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Signal analyzers boast low-cost performance

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:signal analyzer? broadband? spectrum monitoring?

Aeroflex Inc. has launched a portfolio of three broadband signal analyzers (BSA) that can locate, record and analyze complex communications signals for commercial, military and aerospace applications. According to the company, the Scout, Hunter and Explorer signal analyzers offer outstanding performance at a low cost.

"Customers can reduce the cost of their signal analysis capability by at least 55 percent," indicated Sue Guzman, GM of Aeroflex test solutions. "Unlike other analyzers that only tell you what happened, Aeroflex analyzers tell you why it happened."

The signal analyzer product family consists of a portable signal analyzer, the Aeroflex Scout CS1104, and two rack-mountable signal analyzers, the Aeroflex Hunter CS1207 and the Aeroflex Explorer CS1247. Common applications include radar, communications, broadband RF test, satellites, electronic warfare (EW)/electronic countermeasures (ECM), spectrum monitoring, propagation measurement, electromagnetic environments (EME) analysis, wireless and chip test. All products have an intuitive UI based on the Aeroflex BSA software, noted the company.


The Scout, Hunter and Explorer analyzers locate, record and analyze complex communications signals for commercial, military and aerospace applications.

The Scout CS1104 is designed for the user who wants to go out in the field and to find signals of interest. Whether the task is collecting RF signals on the move, or analyzing them in the lab. Scout's RF coverage extends from 20MHz to 3GHz with 40MHz instantaneous bandwidth, an 8GB signal capture RAM, and 1TB removable data storage disk. Scout is targeted to provide data analysis and recording for portable applications.

The Hunter CS1207 is ideal for users who wish to search for a specific signal, hone in on a narrower frequency range around that signal of interest, and to analyze it. Hunter's RF coverage extends from 10MHz to 6GHz with 70MHz instantaneous bandwidth, a 32GB signal capture RAM, and 8TB removable data storage disk. It is designed for applications that need greater RF bandwidth than Scout and adequate memory for longer signal recordings.

The Explorer CS1247 combines Hunter's existing narrowband capability with additional wideband capability. The Explorer is designed for the user who needs to explore, record and analyze across a wide frequency range. Its RF coverage extends from 10MHz to 6GHz with operator-selectable 70MHz or 400MHz instantaneous bandwidths, a 32GB signal capture RAM, and 8TB removable data storage disk. Similar to Hunter, Explorer can zero in on a narrow spectrum range to look at a specific signal, record it and analyze it. Explorer excels in all of the Hunter applications as well as adding capability for wideband signals such as radar, communications and EW, said Aeroflex.

The family of Aeroflex BSAs incorporates a longer contiguous record time and solves difficult problems more quickly than competitive products, the company claimed. Aeroflex BSA software has been used to collect and analyze RF signals, and is continually updated to solve emerging problems and new signal standards, as well as modifications to current signals. Scout, Hunter and Explorer include three BSA software modulesBSA Basic, BSA Modulation Domain and BSA Scanning Spectrum Analyzer. Many other BSA software module options are also available for Scout, Hunter and Explorer, added the company.

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