50MS/s Single-Channel Arbitrary Waveform Generator

Model WW5061 represents the next generation of products in the field of function, pulse and arbitrary waveform generators. This instrument is superior and far more versatile than any existing equivalent whether it is an analog or digital product. As a waveform source, this model can replace analog generators in almost every application.

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Data Sheet
  • Single Channel 50MS/s waveform generator
  • Sine waves to 25MHz, Square to 15MHz
  • SINE OUT to 50MHz, 1Vp-p into 50Ω
  • 11 Built-in popular standard waveforms
  • 14 Bit amplitude resolution
  • 11 digits frequency resolution (limited by 1µHz)
  • 512k standard waveform memory (1M option)
  • 10Vp-p into 50Ω, double into high impedance
  • AM, FM, Arbitrary FM, FSK, Ramped FSK modulation
  • Comprehensive memory management
  • 1 ppm clock accuracy and stability
  • Linear and logarithmic sweep
  • User friendly and menu driven 3.8” color LCD display
  • LAN, USB and GPIB interfaces
  • Multi-Instrument synchronization
  • Free ArbConnection software, IVI and MATLAB drivers


The Instrument combines high-frequency performance, versatility and compact size in a boxed format. Featuring signal output in the range of 1µHz to 25MHz and 14-bit vertical DAC resolution and up to 1M arbitrary waveform buffer, these instruments exhibit performance and provide solutions to the most demanding test stimulus challenge.


Four waveform types may be generated: standard, arbitrary, sequenced arbitrary, and modulated. It is virtually like having four different generators in a single, compact package.

As a Function Generator

Most applications require simple and controllable waveforms such as sine and square waves; these functions and more are resident in a built-in library and can be called to the output using simple and easy keystrokes. The built-in waveforms are generated digitally from lookup tables that ensure accuracy and fidelity. The use of DDS technology to generate the controlling clock enhances clock stability and thus provides jitter-free and excellent spectral purity. Sine waves can be generated at up to 25MHz. There are ten additional waveforms which have controllable parameters, all accessible from the front panel.

Arbitrary Waveform Generator

Complex waveforms are used for testing purposes throughout the industry. While coordinates for such waveforms can easily be generated on paper or on computers, there is a need for digital instruments to take this data and convert it to electronical signals. An arbitrary waveform generator is about the only tool that can take a set of X-Y coordinates and convert them to real life signals. Combined with the power of ArbConnection, there is no limit to what you can create and generate. Waveform coordinates can be imported from a variety of sources such as MATLAB, ASCII files etc. Anything you can display on one of the composer screens is downloaded in split-second time and generated by the main output.

Waveform Memory for High Speed Testing

The instruments are sold with 512k waveform memory as standard. Optional 1M waveform memory is offered for applications requiring longer waveforms, placing the WW5061 in a far better position than its traditional competitors. The waveform memory is accessible from a remote host, using fast GPIB, USB or LAN interface thus minimizing test time needed when downloading multiple waveforms for one or more tests. The entire space of the waveform memory is backed up by rechargeable batteries allowing waveforms to be downloaded in the lab and the generator moved to another location for field operation.

Sequence Generator

Memory management is a must in today’s arbitrary waveform generators. While very few applications require one long memory, most of the waveforms require a limited number of horizontal points. As a sequence generator, the WW5061 lets you divide the entire memory into 2048 smaller segments, load each segment with a different waveform, and then, select the order in which these segments will be linked and the number of loops that each segment will perform. This allows test software to switch between many different waveforms rapidly and without having to download multiple times, enhancing test throughput in a way that cannot be duplicated by other competing products.

Modulation Capability

Agility and modulation capabilities open the door to diverse applications. In addition to the power to generate any shape and any style of waveforms with the arbitrary waveform generation power, the product can generate standard modulation schemes such as AM, FM, Arbitrary FM, FSK, and Linear and Logarithmic sweep, all of which are easily created and executed by the generator.

Flexible Triggering Capability

Continuity of signals is required in most applications. However, at times when single output cycles are required or synchronization to other devices is mandatory, the WW5061 can be placed in different run modes that provides synchronization to other system components. Built into the product are gated, triggered and burst modes of which the last two can be operated with the built-in, free-running trigger generator, when external stimulating devices are not available.

Easy to use

Large and user-friendly 3.8” back-lit color LCD display facilitates browsing through menus, updating parameters and displaying detailed and critical information for your waveform output. Combined with numeric keypad, cursor position control and a dial, the front panel controls simplify the often complex operation of an arbitrary waveform generator.

High Speed Access

Access speed is an increasingly important requirement for test systems. Included with the instrument is a variety of interfaces: LAN, USB and GPIB, so one may select the interface most compatible to individual requirements. Using any of the external interfaces, controlling instrument functions and features as well as downloading waveforms and sequences is fast, time saving and easily tailored to every system regardless, if it is just a laptop to instrument or full-featured ATE system. IVI drivers and factory support will speed up system integration thus minimizing time-to-market and reduce system development costs significantly.

Multiple Environments to Write Your Code

Model WW5061 comes with a complete set of drivers, allowing you to write your application in various environments such as: Labview, CVI, C++, VB and MATLAB. You may also link the supplied dll to other Windows based API’s or, use low level SCPI commands (Standard Commands for Programmable Instruments) to program the instrument, regardless if your application is written for Windows, Linux or Macintosh operating systems.

Multi-Instrument Synchronization

Multiple WW5061/2s can be synchronized using a Master-Slave arrangement allowing users to benefit from the same high quality performance in their multi-channels needs.


The ArbConnection software provides you with full control of instrument functions, modes and features. ArbConnection is a powerful editorial tool that allows you to easily design any type of waveform. Whether it is the built in wave, pulse or serial data composers, or the built in equation editor with which you can create your own exotic functions, with ArbConnection virtually any application is possible.


Model Description
W5061 50MS/s Single-Channel Arbitrary Waveform Generator


Option Description
1 1M Memory


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


Note: Options and Accessories must be specified at the time of your purchase.

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