Operating Tips

Waveform Generators

USB Connectivity Checklist

April 24, 2018

The Universal Serial Bus (USB) is very popular and has added a tremendous level of convenience and flexibility to computer and peripheral controls, including test and measurement instrumentation. As with all technology, it isn’t always sunshine and blue skies. Here are some common troubleshooting steps for USB connection issues: – Is the instrument plugged in … Continued

Potential Solutions to Easy software window rendering/font issues

March 8, 2018

The installation of SIGLENT EasySpectrum and other “Easy” software is typically uneventful. But, there may be an occasional issue. Here are some steps that may help clear up any issues that you may encounter: Here is an example of a mis-rendered window view of EasySpectrum: Here are some steps that may help fix the issue: … Continued

Adding IQ Modulation to the SDG6000X AWG

March 1, 2018

The SIGLENT SDG6000X series of Arbitrary Waveform Generators (AWG) have the ability to source IQ  modulated waveforms with the option SDG6000X-IQ. To activate the IQ  capabilities: Purchase the SDG6000X-IQ option from your nearest SIGLENT Authorized distributor or direct office. Follow the directions to create an activation code. 2. Power on the generator and press the Waveforms … Continued

Format for programmatically building an Arbitrary Waveform for SDGs

February 26, 2018

The SDGs require UTF8 formatting for the words used to build an arbitrary waveform. The code may report “UnicodeDecodeError: ‘ascii’ codec can’t decode byte 0x80 in position 77: ordinal not in range(128)” This indicates that the arbitrary waveform data is coded as “ascii” which is not the expected data format “utf8”. Here is the proper … Continued

How to change the language with the SDG1000 series of generators

February 19, 2018

The SDG1000 Series provides 2 languages (English and Chinese) for the user interface. Do the following steps to change the language on the user interface if it powers up in Chinese. 1. Press the Utility button on the front panel to enter the UTILITY function menu. 2. Press the 1/2 button to go to the … Continued

What instruments accept SCPI commands for remote control?

October 25, 2017

All SIGLENT instruments (except for the SHS1000 and SHS800 hand-held oscilloscopes) support SCPI remote control commands. For more information, download the specific instrument programming guide located on the product page.

How to install the USBTMC driver

October 24, 2017

SIGLENT Technologies uses a broad range of products that utilize the USBTMC unified protocol to communicate with the host computer and control. Users can use SIGLENT provided PC software to send commands to remotely control the instrument. In addition, you can use NI-MAX (National Instruments Measurement and Automation Explorer) for instrument control. Here is an … Continued

Generating Multi-Phase Waveforms

October 23, 2017

Applications for multi-phase waveforms are everywhere – in Power-related applications, I/Q modulation, Automobile applications, Components, etc. While Siglent’s SDG2000X, and SDG5000, (& SDG1000) arbitrary waveform function generators all have two independent outputs with adjustable phase offsets, some applications call for three or more different signals, each with a phase relationship that is locked-to but adjustable … Continued