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Choosing an AWG or function generator

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Jeroen Belleman, Mar 13, 2008.

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  1. Having seen several old function generators in my lab die recently,
    I'm in the market for a new arbitrary waveform / function generator
    for general lab use.

    I'm hesitating between the Thurlby Thandar TGA12101 and the Tabor
    model 1071, which have very similar specifications, and which would
    both do the job. The latter has a LAN interface, which is a tempting
    little plus.

    Would anyone here like to share his experience to help me make my
    choice?

    Thanks,
    Jeroen Belleman
     
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    IMO, that's not a "tempting little plus", that's a basic requirement.
    A "tempting little plus" is what got Eliot Spitzer in trouble.
     
  3. Well, the manufacturers seem to think of it that way. Very few of
    these things have a LAN interface. Most have GPIB. Some have RS232
    or USB. I expect that, whatever the actual interface, they all look
    like thinly disguised GPIB.

    Heaven forbid that they actually use some closed proprietary protocol,
    as do e.g., National Instruments' boxes. That would sure douse my
    interest.

    Jeroen Belleman
     
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