Serial Data Pattern Generators – SPG –

The Serial Data Pattern Generator family also knows as SPG, is designed to generate a stream of binary information. The binary data is generated through the front end BNC or SMA connectors.
With up to 8 channels of data stream, built-in PRBS sequences, modulation features, transition shaping, and the flexibility of a powerful analog front-end, the SPG is the perfect tool for the most challenging applications, where the digital data should be modeled with analog characteristics to perform the parametric test of digital I/O.

The SPG is available as an option in the Arbitrary Waveform Generator AWG-4010 Series instruments (model AWG-4012 / AWG-4014 / AWG-4018).

Arb Rider AT-AWG-4018 – Serial Data Pattern Mode –


8 BNC Analog Outputs


Marker Outputs and Trigger Input


7″ Capacitive Touch Screen Display


Soft Keyboard


2 USB 3.0 ports


ArbRider AWG-4018 Serial Data Pattern Generator

  • 8 Analog Output Channels – Up to 32 Channels with Multi-Instrument Synchronization
  • 1.2 GS/s Real Time Sampling Rate, 12Vpp Voltage Amplitude
Technical Specs

Arb Rider AWG-4010 Series: AWG-4012 /AWG-4014 /AWG-4018

  • 2 channels (AWG-4012), 4 channels (AWG-4014), 8 channels (AWG-4018)
  • up to 32 channels synchronizing 4x AWG-4018
  • 1.2 GS/s, 14 Bit Vertical Resolution.
  • Maximum data rate: 300 Mbit/s.
  • Maximum dynamic range up to 12Vpp (50 Ω into 50 Ω) / 20Vpp (5 Ω into 50 Ω)
  • Memory per channels: 2 Mbit (2 Levels), 1 MSymbol (3/4 Levels).
  • Pattern Modulation: AM, FM, PM, FSK, PSK.
  • Pattern Type: Clock, Custom, PRBS.
  • Pattern Features: Segment looping, glitch-free timing changes, bursts, transition shaping, transition symmetry.
  • Transition time:1.5 ns to 500 s for Clock Pattern.
  • Output impedance: 50 Ω / 5 Ω selectable.
  • SW User Interfaces: Serial Pattern Generator for SPG mode, TrueArb for AWG mode, and Simple Rider for AFG mode.
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The SPG is widely used in many applications starting from semiconductor testing, aerospace & defense to signal integrity testing.

Semiconductor Testing

The Serial Data Pattern Generator represents a key tool for:

  • Characterize and Test Digital Logic and Integrated Circuits
  • Emulate serial protocol like I2C, SPI and High-Speed Serial Protocols
  • Microprocessors and Memory Testing
  • Multiple Clock Generation
  • Image Sensor Testing

Signal Integrity Testing

The SPG ability to create modulated pulses allows you to perform Jitter Stress tests and Noise Immunity tests.
Jitter emulation is commonly used for video signal testing and digital display driver circuit testing.

The Serial Data Pattern Generator has also the ability to program arbitrary pattern transitions.
In this way, you can simulate distorted signals that can be used in signal integrity tests and crosstalk measurements

Aerospace & Defense

The SPG is used in Radar Testing for Tower/Plane communication emulation: you can use the Serial Data Pattern Generator to create custom (coded encrypted) pulse patterns.

Moreover, Receiver and Radar designers have the need to create PRBS sequences to test the robustness of their systems: the Active Technologies SPGs have a built-in PRBS pattern creation feature that allows engineers to select not only the order of the sequence but also the bit rate, the rise and fall time and the shape of the transitions.

Other Applications

Particle Image Velocimetry testing, magneto-optical disc testing, system trigger source emulation, and multi-level PAM signals emulation are only a few of all the other possible applications of the Serial Data Pattern Generator.

Extremely Easy To Use

The SPG is equipped with an extremely easy to use interface that takes full advantage of a 7″ capacitive touch-screen display: tap, swipe and pinch to zoom gestures give you the possibility to control the instrument like a mobile phone or tablet.

All the instrument settings are just one touch away.

Replace Discontinued Products

Recently the most important T&M manufactures have discontinued a wide set of data generators, instrument extremely useful for digital logic & ICs characterization, functional and debugging testing, radar and receiver applications, signal integrity experiments.

The following types of equipment from Keysight:

  • 81110A  8110A  8112A  8130A  81130A  8131A  8133A  81180B  81101A  81104A
  • VXI multi-channel system like Keysight E8311

have been discontinued or can be replaced by Active Technologies Serial Data Pattern Generators and allow you to restart your testing activities with confidence.

Arb Rider AWG-4010 Series (AWG-4012 | AWG-4014 | AWG-4018)

AWG-4012 2 8 (opt.) 300 Mbit/s 1.2 Gbps
AWG-4014 4 8 or 16 (opt.) 300 Mbit/s 1.2 Gbps
AWG-4018 8 - Up to 32 8, 16 or 32 (opt.) 300 Mbit/s 1.2 Gbps
AWG-4022 NA 8, 16 or 32 (opt.) NA 1.25 Gbps