Tektronix AWG5200 Series of Arbitrary Signal Generators

Tektronix AWG5200 multi-channels arbitrary waveform generators combine speed and high resolution

  • Tektronix Announces AWG5200 Series of Arbitrary Signal Generators (AWG).
  • This range of multi-channel instruments is distinguished by the conversion of signals with a resolution of 16 bits.
  • It includes 2, 4 and 8-channel models delivering signals over a frequency band up to 2 GHz with a sampling rate of 2 GS / s per channel.
  • Options are available to increase the speed to 2.5 GS / s or 5.1 GS / s per channel (up to 10.2 GS / s per channel interleaving).


The AWG5200 Series Arbitrary Signal Generators are based on a new digital-to-analog converter (DAC) platform, designed by Tektronix, enabling the generation of RF / EW signals with 16 bit resolution and rising time of less than 2μs.

The AWG5200 series generators, featuring a 6.5 “touch screen and a removable hard disk on the front panel, also feature 32 digital channels and external trigger inputs on the rear panel.

With their 8 independent channels, according to Tektronix, a channel shift of better than 10 ps, ​​these instruments can be used in applications requiring multiple synchronized channels such as simulation and radar receiver testing. Each channel has its own output path, an individual amplifier unit, a separate sequencing device and a dedicated memory (2 Gech. per Channel). They can also be controlled independently. All the channels share the same clock, but it is possible to use an external reference clock.

RF designers can also take advantage of a plugin library to generate signals and pre-distort signals using Matlab scripts. The AWG5200 can also take advantage of the signals created for previous generations of Tektronix AWG generators.

AWG5200 arbitrary signal generators with 2, 4 or 8 channels are sold according to models and conversion speeds between 50 k € and 135 k € (53.7 and 144 k$).


Overview of the AWG5200 specifications:

  • 2, 4 or 8 channels synchronized
  • Conversion speed from 2 to 10 GS / s
  • 16 bits of vertical resolution
  • 2 GHz frequency band (-3 dB), operable up to 8 GHz
  • Memory Depth 2 Gech. per channel -70 dBcSFDR (In-band, 10 Gech / s, DC-1.25 GHz)
  • 1.5 Vp-p Diff @ 2 GHz
  • -85 to +10 dBm @ 10 MHz to 2 GHz