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Creating Arbs Today is Easy! Part 2

Blog Post created by bernard ang Employee on Mar 30, 2017

In this Part 2 of the blog, I will explain to you another way of creating an arb and transferring into an AWG using BenchVue software. If you have not used the BenchVue software before, let me tell you, it’s even easier than the two examples shared in Part 1 of this blog.


First, let me give you an introduction of what BenchVue software is all about. It is a software platform for the PC that allows users to easily connect, record and achieve results across multiple test and measurement instruments with no programming. Plug and play functionality enables you to connect your instrument to your PC and immediately begin controlling it in BenchVue. Test Flow is a new application inside of BenchVue that provides an easy method to create custom test sequences using a drag-and-drop interface.


For the sake of new potential BenchVue users, please go to to download a trial version or purchase a licensed version of the BenchVue Function Generator App software for your PC. Hook up your favorite instrument interface whether it is a USB, GPIB or LAN to your PC and launch your BenchVue software. You will quickly get full control of your Keysight Waveform generator in a very short moment. You will see a graphical instrument control window of your waveform generator as shown below. You can easily setup normal sine, square, ramp, pulse, triangle, noise, PRBS and DC waveforms with desired parameters in no time.


benchvue control panel

If you select the Arb button on the figure above, you can either open and load current existing Arb waveform pre-loaded in the instrument or an existing Arb waveform available in your PC. You can also choose to create a new Arb waveform by clicking on the button pointed by the arrow as shown on the figure above.

A new window will pop up when you click on the “create Arb” button as shown on the figure below. You can easily create basic as well as advanced waveforms. You can even perform a free hand drawn waveforms using this tool.

waveform builder

The arrow on the figure above points to an “equation editor” button. When you click this button, an equation editor window will appear as shown below.

equation editor

One more important feature when creating your new Arb, this software can help you sequence multiple different waveforms in the order and number of repeated times per waveform as you like. Transferring of the created arb waveform is really easy too with this BenchVue software. You do not have to create a CSV file and manually transfer to your AWG. With only several clicks in BenchVue, your newly created arb waveform will automatically be transferred to your instrument.

I hope this blog helps. If you have not seen Part 1 of this blog, please click here.

Click here to learn more about the 33500A / 33600B series of function / arbitrary waveform generators