Tektronix Inc. announced a significant expansion of its spectrum and vector signal analysis offerings with the introduction of the new RSA5000 Series Signal Analyzer. The new instruments raise the price-performance bar for mid-range signal analyzers by offering more than double currently available acquisition bandwidth and the world’s best real time capabilities. By combining reduced time-to-insight and lower cost, the new series is ideal for numerous design and operations applications including spectrum management, radar, electronic warfare, radio communications and EMI/EMC.

As RF signals become increasingly complex and the use of ISM band technologies more ubiquitous, it is crucial that designers, engineers and operators are able to reliably and efficiently discover transient spectral phenomena created by digital RF circuitry over increasingly wider operational bandwidths. Traditional signal analyzers are unable to trigger on transient problems and the maximum available acquisition bandwidth in the mid-range is just 40 MHz. Featuring advanced time, amplitude and DPX™ trigger functions combined with swept DPX, the RSA5000 Series delivers discovery and capture of these intermittent and rapidly changing signals and up to 85 MHz bandwidth. This bandwidth now covers the entire ISM band where common technologies are used, such as Bluetooth, Zigbee, RFID and Wireless LAN.

“With the RSA5000 Series we’re changing the definition of what’s possible in a mid-range signal analyzer,” said Bob Hiebert, Director of Marketing, Sources/Analyzers Product Line, Tektronix. “Offering the deepest insight into live RF signals with swept DPX and advanced triggering, the widest signal capture bandwidth, and the largest signal capture memory, the RSA5000 Series gives customers many high-end features at a manageable price point -- the perfect solution in a time of limited capital budgets.”