Operating Tips

Spectrum Analyzers

SSA5000A IQA&IFO Operation Manual

January 16, 2024

1. IQ Acquisition IQ acquisition is similar to zero-span measurement in Swept SA, where the input signal is displayed as I/Q data results. It is commonly used for measuring digital modulated signals and supports exporting IQ data to txt files for users to perform data demodulation and analysis. The IQA window presents the I and … Continued

RoHS compliance

December 28, 2022

Many SIGLENT products are RoHS compliant to EU 2015/863. This is also known as RoHS 3 Check the datasheet for the product in question to find more information.

SIGLENT Serial Number Format

September 1, 2022

Starting in 2017, SIGLENT has been using this format for serial numbers for instrumentation:

Minimum pulse repetition rate frequency for EMI enabled analyzers

June 9, 2022

The EMI toolkit available for many SIGLENT spectrum analyzers, such as the SSA3X, 3X Plus, SVA, and X-R series, feature a Quasi-peak detector that was designed to CISPR-16 specifications, which include pulse repetition rates. The EMI toolkit has been tested with pulse repetition rate minimum of 20 Hz, but has not been tested below this. … Continued

How to protect sensitive RF instrumentation

May 5, 2022

Spectrum and vector network analyzers like the SIGLENT SSA, SVA, and SNA series products feature very sensitive circuitry that can be easily damaged by electrostatic discharge or ESD. In many cases, ESD events aren’t obvious. It isn’t always a visible/noticeable event like the “wool sock shock” you may have tried as a child. ESD events … Continued

Common Fuse Information

February 24, 2022

Fuses are a common circuit element and are key to protecting from overvoltage and overcurrent situations that can damage important circuits. Fuse markings are typically stamped symbols located on the metal cap of the fuse. Here is a helpful guide to common fuse markings used with instrumentation, taking a common fuse type as an example: … Continued

What is the Distance-to-Fault (DTF) function measuring?

September 16, 2021

The Distance-to-Fault function (DTF) is an optional feature for the SIGLENT SVA1000X series of spectrum/vector network analyzers and is included free with the SSA3000X-R series of real-time spectrum analyzers. It is useful for determining the physical location of breaks, dielectric degradation, and other issues in cabling, connectors, and adapters. This technique utilizes a swept signal … Continued

What is the difference between SMA and 3.5 mm RF connectors?

September 14, 2021

SMA and 3.5 mm RF connectors are very similar and should be mechanically compatible, but do have some electrical differences that may be important for your application. For best performance, use SMAs with SMAs and 3.5 mm connectors with 3.5 mm connectors. If you question the connection integrity, you can use connector gages to verify … Continued