Tektronix RSA603A
3 GHz real-time analyzer

Visualize and characterize your device or component with the precise and accurate RSA607A USB Spectrum Analyzers, packed with features to aid in wireless integration, EMI, and IoT projects.

Tektronix RSA603A 3 GHz real-time analyzer

The RSA603A USB spectrum analyzers offer high bandwidth laboratory spectrum analysis in a small, very transportable package.

Features and benefits
  • 9 kHz to 3 GHz frequency range covers a broad range of analysis needs
  • 40 MHz acquisition bandwidth enables real time analysis for transient capture and vector analysis
  • Amplitude accuracy of 0.2 dB to 3 GHz (95% confidence)
  • Standard GPS/GLONASS/Beidou receiver
  • Optional tracking generator for gain/loss, antenna and cable measurements
  • Streaming capture can be used to record and play back long term events
  • SignalVu-PC software offers real time signal processing with DPX Spectrum/Spectrogram to minimize time spent finding transient problems
  • 100 μsec minimum signal duration with 100% probability of intercept ensure you see problems first time, every time
  • Application programming interface included for development of custom programs
  • Accessories including tablet PC, calibration kits, adapters and phase-stable cables offer a complete solution for design, characterization, and manufacturing
Applications
  • Characterization of RF devices, subsystems, and systems
  • Manufacturing test
  • Mobile field operations

The RSA603A gives you the bandwidth and analysis tools you need to succeed

The RSA603A brings real-time spectrum analysis and wide analysis bandwidth to solving the problems of engineers who need to characterize, validate and manufacture their designs. The heart of the system is the USB-based RF spectrum analyzer that captures 40 MHz bandwidths with great fidelity. With 70 dB dynamic range and frequency coverage to 3 GHz, you can fully characterize wideband signals up to 40 MHz bandwidths. The USB form factor moves the processing power to the PC of your choice, so you decide when you need more processing power or memory.

The optional tracking generator enables gain/loss measurements for quick tests of filters, amplifiers, duplexers and other components, and you can add cable and antenna measurements of VSWR, return loss, distance to fault, and cable loss as needed.

SignalVu-PC software offers rich analysis capability for your lab

The RSA603A operates with SignalVu-PC, a powerful program used as the basis of Tek’s traditional spectrum analyzers, offering a deep analysis capability previously unavailable in low-cost laboratory solutions. Real-time processing of the DPX spectrum/spectrogram is enabled in your PC, further reducing the cost of hardware. Customers who need programmatic access to the instrument can choose either the SignalVu-PC programmatic interface or use the included application programming interface (API) that provides a rich set of commands and measurements directly. Basic functionality of the free SignalVu-PC program is far from basic. Base version measurements are shown below.

Measurements and functions included in SignalVu-PC base version

General signal analysis Description
Spectrum analyzer Spans from 100 Hz to 3 GHz, 3 traces + math and spectrogram trace, 5 markers with power, relative power, integrated power, power density and dBc/Hz functions
DPX spectrum/spectrogram Real time display of spectrum with 100% probability of intercept of 100 usec signals in up to 40 MHz span
Amplitude, frequency, phase vs. time, RF I and Q vs. time Basic vector analysis functions
Time overview/navigator Enables easy setting of acquisition and analysis times for deep analysis in multiple domains
Spectrogram Analyze and re-analyze your signal in 2-D or 3-D waterfall display
AM/FM listening Hear and record to file FM and AM signals
Signal recording Record 40 MHz bandwidth for re-analysis in all domains including real time spectrum analysis (requires application SV56 for Playback)
Analog modulation analysis Description
AM, FM, PM analysis Measures key AM, FM, PM parameters
RF measurements Description
Spurious measurement User-defined limit lines and regions provide automatic spectrum violation testing across the entire range of the instrument.
Spectrum emission mask User-set or standards-specific masks.
Occupied bandwidth Measures 99% power, -xdB down points.
Channel power and ACLR Variable channel and adjacent/alternate channel parameters.
MCPR Sophisticated, flexible multi-channel power measurements.
CCDF Complementary Cumulative Distribution Function plots the statistical variations in signal level.
Signal strength with audio tone Measures signal strength and displays a spectrum and signal strength bar for interference hunting and signal quality evaluations.

The RSA603A combined with SignalVu-PC offers advanced measurements

With 40 MHz of real-time bandwidth, the unique DPX spectrum/spectrogram shows you every instance of an interfering or unknown signal, even down to 100 μs in duration. The following image shows a WLAN transmission (green and orange), and the narrow signals that repeat across the screen are a Bluetooth access probe. The spectrogram (upper part of the screen) clearly separates these signals in time to show any signal collisions.

Finding unexpected signals is easy with unattended mask monitoring. A mask can be created on the DPX spectrum display, and actions taken upon every violation, including stop, save a picture, save acquisition, or send an audible alert. In the illustration below, a mask violation has occurred in red on the mask, and a picture of the screen was saved as a result. Mask testing can be used for unattended monitoring and when playing back recorded signals, enabling testing for different violations on the same signals.

The tracking generator (Option 04 on the RSA603A) is controlled via SignalVu-PC. Here you can enter start-stop frequencies, set number of steps in the span, adjust reference level, and normalize the tracking generator with a calibrate function. A bandpass filter response from 800 MHz to 3 GHz is shown below.

SignalVu-PC application-specific licenses

SignalVu-PC offers a wealth of application-oriented options including:

  • General-purpose modulation analysis (27 modulation types including 16/32/64/256 QAM, QPSK, O-QPSK, GMSK, FSK, APSK)
  • Buetooth® analysis of Low Energy, Basic Rate and Enhanced Data Rate
  • P25 analysis of phase I and phase 2 signals
  • WLAN analysis of 802.11a/b/g/j/p, 802.11n, 802.11ac
  • LTE™ FDD and TDD Base Station (eNB) Cell ID & RF measurements
  • Mapping
  • Pulse analysis
  • AM/FM/PM/Direct Audio Measurement including SINAD, THD
  • Playback of recorded files, including complete analysis in all domains
  • Signal classification and survey

See the separate SignalVu-PC data sheet for complete details and ordering information. Selected applications are illustrated below.

General purpose modulation analysis

SignalVu-PC application SV21 bundles 27 different modulation types into a single analysis package and offers constellation displays, eye diagrams, symbol tables, trellis diagrams, modulation quality summaries and more. Symbol rates and filter types are adjustable and an internal equalizer is included for signal optimization. The illustration below is of a TETRA-standard signal modulated with pi/4DQPSK modulation at 18.0 ksymbols/sec.

Bluetooth

With application SV27 you can perform Bluetooth SIG standard-based transmitter RF measurements in the time, frequency, and modulation domains. This application supports Basic Rate and Low Energy Transmitter measurements defined by Bluetooth SIG Test Specification RF.TS.4.1.1 for Basic Rate and RF-PHY.TS.4.1.1 for Bluetooth Low Energy. Application SV27 also automatically detects Enhanced Data Rate packets, demodulates them and provides symbol information. Data packet fields are color encoded in the Symbol table for clear identification. Pass/Fail results are provided with customizable limits and the Bluetooth presets make the different test set-ups push-button. The measurement below shows deviation vs. time, frequency offset and drift, and a measurement summary with pass/fail results.

APCO 25

SignalVu-PC application SV26 enables analysis of APCO P25 signals. The following image shows a Phase II HCPM signal being monitored for anomalies with the spectrogram while performing transmitter power, modulation, and frequency measurements to the TIA-102 standards specification.

LTE

Application SV28 enables the following LTE base station transmitter measurements:

  • Cell ID
  • Channel power
  • Occupied bandwidth
  • Adjacent channel leakage ratio (ACLR)
  • Spectrum emission mask (SEM)
  • Transmitter off power for TDD

The measurements follow the definition in 3GPP TS Version 12.5 and support all base station categories, including picocells and femtocells. Pass/Fail information is reported and all channel bandwidths are supported.

The Cell ID preset displays the Primary Synchronization Signal (PSS) and the Secondary Synchronization Signal (SSS) in a Constellation diagram. It also provides Frequency Error.

The illustration below shows spectral monitoring with the spectrogram display combined with a Cell ID/Constellation, Spectrum Emission Mask and ACLR measurements.

Return Loss/VSWR, distance to fault and cable loss – Perform component characterization tasks easily and cost-effectively. When equipped with the option 04 tracking generator, the RSA500A series with application license SV60xx-SVPC makes one-port measurements on cables, devices and antennas.

Return loss of a bandpass filter measured from 700 MHz to 2.6 GHz. Markers have been placed a 1.48 GHz (-34.4 dB return loss) and at 1.73 GHz (-11.68 dB return loss), indicating the best and worse match in the passband of the filter

WLAN 802.11a/b/g/j/p/n/ac

With options SV23, 24 and 25, sophisticated WLAN measurements are easy. On the 802.11ac (20 MHz) signal shown, the spectrogram shows the initial pilot sequence followed by the main signal burst. The modulation is automatically detected as 64 QAM for the packet and displayed as a constellation. The data summary indicates an EVM of -37.02 dB RMS, and burst power is measured at -17.32 dBm. SignalVu-PC applications are available for 802.11a/b/j/g/p, 802.11n, and 802.11ac to 40 MHz bandwidth.

Playback

Application SV56, Playback of recorded signals, can reduce hours of watching and waiting for a spectral violation to minutes at your desk reviewing recorded data.

Recording length is limited only by storage media size, and recording is a basic feature included in SignalVu-PC. SignalVu-PC application SV56 (Playback) allows for complete analysis by all SignalVu-PC measurements, including DPX Spectrogram. Minimum signal duration specifications are maintained during playback. AM/FM audio demodulation can be performed. Variable span, resolution bandwidth, analysis length, and bandwidth are all available.

In the illustration below, the FM band is being replayed, with a mask applied to detect spectral violations, simultaneous with listening to the FM signal at the center frequency of 92.3 MHz.

The RSA5600RACK can be configured to hold 1 or 2 RSA600A spectrum analyzers as shown below.

Rackmount for 1 or 2 RSA600s

Tektronix RSA603A 3 GHz real-time analyzer

Tektronix RSA603A Datasheet

 

Tektronix RSA603A 3 GHz real-time analyzer

USB Spectrum Analyzer, 40 MHz acquisition bandwidth.

The RSA600 requires a PC with Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, or Windows 10, 64-bit operating system. A USB 3.0 connection is required for operation of the RSA600. 8 GB RAM and 20 GB free drive space is required for installation of SignalVu-PC. For full performance of the real time features of the RSA600, an Intel Core i7 4th generation processor is required. Processors of lower performance can be used, with reduced real-time performance. Storage of streaming data requires that the PC be equipped with a drive capable of streaming storage rates of 300 MB/sec.

Includes: USB 3.0 cable (2 M), A-A connection, screw lock, quick-start manual (printed), connector covers, power cord, (see power plug options), USB memory device with SignalVu-PC, API and documentation files.

Item Description
RSA603A USB real time spectrum analyzer, 9 kHz – 3.0 GHz, 40 MHz acquisition bandwidth
Option 04 Tracking generator, 10 MHz – 3.0 GHz
RSA607A USB real time spectrum analyzer, 9 kHz – 7.5 GHz, 40 MHz acquisition bandwidth
Option 04 Tracking generator, 10 MHz – 7.5 GHz
RSA5600RACK Rackmount, RSA500 and RSA600 Series. Holds 1 RSA500A or 2 RSA600A models
RSA600A service options
Opt. C3
Calibration Service 3 Years
Opt. C5
Calibration Service 5 Years
Opt. D1
Calibration Data Report
Opt. D3
Calibration Data Report 3 Years (with Opt. C3)
Opt. D5
Calibration Data Report 5 Years (with Opt. C5)
Opt. R5
Repair Service 5 Years (including warranty)
Warranty
  • RSA600 series warranty: 3 years.
  • FZ-G1 tablet: 3-year warranty with Business Class Support (provided by Panasonic in region of purchase).
Tablet
Tablet controller available
A tablet controller intended for portable applications using the Tektronix RSA306B and RSA500A series spectrum analyzers can also be used with the RSA600A series. The Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1 is available in limited geographies from Tektronix as shown in the ordering information below.

Item Description Regional availability
FZ-G1-N Controller for USB Spectrum Analyzers, Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1. Includes tablet, battery, digitizer pen and tether, battery charger with power cord. Canada, Columbia, Ecuador, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, United States
FZ-G1F Controller for USB Spectrum Analyzers, Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1. Includes tablet, digitizer pen and tether, battery charger with power cord China
FZ-G1-I Controller for USB Spectrum Analyzers, Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1. Includes tablet, battery, digitizer pen and tether, battery charger with power cord India
FZ-G1-E Controller for USB Spectrum Analyzers, Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1. Includes tablet, battery, digitizer pen and tether, battery charger with power cord. Austria, Baltic States, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey
FZ-G1-U Controller for USB Spectrum Analyzers, Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1. Includes tablet, battery, digitizer pen and tether, battery charger with power cord. Egypt, Kenya, Malaysia, United Kingdom
FZ-G1-B Controller for USB Spectrum Analyzers, Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1. Includes tablet, battery, digitizer pen and tether, battery charger with power cord Brazil
FZ-G1-J Controller for USB Spectrum Analyzers, Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1. Includes tablet, battery, digitizer pen and tether, battery charger with power cord Japan
Panasonic FZ-G1 accessories
Item Description
FZ-VZSU84U 1 Li-ion battery, standard capacity
FZ-VZSU88U 1 Long-life battery pack for Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1
FZ-BNDLG1BATCHRG9 Single battery charger bundle for FZ-G1. 1 charger and 1 adapter
CF-LNDDC1209 Lind 120 W 12-32 Volt input vehicle adapter for Tough Pad and RSA500A
TBCG1AONL-P Panasonic Toughmate always on case for FZ-G1
TBCG1XSTP-P Infocase Toughmate X-strap for Panasonic FZ-G1

1 Not available in China, Hong Kong, Macau or Mongolia

Licenses
SignalVu-PC application-specific modules
Application license Description
SVANL-SVPC AM/FM/PM/Direct Audio Analysis – Node Locked License
SVAFL-SVPC AM/FM/PM/Direct Audio Analysis – Floating License
SVTNL-SVPC Settling Time (frequency and phase) measurements – Node Locked License
SVTFL-SVPC Settling Time (frequency and phase) measurements – Floating License
SVMNL-SVPC General Purpose Modulation Analysis to work with analyzer of acquisition bandwidth <= 40 MHz or MDO – Node Locked License
SVMFL-SVPC General Purpose Modulation Analysis to work with analyzer of acquisition bandwidth <= 40 MHz or MDO- Floating License
SVPNL-SVPC Pulse Analysis to work with analyzer of acquisition bandwidth <= 40 MHz or MDO – Node Locked License
SVPFL-SVPC Pulse Analysis to work with analyzer of acquisition bandwidth <= 40 MHz or MDO- Floating License
SVONL-SVPC Flexible OFDM Analysis – Node Locked License
SVOFL-SVPC Flexible OFDM Analysis – Floating License
SV23NL-SVPC WLAN 802.11a/b/g/j/p measurement – Node Locked License
SV23FL-SVPC WLAN 802.11a/b/g/j/p measurement – Floating License
SV24NL-SVPC WLAN 802.11n measurement (requires SV23) – Node Locked License
SV24FL-SVPC WLAN 802.11n measurement (requires SV23) – Floating License
SV25NL-SVPC WLAN 802.11ac measurement to work with analyzer of acquisition bandwidth <= 40 MHz (requires SV23 and SV24) or MDO – Node Locked License
SV25FL-SVPC WLAN 802.11ac measurement to work with analyzer of acquisition bandwidth <= 40 MHz (requires SV23 and SV24) or MDO – Floating License
SV26NL-SVPC APCO P25 measurement – Node Locked License
SV26FL-SVPC APCO P25 measurement – Floating License
SV27NL-SVPC Bluetooth measurement to work with analyzer of acquisition bandwidth <= 40 MHz or MDO – Node Locked License
SV27FL-SVPC Bluetooth measurement to work with analyzer of acquisition bandwidth <= 40 MHz or MDO- Floating License
MAPNL-SVPC Mapping – Node Locked License
MAPFL-SVPC Mapping – Floating License
SV56NL-SVPC Playback of recorded files – Node Locked License
SV56FL-SVPC Playback of recorded files – Floating License
SV60NL-SVPC Return loss, VSWR, cable loss, and distance to fault – Node Locked License
SV60FL-SVPC Return loss, VSWR, cable loss, and distance to fault – Floating License
CONNL-SVPC SignalVu-PC live link to the MDO4000B series mixed-domain oscilloscopes – Node Locked License
CONFL-SVPC SignalVu-PC live link to the MDO4000B series mixed-domain oscilloscopes – Floating License
SV2CNL-SVPC WLAN 802.11a/b/g/j/p/n/ac and live link to MDO4000B to work with analyzer of acquisition bandwidth <= 40 MHz – Node Locked License
SV2CFL-SVPC WLAN 802.11a/b/g/j/p/n/ac and live link to MDO4000B to work with analyzer of acquisition bandwidth <= 40 MHz – Floating License
SV28NL-SVPC LTE Downlink RF measurement to work with analyzer of acquisition bandwidth <= 40 MHz or MDO – Node Locked License
SV28FL-SVPC LTE Downlink RF measurement to work with analyzer of acquisition bandwidth <= 40 MHz or MDO – Floating License
SV54NL-SVPC Signal survey and classification – Node Locked License
SV54FL-SVPC Signal survey and classification – Floating License
SV60NL-SVPC Return loss, distance to fault, VSWR, cable loss – Node Locked License (requires Option 04 on RSA500A/600A)
SV60FL-SVPC Return loss, distance to fault, VSWR, cable loss – Floating License (requires Option 04 on RSA500A/600A)
SV30NL-SVPC WiGig 802.11ad measurements – Node Locked License (only for offline analysis)
SV30FL-SVPC WiGig 802.11ad measurements – Floating License (only for offline analysis)
EDUFL-SVPC Education-only version of all modules for SignalVu-PC – Floating License
Recommended accessories
Tracking generator accessories

A variety of calibration kits and phase-stabilized cables are available for the RSA600 tracking generator when used with the optional cable and antenna measurements software.

CALOSLNM
Calibration kit, 3-in-1, open, short, load, DC to 6 GHz, Type-N(m), 50 ohm
CALOSLNF
Calibration kit, 3-in-1, open, short, load, DC to 6 GHz, Type-N(f), 50 ohm
CALOSLNF
Calibration kit, 3-in-1, open, short, load, DC to 6 GHz, 7/16 DIN(m)
CALOSL716F
Calibration kit, 3-in-1, open, short, load, DC to 6 GHz, 7/16 DIN(f)
CALSOLT35F
Calibration kit, 4-in-1 3.5 mm (f) short, open, load, through, 13 GHz
CALSOLT35M
Calibration kit, 4-in-1 3.5 mm (m) short, open, load, through, 13 GHz
CALSOLTNF
Calibration kit, 4-in-1 type-N (f) short, open, load, through, 9 GHz
CALSOLTNM
Calibration kit, 4-in-1 type-N (m) short, open, load, through, 9 GHz
CALSOLT716F
Calibration kit, 4-in-1 7/16 (f) short, open, load, through, 6 GHz
CALSOLT716M
Calibration kit, 4-in-1 7/16 (m) short, open, load, through, 6 GHz
012-1745-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N (m) to type-N (f), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1746-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to type-N(f), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1747-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to 7/16(f), 60 cm (23.6 in.)
012-1748-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to 7/16(f), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1749-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to 7/16(f), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1750-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to 7/16(m), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1751-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to 7/16(m), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1752-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to 7/16(m), 60 cm (23.6 in.)
012-1753-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to DIN 9.5(f), 60 cm (23.6 in.)
012-1754-00
Cable, rugged, Phase-stable, type-N(m) to DIN 9.5(f), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1755-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to DIN 9.5(f), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1756-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to DIN 9.5(m), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1757-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to DIN 9.5(m), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1758-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to DIN 9.5(m), 60 cm (23.6 in.)
012-1759-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to TNC(f), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1760-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to TNC(f), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1761-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to TNC(f), 60 cm (23.6 in.)
012-1762-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to TNC(m), 60 cm (23.6 in.)
012-1763-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to TNC(m), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1764-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to TNC(m), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1765-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to type-N(f), 60 cm (23.6 in.)
012-1766-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to type-N(f), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1767-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to type-N(m), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1768-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to type-N(m), 60 cm (23.6 in.)
012-1769-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to type-SMA(f), 60 cm (23.6 in.)
012-1770-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to type-SMA(f), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1771-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to type-SMA(f), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1772-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to type-SMA(m) 60 cm (23.6 in.)
012-1773-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to type-SMA(m), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1774-00
Cable, rugged, phase-stable, type-N(m) to type-SMA(m), 5 ft or 1.5 m