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Rigol’s RSA5000 6.5GHz real-time RF spectrum analyzer harnesses a pair of Zynq Z-7015 SoCs to execute 146,484 FFTs/sec and achieve a minimum 100% POI of 7.45μsec

by Xilinx Employee ‎02-01-2018 03:28 PM - edited ‎02-02-2018 04:53 PM (12,826 Views)



Rigol’s new RSA5000 real-time spectrum analyzer allows you to capture, identify, isolate, and analyze complex RF signals with a 40MHz real-time bandwidth over either a 3.2GHz or 6.5GHz signal span. It’s designed for engineers working on RF designs in the IoT and IIot markets as well as industrial, scientific, and medical equipment. Rigol was demonstrating the RSA5000 real-time spectrum analyzer at this week’s DesignCon being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center. I listened to a presentation from Rigol’s North American General Manager Mike Rizzo and then a demo by Rigol’s Director of Product Marketing & Software Applications Chris Armstrong, both captured in the 2.5-minute video below.




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Rigol RSA5000 Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer



Based on what I saw in the demo, this is an extremely responsive instrument—far more responsive than a swept spectrum analyzer—with several visualization display modes to help you isolate the significant signal in a sea of signals and noise, in real time. It’s capable of continuously executing 146,484 FFTs/sec, which results in a minimum 100% POI (probability of intercept) of 7.45μsec. You need some real DSP horsepower to achieve that sort of performance and the Rigol RSA5000 real-time spectrum analyzer gets this performance from a pair of Xilinx Zynq Z-7015 SoCs. (You'll find many more details about real-time spectrum analysis and the RSA5000 Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer in the Rigol app note "Realtime Spectrum Analyzer vs Spectrum Analyzer," attached at the end of this post. See below.)





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Rigol RSA5000 Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer Display Modes




Here’s the short presentation and demo of the Rigol RSA5000 real-time spectrum analyzer from DesignCon 2018:






Mike Rizzo told me that the Rigol design engineers selected the Zynq Z-7015 SoCs for three main reasons:



  • Powerful processing 
  • High-bandwidth access between the Zynq SoC’s PS (processing system) and PL (programmable logic)
  • Excellent development tools including Xilinx’s Vivado HLS




If you’re looking for a very capable spectrum analyzer, give the Rigol RSA5000 a look. If you’re designing your own real-time system and need high-speed computation coupled with fast user response, take a look at the line of Xilinx Zynq SoCs and Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCs.





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  • Be sure to join the Xilinx LinkedIn group to get an update for every new Xcell Daily post! ******************** Steve Leibson is the Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Planning at Xilinx. He started as a system design engineer at HP in the early days of desktop computing, then switched to EDA at Cadnetix, and subsequently became a technical editor for EDN Magazine. He's served as Editor in Chief of EDN Magazine, Embedded Developers Journal, and Microprocessor Report. He has extensive experience in computing, microprocessors, microcontrollers, embedded systems design, design IP, EDA, and programmable logic.