USB spectrum analyser range adds 13 GHz and 18 GHz versions

July 31, 2018 //By Nick Flaherty
USB spectrum analyser range adds 13 GHz and 18 GHz versions
Tektronix has added 13GHz and 18GHz versions to its family of rugged, battery powered USB-based spectrum analysers for 5G basestation development and Ku band radar.

The RSA513A and RSA518A offer 13 GHz and 18 GHz frequency range respectively and provide the ability to stream I & Q data for analysis of wideband signals in software-defined radio systems.

In today's crowded RF environment, spectrum analysers increasingly need to measure wider bandwidth signals, at higher frequencies, for gapless capture of RF signals. The ability to stream I & Q data out of the instrument to a USB port allows the analysers enable both capture and playback of wideband signals for further analysis offline – a largely unmet need in the market, according to HawkEye 360, a developer of satellite-based precision geoanalytic products.

"Many portable spectrum analyzers are well suited for spectral scanning but not as useful for recording since the real-time bandwidth is quite limited. The new Tektronix RSA518A is ideal for both scanning and recording and is a much better value for RF survey deployments," said Chris Gregory, Director of Processing for HawkEye 360.

The RSA500 series provides 40 MHz of gapless real-time bandwidth, four times that of other instruments in the category, saving users time when searching for interference and providing more insight during analysis using the SignalVu-PC application.

"When you look at the broad set of applications these instruments can support and their advanced I & Q streaming capabilities, it's clear we're delivering more than just another spectrum analyzer. With our new 13 GHz and 18 GHz models we've raised the bar on the utility of real-time spectrum analyzer functionality," said Jon Baldwin, general manager Wideband Solutions Business Unit at Tektronix.

The RSA513A is priced from $16,500 and the RSA518A is priced from $19,500.

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