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Arbitrary Waveform Generator Kit, 100 MS/s, up to 50Vpp, Cables US$874.60

Arbitrary Waveform Generator Kit, 100 MS/s, up to 50Vpp, Cables

  • USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 compatible
  • Fast low-level output
  • High-level output (up to 50Vpp)
  • 12-bit D/A converter
  • Sample rate up to 100 MS/s
  • Powered from USB (external power required for high-level operation only)
  • Small dimensions and weight
  • Software for Windows 98SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista
  • This kit contains the M531 AWG (Arbitrary Waveform Generator) with various connection cables and a set of four attenuators, so it can be used in wide range of applications.

    The device has a metal casing which can withstand rough manipulation and is fully recyclable. The M531 offers precise electronic engineering and automated calibration processes during manufacturing. Each kit contains a traceable calibration certificate.

    This single-channel USB arbitrary waveform generator is compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1. It has two outputs: both generate the same waveform, but with different peak-peak voltage. The low-level output has 50Ω output impedance and maximal peak-peak voltage of 9V. There is no external power supply required to enable low-level output (it is powered from USB). The high-level output has 600Ω output impedance and maximal peak-peak voltage of 50V. The included international switching power supply (U.S., European, UK and Australian plug types) is required to enable this output.


    Powerful software is a part of the package. All commonly used features are located in the main window and are accessible easily by mouse. The software is designed to make operation as comfortable and intuitive as possible.

    The waveform library contains several pre-defined waveforms (Sine, Triangle, Saw, Square). You can create new waveforms (or modify existing ones) by the integrated editors (freeform editor, math editor, standard waves editor). It is possible to import data from the ASCII format (for example Matlab, Excel or any other application that supports this format).

    The optional M530 Development Kit software will allow you to write your own application using the device. You can add this option to your order at the bottom of this page.


    ETC provides unlimited tech support, and software updates also are free of charge always.

    Arbitrary Waveform Generator Kit Contents

    • M531 USB Arbitrary Waveform Generator
    • USB 2.0 cable, 1.8m
    • Universal AC adapter, 100-240V, with interchangeable European, UK, U.S. and Australian plugs
    • 50Ω Coaxial cable, 1m
    • 50Ω BNC cable with banana clips, 1m
    • 50Ω BNC cable with crocodile clips, 1m
    • Set of four 50Ω attenuators
    • CD-ROM with software and user's guide
    • Quick Start Guide, Warning leaflets, Calibration certificate, and Certificate of conformance

    M531 Arbitrary Waveform Generator Specifications


    Number of channels 1
    Number of outputs 2, low and high level (L and H)
    Output attenuator Settable to 0 or -20dB on L output
    Max. output voltage, output L, no load -4.5V to 4.5V (9Vpp) attenuator set to 0dB
    -450mV to 450mV (900mVpp) attenuator set to -20dB
    Max. output voltage, output H, no load -25V to 25V (50Vpp)
    Recommended range of output voltage setting, output L, no load 800mVpp to 9Vpp attenuator set to 0dB
    80mVpp to 900mVpp attenuator set to -20dB
    Recommended range of output voltage setting, output H, no load 4.6Vpp to 50Vpp
    Output voltage setting step, output L, no load Less than 2.5mV (attenuator set to 0dB)
    Less than 250V (attenuator set to -20 dB)
    Output voltage setting step, output H, no load Less than 13mV
    Output voltage setting accuracy Output L: 2% from the actual value in recommended range up to 10 MHz.
    Output H: 2.5% from actual value in recommended range up to 100 kHz.
    5% from 100 kHz to 200 kHz
    Output voltage shift range, output L, no load 1.5V attenuator set to 0dB
    150mV attenuator set to -20dB
    Output voltage shift range, output H, no load 8V
    Shift setting accuracy, output L 1.5% from whole range
    Shift setting accuracy, output H 2% from whole range
    Output resistance, output L 50Ω
    Output resistance, output H 600Ω
    Output resistance accuracy, output L 1.5% attenuator set to 0dB
    +2% / -0.5% attenuator set to -20 dB
    Output resistance accuracy, output H 1.5%
    Filter Settable to 20MHz, 40MHz or off
    Output pulse edge length, output L Less than 10ns, filter off
    Output pulse edge length, output H Less than 2.5s
    Short-circuit protection Unlimited

    Waveform generation

    Waveform memory length 8192 samples in standard mode, maximally 16384 samples in arbitrary mode
    Frequency setting step Less than 0.003% from actual value
    Frequency accuracy 0.01% from actual value
    Maximum output update rate 100,000,000 samples/s
    Output waveform period length 2 mHz to 50 MHz *
    Modes of operation Periodic, single or triggered
    * When output frequency is 25 MHz or more, the period consists of two points.


    Trigger input 3.3V CMOS compatible
    Trigger input threshold voltage About 1.6V
    Trigger input maximum input range -10V to +13V
    Trigger output 3.3V CMOS compatible


    Power sources USB interface via USB cable
    In order to activate high-voltage output (H), auxiliary 10V to 18V DC power supply is required
    Power consumption Max. 480mA from USB
    1.2W to 2.25W from auxiliary power supply (depending on the output voltage and load)

    Mechanical characteristics

    Dimensions without feet and connectors 165 111 35 mm
    Dimensions with feet and connectors 182 111 39 mm
    Weight 530 g

    Arbitrary Waveform Generator Kit Documentation

    Optional Development API

    The Development Kit is a set of libraries and examples providing access to all features of the waveform generator, making it possible to write your own application that uses the M531. The development kit contains libraries for MS Windows 98SE, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems. It contains library descriptions and examples written in Inprise Delphi, Inprise C++ Builder, Visual C++ 6.0, Visual Basic 6.0, C#.NET and Visual Basic .NET. Add the Development Kit using the add-on option selector below.

    Country of Origin: Slovak Republic
    Lead time: 1 week

    Available Options:
    Software add-on:

    This product was added to our catalog on Monday 06 February, 2012.


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