Control electronics for superconducting quantum processors have strict requirements for accurate command of the sensitive quantum states of their qubits. Hinging on the purity of ultra-phase-stable oscillators to upconvert very-low-noise baseband pulses, conventional control systems can become prohibitively complex and expensive when scaling to larger quantum devices, especially as high sampling rates become desirable for fine-grained pulse shaping. Few-gigahertz radio-frequency (RF) digital-to-analog converters (DACs) present a more economical avenue for high-fidelity control while simultaneously providing greater command over the spectrum of the synthesized signal. Modern RF DACs with extra-wide bandwidths are able to directly synthesize tones above their sampling rates, thereby keeping the system clock rate at a level compatible with modern digital logic systems while still being able to generate high-frequency pulses with arbitrary profiles. We have incorporated custom superconducting qubit control logic into off-the-shelf hardware capable of low-noise pulse synthesis up to 7.5 GHz using an RF DAC clocked at 5 GHz. Our approach enables highly linear and stable microwave synthesis over a wide bandwidth, giving rise to high-resolution control and a reduced number of required signal sources per qubit. We characterize the performance of the hardware using a five-transmon superconducting device and demonstrate consistently reduced two-qubit gate error (as low as 1.8%), which we show results from superior control chain linearity compared to traditional configurations. The exceptional flexibility and stability further establish a foundation for scalable quantum control beyond intermediate-scale devices.
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