Microwave Journal

X-COM enhances capabilities of Spectro-X signal analysis software

January 20, 2016

X-COM Systems LLC, a subsidiary of Bird Technologies, introduced the latest version of its Windows-based Spectro-X signal analysis software that adds new features to tools for developing and testing radar, ELINT, SIGINT, ECM, ESM, commercial and military communications systems. The latest version of the software makes it easier to quickly find signals of interest and pinpoint them in time, enhanced broader pulse signal analysis and waveform search capability, and filtering of export files to include only specific signals.

Spectro-X software greatly simplifies the task of detecting and analyzing signals in data files produced by over-the-air signal capture using X-COM’s IQC5000B Series or IQC91000A signal record and playback systems, or by custom spectrum files created in MATLAB. It can simultaneously analyze up to four files of any size over any range of frequencies with file alignment of +/-1 sample, allowing the user to “zoom in” to signals of interest contained within files containing hundreds of thousands of emitters.

The new features in Spectro-X include the ability to display real-time event markers that can are useful for precisely pinpointing the timing of spectral events, and markers with both relative and absolute sample counts that aid tracking of timing information when using the gated triggering capability of the IQC5000B or IQC91000A.

In addition, X-COM has enhanced the pulsed signal analysis features, including use of the 3-dB point as the start and end of a pulse for more consistent pulse widths, and computation of pulse frequencies at five points within each pulse to determine pulse type. It is also now easier to quickly determine if a pulse is modulated, as phase transitions are now included in the pulse results.

Enhancements to waveform search include a highly-selective filter so users can eliminate unwanted signals in the data, the ability perform a waveform search on either a single file or on all files in a directory, and step in frequency to locate matches over a range of frequencies. Data sets from an RF recording can now be exported without unwanted frequencies, a major benefit for time-domain analysis and RF playback that also reduces file size. Finally, controls in the main measurement window aids locating signals of interest and zooming-in to view their behavior.

A 30-day trial version of Spectro-X software is available along with a self-guided demo, videos demonstrating various features, and other technical resources, by visiting www.xcomsystems.com.