Entry class spectrum analyzer boosts capabilities up to 3 GHz

March 15, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
The entry-level FPC1000 spectrum analyzer from Rohde & Schwarz delivers unexpected performance at a budget-friendly price. It features a flexible keycode upgrade concept, solid RF performance, the largest and highest-resolution display in this class as well as integrated Wi-Fi for wireless remote control via mobile apps.

Engineered in Germany and designed to the same quality standards as high-end instruments from the company, it provides solid RF performance and a future-ready, software-upgradeable feature set. The FPC1000 has the largest high-resolution display in its class plus remote control options via smart wireless mobile apps or PC software. These characteristics make it excel in basic research, production, service and educational applications that require spectrum analysis.

The base model of the FPC1000 covers a frequency range from 5 kHz to 1 GHz, which can be expanded to 2 GHz or 3 GHz via software upgrades – a new feature in this instrument class. Upgrades can be purchased as needed and are available as soon as the keycode is entered. Recalibration is not required.

A critical characteristic when measuring extremely weak signals is high sensitivity. The FPC1000 provides a low noise floor level of -150 dBm (typical), which can be further extended to -165 dBm (typical) with an optional, keycode-activated preamplifier. Its high maximum input power allows users to measure RF signals up to +30 dBm (1 W), 10 times more power than offered by other entry class spectrum analyzers. The combination of low noise floor and high maximum input power results in an exceptionally wide measurement dynamic range.

The FPC1000 offers the best measurement resolution in its class with 1 Hz RBW and a 10.1-inch (26 cm) display that is 26 percent larger with a 2.6 times higher display resolution. This high measurement and display resolution allows signals to be measured in razor-sharp detail.

Virtual control enables easy remote control and measurement. The FPC1000 supports optional Wi-Fi connectivity in addition to wired Ethernet. With InstrumentView for Microsoft Windows and the iOS/Android App based MobileView platforms, measurements can be performed anywhere, anytime.