Low-cost analyzer scans frequencies from 9kHz to 1.5GHz

Low-cost analyzer scans frequencies from 9kHz to 1.5GHz

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Rigol Technologies introduces its low-cost DSA815 compact and versatile spectrum analyzer, a unit that double as a scalar network analyzer, thanks to the addition of a 1.5-GHz tracking generator with flat output amplitude versus frequency.
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The DSA815 spectrum analyzer incorporates an all-digital intermediate-frequency (IF) section for accurate, high-resolution measurements from 9 kHz to 1.5 GHz. A spectrum analyzer provides a display of signal amplitude versus frequency, allowing an operator to select from a series of IF filters to reduce the displayed bandwidth and isolate a signal of interest from the noise floor. By designing the DSA815 spectrum analyzer with a digital IF section, the variations in amplitude over time and frequency associated with analog filtering can be minimized. With the stable filters afforded by digital signal processing, the DSA815’s digital IF section allows an operator to use an IF filter just wide enough to pass a signal of interest. In the process, it limits the amount of noise received by the analyzer’s receiver and shown on the display, thus lowering the instrument’s displayed average noise level (DANL).

The use of a digital IF helps minimize errors due to filter switching and reference level uncertainties; it can even limit errors produced when switching between logarithmic and linear displays of amplitude, which occur when using a spectrum analyzer with a traditional analog IF section. The DSA815 provides 3-dB resolution-bandwidth (RBW) filters that can be set from 100Hz to 1MHz in a 1-3-10 sequence with nominal RBW uncertainty of less than 5%. It also offers video-bandwidth (VBW) filters from 1Hz to 3MHz in a 1-3-10 sequence. Operators can set frequency spans from 100 Hz wide to the full bandwidth (1.5 GHz) of the instrument.

The DSA815 derives its frequency stability and accuracy from an internal 10-MHz reference oscillator with aging rate of better than 2 ppm/yr and temperature stability of better than 2 ppm from +20 to +30°C. It can also work with an external 10-MHz reference source (via a BNC input connector) at a level of 0 to +10 dBm. The DSA815 exhibits phase noise of typically −80 dBc/Hz offset 10 kHz from any carrier.

In terms of its amplitude capabilities, the DSA815 can handle input levels as high as +20 dBm and to typically +30 dBm. Without the optional preamplifier, the DANL is typically −110 dBm from 100 kHz to 1 MHz and −115 dBm from 1 MHz to 1.5 GHz. With it, the DANL is typically −130 dBm from 100 kHz to 1 MHz and −135 dBm from 1 MHz to 1.5 GHz.

The reference level is adjustable from −100 to +20 dBm in 1-dB steps with 0.01-dB resolution and four digits resolution in the linear scale. The analyzer’s frequency response is within 0.7 dB window from 100 kHz to 1.5 GHz with preamplifier off and within a 1-dB window from 1 MHz to 1.5 GHz with it on.

The DSA815 shows captured signals on an 8-inch diagonal TFT LCD screen with a 800×480 pixel resolution. Input signals are fed to the analyzer via a 50-Ω Type N female connector.

The spectrum analyzer provides connectivity by means of an Ethernet local-area-network (LAN) connector or Universal-Serial-Bus (USB) connection to a personal computer, with GPIB connectivity available as an option.

Visit Rigol Technologies Europe at https://eu.rigol.com

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