The Signal Generator, or Signal Source, is the stimulus source that pairs with an acquisition instrument like an oscilloscope to create the two elements of a complete measurement solution. In its various configurations, the signal generator can provide stimulus signals in the form of analog waveforms, digital data patterns, modulation, intentional distortion, noise, and more. To make effective design, characterization, or troubleshooting measurements, it is important to consider both elements of the solution. This primer explains the basics of Signal Generators, including the many types of generators, their applications and their contribution to a complete test and measurement solution.

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