- Single waveform channel
- 40 MS/s 12-bit arbitrary waveform capability using true variable clock architecture
- 64 K point waveform memory per channel
- 16 MHz function generators using direct digital synthesis (DDS)
- Multiple standard waveforms including sine, square, triangle, haversine, ramp, pulse and sin(x)/x
- Pulse train pattern generation for up to 10 pulses
- Complex waveform sequencing and looping capability using up to 1024 waveform segments
- Wide range sweep, AM, tone switching, signal summing
- Inter-channel triggering, summing and phase control
- Multiple generators can be easily phase locked
- Built-in trigger generator, gated and triggered burst modes
- Tone switching facilitates precision DTMF generation
- Waveform creation/editing tools built in; sophisticated external Windows based software included
- GPIB (IEEE-488.2) and RS-232 interfaces
The Fluke 281-U 115V Single-Channel Arbitrary Waveform Generator, 40 MS/s is a highly sophisticated 12-bit arbitrary waveform generator capable of recreating virtually any waveform. True variable clock architecture is used with clock speeds between 0.1 Hz and 40 MHz. This architecture avoids the clock jitter associated with DDS arbitrary generators and permits waveform linking, looping and sequencing.
Waveforms may be defined with up to 4096 vertical points and from 4 K to 64 K points.
Arbitrary waveforms may be replayed at a specified waveform frequency, period or sample clock rate.
Each channel can operate as a full DDS function generator. High quality sine, cosine, haversine, havercosine and square waves are available between 1 mHz and 16 MHz. Triangle, ramp and sine(x)/x waveforms are available from 0.1 mHz up to 500 kHz.
Each channel can not only generate pulses, but also complex pulse trains. A pattern of up to 10 pulses can be quickly defined, with each pulse having its own amplitude, width and delay. The whole pulse train pattern can then be replayed at a user defined repetition rate. Where variable rise time pulses are required, the full arbitrary function can be used.
Waveform Creation and Editing
Waveform creation and editing features are incorporated within the instrument. These include waveform insert, point edit, line draw, amplitude adjust and invert.
A wide range of standard waveforms are available for insertion within an arbitrary waveform. Sections of existing arbitrary waveforms can also be inserted. For more sophisticated waveform creation and editing, Waveform Manager Plus software for the Windows operating system is provided.
Waveforms created on a PC can be downloaded to the instrument via the digital interfaces (or memory card where fitted).
The 281-U 115V incorporates both RS-232 and GPIB (IEEE-488) interfaces as standard. These can be used for loading arbitrary waveforms and for the remote control of all of the instrument functions.
Waveform sequencing The variable clock architecture of the 281-U 115V enables waveforms to be sequenced. Up to 16 arbitrary waveforms may be linked in a sequence. Each waveform can have a loop count of up to 32,768 and the whole sequence can be run continuously or repeated more than a million times.
Wide Range Sweep
All waveforms can be swept over their full frequency range at a rate variable between milliseconds and minutes. Sweep can be linear or logarithmic, single or continuous. Single sweeps can be triggered from the front panel, the trigger input, or the digital interfaces. Multiple channels can be swept simultaneously.
Amplitude modulation and suppressed carrier modulation are available for all waveforms. Any channel can be used to modulate another channel. Alternatively, all channels can be modulated simultaneously via the modulation input.
Built-in Trigger Generator
All waveforms are available as a triggered burst whereby each trigger edge will produce one burst of the carrier. Start and stop phase is fully variable. Both triggered and gated modes can be operated from the internal trigger generator, from an adjacent channel, an external source or a key press or remote command. The trigger generator signal is available as a separate output if required.
The Fluke 281-U 115V can provide triggered switching between up to 16 frequencies of standard or arbitrary waveforms. Tone switching modes can be gated, triggered or FSK using any trigger source. By summing two channels together, it is possible to generate precise DTMF test signals.
Fast and Easy to Use
All of the main information is clearly displayed on a backlit 80 character LCD. Eight soft keys enable fast data editing. Parameters can be entered directly from the numeric keypad or changed with the spin wheel.