USB real-time spectrum analyzer up to 6.2 GHz Tektronix RSA306

Tektronix RSA306 USB Real Time Spectrum Analyzer

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Out of production. Recommended replacement: Tektronix RSA306B

 

SHORT DESCRIPTION

USB spectrum and real-time signal analyzer Tektronix RSA306, running with the free Tektronix SignalVu-PC software, which is installed on a separate computer, is designed for real-time spectrum and signal analysis (up to 10,000 spectrograms per second), streaming data capture and deep analysis of pulsed signals in the frequency range from 9 kHz up to 6.2 GHz. This impressive feature set helps to reduce costs and deliver a low cost, portable solution ideal for use in the field, manufacturing and research. You can download a full description of all the characteristics below on this page in the section Documentation.

Areas of use:
- basic spectrum analysis both from the air and when directly connected to the source
- search for sources of interference, including short-term (up to 100 µs) and non-stationary ones
- installation, maintenance and repair of equipment at the plant or at the place of operation
- development and production of components, modules and systems with an optimal price-quality ratio
- scientific research
- training in universities

Main characteristics:
Frequency: 9 kHz - 6.2 GHz.
capture lane real time: 40 MHz. Up to 10,000 spectrograms per second.
The minimum duration of an event detected with a probability of 100%: up to 100 µs.
Amplitude: +20 dBm to -160 dBm. Noise: -160 dBm.
27 standard measurements for spectrum analysis and pulse signals.
Comprehensive spectrum analysis using free Tektronix SignalVu-PC software.
Spectrum display in real time for quick search of transients and interference sources. Capture streaming data for long-term recording.
Additional options: direction finding, modulation analysis, signal analysis of certain standards, pulse measurements and frequency settling time measurements.
Interfaces: USB 3.0. Operating temperature range: from -10°С to +55°С. Weight: 0.59 kg.
Most cost-effective solution with excellent spectrum analysis capabilities

Out of production. Recommended replacement: Tektronix RSA306B.

We also recommend seeing: full range of spectrum analyzers - spectrum analyzers (scanning and real time) and signal analyzers with I/Q demodulation capability.

 

Tektronix RSA306 USB Real-time Spectrum Analyzer Video Review

Watch this short video presentation of a USB analyzer Tektronix RSA306. It shows the functional and design features of this device and highlights its strengths: compactness, excellent performance, low price, examples of use in an outdoor laboratory in conjunction with an industrial tablet.

A short video overview of the Tektronix RSA306 USB real-time spectrum analyzer capabilities.

 

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The Tektronix RSA306 Spectrum and Signal Analyzer is a new class instrument. It allows you to perform comprehensive spectrum analysis and in-depth analysis of impulse signals at a price that compares favorably with all known analogues. Using the latest interfaces and available computing power allows you to separate signal acquisition from its measurement, which significantly reduces the cost of equipment. Analysis, recording and playback of data is performed on your desktop computer, tablet or laptop. Operating the computer separately from the capture system makes it easy to increase processing power and minimize control problems of the measuring system.

Control the Tektronix RSA306 real-time spectrum analyzer using a computer with SignalVu-PC software, which is included as standard
Control the Tektronix RSA306 real-time spectrum analyzer using a computer with SignalVu-PC software, which is included as standard.

 

The standard capabilities of this analyzer can be upgraded with a wide range of additional options (12 in total). For a complete list of extension options, see Options and accessories, as well as in the section Documentation.

Tektronix RSA306 real-time spectrum analyzer in the lab
Tektronix RSA306 real-time spectrum analyzer in the lab.

 

Tektronix RSA306 Spectrum Analyzer with SignalVu-PC software performs basic and advanced measurements in the lab and in the field

With this device you will see what was previously impossible. The RSA306 real-time spectrum analyzer with 40 MHz analysis bandwidth, using the powerful computing capabilities of SignalVu-PC software, allows you to deeply investigate any signal with a duration of 100 µs. The following screenshot shows WLAN signals (green and orange) as well as Bluetooth test signals as narrowband repeating signals. The spectrogram (top of screen) clearly shows signal changes over time, making it possible to clearly identify any simultaneously transmitted signals.

Bluetooth signal detection and analysis (narrowband repeating signal) against a strong WLAN signal (green and orange) using a Tektronix RSA306 Spectrum Analyzer
Detection and analysis of a Bluetooth signal (narrowband repeating signal) against a strong WLAN signal (green and orange) using a Tektronix RSA306 analyzer.

 

Monitoring has never been easier with the Tektronix RSA306 Spectrum Analyzer

Spectrum mask testing allows the Tektronix RSA306 to examine in detail transients in the frequency domain, such as those associated with infrequent interference. A mask mismatch can be used as a condition to stop capturing, remember the collected data and screen image, and sound an alert. The following screenshot shows a spectrum mask (orange in the spectrum screen) created for monitoring over a given frequency range. One outlier of 125 µs duration is shown in red. This transient process is clearly visible on the spectrogram above the mask violation area marked in red (circled in red).

Spectrum mask testing allows the Tektronix RSA306 to examine in detail transients in the frequency domain associated with, for example, infrequent interference
Spectrum mask testing allows the Tektronix RSA306 to examine in detail transients in the frequency domain, such as those associated with infrequent interference.

 

AM and FM signal analysis is standard on the Tektronix RSA306 analyzer

AM and FM signal analysis is standard on the Tektronix RSA306 analyzer with SignalVu-PC software. The following screenshot shows a carrier signal modulated with a 1 kHz tone (48.9% AM depth). The markers are used on the spectrum screen to measure the modulation sideband at a 1 kHz offset, 12.28 dB below the carrier level. Simultaneously, the same signal can be seen on the modulation screen showing the AM signal versus time with the measured positive peak, negative peak and modulation depth. Advanced analog audio modulation measurements, including SINAD, harmonic distortion, and modulation frequency, are available with the optional SVA option.

This screenshot shows a carrier modulated with a 1 kHz signal. Markers are set to measure the main parameters of AM modulation.
This screenshot shows a carrier modulated with a 1 kHz signal. Markers are set to measure the main parameters of AM modulation.

 

Tektronix RSA306 spectrum analyzer with additional options provides extensive modulated signal quality measurements

The Tektronix RSA306 Spectrum Analyzer with SignalVu-PC software offers a wide range of signal analysis options. The following screen shot shows a standard channel power measurement and adjacent-channel leakage power with optional modulation analysis to represent spectrum measurements with constellation and vector QPSK signal quality measurements.

Measurement of channel power and adjacent channel leakage power factor with simultaneous analysis of QPSK modulation quality
Measurement of channel power and adjacent channel leakage power factor with simultaneous analysis of QPSK modulation quality.

 

Comprehensive WLAN Signal Measurements with Tektronix RSA306 with SignalVu-PC Software

Comprehensive WLAN signal measurements are made easy with the Tektronix RSA306 real-time spectrum analyzer. Below is a spectrogram of an 802.11g signal showing the initial control sequence followed by the main signal packets. The 64 QAM modulation automatically detected for a burst is displayed as a constellation diagram. The summary shows an error vector amplitude (EVM) of -33.24 dB(r.m.s.) and a burst power of 10.35 dBm. SignalVu-PC has options to measure 802.11a/b/j/g/p, 802.11n, and 802.11ac signals up to 40 MHz analysis bandwidth.

The figure shows a spectrogram of an 802.11g signal showing the initial control sequence followed by the main signal bursts.
The figure shows a spectrogram of an 802.11g signal showing the initial control sequence followed by the main signal bursts.

 

This video shows how the Tektronix RSA306 can be used to measure and analyze non-stationary Bluetooth wireless network signals. This clearly shows the advantages of a real-time spectrum analyzer over traditional scanning (sweeping) analyzers.

An example of using the Tektronix RSA306 to analyze Bluetooth wireless network signals.

 

Search for interference sources with mapping

The MAP option for the Tektronix RSA306 analyzer with SignalVu-PC software allows you to search for interference sources and analyze their signal strength. The location of the interferer is defined as a function of azimuth. This gives you the opportunity to indicate the direction of the antenna on the map with a line or arrow based on several measurements and, thus, find the source of the signal. You can also create and display measurement labels.

An example of finding a source of interference using the Tektronix RSA306 analyzer with SignalVu-PC software in three dimensions with plotting the location on a terrain map
An example of searching for a source of interference in three dimensions with plotting the location on a map.

 

Tektronix RSA306 USB Spectrum and Signal Analyzer Specifications

Tektronix RSA306 USB Spectrum and Signal Analyzer Specifications

For a complete list of specifications for the Tektronix RSA306 USB Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer, see Documentation.

 

Tektronix RSA306 Real Time Spectrum Analyzer Package

Name Short description
Tektronix RSA306 USB spectrum and signal analyzer (9 kHz - 6.2 GHz). 40 MHz real-time capture bandwidth. The RSA306 Spectrum Analyzer works with a computer running Microsoft Windows 7 or 8/8.1, 64-bit. The RSA306 connection requires a USB 3.0 port. To install the SignalVu-PC software, your computer must have at least 8 GB of RAM and 20 GB of free hard disk space. For real-time performance of the RSA306 Spectrum Analyzer, a computer with a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor is recommended. A computer with an older processor limits real-time measurements. To record streaming data, the computer must be equipped with a drive with a transfer rate of at least 300 MB / s.
174-6584-xx USB 3.0 cable (1m)
063-4543-xx SignalVu-PC software, documentation, USB stick
071-3323-xx Printed Installation and Safety Guide (English)
- 1 year warranty (can be extended to 3 and 5 years)

 

Tektronix RSA306 Real Time Spectrum Analyzer Options and Accessories

The following is a list of the main options and optional accessories for the Tektronix RSA306 analyzer running SignalVu-PC software. For a complete list of options with a detailed description, see Documentation. In addition, you can choose auxiliary equipment from the following sections of our website:
Measuring antennas and microwave accessories.

Tektronix RSA306 Real Time Spectrum Analyzer Options and Accessories
Options and accessories for the Tektronix RSA306 Real Time Spectrum Analyzer.

This PDF documentation contains the most comprehensive description of the Tektronix RSA306 analyzer features, specifications and modes of operation.

Tektronix RSA306 Real Time Spectrum Analyzer Description (in Russian) (16 pages; 880 KB)

Tektronix RSA306 Spectrum Analyzer Quick Start Guide (Russian) (27 pages; 469 KB)

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