USB-based spectrum analysers raise price/performance bar

19th April 2016
Posted By : Mick Elliott
USB-based spectrum analysers raise price/performance bar

The new RSA500 and RSA600 series of analysers from Tektronix, available at Ttid, offer frequency coverage from 9 kHz up to 7.5 GHz with 40 MHz acquisition bandwidth, a measurement dynamic range from -161 dBm/Hz Displayed Average Noise Level, and up to +30 dBm maximum input.

The new USB-based spectrum analysers embrace the design approach of the 6.2GHz RSA306 USB-based real-time spectrum analyser introduced last year, offering even higher instrument performance levels and analysis.

Both the RSA500 and RSA600 also have an optional tracking generator with an integrated internal bridge for basic device, cable and antenna testing.

The RSA500 series of portable spectrum analysers bring lab performance levels to the field for fast, cost-effective spectrum management, interference hunting and network troubleshooting. 

The series includes the 3GHz RSA503A and the 7.5GHz RSA507A. These battery powered instruments are qualified to MIL-STD 28800 Class 2 for shock and vibrations and rated IP52 for water ingress.

A number of additional features and capabilities further facilitate field applications including a GPS receiver with locked frequency accuracy up to ±0.025 ppm and an available tracking generator for cable and antenna testing with measurements like Return Loss and Distance to Fault.

As real-time spectrum analysers, the RSA500s allow spectrum managers to see very short duration signals for fast identification of problem or interfering signals.

The RSA600 series instruments including the 3GHz RSA603A and th 7.5 GHz RSA607A match the performance levels of the portable units, but are designed to use line-cord power and have a desktop form factor.

These analysers are capable of handling a wide range of design applications such as testing Internet of Things (IoT) modules and component using SignalVu-PC measurement packages for everything from Bluetooth LE and Bluetooth EDR to WLAN standards testing through 802.11ac.

Antenna and gain/loss testing capabilities help speed system integration.

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