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I would like to generate custom waves in the gigahertz range. With beginner FPGAs like the DE0-Nano or microcontrollers like the Arduino, I can only generate waves up to the kilohertz range.

What tools or boards should I look into to start generating at this frequency?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ What type of waves do you want to generate? \$\endgroup\$ – Kevin White Jun 13 '17 at 1:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ I want to generate square waves \$\endgroup\$ – user2562609 Jun 13 '17 at 1:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ How square? What rise times do you need, what frequency? What pulse width resolution? What is the purpose of generating these signals? \$\endgroup\$ – Kevin White Jun 13 '17 at 1:48
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Neil_UK No I see it as you have to understand Ohms Law before you play around with passives and impedance that you dont wonder why it fails when you put a 0.1uF to try to suppress ripple on the supply when caps of that size and not wonder why LO leakage occurs without understanding cross talk of adjacent tracks in parallel, or wonder why the LDO performs poorly to GHz step loads. \$\endgroup\$ – Tony Stewart Sunnyskyguy EE75 Jun 14 '17 at 3:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ WHat I mean is that s parameters must be thoroughly understood the user has adequate experience with Spectrum and Vector analyzer doing calibration Return loss etc and knows the difference between a microwave balun and an impedance transformer, else, they end up with thinking everything can be solved with microcode. \$\endgroup\$ – Tony Stewart Sunnyskyguy EE75 Jun 16 '17 at 20:51

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