RSA500 Series Real Time Spectrum Analyzers

Find signals of interest and take the necessary actions to resolve issues with industries best ruggedized, portable USB Real-time Spectrum Analyzer, packed with features for your most common tasks out in the field.
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Highlights:

  • Enable precise, real-time measurements with the RSA500 spectrum analyzer packaged in a portable, rugged form factor with advanced spectrum analysis capabilities.
  • Quickly capture VLF to Ku signals of interest from 9 kHz to 18.0 GHz with 40 MHz bandwidth capture.
Base Price
US $7,100 - US $22,000
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Maximum Frequency Range

9 kHz to 18 GHz 

Capture Bandwidth

40 MHz

Dynamic Range

-160 dBm to +20 dBm

Performance with no compromises.

The RSA500 provides performance to match conventional mid-range spectrum analyzers on the market. With real-time sweeps and a 4x faster scanning capability compared to other spectrum analyzers, you won’t miss signals you need to see and complete tasks faster. No compromises for even your toughest challenges.

Powerful and intuitive. Measurement insight at your fingertips.

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The RSA500 is powered by SignalVu® software – the same software used on the full-line of Tektronix Real-time Spectrum Analyzers. Delivering unlimited access to advanced measurement and analysis capabilities that you can save, customize or share with peers. There are 26 add-on packages that cover general purpose modulation analysis, pulsed signal analysis, Bluetooth 5, and commercial wireless signal analysis.

Simplify your time in the field

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With a built-in tracking generator for RF component test and GPS to geo-locate and map signals, the RSA500 makes field test a lot easier. Application-optimized software options for vector signal analysis, pulsed measurements, EMI/EMC pre-compliance testing, RADHAZ detection and more, make signal analysis a breeze.

See more with proprietary DPX® technology.

Discover the most difficult, hard-to-find problems with the powerful real-time architecture of the RSA Series. With the advanced DPX® technology, you can see RF characteristics that are practically invisible to a conventional spectrum analyzer.

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Model Frequency Range Real-Time Bandwidth Minimum Event Duration for 100% POI Weight SFDR (typical) List Price
RSA503A 9 kHz-3.0 GHz 40 MHz

15 μs

2.99 kg (6.6 lb) with battery

70 dBc US $7,100
Configure & Quote
RSA507A 9 kHz-7.5 GHz 40 MHz

15 μs

2.99 kg (6.6 lb) with battery

70 dBc US $11,600
Configure & Quote
RSA513A

9 kHz-13.6 GHz

40 MHz

15 μs

3.85 kg (8.5 pounds) with battery

70 dBc

US $18,700
Configure & Quote
RSA518A

9 kHz-18.0 GHz

40 MHz

15 μs

3.85 kg (8.5 pounds) with battery

70 dBc

US $22,000
Configure & Quote

RF Sensing

The ability to sense important signals of interest (SOIs) in a crowded spectrum has become more challenging for military and government personnel. As spectrum density grows, understanding what is in your environment at any given time has become increasingly complex. RF monitoring with the RSA500 provides real-time situational awareness in the field to quickly identify and monitor spectrum violations, such as unauthorized transmission, LPI threats, hazardous power or emissions control conditions.

Detecting Drones Using a Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer

Radar

Advancements in radar technology have led to adoption in mobile applications ranging from defense systems to autonomous vehicles. With applications operating across a large spectrum range, it’s important to have spectrum analysis solutions that provide the ability to quickly and accurately identify sources of interference and noise. The Tektronix RSA500 series provides unparalleled performance for analyzing radar signals from the UHF to Ku bands. In a compact form factor, the RSA500 is the perfect choice for on the range, in the field or in the lab.

Electronic Warfare

Operating in today’s battlefield has been amplified by advancements in electronic warfare (EW). The proliferation of high-end electronics and the evolution of commercial technologies have given adversaries unprecedented capabilities. Tektronix Real-time Spectrum Analyzers provide real-time, robust visibility into signals emitted into the electromagnetic spectrum to provide Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) and identify potential threats before they occur.

Spectrum Monitoring and Interference hunting

Mobile communications are creating a complex and crowded signal environment with unprecedented spectrum capacity pressure. Tektronix’ Real-time Spectrum Analyzers help you discover and examine sources of interference quickly, so you can locate and identify unwanted activity. Ensure your signal integrity and compliance to standards using the RSA500 for real-time spectrum insights.

EMI/EMC pre-compliance Testing

Save cost and precious time by performing pre-compliance testing in your lab with our Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers. You can use peak detection with a free version of SignalVu-PC. You also get more accurate results with quasi-peak and average detection by purchasing the additional option EMCVu.

Model Frequency Range Real-Time Bandwidth Minimum Event Duration for 100% POI Weight SFDR (typical) List Price
RSA503A 9 kHz-3.0 GHz 40 MHz

15 μs

2.99 kg (6.6 lb) with battery

70 dBc US $7,100
Configure & Quote
RSA507A 9 kHz-7.5 GHz 40 MHz

15 μs

2.99 kg (6.6 lb) with battery

70 dBc US $11,600
Configure & Quote
RSA513A

9 kHz-13.6 GHz

40 MHz

15 μs

3.85 kg (8.5 pounds) with battery

70 dBc

US $18,700
Configure & Quote
RSA518A

9 kHz-18.0 GHz

40 MHz

15 μs

3.85 kg (8.5 pounds) with battery

70 dBc

US $22,000
Configure & Quote
  Tektronix
RSA500
Keysight
N99xxA
R&S
FSH/FPH
Anritsu
Spectrum Master
Tektronix
RSA306B
Maximum Frequency Ranges 9 kHz to 18 GHz N9915A: 100 kHz to 9 GHz
(other models to 50 GHz)
FSH: 9 kHz to 20 GHz FPH: 5 kHz to 5 GHz 9 kHz to 43 GHz 9 kHz - 6.2 GHz
Capture Bandwidth 40 MHz 10 MHz 20 MHz 15 MHz 40 MHz
Dynamic Range
(DANL to Max Imput)
-161 dBm to +33 dBm -153 dBm to +27 dBm -163 dBm to +30 dBm -164 dBm to +33 dBm -160 dBm to +23 dBm
Phase Noise (1 GHz CF, 10 kHz offset) -94 dBc/Hz -106 dBc/Hz -105 dBc/Hz at 30 kHz Offset -108 dBc/Hz -84 dBc/Hz
Real Time Capabilities Yes Yes No No Yes
Sweep Times for finding low level signals (-120 dBm) 9 sec (1 kHz RBW, 7.5 GHz Sweep) 11.4 min (1 kHz RBW, 7.5 GHz Sweep) FSH: 36 sec (1 kHz RBW, 7.5 GHz Sweep) 3 min (1 kHz RBW, 6 GHz Sweep, Fast Mode) >1 hour (1 kHz RBW, 7.5 GHz Sweep, Performance Mode) 9 sec (1 kHz RBW, 7.5 GHz Sweep)
Cable/Antenna Testing: VSWR, DTF, Return Loss measurements Yes, up to 18 GHz Yes Yes Yes, up to 20 GHz No
Wideband Vector Signal Analysis Capabilities Yes – 40 MHz No FSH: No – 10 MHz FPH: No No Yes – 40 MHz
Signal Capture and Playback Spectrum, Spectrogram, and IQ signals for full analysis Spectrum and Spectrogram Only Spectrum and Spectrogram Only Spectrum and Spectrogram Only Spectrum, Spectrogram, and IQ signals for full analysis
Ruggedized MIL-PRF-28800F Class 2 MIL-PRF-28800F Class 2 MIL-PRF-28800F Class 2 MIL-PRF-28800F Class 2 MIL-PRF-28800F Class 2
Battery Life 5 hours – Instrument Up to 8 hours - Toughpad 3.5 hours FSH: 4 hours FPH: 8 hours 3 hours USB 3.0
Weight 1.1 kg; 2.4 lbs – Toughpad 3.2 kg; 7 lbs – Instrument N9952A: 3.2 kg; 7.1 lbs N9918A: 3.0 kg; 6.6 lbs FFSH: 3 kg; 6.6 lbs FPH: 2.5 kg; 5.5 lbs 3.7 kg; 8.5 lbs 1.1 kg; 2.4 lbs – Toughpad 0.73 kg; 1.3 lbs – Instrument
Size 2.65'" x 11.78" x 10.68" 292 x 188 x 72 mm (11.5 in x 7.4 in x 2.8 in 7.6 in × 11.8 in × 2.7 in (5.7 in) 315 mm x 211 mm x 77 mm, (12.4 in x 8.3 in x 3.0 in) 1.2" x 7.5" x 5"

 

SignalVu-PC software brings benchtop and field features to the RSA500A

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RSA500A operates with SignalVu-PC, a powerful program that is the basis of Tektronix performance signal analyzers. The software controls the spectrum analyzer acquisition and updates measurement displays continuously.

The base version ships free with the product; add options to configure the software for your application.

Highlights

  • Free base version has 17 signal analysis and real-time spectrum analysis measurements
  • Paid add-on options for more than 26 advanced measurements including WLAN testing, P25 compliance testing, pulse analysis, modulation analysis and more

DataVu-PC Record Analysis Software for Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers

When combined with the signal recording capabilities of all Tektronix USB and PCIe-based spectrum analyzers, DataVu-PC can turn hours of attended monitoring into fast post-acquisition search, mark, and measurement tasks. Analyze your results without adding the extra step of conversion software.

Highlights

  • Search based on signal amplitude characteristics, marking each event occurrence for later examination
  • Make an unlimited number of Scalar pulse measurements with the eMarker application and export the results in Pulse Descriptor Word format for integration into other workflows.
  • Export results to in-depth analysis packages like SignalVu-PC from within DataVu-PC – without any additional conversion software.
  • Using two Tektronix Real-time Spectrum Analyzers, scan or record up to two independent frequencies and spans simultaneously. One instrument can be used for wide-span signal detection and a second instrument can be used for isolation on signals of interest and recording for later analysis.

Datasheet Manual

EMC pre-compliance testing with EMCVu.

EMCVu is an all-in-one software solution for EMI/EMC pre-compliance testing and troubleshooting that runs on your own PC. This gives you an easy, fast, accurate and affordable way to determine if your product designs are ready to submit to the test house for EMI/EMC radiation emission compliance testing. This is done through push button support for multiple standards, automated multiple measurement/multiple format reporting, ambient noise calibration and comparison, harmonic markers and faster scans using peak detector and spot measurements with quasi-peak and average detector failures.

The base version ships free with the product; add options to configure the software for your application.

Optional applications tailored for your RF applications

Application-optimized software is available for P25, Bluetooth, LTE, Mapping, Playback of recorded files, WLAN, settling time, audio, modulation, pulse, and OFDM analysis. Wideband satellite and point-to-point microwave links can be directly observed with SignalVu-PC analysis software. Settling time measurements (SVT) are easy and automated. The user can select measurement bandwidth, tolerance bands, reference frequency (auto or manual), and establish up to 3 tolerance bands vs. time for Pass/Fail testing. Settling time may be referenced to external or internal trigger, and from the last settled frequency or phase.

Instrument controller for USB spectrum analyzers

For field operations, a complete solution requires a Windows Tablet or laptop for instrument operation, record keeping and communication. Tektronix recommends the Panasonic FZ-G1 tablet computer for controlling the RSA500 series and as a standalone unit.

The Panasonic FZ-G1 tablet computer is sold separately and is available for purchase from Panasonic at their website here, and a variety of third party vendors. Tektronix recommends the FZ-G1 over other tablets because of its performance, portability, and ruggedized form-factor and it has been tested to work with all USB RSA products.

EMI and EMC testing accessories

Tektronix offers a complete set of validated EMI and EMC accessories including antennas, Line Impedance Stabilization Networks and pre-amplifiers for both conducted and radiated tests. All of these accessories are pre-loaded into EMCVu, Tektronix’ new software option for SignalVu. This means loss and gain of accessories are already captured in the software and are taken into account during the measurement. We’ve done this to help speed up setup and help you get more accurate results.

Full set of accessories are below:

Accessory Product Number Datasheet
Biconical Antenna EMI-BICON-ANT Download Now
LPDA Antenna EMI-CLP-ANT Download Now
5 uH LISN EMI-LISN5UH Download Now
50 uH LISN EMI-LISN50UH Download Now
20 dB near field amp EMI-NF-AMP Download Now
Near field probes EMI-NF-PROBE (TEKBOX TBPS01) Download Now
Preamplifier EMI-PREAMP (Com-Power PAM-103) Download Now
Transient Limiter EMI-TRANS-LIMIT (Com-Power LIT-153A) Download Now
Antenna Tripod EMI-TRIPOD (Com-Power AT-812) Download Now

Tracking Generator

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Single solution for maintenance, troubleshooting, interference hunting. Factory calibration minimizes measurement setup time and errors.

Part Number Description
OPT 04 Tracking Generator: 10 MHz to 3 GHz (RSA503A)
10 MHz to 7.5 GHz (RSA507A, RSA513A, RSA518A)

Antennas for interference hunting

Tektronix recommends the Alaris DF-A0047 smart antenna with built-in USB compass for direction finding and interference hunting applications.

  • Frequency Range: 20 MHz – 8.5 GHz
    • 9 kHz-20 MHz extension available(0.3m loop antenna)
  • Trigger control for one-hand operation with functions for:
    • Preamp on/off
    • Band switch
    • Push to measure with SignalVu-PC with MAP option
  • Standard armrest extension for ease in long interference hunting sessions

Antennas

Part Number Description
119-6609-xx Whip antenna, BNC, Wideband untuned, with center of sensitivity approximately 136 MHz, passband 5-1080 MHz. 9 inches length.
DF-A0047 Directional antenna, 20-8500 MHz, with electronic compass and preamp
DF-A0047-01 Frequency range extension for DF-A0047 directional antenna, 9 kHz-20 MHz
DF-A0047-C1 DF-A0047 antenna and DF-A0047-01 extension
016-2107-00 Transit case for DF-A0047 and DF-A0047-01
119-6594-00 Yagi Antenna, 825-896 MHz
Forward Gain (over half-wave dipole): 10 dB
119-6595-00 Yagi Antenna, 895-960 MHz
Forward Gain (over half-wave dipole): 10 dB
119-6596-00 Yagi Antenna, 1710-1880 MHz
Forward Gain (over half-wave dipole): 10.2 dB
119-6596-00 Yagi Antenna, 1850-1990 MHz
Forward Gain (over half-wave dipole): 9.3 dB

Calibration kits and phase-stable cables

These calibration kits and phase-stable cables are used with the tracking generator and SV60xx-SVPC when making VSWR, return loss, distance to fault and cable loss measurements.

Part Number Description
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
CALOSL716M 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)
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
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
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
CALSOLTNF-75 Calibration kit, 4-in-1 Type-N  (f) short, open, load, through, 75 Ohm, 3 GHz
CALSOLTNM-75 Calibration kit, 4-in-1 Type-N  (m)short, open, load, through, 75 Ohm, 3 GHz
012-1768-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-N(m), 60 cm
012-1765-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-N(f),  60cm
012-1767-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-N(m), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1766-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-N(f), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1746-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N (m) to Type-N (m),  5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1745-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N (m) to Type-N (f), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1747-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to 7/16(f),  60 cm
012-1752-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to 7/16(m), 60 cm
012-1750-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to 7/16(m), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1748-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to 7/16(f), 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
012-1749-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to 7/16(f), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1753-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to DIN 9.5(f),  60 cm
012-1758-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to DIN 9.5(m), 60 cm
012-1756-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to DIN 9.5(m), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1754-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to DIN 9.5(f), 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
012-1755-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to DIN 9.5(f), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1762-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to TNC(m),  60 cm
012-1761-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to TNC(f), 60 cm
012-1763-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to TNC(m), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1759-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to TNC(f), 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
012-1760-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to TNC(f), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1772-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-SMA(m) 60 cm
012-1769-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-SMA(f),  60 cm
012-1773-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-SMA(m), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1770-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-SMA(f), 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
012-1771-00 Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-SMA(f), 5 ft or 1.5 m

RF Accessories

We have a wide variety of RF accessories to make one-stop shopping easily.  Listed below are RF cables, adapters, attenuators, filters and other items.

Part Number Description
013-0410-00 Adapter, Coaxial, 50 Ohm Type-N (f) to Type-N (f)
013-0411-00 Adapter, Coaxial, 50 Ohm Type-N (m) to Type-N (f)
013-0412-00 Adapter, Coaxial, 50 Ohm, Type-N(m) to Type-N(m)
013-0402-00 Adapter, Coaxial,  50 Ohm Type-N (m) to Type-N 7/16(m)
013-0404-00 Adapter, Coaxial,  50 Ohm Type-N(m) to Type-7/16 (f)
013-0403-00 Adapter, Coaxial,  50 Ohm Type-N(m) to Type DIN 9.5(m)
013-0405-00 Adapter, Coaxial,  50 Ohm Type-N(m) to Type-DIN 9.5(f)
013-0406-00 Adapter, Coaxial,  50 Ohm Type-N(m) to Type-SMA(f)
013-0407-00 Adapter, Coaxial,  50 Ohm Type-N(m) to Type-SMA(m)
013-0408-00 Adapter, Coaxial,  50 Ohm Type-N(m) to Type-TNC(f)
013-0409-00 Adapter, Coaxial,  50 Ohm Type-N(m) to Type-TNC(m)
012-1738-00 CABLE ASSY; COAX,RFD,50 OHM,40INCH,N TYPE,BOTH ENDS,MALE
013-0422-00 Pad, 50/75 Ohm, Minimum Loss, Type-N(m) 50 Ohm to Type-BNC(f) 75 Ohm
013-0413-00 Pad, 50/75 Ohm, Minimum Loss, Type-N(m) 50 Ohm to Type-BNC(m) 75 Ohm
013-0415-00 Pad, 50/75 Ohm, Minimum Loss, Type-N(m) 50 Ohm to Type-F(m) 75 Ohm
015-0787-00 Pad, 50/75 Ohm, Minimum Loss, Type-N(m) 50 Ohm to Type-F(f) 75 Ohm
015-0788-00 Pad, 50/75 Ohm, Minimum Loss, Type-N(m) 50 Ohm to Type-N(f) 75 Ohm
119-7246-xx Pre-filter, general purpose, 824 to 2500 MHz, Type-N (f) connector
119-7426-xx Pre-filter, general purpose, 2400 to 6200 MHz, Type-N (f) connector
011-0227-00 Bias-T, Type N(m) RF, Type N(f) RF+DC, BNC(f) Bias, 1W, 0.5A, 2.5 MHz-6 GHz
011-0222-00 Attenuator, Fixed, 10 dB, 2 W, DC-8 GHz, Type-N(f) to Type-N(f)
011-0223-00 Attenuator, Fixed, 10 dB, 2 W, DC-8 GHz, Type-N(m) to Type-N(f)
011-0224-00 Attenuator, Fixed, 10 dB, 2 W, DC-8 GHz, Type-N(m) to Type-N(m)
011-0228-00 Attenuator, Fixed, 3 dB, 2 W, DC-18 GHz, Type-N(m) to Type-N(f)
011-0225-00 Attenuator, Fixed, 40 dB, 100 W, DC-3 GHz, Type-N(m) to Type-N(f)
011-0226-00 Attenuator, Fixed, 40 dB, 50 W, DC-8.5 GHz, Type-N(m) to Type-N(f)
119-8733-00 Antenna, Active, GPS GLONASS
119-8734-00 Antenna, Active, GPS, Beidou
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Spectrum Analyzer
The RSA500A Series USB spectrum analyzers offer high performance portable spectrum analysis in a rugged battery-powered package.

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Datasheet
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Integrated Tektronix measurement tools for signal capture, characterization, simulation and analysis help you deliver on your promises. Learn more about our military/government solutions.

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This application note is an overview of interference hunting techniques and examples of how to successfully excute them using real-time spectrum analyzers. 

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Application Note
Can I communicate with multiple USB RSAs Simultaneously?
Yes there are two options to communicate with multiple RSA's: Two USB RSA's can be controlled through the software DataVu-PC. DataVu-PC offers recording using two RSAs so that you can operate at two independent frequencies and spans simultaneously …
Faq Id773771
What is the part number for the RSA306/306B, RSA503A/507A, RSA603A/607A demo kit?
Part number for the demo kit is RSA-DKIT The demo manual can be found here: https://www.tek.com/spectrum-analyzer/rsa306-usb-manual-2
Faq Id72176
What happens in High Capacitance mode in Model 2450 SMU?
The SMU is a closed loop control device to maintain a steady force value on your DUT. The capacitance of your cabling and DUT and the current sense resistor (internal to the SMU) form a pole. For certain combinations of current sense resistor and …
Faq Id775822
What happens in High Capacitance mode in Model 2450 SMU?
The SMU is a closed loop control device to maintain a steady force value on your DUT. The capacitance of your cabling and DUT and the current sense resistor (internal to the SMU) form a pole. For certain combinations of current sense resistor and …
Faq Id775831
What PC should I get to work with the RSA306?
Any PC that meets the performance requirements should work.  Tektronix doesn’t make a specific recommendation, but a list of models we’ve evaluated is shown below.  In one case, we’ve found an Intel core i5-based tablet (Surface 3 Pro) that does meet …
Faq Id69416
After installing SignalVu-PC I encounter the following error. SignalVu-PC Error 1722. There is a problem with this Windows Installer package.  A program run as part of the setup did not finish as expected.  Contact your support personnel or package vendor.  Action RegisterSidewinder, location: C:\Program Files\Tektronix\SignalVu-PC\, command: "C:\Program Files\Tektronix\SignalVu-PC\SignalVu-PC.exe" /register
There can be several reasons for the 1722 error.  The most common are:   1. In Dot Net 4.5 or greater installed?  If not try installing Dot Net 4.5 or higher.   2.  If you have Dot Net 4.5 or greater try repairing Dot Net Framework 4.5 on Windows …
Faq Id72236
When using SignalVu-PC how do I find my system's Host ID?  
To find the Host Id while using SignalVu-PC select Tools > Licenses > Manage. This will open the Manage Licenses window. Under the Select license host window on the left choose the system that you wish to view the Host ID. <> refers …
Faq Id474071
The Green LED on my RSAXXX is on, but I cannot connect to SignalVu-PC?  
After installation of SignalVu-PC and the Tektronix USB driver, I cannot get the instrument to be found with SignalVu-PC. Note: The first time connecting to the instrument may require up to 30 seconds for SignalVu-PC to find the instrument …
Faq Id251141
How do I tell if my RSAxxx has successfully connecting to my computer?
Watch the USB status LED when you first plug in the USB cable. See actions below: Note: When you first connect the USB cable to a PC USB 3 port (for the first time) this light may be red for up to up to maybe one minute as the USB driver is installed …
Faq Id251136
As a Windows C/C++ DLL, the RSA API can be used in many C/C++ development environments including National Instruments LabWindows/CVI.  However, due to the way LabWindows/CVI 2010 handles the loading of external .DLLs, the compiled executable will experience a fatal run-time error.  When this occurs you will receive a message like the following:FATAL RUN-TIME ERRORUnknown source position, thread id 0x0000XXXXA non-debuggable thread caused a ‘General Protection’ fault at address 0xXXXXXXXX.Please note: this issue has been confirmed to exist in LabWindows/CVI 2010 and may exist in other versions of LabWindows/CVI as well.  LabWindows/CVI 2015 has shown not to exhibit this problem.
National Instrument has confirmed this issue with other external libraries and has written up a KnowledgeBase article showing how to fix the issue.  You can read this article at the following URL.http://digital.ni.com/public …
Faq Id72206
Can I record data from two USB RSA’s at the same time?
Yes recording of streaming data is possible up to 40MHz bandwidth for either free running or triggered data, using DataVu-PC with the RSA500A, RSA600A, or RSA306B’s. Playback Information – The FFT time, sample time resolution, resolution bandwidth …
Faq Id474116
 Can I connect to two USB RSA's at the same time?
Using DataVu-PC you can indeed connect to two RSA500A, RSA600A, or RSA306B’s concurrently. Both SA’s need USB3.0 connections and adequate throughput, then you can select RSA LiveVu 1 and 2. Trial licenses for DataVu-PC functionality can be found …
Faq Id474111
What are the PC hardware requirements to run the RSA306 with SignalVu-PC or the API?
A PC with Windows 7, Windows 8/ 8.1 64-bit operating system and a USB 3.0 connection is required for operation of the RSA306. 8 GB RAM and 20 GB free drive space is required for installation of SignalVu-PC.  For full performance of the real time …
Faq Id69411
RSA306, RSA306B, and RSA500A/600A
Spectrum Analyzer Application Programming Interface (API)

This document contains the API function calls to interface with the RSA306, RSA306B, RSA500A Series, and RSA600A Series Spectrum Analyzers through Microsoft Windows.
Part Number: 077103105
Programmer
SignalVu-PC
Vector Signal Analysis Software

Provides in-depth information on how to use the SignalVu-PC Vector Signal Analysis Software. This PDF version of the Help contains the most complete descriptions of how to use the base software and all of its optional applications.
Part Number: 077072015
Online Help
Fundamentals of Real-Time Spectrum Analysis
Engineers and scientists have been looking for innovative uses for RF technology ever since the 1860s, when James Clerk Maxwell mathematically predicted the existence of electromagnetic waves capable of transporting energy across empty space …

Literature Number: 37W-17249-6
Primer
DPX Acquisition Technology for Spectrum Analyzers Fundamentals
Tektronix' patented Digital Phosphor technology or DPX® is used in our Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers (RTSAs), to reveal signal details that are completely missed by conventional spectrum analyzers and vector signal analyzers. The full-motion DPX …

Literature Number: 37W_19638_7
Primer
RSA306, RSA306B, and RSA500A/600A
Spectrum Analyzer Application Programming Interface (API)

This document contains the API function calls to interface with the RSA306, RSA306B, RSA500A Series, and RSA600A Series Spectrum Analyzers through Microsoft Windows.
Part Number: 077103104
Programmer
RSA500A and RSA600A Series
Real-Time Spectrum AnalyzersDeclassification and Security

This document provides instructions for declassifying and securing RSA500A Series and RSA600A Series Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer.


Part Number: 077120201
Declassification
SignalVu-PC
Vector Signal Analysis Software

This document provides detailed information about the programming commands that can be used to remotely control the SignalVu-PC Vector Signal Analysis Software and connected instruments.


Part Number: 077072114
Programmer
RSA500A and RSA600A Series
Real-Time Spectrum AnalyzersSpecifications and Performance Verification

This document lists product specifications and performance verification procedures for the RSA503A, RSA507A, RSA513A, RSA518A, RSA603A, and RSA607A Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers.


Part Number: 077120102
Performance Verification
RSA5600RACK
Rackmount Kit Installation

This document describes how to assemble and install the RSA5600RACK for the RSA500A Series and RSA600A Series Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers.


Part Number: 071346801
Field Install Instructions
RSA500A Series
Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers Installation and Safety

These instructions contain basic installation and operation, safety, and compliance information for the Tektronix RSA503A, RSA507A, RSA513A, and RSA518A USB Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers.


Part Number: 071345203
User
RSA Map
Mapping Software

This help provides in-depth information on how to use the RSA Map mapping software. This PDF version of the application Help contains the most complete descriptions of how to use this mapping software used by the RSA306B, RSA500 Series, RSA600 Series, RSA5100B Series, RSA6000 Series, and SPECMONB Series Real Time Spectrum Analyzers.


Part Number: 077075802
Online Help
RSA300, RSA500, RSA600 Series
Spectrum Analyzers Self-Guided Demo Training Manual

With this guide, you will explore what you can do with the RSA306, RSA306B, RSA503A, RSA507A, RSA603A,and RSA607A USB Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers. Applications range from simple frequency / amplitude measurements of RF signals to real-time and modulation analysis that provide you with a complete system view of your device under test.
Part Number: 071333002
Training/Tutorials
RTSA V3 Demo Board
Quick Reference Card Reference

This Quick Start Card provides basic information about the RTSA V3 demonstration board such as connections, available signals, and controls.
Part Number: 071332901
User
RSA503A and RSA507A
Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers Installation and Safety Installation Manual

These instructions contain basic installation and operation, safety, and compliance information for the Tektronix RSA503A and RSA507A USB Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer.
Part Number: 071345200
Primary User
RSA Application Programming Interface – API for 64-Bit Linux – V1.0.0014
The RSA API is a Linux C/C++ Shared Objects that provides direct access to RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support custom applications independent of SignalVu-PC …

Part Number: 066207701
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface – API for 64-Bit Linux – CANDIDATE V0.13.220.16
The RSA API is a Linux C/C++ Shared Objects that provides direct access to RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support custom applications independent of SignalVu-PC …

Part Number: 066207700
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface - API for 32-Bit Windows - V3.23.0022
This release adds support for the RSA513A and 518A models. The RSA API is a Windows C/C++ DLL that provides direct access to RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support …

Part Number: 066176207
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface - API for 64-Bit Windows - V3.23.0022
This release adds support for the RSA513A and 518A models. The RSA API is a Windows C/C++ DLL that provides direct access to RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support …

Part Number: 066169110
Application
SignalVu-PC Vector Signal Analysis Software - V3.23.0022
SignalVu-PC VSA software brings the analysis engine of the Tektronix Real-Time Signal Analyzer (RTSA) to your computer, enabling you to analyze live signals from RSA306, RSA500, RSA600, RSA7100A Spectrum Analyzers and MDO4000B/C Series oscilloscopes …

Part Number: 066143422
Application
DataVu-PC Recorded Signal Analysis Software - V1.2.26
DataVu-PC analysis software for recordings makes short work of searching through large datasets for signals of interest. You can measure pulses and mark signals for export to other analysis programs, reducing time spent in post-capture analysis …

Part Number: 066190103
SignalVu-PC Vector Signal Analysis Software - Release Candidate - V3.17.0013
SignalVu-PC VSA software brings the analysis engine of the Tektronix Real-Time Signal Analyzer (RTSA) to your computer, enabling you to analyze live signals from RSA306, RSA500, RSA600, RSA7100A Spectrum Analyzers and MDO4000B/C Series oscilloscopes …

Part Number: 066143420
Application
SignalVu-PC Vector Signal Analysis Software - V3.16.0014
SignalVu-PC VSA software brings the analysis engine of the Tektronix Real-Time Signal Analyzer (RTSA) to your computer, enabling you to analyze live signals from RSA306, RSA500, RSA600, RSA7100A Spectrum Analyzers and MDO4000B/C Series oscilloscopes …

Part Number: 066143419
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface - API for 64-Bit Windows - V3.13.0087
The RSA API is a Windows C/C++ DLL that provides direct access to the RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support custom applications independent of SignalVu-PC. Included …

Part Number: 066169109
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface - API for 32-bit Windows - V3.13.0087
The RSA API is a Windows C/C++ DLL that provides direct access to RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support custom applications independent of SignalVu-PC. Included is …

Part Number: 066176206
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface - API for 64-Bit Windows - V3.11.0047
The RSA API is a Windows C/C++ DLL that provides direct access to the RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support custom applications independent of SignalVu-PC. Included …

Part Number: 066169108
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface - API for 32-bit Windows - V3.11.0047
The RSA API is a Windows C/C++ DLL that provides direct access to RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support custom applications independent of SignalVu-PC. Included is …

Part Number: 066176205
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface - API for 64-Bit Windows - V3.9.0029
The RSA API is a Windows C/C++ DLL that provides direct access to the RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support custom applications independent of SignalVu-PC. Included …

Part Number: 066169107
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface - API for 32-bit Windows - V3.9.0029
The RSA API is a Windows C/C++ DLL that provides direct access to RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support custom applications independent of SignalVu-PC. Included is …

Part Number: 066176204
Application
Cable and Antenna Measurements Using Tektronix USB Spectrum Analyzers
This application note looks at the basics of line sweeping measurements on cable and antenna systems, including a look at why they are important and how to perform them.

Literature Number: 37W_60958_0
Application Note
Programmatic Control on Tektronix USB Real Time Spectrum Analyzers
Using the latest in commercial interfaces and available computing power, the Tektronix RSA 300/500/600 USB real time spectrum analyzers separate signal acquisition from measurement, dramatically lowering the cost of instrument hardware. The series is …

Literature Number: 37W-61459-0
Application Note
Power Supply Converter Design Procedures
This poster offers insight into power supply converter design procedures, test stages, challenges, and solutions.

Literature Number: 48W-61607-0
Poster
Low Cost RF Sensors
With the explosion in growth of wireless enabled devices (ie. LoRA,NBIoT), many nontraditional organizations are looking for tools to monitor the health and security of their wireless networks. While there are many low-cost Software Defined Receivers …

Literature Number: 37W-61404-0
Application Note
Low-cost EMI Pre-compliance Testing Using a Spectrum Analyzer
Few engineers have unrestricted access to a calibrated EMI receiver and EMC test facility. Yet, performing cost-effective, basic EMI tests can save both time and money by identifying significant issues before you send your design to an EMI compliance …

Literature Number: 37A-60141-2
Application Note
Emission Control, Radiation Hazards, and the Value of Intelligent RF Sensing for These Applications
New technology advancements with increased RF emitting technology capabilities requires a higher level of RF situational awareness. For added security of personnel and to increase the odds of operational success, incorporating a real-time spectrum …

Literature Number: 37W-61447-1
Primer
Interference Hunting Application Note
Spectrum managers and anyone charged with tracking down souces of interference are dealing with noise due to the "interference of things." This means that traditional interference hunting tools - primarily the swept tune spectrum analyzer - are no …

Literature Number: 37W_60877_0
Application Note
Detecting Drones Using a Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer
Flying drones can be fun. For RC and photography enthusiasts, a drone is a source of entertainment, and with a camera attached, provides breathtaking birds-eye views. For commercial and first responder purposes, a drone can be a valuable asset for …

Literature Number: 37W-61576-0
Application Note
How mobile Network Operators use Tektronix Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer
Field service organizations for mobile communication of network operators are using Tektronix USB-based real-time spectrum analyzer for daily work, hundreds of technicians in different service regions are responsible to keep the health of the mobile …
How-to Guide
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems and Remote/Passive Keyless Entry
Today, more sophisticated and sensitive RF electronic components and devices are being included in automobiles. These advances have resulted in much safer, efficient, and connected vehicles. They have also created new challenges for RF testing and …

Literature Number: 37W-61460-0
Application Note
RSA500A Series vs. R&S FSH Series Competitive Fact Sheet
See how RSA500 compares to the Rohde und Schwarz FSH.

Literature Number: 37W-60456-1
Competitive
RSA500A Series vs. Anritsu Spectrum Master Series Competitive Fact Sheet
See how RSA500 measures agains the Anritsu Spectrum Master.

Literature Number: 37W-60455-1
Competitive
RSA500A Series vs. Keysight FieldFox Series Competitive Fact Sheet
See how RSA500 stacks up agains the Keysight FieldFox.

Literature Number: 37W-60457-1
Competitive
Spurious Emission Measurement on 5G NR Base Station Transmitters and Receivers
Conducting spurious emission tests are an important measurement for cellular base station transmitters and receivers on most wireless transmission technologies. The 5G New Radio (NR) refreshed 3GPP specifications based on LTE (long term evolution) …

Literature Number: 37W-61489-0
Application Note
Real-Time Spectrum Analysis for EMI Diagnostics
This application note briefly examines the different stages of design and test with respect to test equipment and measurement techniques. It also reviews the currently-specified detection and filtering methods, and provides a quick reference to the …

Literature Number: 37W-22084-2
Application Note
Speeding Through Wireless Standards
This Tutorial is designed to help you decide what to include in your test plan so that you ensure the product will pass regulatory certification and standard qualification. This guide will explain why pre-compliance testing for the wireless standard …

Literature Number: 37W-60229-1
How-to Guide
Low Cost, High Speed Spectrum Analyzers For RF Manufacturing

Literature Number: 37W-61403-0
Application Note