slave Clock -

Threshold: ECL compatible (100 K)

Maximum Input Volts: -2.0 V to 0.0 V

Frequency: 650 MHz to 1.0 GHz

Delay External Clock to Marker: 13 ns


Waveform Shape (predefined 100-point waveforms) - Sine, Triangle, Square, Ramp, Pulse (50-MHz filter is inserted when Sine is selected)

Frequency: 1.000000 Hz to 10.00000 MHz

Accuracy: 1 ppm

Amplitude: 20 mV to 2 V into 50 ohm

Offset: -1.000 V to 1.000 V into 50 ohm

Polarity: Normal, Invert

Duty Cycle: 0% to 100%, Pulse only

Sine Flatness: Within -1 dB referenced to 100 kHz


GPIB - IEEE 488.2-1987 compatible

RS-232 - 9-Pin D connector