Signal Generators with Unmatched Purity and Precision
Whether you are working on general-purpose or industry-specific applications such as 5G, automotive, or aerospace and defense, our signal generator platforms enable you to:
- Meet your test requirements with the widest selection of signal generators-from essential signal generation to traceable, metrology-grade solutions
- Stimulate your device and system using realistic signals with the highest signal integrity
- Lower your cost of ownership with long calibration cycles and the most comprehensive solutions for self-maintenance
Find the Signal Source That's Right For You
We offer the widest selection of signal generators from baseband to 110 GHz, with frequency extensions to 1.1 THz. From basic to advanced functionality, each signal generator delivers benchmark performance in its class.
PathWave Signal Generator Software
PathWave Signal Generator software is a flexible suite of signal-creation tools that will reduce time spent on signal simulation. Its performance-optimized reference signals, validated by Keysight, enhance the characterization and verification of your devices.
- Create performance-optimized reference signals
- Validate component, transmitter, and receiver testing
- Ensure designs meet the latest standards
- Speed signal creation and reduce simulation time
Eliminate Uncertainties From Your Test Results with a Reliable Signal Source
In the race to get to market faster, you need test results you can trust. Selecting the right, reliable instrument for the job can make a difference.
A Keysight test expert describes the fundamentals of signal generators in the white paper, below. It will help you make an informed choice when selecting your next RF source.
Extend Your Signal Generator Capabilities With The Right Tools
Get more functionality out of your test instrument today by pairing it with the right accessories to improve productivity and the right Keysight PathWave design and test automation software to accelerate your product development.
Signal Generation Solutions Catalog
PathWave Signal Generation
Technical Overviews 2023.10.01
Selecting a Signal Generator
White Papers 2019.01.02
Signal Generator: RF Foundations – Part 2
Application Notes 2019.05.20
How to Minimize the Measurement Uncertainty in RF Signal Generation
White Papers 2023.09.14
Basics of Vector Signal Generators Part 2: Waveform playback mode
Application Notes 2020.05.12
Receiver Test: Overcoming Five Fundamental Challenges
Application Notes 2018.01.11
Understanding Phase Noise Needs and Choices in Signal Generation
White Papers 2022.09.15
3 Tactics for Configuring Phase-Coherent RF Signal Generation
Application Notes 2018.01.25
Testing and Troubleshooting Digital RF Communications Receiver Designs
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Frequently Asked Questions – Signal Generators
What is a signal generator?
Engineers use a signal generator to create repeated waveforms to design, test, and manufacture systems and individual components. A signal generator is a generic term for a wider family of instruments. Other common names are signal sources, sources, and sig gens.
Learn about signal generator specifications in our blog Learn the Basics of Signal Generator Accuracy
What are the types of signal generators?
There are various types of signal generators:
- Analog Signal Generator
- Vector Signal Generator
- Arbitrary Waveform Generator
- Radio Frequency (RF) Signal Generator
- Function Generator
- Pulse Generator
- Digital Pattern Generator
What is an RF signal generator?
RF signal generators create the waveforms needed for testing applications that use radio frequencies. One type of RF signal generator is an analog signal generator (ASG), that creates amplitude modulated (AM), frequency modulated (FM), phase modulation, and pulse modulation signals. As signal modulation becomes more complex, you need a vector signal generator (VSG) to create intricate digital signals. Popular modulation formats for vector signal generators are quadrature phase shift keying (QPSK), quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), and binary phase shift keying (BPSK).
What are the applications of RF signal generators?
Signal generators are great instruments to use for evaluating applications that rely on radio frequencies to operate. Some examples in use daily are Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), 5G, avionics, and radar. They also give the flexibility of testing for real-world impairments and receiver fading.