R&S FSW Signal and Spectrum Analyzer Adds Real-time Option

June 3, 2013. The new R&S FSW K160R option for the R&S FSW high-end signal and spectrum analyzer upgrades the R&S FSW to a real-time spectrum analyzer. This addition gives users a single instrument that can be used for traditional spectrum analysis as well as spectrum analysis without any time gaps and a bandwidth of up to 160 MHz in real-time mode. The R&S FSW detects even short, sporadic events that would otherwise be hard to identify without taking up a great deal of time. The instrument offers the sensitivity, dynamic range, and phase noise performance to make it suitable for the development, verification, and production of components and equipment used in radar applications as well as satellite, military, and civil communications systems.

In aerospace and defense, telecommunications, or the automobile industry, real-time analysis offers advantages wherever sporadic interference or brief events need to be identified with 100% reliability. Real-time analysis makes it possible to monitor the hopping sequences of frequency-agile systems and test colliding signals such as WLAN and Bluetooth signals that are using the same frequency range. It can also be used to test transient response and frequency hops of oscillators and frequency synthesizers, since even brief signal errors can result in massive interference in many communications applications. The new R&S FSW K160R option eliminates the need for an additional measuring instrument.

Offering 600,000 FFT/s in real-time mode, the R&S FSW covers the frequency range from 2 Hz to 50 GHz. Using harmonic mixers from Rohde & Schwarz, it can also be expanded to include frequencies up to 110 GHz. The simple touch-screen operation with block diagrams for the analysis functions on a 31-cm screen simplifies complex measurement tasks.

The R&S FSW-K160R option for realtime signal analysis will be available starting in July.


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