Tektronix AFG31052 Signal ARB/Function Generator

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1. RoadTest Overview

In this roadtest, we would like you to test and experiment with both the Tektronix AFG31052 Arbitrary Function Generator and the Double Pulse Test software, and report your experiences and final conclusions.


To provide you with more information about the AFG31052 and Double Pulse Test software, we have posted detailed information about the product, along with instructions on installing the Double Pulse Test software on the AFG31052 AFG. There is a section on tasks the sponsor has mentioned that he would like the official roadtesters to test. Additional technical information as well as links to some information videos are also provided.


2. Introduction to the Tektronix AFG31052

The Tektronix AFG31052 is one of the Tektronix AFG31000 Series of high-performance AFGs with built-in arbitrary waveform generation and programming capabilities, waveform verification, real-time waveform monitoring, as well as featuring a very large touchscreen. It is an ideal test instrument for applications, including research, clock and system synchronization, replication of real world signals, component/circuit characterization and validation, embedded circuit design and test, general purpose signal generation, and double pulse tests.



AFG31052 Key Features

  • Patented InstaView™ technology enables engineers to see the actual waveform at the Device Under Test (DUT) in real time, without the need of an oscilloscope and probe, eliminating the uncertainty caused by mismatched impedance
  • A 9-inch capacitive touchscreen works like a smart phone and has short-cuts to frequently used settings
  • Built-in ArbBuilder lets you create and edit arbitrary waveforms on the instrument
  • Sequencing option adds the ability to program long, complex waveforms with up to 256 steps
  • Built-in Double Pulse Test application to generate voltage pulses with varying pulse widths onto the DUTs


AFG31052 Key performance Specifications

  • 2 channels
  • Output amplitude range 1 mVP-P to 10 VP-P into 50 Ω loads
  • Basic (AFG) mode:
    • 1uHz to 50 MHz sine waveforms
    • 250 MSa/s, or 1 GSa/s sample rates
    • 14-bit vertical resolution
    • Built-in waveforms include sine, square, ramp, pulse, noise, and other frequently used waveforms
    • Sweep, Burst, and Modulation modes (AM, FM, PM, FSK, and PWM)
  • Advanced (Sequence) mode (SEQ option included):
    • Continuous mode (optional Sequence, Triggered and Gated modes)
    • Up to 128 Mpts arbitrary waveform memory on each channel (MEM option included)
    • Up to 256 steps in sequence mode with loop, jump and wait events
    • Variable sampling clock 1 µSa/s to 500M GSa/s


3. Package Contents

  • AFG31052 AFG
  • Compliance and safety instructions
  • Power cord, USB cable, and BNC cables
  • NIST-traceable calibration certificate
  • 3-year warranty
  • Included MEM and SEQ options
  • Downloadable Double Pulse Test Software App (plug -in)


4. Double Pulse Test Software

The official roadtesters will also test the Double Pulse Test software, downloadable software that enables double pulse applications for the power and semiconductor markets. The Double Pulse Test user interface provides touch-and-swipe or point-and-click control for generating at least two varying pulse widths. These pulses can be output to an isolated gate driver to trigger power devices such as MOSFETs or IGBTs.


Double Pulse Test Software Key Features

  • Ready-to-use, ease of use, built-in applications that reduce test development time
  • Generate pulses with varying pulse widths
  • Pulse widths from 20 ns to 150 μs
  • GUI and large touchscreen display
  • Multi-triggers method: Manual, Continuous and External
  • Up to 30 pulses
  • Ohm or High Z output modes
  • Free to download from the website


The Double Pulse Test software offers the ability to generate voltage pulses with varying pulse widths onto devices under test (DUTs). Design and test engineers are able to perform the Double Pulse Test in less than one minute, saving them hours when compared to using a PC software or a microcontroller to perform the test with varying configurations. Typical applications include:

  • R&D engineer and test engineer of semiconductor industry (power device and power module with SiC/GaN/Si)
  • Automotive industry (EV, EHV, FCV), laboratory and university of power electronics
  • Power device manufacturer
  • Heavy user of power device and module
  • Inverter and motor drive system


Double Pulse Test Software Installation Instructions

Instructions for installing the Double Pulse app on the AFG31000 series AFGs are linked here.  Applicants can also read about its use here: https://www.tek.com/power-efficiency/double-pulse-testing, or in the app note that’s also attached.


5. Sponsor's Testing Suggestions

Here are some features our sponsor would like to roadtesters to use/review:


Double Pulse software

  • Measure switching parameters and evaluate dynamic behaviors (transient signals, overshoots..) on power devices such as MOSFETs and IGBTs (Si, SiC and GaN). Especially when incorporated into a switching power supply.


  • An application note on InstaView is available in the Additional Information section below.
  • InstaView allows you to see what the AFG signal looks like at the device under test, something that a separate oscilloscope is normally required to do.


  • Create complex waveforms on the box itself, import waveforms directly from an exported oscilloscope capture

Sequence Mode

  • Run a test with multiple waveforms using sequence mode (enabled with the included SEQ option)
  • Run large waveforms up to 128M points in Advanced mode (enabled with the included MEM option)


  • Comparison to other AFGs is a plus, working comments on the UX into other reviews is fine


6. Additional Information


7. Informational Videos

  • Go to the following page to watch up to 5 informational videos:


Important Dates

Enrollment Begin: Feb 20 2020

Enrollment Ends: Mar 22 2020

RoadTesters Selected: April 2 2020

Product Shipped: Apr 7 2020

RoadTesting Begins: Apr 14 2020

Reminder/Update Email: May 14 2020*

Submit Reviews By: June 14 2020*


*The element14 RoadTest Staff will send this reminder/update email.

**If a RoadTester is unable to meet the deadline, please notify the RoadTest Program Lead, , as soon as possible before the deadline.


Terms and Conditions


Terms and Conditions

These are the terms and conditions which govern the Tektronix AFG31052 Arbitrary Function Generator with Double Pulse Test software contest. This Contest requires participants to submit an application indicating their previous experience with this type of equipment/component, information on what they would do to test the equipment or component, and the applicant’s desire to post a thorough review of their experience with images, photos, or other supplemental materials. Participants will be required to meet the Conditions for Participation.  The winners of this RoadTest will receive the item(s) listed below. RoadTest Reviews are due no later than 60 days after the receipt of the item(s). No other prizes are offered.


The Principal terms of the Competition:

The following words and phrases are used in these terms and conditions and have the meanings given to them below.


Tektronix AFG31052 Arbitrary Function Generator with Double Pulse Test software

(RoadTest or Contest)

Key dates:

Applications Close: midnight (GMT) on Mar 20 2020

Announcement of Winner (estimated): Mar 27 2020


Prize: Tektronix AFG31052 Arbitrary Function Generator with PulseTest software

Additional Prizes: none

Competition Site: https://www.element14.com/community/groups/roadtest?ICID=menubar_resources_roadtest

Site or element14 Community: www.element14.com/community

Judges: members of the element14 community team chosen at the Organiser’s discretion.

Judging Criteria, All of the following which will have equal weighting:

· Demonstrated competence with the technologies including links or descriptions of past projects

· Qualifications as indicated by current job role and/or schooling/vocational training;

· A thorough description of how the prize would be tested;

· Likelihood that the Applicant will blog about the prize and provide a review on element14.com;

· Originality;

· Innovation.

Organiser: Premier Farnell plc (registered in England and Wales under company number 876412) whose registered office is at Farnell House, Forge Lane, Leeds, UK

Conditions for Qualification: in addition to meeting the requirements of these terms, all persons applying to take part in the Contest (each one an Applicant) must:

· Provide a RoadTest application describing what he/she would do if awarded the Prize including similar previous projects, product experience and qualifications

Terms: these terms and conditions which govern the Competition and to which the Organiser reserves the right to make changes from time to time and the latest version of these Terms from time to time will be posted to the Site.

  1. Eligibility
  2. Applications:
  3. Selecting Winners:
  4. Liability:
  5. General:

1.1 Save as set out in these Terms, the Contest is open to any natural or legal person, firm or company or group of natural persons or unincorporated body.

1.2 All Applicants must be aged at least 18 at the time of their application.

1.3 Applicants must not enter the RoadTest if doing so or taking part may:

1.3.1 cause the Organiser and/or themselves to be in breach of any agreement (including but not limited to any contract of employment) to which they are a party or in breach of any law, regulation or rule having the force of law to which the Organiser or the Applicant may be subject or any policy of the Organiser or the Sponsor;

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1.3.3 Be in breach of any policy or practice of their employer. Some employers prohibit or restrict their employees from taking part in competitions such as these or receiving prizes under them and the Organiser respects those policies and practices.

The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any Application made in breach of these Terms and to reject any Application which it reasonably believes may be or become in breach. The Organiser reserves the right to require evidence in such form as the Organiser may reasonably require of any Applicant’s compliance with any of these Terms and to disqualify any Applicant or Participant who cannot provide such evidence reasonably promptly.

1.4 Multiple applications are not permitted.

1.5 Applications may not be submitted by an agent whether acting on behalf of an undisclosed principal or otherwise.

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1.6.1 Any person or entity who is a resident or national of any country which is subject to sanctions, embargoes or national trade restrictions of the United States of America, the European Union or the United Kingdom;

1.6.2 Any employee, director, member, shareholder (as appropriate) or any of their direct families (parents, siblings, spouse, partner, children) (“Direct Families”) of the Organiser and Sponsors; or

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2.3 All applications submitted to this RoadTest must meet the following criteria:

2.3.1 Applicants must be the author, creator and owner of the proposed review idea. Applicants must not submit someone else’s idea;

2.3.2 The proposed application must be reasonably achievable by the within the time constraints of the Contest;

2.3.3 Applications must not include or propose any of the following, the inclusion of which shall render any proposed application ineligible:

(a) Applications which relate to socially taboo topics, such as illicit drug use or sexual gratification;

(b) Applications that are or could reasonably be considered to be illegal, immoral, discriminatory or offensive as determined by the Organiser;

(c) Applications in relation to them which if accepted would infringe or breach any of the policies or terms of access or use of the Site.

2.4 No Application may contain any of the hazardous substances identified by Article 4 of Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament on the Restrictions on the Use of Substances in Electronic and Electrical Equipment ("the Directive") or the use of such hazardous substances in the in any such Project must not exceed the maximum concentration values set out in the Directive.

3.1 Winners will be selected by the Organiser on the basis of the quality of his or her application and its adherence to these Terms.

3.2 The total number of Winners selected will be at least the minimum number set out above but the actual number is at the sole discretion of the Organizer and/or the Sponsor, if applicable.

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