The SM200C from Signal Hound is a Spectrum Analyzer and Monitoring Receiver that operates from 100 KHz to 20 GHz with a 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ port to enable communication with a PC over long distances using a fiber optic cable. This high-performance device provides 160 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth I/Q streaming over 10GbE. It has a sweep rate of 1 THz/sec at a resolution bandwidth (RBW) of 30 kHz. The test analyzer has a dynamic range of 110 dB and an SSB phase noise of -132 dBc/ Hz at 10 kHz offset and 1 Hz center frequency. This test system is designed for remotely-located accurate RF data analysis at the lowest cost possible. It also features antenna switching and in/out triggering using a GPIO port.
The analyzer uses an FP+ port for fast, long-distance communication with a PC using an optic cable. Device control and data transfer occur via an SFP+ connection, not USB. Signal processing is distributed between a powerful Intel FPGA and an external PC having an Intel Core i7 processor. The Signal Hound SM200C can be readily interfaced, using its local API, to an automated monitoring system or to automated test equipment. The SM200C API provides customers with the access needed to insert their DSP algorithms into a calibrated stream of I/Q data.