Using the latest in commercial interfaces and available computing power, the Tektronix RSA 300/500/600 USB real time spectrum analyzers separate signal acquisition from measurement, dramatically lowering the cost of instrument hardware. The series is also well suited for applications that need automatic measurements or remote control.
The programs can be created in the host PC, and the remote control implemented over an Ethernet connection through a small, low-cost PC, such as Intel NUC, paired with each RSA. Tektronix provides programmatic control using several different interfaces to support your applications. This application note will explain the programmatic interfaces and environments available for Tektronix RSA USB spectrum analyzers and provide recommendations and examples for your applications.