Wireless Communication Standards Vital to Offset the Maturity of the SG and AWG Market

High-bandwidth Applications Likely to Increase the Adoption Rates of AWGs

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – The mature Signal Generator and Arbitrary Waveform Generator market has made slow progress in recent years, with product development being more evolutionary than revolutionary. Innovation remains limited to increasing bandwidth, frequency range, accuracy, and improving operating systems.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan of the Signal Generator and Arbitrary Waveform Generator Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $636.0 million in 2010. The market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.3 percent to reach $800 million in 2017. If you are interested in a virtual brochure for this study, please send an email to Sarah Saatzer, Corporate Communications, at sarah.saatzer@frost.com, with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company email address, company web site, city, state and country.

Most products in the market can deliver either high resolution or signal speed, but not both.

“However, the potential for growth in the AWG segment has been increasing with the introduction of next-generation products providing high-speed bandwidth,” says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Mariano Kimbara. “An increasing number of digital modulations transport more data in the same bandwidth, making them more likely to generate imprecise levels of transmissions and phase angles and increasing the need for AWGs.”

Market participants can also take heart from the continuous development of wireless communication standards, which could potentially lead to a ‘wireless decade’ in the next ten years. The SGs market will be eagerly following the rapid development of standards such as wireless interoperability for microwave access (WiMAX), third-generation (3G) wireless, fourth-generation (4G) wireless, wideband code-division multiple access (WCDMA).

“Many end users are looking for defined architectures to help them communicate over WiMAX, CDMA, or long term evolution (LTE) and are looking for software packages around hardware that can communicate on these standards,” notes Kimbara. “The combination of communications with wireless 60GHz and improvements in new wireless technologies in the aerospace and defense segments will give a boost to the SGs and AWGs market.”

There is also a perceptible shift to a software-defined approach in the market. AWGs are especially useful when they are combined with software to simplify waveform creation and fully exploit wideband signal generating capabilities. The higher technical demand in the SG and AWG market has had companies leveraging new standards such as the new open standard for modular instrumentation and advanced TCA extensions for instrumentation and test (AXIe) in the AWG market. Others are increasing the channel count with four-channel AWGs.

Analysis of the Signal Generator and Arbitrary Waveform Generator Market is part of the Test & Measurement Growth Partnership Services program, which also includes research in the following markets: General Purpose Test & Measurement Equipment and Modular Instruments for Test and Measurement. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends that have been evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

HIOKI Signal Source 7016 Signal Generator

As a Signal Generator
Meters that use pulse output as sensor signals, such as flow meters, can easily be calibrated in the field by using the 7016 as a pulse generator to supply reference signal input. Its ability to generate constant voltage and constant current in the range from 1-5 V and 4-20 mA makes it ideally suited to a variety of maintenance needs, such as calibration of equipment instrumentation in the 1-5 V/4-20 mA range.

As a DMM
The 7016 achieves unparalleled performance for a handy DMM, providing DC voltage measurement accuracy of ±0.03% rdg. ±5 dgt. (excluding 50 mV range), with display switchable to 51000 count. Also, in addition to the basic measurements of DC voltage, DC current, AC voltage, resistance, diode, and grounding, this multi-function instrument also supports frequency and temperature measurement.

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