Function Generators

A function generator is a test and measuring device which creates electronic signals in many different waveforms. The generator's main purpose, when connected to a circuit, is to produce controllable waveforms with adjustable frequencies, amplitude outputs, or DC offsets. Function generators help to save time in building oscillators when you are fabricating prototype audio circuits or low and high-pass filters.

Function generators produce a range of different waveforms, such as sine waves, triangular waves, sawtooth waves and square waves. The signal generator can produce repetitive signals and can also change some characteristics of the wave. You can view the signals generated by the device by attaching it to an oscilloscope. Function generators may provide other functions, such as DC offset and variable symmetry. There is usually a screen on the generator which displays the monitoring of the output.

Frequency range and waveforms

  • 0.001 Hz to 2000 MHz Sine wave
  • 0.001 Hz to 160 MHz Square wave
  • 0.001 Hz to 800 kHz Triangle wave

Where are function generators used?

  • Integrated electronic testing
  • Embedded systems
  • Digital circuits
  • Analogue signal processing
  • Laboratory testing

Function Generators vs. Arbitrary Waveform Generators (AWGs)

Function generators are usually slightly cheaper than AWGs and they perform quite similarly. However, Arbitrary Waveform Generators generally provide more functions and offer the ability to create a custom waveform output of any size. Function generators offer a periodic waveform.


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RS Stock No. 123-3529
BrandRS PRO
€275.00
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- 5MHz 0.1Hz 5MHz 0.1 Hz 1MHz 0.1Hz Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ±20ppm
RS Stock No. 123-3593
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€405.00
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RS Stock No. 763-9144
Mfr. Part No.33522B
€3,235.00
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Mfr. Part No.33522B
€3,415.00
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RS Stock No. 465-8928
Mfr. Part No.TG330
BrandAim-TTi
€424.00
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RS Stock No. 467-7452
Mfr. Part No.TG330
BrandAim-TTi
€495.96
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RS Stock No. 465-8906
Mfr. Part No.TG315
BrandAim-TTi
€306.00
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RS Stock No. 467-7418
Mfr. Part No.59120-3330
BrandAim-TTi
€377.96
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RS Stock No. 123-3531
BrandRS PRO
€362.00
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RS Stock No. 123-3609
BrandRS PRO
€492.00
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RS Stock No. 123-3555
BrandRS PRO
€311.00
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- 3MHz 0.3Hz 3MHz 0.3 Hz 3MHz 0.3Hz Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ±10ppm
RS Stock No. 123-3581
BrandRS PRO
€382.96
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RSCAL 3MHz 0.3Hz 3MHz 0.3 Hz 3MHz 0.3Hz Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ±10ppm
RS Stock No. 766-3513
Mfr. Part No.TG1006
BrandAim-TTi
€550.96
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RSCAL 10MHz - 10MHz 1 mHz 1MHz - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ±5ppm
RS Stock No. 768-3450
Mfr. Part No.TG1006
BrandAim-TTi
€479.00
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- 10MHz - 10MHz 1 mHz 1MHz - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ±5ppm
RS Stock No. 761-1054
Mfr. Part No.33521B
€2,265.00
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RS Stock No. 763-9135
Mfr. Part No.33521B
€2,135.00
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RS Stock No. 898-8692
Mfr. Part No.AFG1062
BrandTektronix
€1,050.00
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RS Stock No. 123-3631
BrandRS PRO
€608.00
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RS Stock No. 759-6965
Mfr. Part No.3390
BrandKeithley
€2,051.96
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RS Stock No. 898-6858
Mfr. Part No.AFG1062
BrandTektronix
€967.00
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- 60MHz 1µHz 30MHz 1 μHz - - Yes Yes Yes - Yes Yes ±1ppm