Tektronix have announced enhancements for the RSA6000 series spectrum analysers, available from TekMark Australia . These hardware and software enhancements deliver unprecedented diagnostic capability and faster time-to-solution using industry-leading triggering technology and real-time signal analysis.
The RSA6000 series offer reduced test times with faster measurement speed, and lower systems cost due to their unique combination of measurement capabilities, making them particularly well suited for spectrum management, radar, electronic warfare, and radio communications applications.
Increasing need for combining digital computing and traditional RF technologies, Tektronix have introduced new analysis challenges, including broadband transients, digital signal processing (DSP) errors, and so-called 'runt' pulses. These signals are becoming complex and time-consuming to troubleshoot using traditional analysers that are equipped only with narrow filters and slow spectrum update rates.
Elusive transients can cause intermittent failures that are unacceptable in high-reliability applications, and these interferers and hostile signals often overlap in time and frequency with allowed transmissions, so they are difficult to separate. Featuring advanced time, amplitude, and DPX trigger functions combined with swept DPX, the RSA6000 series now enables faster discovery and capture of these intermittent and rapidly changing signals.
According to Bob Hiebert, Director, Marketing, Spectrum Analyser Product Line, Tektronix, the enhanced RSA6000 series essentially re-invents the swept spectrum analyser. As the time-domain and frequency-domain worlds intersect, the logical way forward is to use a single instrument and maximize return on investment. Using the RSA6000 RTSA provides real-time advantages and solid swept performance, adding additional characterisation capabilities while satisfying the need for a basic spectrum analyser and a vector signal analyser.
Improved broad sweep capability in the RSA6000 series spectrum analyser allows quick detection of signals of interest. The DPX engine collects 100s of thousands of spectrums per second over 110MHz bandwidth. With this new enhancement, customers can now sweep the DPX across the full input range of the RSA6000, up to 14GHz. In the time a traditional spectrum analyser has captured one spectrum, the RSA6000 has captured orders of magnitude more spectrums. This new level of performance reduces the chance of missing time-interleaved and transient signals during broadband searches.
The DPX trigger captures signals that other analysers cannot see, reducing time-to-insight by triggering on signals within signals. This is as easy as pointing at the signal on the DPX spectrum display and invoking the ‘Trigger on This’ feature. Other trigger enhancements include the new runt trigger and the ability to time-qualify any trigger. Time and amplitude qualified triggers are unique to the RSA6000 Series, and will reduce troubleshooting time in numerous applications, including radar and spectrum management.
Additional RSA6000 Series enhancements include a 6X performance improvement to the 2nd generation of the powerful industry-exclusive DPX Live RF spectrum display which now captures more than 292,000 spectrums/second. With this feature, designers can test with confidence and detect short duration transients (as brief as 10.3 µs), that are missed by conventional spectrum analysers. This enhancement is important for applications such as software defined radio and radar.