Signal Hound CEO Talks about their Latest T&M Products

Signal Hound's SM200B 20 GHz spectrum analyzer and VSG60A 6 GHz vector signal generator were a big hit at this year's IMS event which took place in Boston. Both the products will soon be available for purchase on the Signal Hound website and through global distributors in Q4 2019. Bruce Devine, the CEO of Signal Hound talks about these products in the Podcast below.

The new SM200B spectrum analyzer offers 160 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth (IBW) calibrated I/Q capture, available through block transfer of a 2-second I/Q buffer over USB 3.0 to the PC. This added 2-seconds of segmented I/Q capture memory, with advanced triggering options such as frequency mask triggering (FMT) plus user-specified pre- and post-trigger satisfies the ever-increasing analysis bandwidth demands of the wireless industry. The SM200B maintains the same dynamic range, phase noise, 1 THz/s sweep speed, and 100 kHz to 20 GHz tuning range that makes the SM200A so popular.

By adding the 160 MHz I/Q capture buffer to the SM200B, Signal Hound has opened the door for customers looking to do serious work with spectrum monitoring, 5G, and radar at an unrivaled and affordable price ($12,300 US retail). 

Key Features of the SM200B: 

  • 160 MHz instantaneous bandwidth (IBW) calibrated I/Q capture
  • 2-seconds of 160 MHz bandwidth block transfer buffer
  • Tunes from 100 kHz to 20 GHz
  • Sweeps at 1 THz/sec at 30 kHz RBW
  • 110 dB of dynamic range
  • Ultra-low phase noise
  • GPIO port antenna switching

The VSG60A signal generator features a low phase noise, agile local oscillator with 200 µs switch time, enabling frequency hopping spread spectrum testing. A dual 14-bit DAC runs at 2x or 3x the I/Q symbol rate using digital oversampling to provide a flat, clean baseband; and a digitally adjustable internal VCTCXO ensures frequency errors are kept to a minimum over-temperature, or an external 10 MHz input may be used for zero ppm frequency error. A trigger output is also available to synchronize your VSG60A with other test equipment. The VSG60A vector signal generator offers the performance and agility of a serious vector signal generator at a fraction of the cost ($2,350 US retail).

The new vector signal generator includes a variety of pre-programmed modulation types including Wi-Fi, QAM, PSK, CW, Pulse, Multi-tone, and many more. As a fully calibrated 40 MHz bandwidth streaming I/Q Vector Signal Generator with waveform generation software included and an affordable price point, the VSG60A is truly in a class of its own, especially as a small form-factor device. 

Key Features of the VSG60A:

  • Arbitrary I/Q sample rates from 12.5 kSPS to 51.2 MSPS. Includes 30.72 MSPS for LTE
  • Stream waveforms of virtually any size from your PC or laptop
  • +10 dBm to -55 dBm output power
  • Agile, low phase noise LO with 200 µs frequency hops