5GS/s Dual-Channel Arbitrary Waveform Generator

The new Signal Expert Series sets new standards for high speed arbitrary waveform generators. With an analog bandwidth of nearly 7 GHz, the new Signal Expert Series can reach frequencies much higher than its sampling rate. Combining this vast analog bandwidth with multi Nyquist zone operation the Signal Expert Series is capable of solving applications well beyond baseband and into the microwave frequencies.

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  • Dual channel 5Gs/s (10GS/s equivalent in RF mode), 12 bit waveform generators
  • Directly generate RF signals higher than 7GHz
  • Extremely fast rise and fall time of under 100ps
  • Multi-Nyquist zone operation, up to the 4th Nyquist zone
  • Inter-channel skew control from -3ns to +3ns with 10ps resolution
  • Independent or synchronized channels configurations
  • 64M memory 
  • AM, FM, FSK, PSK, ASK, Amp. Hop, Freq. Hop, Sweep & Chirp
  • Powerful pulse composer for analog, digital and mixed signals
  • Advanced sequencer for step, loop, nest and jumps scenarios
  • Various output amplifier modules utilized to solve numerous applications in different domains
  • Smart trigger allows: trigger hold-off, detect <=> pulse width, as well as wait-for-waveform-end or abort waveform and restart
  • Built-in fast dynamic segments and sequences hop control
  • Two differential markers per channel with programmable positions, width and levels
  • User friendly GUI & Remote control through LAN, USB & GPIB
  • Store/recall capability on memory stick or 4GB internal memory
  • Multi instrument synchronization

Cost Effective Solution

The SE5082 new technology combines advanced arbitrary and sequencing capabilities, excellent spectral purity, configurable output modules, and advanced triggering make the new Signal Expert Series the highest performing and most cost effective AWG of its class and even beyond.

Multi-Nyquist Operation

Traditionally AWGs work only in the first Nyquist zone as signals in the higher Nyquist zones are suppressed, due to bandwidth and architecture limitations. But what if these signals were not suppressed? This would mean that with the proper filter it would be possible to generate signals well above the sampling rate of the AWG. Utilizing new technology, the Signal Expert Series offers different sampling modes that optimize performance according to the Nyquist zone of interest. For example, in RF sampling mode, since data is inverted every half a clock period the DAC sampling rate is essentially doubled and therfore it seems as if the DAC can sample up to 10GS/s. Therefore, coupled with the proper output module and sampling mode, users can generate signals more than 7GHz and well into the microwave C-band, X-band and even K-band area, while keeping excellent signal purity.

Configurable Outputs Option

Different applications require different output paths. This is why the Signal Expert Series offers a selection of various factory configured output modules. Each output module offers a different amplifier path, utilizing benefits which would match your specific application need. For example, the High Voltage module, which offers 2Vpp into 50? but is limited in bandwidth, is utilized for various time domain applications, while for applications that require faster rise time and higher bandwidth, one can order the DC output module, which offers 1.2Vpp with <100ps rise time and 3GHz bandwidth. The default configuration is the direct DAC output path which offers 540mVpp, <85ps rise time and 4GHz bandwidth. Other output modules will be made available soon, so feel free to share with us your requirements so that we can try and meet your application needs. so that we can try and meet your application needs.

Signal Integrity and Purity

One of the most important requirement in today’s test and measurement applications is high signal quality. With a typical SSB phase noise of <-115dBc at 100MHz, and <-105dBc at 1GHz, at 10 kHz carrier offset and with exceptionally good SFDR of <-70dBc at 1GHz carrier, Tabor’s Signal Expert Series' unique platform delivers one of the best quality signals available on the market today, answering the ever-growing demand for clear and precise signals.

IQ Generation

The ability to generate IQ signals is fundamental for any RF or communication engineer. With the advanced arbitrary capabilities and highly synchronized channels, the SE is ideal for generating digital modulations. The new Signal Expert Series offers excellent EVM performance even at 1.8GHz IQ bandwidth with less than 1% EVM for a 16QAM modulation, making it, by far, the best performance for price IQ source available in the market today.

Common or Separate Clocks

Need a dual or a single channel unit… why choose? With the new Signal Expert Series you can have it all. The Signal Expert Series has up to two output channels, which can either operate independently, or synchronized to share the same sample clock source. As separate channels, one has the advantage of having up to two separate instruments in one box, with each having the ability to be programmed to output different function shapes, frequency, amplitude levels and/or to operate in different run modes. Alternatively, the advantage of having synchronized channels with less than 10ps skew and skew control is very significant in applications that require an accurate and controlled phase between the channels, which is ideal for many X-Y modes and I&Q output applications.

Smart Trigger

Until now, you`ve been forced to trigger on a specific event. Tabor`s all-new SmarTrigger feature was designed to enhance the trigger capability and facilitate wider flexibility of a specific pulse event. It allows triggering on either a pulse having a larger pulse width than a programmed time value (time), or even on a pulse having a pulse width between two limits (<>time). In addition, the SmarTrigger has a hold-off function, in which the output is held idle after the first trigger and starts a waveform cycle only with the first valid trigger after a hold-off interval has lapsed, allowing you to solve endless "negotiation" scenarios.

Powerful Segmentation and Sequencing

Solving almost every complex application, powerful segmentation and sequencing produces a nearly endless variety of complex waveforms. The waveform memory can be divided into multiple waveform segments and sequenced in user-selectable fashion to create complex waveforms that have repeatable segments, jump and nest, saving you precious memory space. The Signal Expert also allows you to generate up to 1000 sequence scenarios and sequence between them to generate an even higher level of flexibility in waveform creation.

Programmable Differential Markers

The Signal Expert series is equipped with two programmable differential markers per channel. Differential simply means outstanding signal integrity for high frequencies, whereas the programmability allows you to set position, width, delay and amplitude for any required peripheral triggering need. While bench usage enables setting only one marker position, you can set multiple markers and program different marker properties for each transition instance remotely, allowing various triggering profiles.

Pulse / Pattern Creation

Generating complex pulse trains has never been easier. The Pulse Composer is a powerful built-in tool that converts the Signal Expert Series to a very sophisticated Pulse/Pattern Generator, allowing to create literally any complex pulse train / pattern, whether it’s a single pulse, multi-level, linear-points, initialization or preamble pattern definition, user-defined or even standard random patterns with programmable resolution, so it doesn’t matter if your application is radar communications, nanotechnology or serial bus testing, the pulse/pattern composer is the right tool for your application. Moreover, all the Signal Expert Series advanced trigger modes are applicable, hence one can choose to use the “step” mode to advance every bit independently or the “once” mode to advance a complete data block in one trigger event, enabling even more applications, such as trigger, clock and data protocols.

Dynamic Segment / Sequence Control

Working in the real-time world and need fast waveform switching? The Signal Expert series has a rear panel control designed specifically for that. Having the dynamic control feature, in effect, can serve as replacement of the sequence table where the real-time application can decide when and for how long a waveform will be generated. For much more complex applications, this same input may serve as a dynamic switch for complete sequences, creating real-life scenarios for real-time applications.

Multiple Environments to Write Your Code

The Signal Expert Series comes with a complete set of drivers, allowing you to write your application in various environments including Labview, CVI, C++, VB, Python and MATLAB. You may also link the supplied dll to other Windows-based API’s or use low-level SCPI commands to program the instrument, regardless of whether your application is written for Windows, Linux or Macintosh operating systems.

Easy to Use

Large and user-friendly 4” backlit color LCD display facilitates browsing through menus, updating parameters and displaying detailed and critical information for your waveform output. Combined with numeric keypad, ten quick-link function & run mode buttons, cursor position control and a dial, the front panel controls simplify the often complex operation of an arbitrary waveform generator.


ArbConnection is a powerful software package that allows you to easily design any type of waveform and control the instrument functions, modes and features via a graphical user interface (GUI). Whether you need to generate output using a built-in waveform, a hand sketched or played back waveform, a pulse pattern, a serial data string, a modulated carrier or even an equation, ArbConnection provides you the editing tool which makes virtually any application possible.


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Model Description
SE5082 5GS/s Dual-Channel Arbitrary Waveform Generator


Option Description
DAC DAC output
DC DC coupled output module


Name Description
S-Sync Cable For Multiple Instrument Synchronization
W-Rack mount 19" Single Rack Mounting Kit
Case Kit Professional Carry Bag


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