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RSA500A Series vs. R&S FSH Series Competitive Fact Sheet


Real Time for interference hunting
Tektronix RSA500A Series
Real Time Analysis - Detects signals others miss
40 MHz Bandwidth - support for wideband IoT wireless standards, record/playback, IQ acquisition,
Many Standard Features - DPX, Spectrogram, internal GPS, Preamp, and Interference Hunting software
VSA and Applications Support - General VSA purpose support with 27 different modulation formats, and wireless standards support
Integrated software: SignalVu-PC is a single SW pack containing all analysis functions, including mapping, signal classification
Take the weight off your hands - 1 kg tablet in your hands
Real Time for interference hunting Tektronix RSA500A Series
R&S FSH Series
✗ Swept Spectrum Analysis - misses signals
✗ 20 MHz Bandwidth too small – misses support for wider bandwidth signal acquisition and analysis,
✗ Individual options add cost - Spectrogram, GPS, Interference Hunting, Preamp
Vector Signal Analysis - support most of commercial wireless, digital TV broadcast standards
✗ Separate mode required – for Interference analyzers (mapping, spectrogram). Long switching times between modes of operation
✗ 3 kg spectrum analyzer in your hands
Real Time for interference hunting R&S FSH Series
User Interface Designed For Easy Spectrum Analysis
Fast Sweeps for low noise floor
Tektronix RSA500A Series
✔ Conventional Spectrum Analyzer features
✔ Unique HW architecture to complete low noise floor sweeps very quickly, still maintains traditional Spectrum Analyzer controls
✔ Much faster sweep times for RBW settings less than 30 KHz
✔ 100 Hz is the narrowest selectable RBW for a 3 GHz Span – reveal a lower noise floor without sacrificing sweep speeds
✔ Example: sweep times for a -120 dBm noise floor with a 10 kHz RBW is 1.8 second (3 GHz)
R&S FSH Series
Conventional Spectrum Analyzer features
Conventional Spectrum Analyzer architecture sweeps quickly in default settings, but slowly when looking at low noise floors.
Much slower sweep times for RBW settings less than 30 KHz
10 kHz is the narrowest selectable RBW for the 3 GHz span sweep.
Example: sweep times for a -114 dBm noise floor with a 10 kHz RBW is 150 second (3 GHz).
Real Time for live signal viewing
Tektronix RSA500A Series
✔ 10,000 FFT’s per second for Live Signal Viewing with colorful spectrum display
✔ Co-channel interference clearly visible with real-time displays due to fast update rate
✔ Color shows the number of times a spectral event has occurred
✔ Probability of Intercept displayed on screen to let you know performance with current settings
✔ Example – View all signals of interest with 100 usec POS with Colors of Bitmap trace as well as traditional traces
Real Time for live signal viewing RSA500A Series
R&S FSH Series
Slow sweep time gives blind spots to miss short duration signals
Co-channel interference or signal under signal is no way to be shown
Example – Even with a fast or slow sweep speed, signals are missed with the help of maximum hold trace. Only two traces available.
Real Time for live signal viewing FSH Series
Record/Playback
Tektronix RSA500A Series
✔ No limits on recording length – store 0.3 TB per hour of recording on a PC’s SSD
✔ Playback file works just like a live measurement- make changes to settings, add measurements on the replay data
✔ Example – Recorded the 40 MHz ISM band IQ data seamless data, and adjust settings for the WLAN demodulation analysis with multiple displays
Record/Playback RSA500A Series
R&S FSH Series
Spectrogram is not standard, need to buy the Interference Analyzer and Spectrogram option
Spectrogram records and playbacks the spectrum trace only, not underlying signal IQ data
Example – Record/Playback the normal spectrum traces only
Record/Playback FSH Series
Signal classification Test
Tektronix RSA500A Series
✔ The optional signal classification toolset helps you classify signals.
Signal classification Test RSA500A Series
R&S FSH Series
No signal classification measurements