Test & Measurement

Spectrum analysers bring high performance at entry level

27th December 2023
Mick Elliott

Aaronia says its SPECTRAN V6 series of real-time spectrum analysers have brought state-of-the-art solutions to the market for a wide range of applications.

The experience and know-how gained from these developments has now been incorporated into the latest product, the SPECTRAN V6 ECO, which says Aaronia establishes a new market segment in real-time spectrum analysis.

"We are delighted to present the SPECTRAN V6 ECO, a device that sets new standards and is optimally tailored to the needs of our customers," says Thorsten Chmielus, Managing Director of Aaronia. "The V6 ECO is the result of continuous development work. It meets the constantly growing demands on modern equipment and takes into account the increasing complexity of the signals to be evaluated. Our goal has long been to be able to offer high-performance measuring devices based on SDR in the entry[1]level segment. We have now achieved this with the SPECTRAN V6 ECO family."

The SPECTRAN V6 ECO 100XA-6 offers a real-time bandwidth (RTBW) of 44MHz or 500GHz/s sweep speed.

The frequency range is between 9kHz and 6GHz, optionally 7.25GHz for Wi-Fi 6E measurements. It offers a real-time bandwidth (RTBW) of 44MHz or 500GHz/s sweep speed.

For use as a broadband oscilloscope, for example, the power meter input is used. This is integrated into the Rx1 path and can be used simultaneously with the Rx1 input. It has a frequency range of 1MHz to 8GHz with an accuracy of +/- 1dB, an impulse response time of 10ns and a dynamic range of 70 dB.

The ADC (analog-to-digital converter) of the power meter works with a real-time sampling rate of 2.5 MSPS (Mega-Samples Per Second) at 12-bit resolution, which corresponds to a pulse resolution of 400ns.

This enables very fast power monitoring, which can be used, for example, to protect the preamplifier stage by automatically switching it off in the event of an overload.

Powermeter functions are used, among other things, in the characterisation of RF signals (radio frequency signals), troubleshooting in wireless communication systems, quality control in the production of electronic devices and the analysis of radio transmissions.

The USB spectrum analyser is connected to a PC or laptop with just one USB cable.

The SPECTRAN V6 ECO 100XA-6 comes with the powerful RTSA-Suite PRO for signal recording and data analysis.

Among other things, the software offers the simultaneous display of various 2D and 3D signal visualizations, triggers, AM/FM decoders and IQ processing.

In addition, a large number of central functions with a total value of EUR 7,782.00 are already included free of charge in the basic version. These include Filereader and Filewriter for recording and playback of IQ data, remote http or scripts.

There is a wide range of functions to choose from, which can be easily installed later via a software license and thus considerably increase the range of functions of the device or adapt it to changing requirements. 27.12.2023 | New reference for real-time spectrum analysis

If required, several SPECTRAN V6 ECO units can be cascaded to create a phase[1]coherent broadband recorder solution, for example. The USB spectrum analyser is connected to a PC or laptop with just one USB cable.

Recommended antennas for use in combination with the spectrum analyser are the HyperLOG EMI antennas, the EMC measurement antennas of the BicoLOG series, the IsoLOG 3D Mobile for 3D measurements as well as the near-field probes specially developed for measurements on components or at PCB level.

However, all other Aaronia antennas and products from other manufacturers can also be used with this real-time spectrum analyser.

The SPECTRAN V6 ECO 100XA-6 with power meter function including RTSA-Suite PRO is available at a price of 2,748 euros

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