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Spectrum analyser show live RF view

Posted: 24 Jun 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:real-time spectrum  DPX waveform  image processor technology  RF view 

Tektronix Inc. has introduced the SA2600 handheld real-time spectrum analyser with DPX waveform image processor technology that provides a live RF view of the spectrum. With these additions, Tektronix offers a full portfolio of real-time spectrum analysers with DPX for use in the field and the design bench.

DPX is now also available for the H600 "RF Hawk" handheld unit originally introduced in February.

DPX waveform image processor technology in the SA2600/H600 displays the live spectrum by processing >2,500 or >10,000 spectrum measurements/s, respectively. This is orders of magnitude more information than is shown by any other conventional spectrum analyser without DPX, minimising the analysis gaps inherent in swept spectrum and vector signal analysers, Tektronix said. In addition to live RF, the waveform image processor also provides an intensity-graded persistence display that holds anomalies until the eye can see them to show the history of occurrence for dynamic signals and immediate feedback on signal variations over time.

The SA2600, with 10kHz to 6.2GHz frequency coverage, 20MHz real-time bandwidth and -153dBm displayed average noise level (DANL), is designed to deliver benchtop spectrum analyser performance in a battery-operated, handheld field unit. With a spectrum processing rate more than 100x faster than any swept spectrum analyser from other vendors, the SA2600 and H600 provide 100 per cent probability of intercept for transients with minimum event durations of 500µs on the SA2600 and 125µs on the H600, Tektronix said.

Designed for field measurements, the SA2600 and H600 models combine a high-performance spectrum analyser with an intuitive set of user controls, enabling quick and simple classification and location of both analogue and digital RF transmissions. The user interface is designed specifically for enhanced productivity in the field including a touch screen for easy navigation. The SA2600/H600 models also include integrated GPS and mapping tools to allow more efficient interference location capability.

- Gina Roos

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