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Handheld spectrum analyzers feature live RF

Posted: 24 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:real-time spectrum analyzers? live RF view? benchtop?

Tektronix Inc. has introduced the SA2600 handheld real-time spectrum analyzer with DPX waveform image processor technology that provides a live RF view of the spectrum. DPX is now also available for the H600 "RF Hawk" handheld unit originally introduced in February. With these additions, Tektronix offers a full portfolio of real-time spectrum analyzers with DPX for use in the field and the design bench.

DPX waveform image processor technology in the SA2600/H600 displays the live spectrum by processing >2,500 or >10,000 spectrum measurements per second, respectively. This is orders of magnitude more information than is shown by any other conventional spectrum analyzer without DPX, minimizing the analysis gaps inherent in swept spectrum and vector signal analyzers, Tektronix said. In addition to live RF, the waveform image processor also provides an intensity-graded persistence display that holds anomalies until the eye can see them to show the history of occurrence for dynamic signals and immediate feedback on signal variations over time.

The SA2600, with 10kHz to 6.2GHz frequency coverage, 20MHz real-time bandwidth and -153dBm displayed average noise level (DANL), is designed to deliver benchtop spectrum analyzer performance in a battery-operated, handheld field unit. With a spectrum processing rate more than 100x faster than any swept spectrum analyzer from other vendors, the SA2600 and H600 provide 100 percent probability of intercept for transients with minimum event durations of 500?s on the SA2600 and 125?s on the H600, Tektronix said.

Designed for field measurements, the SA2600 and H600 models combine a high-performance spectrum analyzer with an intuitive set of user controls, enabling quick and simple classification and location of both analog and digital RF transmissions. The user interface is designed specifically for enhanced productivity in the field including a touchscreen for easy navigation. The SA2600/H600 models also include integrated GPS and mapping tools to allow more efficient interference location capability.

The SA2600 is priced at $22,900 and the H600 at $38,900. Customers who own existing H600 units can obtain a free DPX upgrade. All models and options are available for order.

- Gina Roos

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