Agilent/HP 8116A 50 MHz Pulse Function Generator

Agilent/HP 8116A 50 MHz Pulse Function Generator
Manufacturer: Agilent / HP
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Agilent/HP 8116A 50 MHz Pulse Function Generator


Agilent/HP 8116A 50 MHz Pulse Function Generator

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   The fully programmable Agilent/HP 8116A features pulse as well as function generator capabilities in one small unit.  A broad 1 mHz to 50 MHz band for all waveforms and a wide choice of operating and modulating modes assure high flexibility. These factors, plus good repeatability, make the Agilent/HP 8116A a sound, long-term investment.


  • Sine, triangle, square, and haverfunctions
  • 1 MHz to 50 MHz, 32 Vpp for all waveforms
  • Variable (10 ns min) pulse width, 6 ns transitions
  • Modulation
  • Self-prompting operating concept
  • Error recognition and self test

Unique Operating Concept Saves Engineering Time

   Agilent/HP's custom IC's have made it feasible to put the many Agilent/HP 8116A capabilities into such a small volume.  Handling is simplified by a unique, microprocessor-controlled, operating concept that ensures a clear overview of the compact front panel at all times. When the mode and waveform have been selected, illuminated labels show which parameters must be set. There is no clutter, and no confusion.

  • Auto-vernier. In normal mode, the Agilent/HP 8116A's auto-vernier increments any desired parameter continuously until a stop signal is applied. This means that thresholds can be measured automatically, without a controller.
  • Level or amplitude programming. The Agilent/HP 8116A's output can be programmed in terms of high and low levels or in terms of amplitude and offset. Consequently, a direct, automatic, conversion is always feasible, so that the Agilent/HP 8116A can be programmed in the same terms as the device is specified.
  • Safe Limit. Devices can be protected by the limit feature. This prevents the output from exceeding a given magnitude.

Rectangular Waveforms

   For such applications as laser diodes or dc motors, square waves can be programmed for constant duty cycles from 10 percent to 90 percent. For digital test, or for simulating very low duty-cycle events, pulse width can be programmed down to 10 ns.  Square wave and Pulse modes provide clean 6 ns edges that are ideal for many technologies. Pulse width modulation and pulse recovery capability are available in Pulse mode.

Sine and Triangle Functions

   A ten percent to 90 percent duty cycle, programmable in one percent steps, provides ramps and asymmetrical sine waves for testing VCOs, servos, amplifier linearity, and industrial process-control systems.   Haverfunctions, available in External Trigger, Gate, and Burst modes, extend the applications to such areas as telephone line and vibration testing.

Low-Cost Automation for Bench and Systems

   Powerful capability, small size, and wide specified temperature range make the Agilent/HP 8116A a good choice for automatic test systems. Also, the low cost means that it's now realistic to automate those routine bench jobs and leave more time for design.