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Vector Signal Analysis Software

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Product Features:

  • PC-based multi-domain vector signal analysis for waveforms acquired by Tektronix real-time signal analyzers and oscilloscopes
  • Analyze without acquisition hardware present
  • Analyze wideband designs
  • Free up instruments for further use while analysis occurs offline
  • Enable analysis at multiple sites without purchasing additional hardware
  • Windows 7 (64 bit), and Windows 8 (64 bit) versions available


  • Wideband radar and pulsed RF signals
  • Frequency agile communications
  • Broadband satellite and microwave backhaul links
  • Wireless LAN, Bluetooth, Commercial Wireless
  • Land Mobile Radio (LMR), APCO P25
  • Education

Capture with a Variety of Tools

Capture once - make multiple measurements without recapturing. Using oscilloscopes, up to four channels can be captured simultaneously; each of which can be independently analyzed by SignalVu-PC software. Channels can be RF, I and Q, or differential inputs. You can also apply math functions to the acquisition before analysis by SignalVu-PC. Acquisition lengths vary depending upon the selected capture bandwidth: full-bandwidth acquisitions can range from 1 ms to 25 ms depending upon model and option selections. Real-time signal analyzer captures range from up to 7.15 seconds at maximum acquisition bandwidth to several hours at reduced bandwidths.

Once captured into memory, SignalVu provides detailed analysis in multiple domains. The spectrogram display (left panel) shows the frequency of an 800 MHz wide LFM pulse changing over time. By selecting the point in time in the spectrogram during the On time of the pulse, the chirp behavior can be seen as it sweeps from low to high (lower right panel).

Live Link with the MDO4000B

With the Live Link option (Option CON), SignalVu-PC extends the functionality of the Mixed Domain Oscilloscope MDO4000B and turns it into the industry's only 1 GHz Vector Signal Analyzer. SignalVu-PC controls the MDO4000B RF section, acquires the vector-calibrated I/Q data, and makes wide-band, time-correlated, multi-domain measurements. You can analyze, correlate and troubleshoot issues in time, frequency, phase, amplitude, and even modulation without having to sweep since you can acquire up to 1 GHz of bandwidth in one shot. You can leverage the MDO4000B triggering capability and extend your debugging work into system-level troubleshooting of your embedded RF devices.


SignalVu-PC vector signal analysis software uses the same analysis capabilities found in the RSA5000 and RSA6000 Series real-time signal analyzers.

Time-correlated measurements can be made of frequency, phase, amplitude, and modulation versus time. This is ideal for signal analysis that includes frequency hopping, pulse characteristics, modulation switching, settling time, bandwidth changes, and intermittent signals.

Acquisitions from the RSA306 Spectrum Analyzer and all Tektronix MDO/MSO/DPO Series oscilloscopes, including the spectrum analyzer in the Mixed Domain Oscilloscope can be analyzed with SignalVu-PC, adding deep analysis capabilities to these broadband acquisition systems. Signals acquired with RSAs and Specmon can also be analyzed with all of the post-acquisition analysis capabilities of those instruments.

Time-correlated, multi-domain view provides a new level of insight into design or operational problems not possible with conventional analysis solutions. Here, the hop patterns of a narrowband signal can be observed using Spectrogram (lower left) and its hop characteristics can be precisely measured with Frequency vs Time display (upper left). The time and frequency responses can be observed in the two views on the right as the signal hops from one frequency to the next. All of the analysis shown above is available in the free base version of SignalVu-PC.

Options Tailored for Your Wideband Applications

The basic SignalVu-PC enables spectrum analysis, RF power and statistics, spectrograms, amplitude, frequency and phase vs. time, and analog modulation measurements. Options are available for 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. Here, General Purpose Digital Modulation Analysis (Option SVM) is demodulating a 16QAM backhaul link running at 312.5 MS/s.

Settling time measurements (Option 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. In the illustration, frequency settling time for a hopped oscillator is measured from an external trigger point from the device under test.

WLAN Transmitter Testing

With the WLAN measurement options, you can perform standards-based transmitter measurements in the time, frequency, and modulation domains

  • Option SV23 supports IEEE 802.11a, b, g, j and p signals
  • Option SV24 supports 802.11n 20 MHz and 40 MHz SISO signals
  • Option SV25 802.11ac 20/40/80/160 MHz SISO signals
  • Option SV2C is a bundle of the live link option CON to MDO4000B and all the WLAN measurement options described above (SV23, SV24 and SV25)

The WLAN presets make the Error Vector Magnitude (EVM), Constellation, and Spectral Emission Mask (SEM) measurements push-button. In addition, you can download the WLAN pre-compliance wizard to easily and quickly prepare for compliance regulatory tests. The Wizard automatically measures Transmit Power, Occupied Bandwidth, Spectral Power Density, Spectral Emission Mask and Spurious Emission Mask.

The WLAN RF transmitter measurements are defined by the IEEE 802.11- 2012 revision of the standard.

Bluetooth Transmitter Testing

With Option SV27, you can perform Bluetooth SIG standard-based transmitter RF measurements in the time, frequency, and modulation domains. This option 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. Option SV27 also automatically detects Enhanced Data Rate packets, demodulates them and provides symbol information.

Pass/Fail results are provided with customizable limits and the Bluetooth presets make the different test set-ups push-button.

Below is a summary of the measurements that are automated with option SV27 (unless noted):

Bluetooth Low Energy Transmitter Measurements

  • Output power at NOC TRM-LE/CA/01/C and at EOC TRM-LE/CA/ 02/C
  • In-band emission at NOC TRM-LE/CA/03/C and at EOC TRM-LE/CA/04/C
  • Modulation characteristics TRM-LE/CA/05/C
  • Carrier frequency offset and drift at NOC TRM-LE/CA/06/C and at EOC TRM-LE/CA/07/C

Basic Rate Transmitter Measurements

  • Output power TRM/CA/01/C
  • Power Density TRM/CA/02/C (no preset)
  • Power Control TRM/CA/03/C (no preset)
  • Tx output Spectrum – Frequency Range TRM/CA/04/C (no preset)
  • Tx output spectrum - 20dB Bandwidth TRM/CA/05/C
  • Tx output spectrum - Adjacent Channel Power TRM/CA/06/C
  • Modulation characteristics TRM/CA/07/C
  • Modulation characteristics TRM/CA/07/C
  • Carrier frequency-drift TRM/CA/09/C
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