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PSA Series 2 and Series 5 spectrum analyzers: Comparison of Features
Features common to Series 2 and Series 5
- True handheld size, weight only 0.56 kg (20 oz)
- 4.3" (11cm) colour TFT touchscreen display
- Rugged construction with built-in screen protector
- Intuitive menu system for rapid set-up
- Operation via touch screen or hard keys
- Li-on battery pack for long operation per charge
- Measurement in dBm or dBµV, mV or µW
- Zero span mode with AM and FM demodulation
- Trace modes of normal, peak hold and trace average
- Live, View and Reference traces in contrasting colours
- Twin markers with readout of absolute & difference values
- Smart marker movement with selectable peak tracking
- Frequency presets and independent state storage
- Auto-set of sweep parameters for highest signal found
- Unlimited storage for waveforms, set-ups and screens
- User assignable file names, file stamping from real-time clock
- USB interfaces for flash drives and PC connection
- Comprehensive status and context sensitive help screens
|FEATURE COMPARISON TABLE|
|SERIES 2||SERIES 5|
|Maximum Reference Level||0dBm||+20dBm|
|Minimum Reference Level||-20dBm||-40dBm|
|Noise Floor / DANL||-96dBm (Ref = -20dBm,15kHz RBW);
|-120dBm (Ref = -40dBm, 10kHz RBW);
|Resolution Bandwidth (RBW)||15kHz, 280kHz, 1MHz or Auto||300Hz to 10MHz (1:3:10 sequence) or Auto|
|Video Bandwidth (VBW)||On/Off (Tracking)||300Hz to 10MHz or Tracking|
|Detector Modes||Peak (+ve)||Peak (+ve, -ve, alternate), Sample, RMS, Avg.|
|Sweep Time Control||Automatically set by Span and RBW||Automatic with manual override|
|Demodulation||Audio only, AM or FM||Audio and Waveform*, AM or FM|
|Frequency Counter||No||Yes (resolution down to 10Hz)|
|Automatic Measurements||No||CP, ACPR, OBW *|
|Scan Mode||No||Capture of up to 210,000 points *|
|RF Input Connector||SMA||N type|
|Battery Life per charge||> 8 hours||> 3 hours|
|Additional Feature Options||Additional features
with Option U01
Additional features with Option U02
Differing architecturesThe Series 2 and Series 5 share the same compact lightweight ruggedized casing, along with the same 4.3” colour TFT display and touch-screen user interface. Under the skin, however, they use significantly different architectures resulting in differing feature sets and power consumption:
PSA Series 2The Series 2 is fully analogue, up to and including the detector, using a conventional superheterodyne architecture.
This approach yields particularly low power consumption along with operation down to 1MHz. The main disadvantage is limited bandwidth filtering choices.
1.3GHz and 2.7GHz models are available both offering more than 8 hours of operation from a charge, and at remarkably low prices.
► Go to Series 2 Information Tour
PSA Series 5The Series 5 is all-digital from the second IF onwards. This enables it to offer a full range of RBW/VBW settings, multiple detector modes and advanced features such as waveform demodulation and automatic measurements.
Power consumption is higher than the Series 2 (although still much lower than competitive products) and minimum operating frequency is 10MHz.
3.6GHz and 6.0GHz models are available both offering more than 3 hours of operation from a charge, at prices significantly lower than those for comparable portable spectrum analyzers.
► Go to Series 5 Information Tour