HDAWG arbitrary waveform generator of Zurich Instruments

Zurich Instruments’s HDAWG arbitrary waveform generators offer up to 8 channels and 16 bit resolution

  • Zurich Instruments announces the HDAWG arbitrary waveform generators (AWGs) family.
  • This range of AWG is available in two configurations offering 4 or 8 channels with a bandwidth of 750 MHz.
  • According to the Swiss manufacturer, the arbitrary waveform generators of the HDAWG range are distinguished by their high channel density and a triggering latency of less than 50 ns.

The HDAWG generators, integrated in a compact housing without front panel, are controlled via an external PC. They digitize the output signals with a resolution of 16 bits. They features a cache memory depth of 500 Mech. per channel. Their sampling rate can reach 2.4 GS / s for frequency signals up to 750 MHz.

Each of the outputs is associated with a TTL marker output and a TTL trigger input. 32-bit digital I / O are available to produce and read complex bit streams.

For applications requiring a large number of channels, multiple instruments can be synchronized and controlled from a single central unit. The HDAWG arbitrary waveform generator is controlled via the LabOne user interface that can be exploited from a browser and via Matlab, LabView, Python, .NET or C applications.

Sequences can be written, edited, and compiled using the scripting language and built-in compiler. This results,
according to Zurich Instruments, in short programming sequences that can be quickly transmitted to the instrument via GbE or USB 3.0 links.

The HDAWG generator has been developed to meet the signal generation requirements of the R & D sector, such as quantum computing to produce low noise pulsed signal sequences. It can also be used, according to its Swiss manufacturer, in the field of NMR, electronic component testing, spectroscopy, as well as Radar or Lidar applications.

HDAWG Key features :

  • 2.4 GSa/s, 16 bit, 750 MHz signal bandwidth
  • 5 Vpp maximum amplitude
  • Scalable up to 64 output channels
  • Less than 50 ns trigger to output delay
  • Digital modulation at multiple frequencies
  • LabOne AWG Sequencer and Compiler