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Industry Electronics
Successor JDSU
Founded1963 [1]
HeadquartersSan Diego, California [1]
Website www.wavetek.com

Wavetek is an electronic test equipment manufacturer that makes function generators, signal generators and service monitors. [2] Although Wavetek did not invent the function generator, it made them commercially popular. [3]

Function generator

A function generator is usually a piece of electronic test equipment or software used to generate different types of electrical waveforms over a wide range of frequencies. Some of the most common waveforms produced by the function generator are the sine wave, square wave, triangular wave and sawtooth shapes. These waveforms can be either repetitive or single-shot. Integrated circuits used to generate waveforms may also be described as function generator ICs.

A signal generator is an electronic device that generates repeating or non-repeating electronic signals in either the analog or the digital domain. It is generally used in designing, testing, troubleshooting, and repairing electronic or electroacoustic devices, though it often has artistic uses as well.

Before Terrence Gooding, president and CEO of Wavetek, took Wavetek private in 1991, the company had 800 employees, 260 of whom worked in San Diego. [4] The company had plants in the US states California, Florida, Indiana, and New York. [5] It had overseas locations in Germany, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. [5]

In 1998, Wandel & Goltermann purchased Wavetek, and changed its name to Wavetek, Wandel & Goltermann (WWG). [6]

In January 2000, test equipment manufacturer Fluke Corporation acquired Wavetek's Precision Management Division, and announced their intention to keep the Wavetek name for existing products. WWG kept Wavetek's LAN business unit, cable networks, fiber optics and wireless test gear. [6]

Fluke Corporation company

Fluke Corporation, a subsidiary of Fortive, is a manufacturer of industrial test, measurement and diagnostic equipment including electronic test equipment. It was started in 1948 by John Fluke, who was a friend and roommate of David Packard, future co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, when both were employed at General Electric.

In May 2000, WWG merged with hand-held test equipment developer TTC to form Acterna. [7]

In 2003, Acterna's LAN tester division which developed LANTech Ethernet test instruments was acquired by Ideal Industries. [8]

In August 3, 2005, optical communications company JDSU acquired Acterna for $760 million, which became part of JDSU's Test and Measurement Group. [9]

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