The RSA7100B from Tektronix is a Spectrum Analyzer that operates from 16 kHz to 14/26.5 GHz. It offers real-time spectrum analysis with a bandwidth of up to 800 MHz and has a phase noise of -134 dBc/Hz @ 10 kHz offset (1 GHz operating frequency). The analyzer separates the RF acquisitions from the compute engine which allows a graphics processor to be used in place of previously-required FPGA designs for real-time processing. It is designed for engineers working on the latest wideband designs in communications, radar, and electronic warfare and for technicians who need to capture and analyze long-event sequences for wideband systems at the test range.
Standard measurements of this spectrum analyzer include channel power, ACLR, CCDF, OBW/EBW, spurious search and amplitude/frequency/phase versus time provides a complete toolset for development work.
IQFlow provides continuous streaming of IQ data at full 800 MHz bandwidth from the device to one or more clients, including LVDS, 40 GbE, and a software API that provides the speed and flexibility needed to perform real-time Digital Signal Processing (DSP) algorithms. Streaming capture to internal RAID of over 2 hours at full 800 MHz bandwidth enables environment recording and analysis of long event sequences.
The RSA7100B uses two software packages for signal analysis:
- SignalVu-PC for real-time, spectrum, and vector signal analysis
- DataVu-PC for analysis of the very large file sets produced when recording wideband signals
The DataVu-PC software for analysis of recorded events of any length includes the ability to mark events of interest, export waveforms to other formats, and perform pulse analysis with the export of Pulse Descriptor Word (PDW) information.
The RSA7100B is ideal for use in applications such as advanced radar/EW design evaluation, environment evaluation, monitoring, and recording, wideband communications design, spectrum management, electromagnetic environmental effects (E3), military range testing, and field operations.