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    Tools & Test Equipment I: RF Spectrum Analyzer

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    The element14 ESSENTIALS of RF Spectrum Analyzers covers the basics of Spectrum Analyzers, including their architecture, types, functions, and operation. To extend the knowledge covered in the main module, this supplementary guide discusses some of the RF Spectrum Analyzers currently available today.

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    Spectrum Analyzers

     

    RSA306B - USB Real Time Spectrum Analyzer, 9 kHz - 6.2 GHz

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    The RSA306B uses a PC and the Tektronix SignalVu-PC RF Signal Analysis Software to provide real-time spectrum analysis, streaming capture, and deep signal analysis capabilities for signals from 9 kHz to 6.2 GHz. Using the latest in commercial interfaces and available computing power, the RSA306B separates signal acquisition from measurement. Data analysis, storage, and replay is performed on a personal computer, tablet or laptop.

    Full-featured spectrum analysis capability with included Tektronix SignalVu-PC software

    17 spectrum and signal analysis measurement displays enable dozens of measurement types

    Options for mapping, modulation analysis, WLAN, LTE, and Bluetooth standards support, pulse measurements, playback of recorded files, signal survey, and frequency/phase settling

    9 kHz to 6.2 GHz frequency range

    +20 dBm to -160 dBm measurement range

    Fast sweeps (2 per second) over entire 6.2 GHz span for quick detection of unknown signals

    Acquisition bandwidth of 40 MHz enables wideband vector analysis of modern standards

    EMC/EMI pre-compliance and troubleshooting

    Real time Spectrum/Spectrogram display to minimize time spent on transient and interference hunting

    Application programming interface (API) included for Microsoft Windows environments

    MATLAB instrument driver for use with Instrument Control Toolbox

    Streaming capture records long-term events

     

    RSA503A - Spectrum Analyzer, RSA500A Series, 9kHz to 3GHz

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    The RSA503A Spectrum Analyzer is part of the RSA500A Series of USB spectrum analyzers that offer high performance portable spectrum analysis in a rugged battery-powered package. The RSA500 series was built to bring real-time spectrum analysis to solving the problems of spectrum managers, interference hunters, and network maintenance personnel who need to track down hard to find interference, maintain RF networks, and keep records of their efforts. It is a USB-based RF spectrum analyzer that captures 40 MHz bandwidths with great fidelity in harsh environments. With a 70 dB dynamic range and a frequency coverage to 7.5 GHz, all signals of interest can be examined with high confidence in your measurement results. The USB form factor moves the weight of the instrument off of your hands, and replaces it with a lightweight Windows tablet or laptop. The optional tracking generator enables gain/loss measurements for quick tests of filters, duplexers and other network elements, and you can add cable and antenna measurements of VSWR, return loss, distance to fault and cable loss as needed.

    9 kHz to 3.0/7.5 GHz frequency range covers a broad range of analysis needs

    40 MHz acquisition bandwidth enables real time analysis for transient capture and vector analysis

    Standard GPS/GLONASS/Beidou receiver for mapping

    Optional tracking generator for gain/loss, antenna and cable measurements

    Streaming capture can be used to record and play back long term events

    Mil-Std 28800 Class 2 environmental, shock and vibration specifications for use in harsh conditions

    Internal battery for extended field operations

    SignalVu-PC software offers real time signal processing with DPX

    Spectrum/Spectrogram to minimize time spent on transient and interference hunting

    Application programming interface included for development of custom programs

     

    RSA603A -  Spectrum Analyzer, USB, PC Based, RSA600 series, 9kHz to 3GHz

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    The RSA603A Spectrum Analyzer is part of the RSA600A Series of USB spectrum analyzers that offer high bandwidth laboratory spectrum analysis in a small package. It brings real-time spectrum analysis and wide analysis bandwidth to solving the problems of engineers who need to characterize, validate, or manufacture their designs. The heart of the system is the USB-based RF spectrum analyzer that captures 40 MHz bandwidths with great fidelity. With a 70 dB dynamic range and a frequency coverage to 7.5 GHz, you can fully characterize wideband signals up to 40 MHz bandwidths. The USB form factor moves the processing power to the PC of your choice. The optional tracking generator enables gain/loss measurements for quick tests of filters, amplifiers, duplexers and other components, and you can add cable and antenna measurements of VSWR, return loss, distance to fault, and cable loss as needed.

    9 kHz to 3.0/7.5 GHz frequency range

    40 MHz acquisition bandwidth enables real time analysis for transient capture and vector analysis

    Amplitude accuracy of 0.2 dB to 3 GHz (95% confidence)

    Standard GPS/GLONASS/Beidou receiver

    Optional tracking generator for gain/loss, antenna and cable measurements

    Streaming capture can be used to record and play back long term events

    SignalVu-PC software offers real time signal processing with DPX

    Spectrum/Spectrogram to minimize time spent finding transient problems

    Application programming interface included for development of custom programs

    Accessories including tablet PC, calibration kits, adapters and phasestable cables offer a complete solution for design, characterization, and manufacturing

     

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    RSA5600RACK -  Rack Mount Kit

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    The RSA5600RACK is a rackmount kit that configures select Tektronix Spectrum Analyzers for mounting into a standard 19-inch equipment rack. It is a compatible rackmount kit for both the RSA500 and RSA600 series and holds one RSA500A or two RSA600A models. This rack frame comes completely assembled with the façade and closure plate in place. Additional installation instructions can be found here.

     

    FZ-G1-N ENCORE - Tablet Controller, Tektronix RSA306B and RSA500A Series USB Spectrum Analyzers

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    Tektronix offers the Panasonic FZ-G1 tablet controller as an option to the RSA306B and RSA500A series USB spectrum analyzers and as a standalone unit. When purchased from Tektronix, the FZ-G1 includes preloaded SignalVu-PC software, with custom-programmed display settings and front-panel buttons to optimize the SignalVu-PC experience.

    Windows 10 Pro operating system

    Intel® Core i5-5300U 2.30GHz Processor ( i5-4310U 2.00GHz in China)

    8GB RAM

    256 GB Solid State Drive

    10.1" (25.6 cm) Daylight-readable screen

    USB 3.0 + HDMI Ports, 2nd USB Port

    Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, and 4G LTE Multi Carrier Mobile Broadband and

    Satellite GPS

      MIL-STD-810G certified

    IP65 certified sealed all-weather design

    Integrated microphone and speaker

    On-screen and button volume and mute controls

    Integrated battery backup for hot-swap of battery packs

     

    Software

     

    CONFL-SVPC -  Test Software, SignalVu-PC Live Link Floating License Software

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    SignalVu-PC is RF and vector signal analysis software that helps you validate RF designs. Whether your design validation needs include EMI/EMC pre-compliance testing, wideband radar, wireless LAN or frequency-hopping communications, the SignalVu-PC comprehensive suite of tools and application software can speed your time-to-insight by showing you the time-variant behavior of these signals. SignalVu-PC's free base version has 17 signal analysis and real-time spectrum analysis tools, with paid add-on options for EMI/EMC pre-compliance testing and de-bugging, vector signal analysis, pulsed signal analysis, and commercial wireless signal analysis.

    SignalVu-PC vector signal analysis software uses the same analysis capabilities found in the RSA5000 and RSA6000 Series real-time signal analyzers. Time-correlated measurements can be made of frequency, phase, amplitude, and modulation versus time. Acquisitions from the USB Spectrum Analyzers and all Tektronix MDO/MSO/DPO Series oscilloscopes, including the spectrum analyzer in the Mixed Domain Oscilloscope can be analyzed with SignalVu-PC, adding deep analysis capabilities to these broadband acquisition systems.

    The basic SignalVu-PC enables spectrum analysis, RF power and statistics, spectrograms, amplitude, frequency and phase vs. time, and analog modulation measurements. Applications are available for P25, Bluetooth, LTE, Mapping, Playback of recorded files, WLAN, settling time, audio, modulation, pulse, and OFDM analysis. Wideband satellite and point-to-point microwave links can be directly observed with SignalVu-PC analysis software.

     

    DataVu-PC: DVPC-PULSE-FL License

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    DataVu-PC is recording and analysis software used to rapidly find signals of interest in large RF datasets, supporting all Tektronix RSA spectrum analyzers. When combined with the signal recording capabilities of all Tektronix spectrum analyzers, DataVu-PC can turn hours of attended monitoring into fast post-acquisition search, mark and measurement tasks. You can search based on signal amplitude and frequency characteristics, marking each occurrence of an event for later examination. Pulse measurements can be made with the pulse application on up to 2,000,000 pulses and PDWs can be exported in tab-delimited format with headers for integration into other workflows. Should you need to perform in-depth modulation, pulse or standards-based analysis, DataVu-PC can convert recordings to the SignalVu-PC file format (.TIQ), and can convert recordings made with Tektronix USB-based spectrum analyzers and SignalVu-PC from .R3F format into formats compatible with DataVu-PC.

    DVPC-SMARK enables the smart markers in DataVu-PC, with user-defined amplitude search and mark, frequency-mask search, and enables the Time Overview display. eMarkers allow you to find all possible markers that match your desired criteria and save up to 2,000,000 points of interest in a file. Marker points can be used to define the reanalysis point for the recording, allowing you to quickly zoom in on the signal of interest for deeper examination. It requires a DVPC-SPAN application license.

    DVPC-SPAN application licenses of DataVu-PC enable replay of recorded files in XDAT, TIQ, and SIQD formats. Control and recording with a single RSA300/500/600 USB-based instrument is supported. Three views are available and recordings from any source are supported with colorgraded persistence spectrum, spectrogram, and power vs. time. FFT processing can be adjusted up to 99% overlap, ensuring no signal is missed, and speed can be adjusted to minimize playback time. All adjustments can be made during file playback without a restart of the analysis.

    DVPC-PULSE enables search and marker measurements. Up to 2 million pulses can later be stored for reanalysis in PDW and JSON format. Requires DVPC-SPAN and DVPC-SMARK application licenses.

     

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