Signal Hound's Spike Spectrum Analyzer Software Now Compatible with Linux

Signal Hound, a leading company in USB-Based Spectrum Analyzers and Signal Generators announced that their Spike Spectrum Analyzer software is now compatible with the Linux OS, particularly 64-bit Ubuntu 18.04. Spike is Signal Hound’s spectrum analyzer software, compatible with the entire line of Signal Hound spectrum analyzers and tracking generators. Providing full device control, a configurable spectrogram display and user interface, and a variety of analysis modes, Spike is the perfect application for powerful and affordable RF analysis.

Spike was developed and tested on 64-bit Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. The Linux version of Spike contains the full feature set of the Windows variant, providing a 1:1 experience for those familiar with using Spike on Windows. Spike for Linux supports Signal Hound's BB60 and SM200-series real-time RF spectrum analyzers.

The launch of Spike for Linux is a big step forward for Signal Hound, as they expand their user base to include those working with and developing RF analysis applications on the Linux platform. Until now, Linux users wanting to work with real-time RF spectrum analyzers could connect to the devices via an API, but those wanting to use Spike needed to integrate a Windows-based PC into their workflow, which isn’t an ideal solution in most situations.

Spike for 64-bit Linux offers the same powerful features as the Windows version, including real-time analysis, digital demodulation analysis, EMC pre-compliance testing features, interference hunting capabilities, phase noise measurements, 802.11 WLAN modulation analysis, and spectrum emission masks, among several others.

Signal Hound has released the waveform generation software for their VSG60 vector signal generator in a Linux-compatible version as well. Also developed for Ubuntu 18.04, the Linux variant of the VSG60 software offers the same features as the current Windows version of the application, providing RF professionals working on the Linux platform access to an affordable RF signal generator capable of producing a large number of signals and waveforms.

Previously, the VSG60 was accessible to Linux-based developers via the device’s API, but now the full signal generation application is available to those working on 64-bit Linux, enabling push-button waveform capabilities for a larger user-base.

They have also added the feature to generate Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) waveforms on both the Windows and Linux variants of the VSG60 software. For those working in IoT domain, the addition of this waveform will be enticing. The ability to generate this innovative signal on a low-cost signal generator like the VSG60A lowers the barrier of entry to Bluetooth-based hardware and application development, enabling a wider pool of talented developers to create and build the devices connecting our world.

Click here to learn more about the Spike Spectrum Analyzer Software.