Tektronix introduces affordable, portable spectrum analyzer
Tektronix, a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, on November 6 introduced a new class of affordable spectrum analyzers based on a USB architecture with a list price of just $3,490. The new RSA306 sets a new price/performance threshold for spectrum analyzers and features a broad 9 kHz to 6.2 GHz frequency range, 40 MHz real time bandwidth and weighs in at just 1.2 pounds. When used with Tektronix SignalVu-PC software, it offers advanced analysis capabilities for such applications as budget-conscious research and development, mobile radio network installation, interference hunting and university level lab classes.
Spectrum analyzers are inherently expensive and often there are not enough instruments for everyone to use in many labs, field organizations and universities. The RSA306 puts the power of a Tektronix real-time spectrum analyzer within reach for the entire technical team. In addition, Tektronix is providing its SignalVu-PC software at no cost, giving open access to powerful signal analysis tools that have previously been only available with the purchase of expensive bench instruments.
“As with nearly all areas of electronics design and test, requirements for RF and microwave test are changing quickly leading to the need for new instrumentation approaches,” said Jim McGillivary, general manager of RF and Component Solutions at Tektronix.
The RSA306 is Tektronix’ first USB spectrum analyzer and will be joined by similar instruments taking advantage of the availability of affordable desktop computers and laptops with sufficient processing power to handle complex test and measurement analysis along with high-speed
USB 3.0 interfaces. At its introductory price point, the RSA306 is a fraction of the cost of a conventional spectrum analyzer while offering comparable or even superior sensitivity, accuracy and dynamic range.
Featuring a 9 kHz to 6.2 GHz frequency range with 40 MHz instantaneous bandwidth, the RSA306 offers the industry’s best performance in a USB spectrum analyzer. In addition, its real-time processing capability is at least 1,000 times faster than spectrum analyzers from other major suppliers. It works seamlessly with SignalVu-PC, the most complete signal analysis suite for a USB instrument that leverages seven generations of real-time capability improvements. An open API allows customers to use their own custom Windows-based interface such as Matlab or Python to manipulate raw data coming from the instrument.
The RSA306 is designed to address customer RF test needs in a number of market segments – budget-conscious RF design and development, mobile radio network installation and maintenance, interference hunters, University lab classes and pricing and availability.
(Source: Press release)