Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer Features and Applications

A Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer (RTSA) is a full-featured spectrum analysis application designed to work with the RTSA wireless signal analyzer. An RTSA provides the benefits of an industry-leading application combined with sensitivity, tuning range, instantaneous bandwidth, and scan rate. With a hybrid front-end receiver that combines super-heterodyne, real time spectrum provides direct conversion and direct digitization technologies with both wide-band and narrow-band ADCs. In addition, it provides hardware-based triggering and capture control, enabling sophisticated sweeping and real-time capture.

Features and Applications

The RTSA application provides standard real time spectrum analysis features such as marker functions, multi-trace capabilities, and frequency controls. In addition to RTSA open source python, triggering for exposure of obscure, time-varying signals, and analog I/Q outputs for greater sampling rate digitization, other features and application controls include:

  • Frequency Range
  • Real-Time Bandwidth
  • Probability of Intercept
  • Spurious Free Dynamic Range
  • DSP filtering and decimation
  • Multi-channel synchronization

Further processing capabilities include exporting captured data to a CSV file. Also, to make signal display and capture easier, you can load and save configuration settings at any time.

User Interface Specifications

The plot display is the primary scope of the RTSA graphical user interface, which contains the monitored band. In addition to configured resolution and video bandwidth, it also shows current amplitude settings and frequency span. A real-time spectrum analyzer is ideal for users dealing with variable, dynamic signals in amplitude or agile frequencies. RTSA user interface includes measurement tools and controls to operate the RFE mode of the RTSA wireless signal analyzer, such as:

  • Multi-signal environments
  • Short duration intermittent signals
  • Frequency-hopping spread spectrum radios
  • Unwanted, unintentional, or self-interface signals

This generates frequency and amplitude display, trace capabilities, and recurring plots such as raw IQ data and spectrogram.

Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation is a trusted manufacturer of the the RTSA7500, with a mission that includes sustaining a tradition of technical excellence by capturing obscure, time-varying signals that traverse bandwidth instantaneously.