Real-time spectrum analysers (RTSAs) are now available from Tektronix, Inc., that offer up to 165MHz acquisition bandwidth. This bandwidth supports applications such as high-margin, high accuracy WLAN 802.11ac characterisation and troubleshooting.

The company advises it has also significantly improved the real-time performance and signal detection improvements of its RSA5000 and SPECMON series of RTSAs.

The company’s RTSAs feature density trigger, time-qualified triggers and swept DPX display technology that makes it easier to find unwanted transmissions. These instruments also offer integration of real-time and multiple domain analysis, with all interactions available through a single interface.

A wider bandwidth up to 165MHz acquisition is now supported with the RSA5000B series. This wider bandwidth also supports the new 160MHz bandwidth found in 802.11ac, up from 40MHz in prior 802.11 versions.

The company has improved the minimum signal duration for 100 percent Probability of Intercept (POI) to 33 percent to a 2.8 µsec. This is said to ensure that even the briefest signals are discovered, triggered on and saved, minimising time to intercept in spectrum management applications.

Real-time features are now standard in these instruments, including swept DPX, density trigger, time-qualified triggers and improved minimum signal duration. Spectrum processing rate has also been increased by 33 percent, to more than 390,000 spectrums/sec.

A 26.5GHz version of the SPECMON series is available and advanced DPX RF signal discovery capability is now standard. This enables these devices to be used for high performance spectrum management involving higher frequency signals including microwave links, backhaul signals and radar.

Expanded support for 802.11 WLAN standards (optional) including a wide-bandwidth 802.11ac variant.

The company has also introduced the MDO4000B series of mixed domain oscilloscopes with improved spectrum analyser performance along with new WLAN test and debug solutions. This series is targeted towards embedded design and lower-cost wideband analysis while the RSA and SPECMON are ideal for higher performance applications.