What is an Arbitrary Waveform Generator
A waveform generator or AWG (arbitrary waveform generator) is an electronic test instrument that can generate a fast-changing voltage, a.k.a. signal. This signal is sent into an electronic circuit and the response is measured, thereby testing the operation of the circuit. Nowadays waveform generators come in the form of the traditional benchtop and also PC-based waveform generators.
Waveform generators is part of a broader category of test instruments called signal generators. Other types of Signal Generators are Function Generators, Digital Pattern Generators and RF Signal Generators.
Also known as: Signal Generator, Sig-gen, Waveform Generator, Wavegen, AWG, Arbitrary Waveform Generator, Function Generator, Frequency Generator