Three most common and useful piece of test equipment used by radio frequency engineers are spectrum analyzer, signal generator, and vector network analyzer. The new R&S FPC spectrum analyzer FPC1500 from Rohde & Schwarz is truly unique as it combines these three pieces of equipment in one budget-friendly instrument. Aside from that, it occupies only one bench space and requires a single investment and a single calibration to obtain the specified measurement performance, according to the firm.
Investment protection, high resolution, and easy control – these traits make the R&S FPC spectrum analyzer a perfect tool for university laboratories, research institutions as well as production or service locations.
The base model of the R&S FPC1500 has a frequency range of 5 kHz to 1 GHz. Keycode options unlock higher frequency ranges up to 3 GHz or enable other measurement application features when required. Upgrades are activated immediately when the keycodes are entered, and there is no need for upgrade calibration.
For applications requiring a high sensitivity to characterize extremely weak signals, the R&S FPC1500 offers a low noise floor level of –150 dBm (typ.), which can be further extended to –165 dBm (typ.) through an optional, keycode-activated preamplifier.
Its high maximum input power allows users to measure RF signals up to +30 dBm (1 W).
This combination of high sensitivity and high input power level gives the R&S FPC1500 an exceptionally wide measurement dynamic range.
In addition, the R&S FPC1500 offers the best measurement and display resolution in its class: 1 Hz RBW and 10.1” (1366×768 pixels). It displays signals in razor-sharp detail.
An internal VSWR bridge allows the R&S FPC1500 to perform reflection measurements. This allows users to measure impedance on antennas or RF circuits with the Smith chart display or use distance-to-fault measurements to detect faulty locations on a long RF cable. There is no need to mount and dismount an external VSWR bridge when switching between the spectrum analyzer and network analyzer modes.
The FPC1500 is a signal generator due to the unique independent source principle. Not only does it provide standard tracking generator functionality, it can also be used in free or coupled CW modes.
The R&S FPC1500 spectrum analyzer is now available
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