Wireless and RF

With the rapid evolution of wireless technologies and the complexity of new designs, you need a partner who understands the intricacies of RF testing. Tektronix delivers the expertise, as well as the signal generation and analysis capabilities required to overcome the most challenging RF, wireless and microwave design challenges with total confidence. We are enabling engineers to do more every day – simply and easily.

Select an application to learn more about your specific interests, explore technical documents and discover solutions to solve your RF challenges.

Internet of Things – IoT

You’re building the Internet of Things. Together, we can build it better.

Are you creating devices that needs to talk with other machines? Do you need to ensure that they are meeting the countless standards and protocols of the Internet of Things?

Tektronix’s test and measurement experts and instruments can help you do just that!

We will guide and help you all the way from the blossoming of an idea as you navigate wireless standards and face the headache of module selection, to making sure your product meets the latest standards and pass compliance certification the first time.

Together we’ll ensure your device’s signal can be seen amongst a thousand others.
You have ideas, we have tools and together we can create better Things!

See below to download technical documents and discover how our cutting edge solutions can help you.

Power Consumption Profiling and Battery Life Analysis Techniques for Portable, Low-Power Devices


Measuring Ultra-Low Power in Wireless Sensor Node Applications Using the DMM7510 7-1/2-Digit Graphical Sampling Multimeter

The future of the Internet or the Internet of Things (IoT) is an interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded devices often referred as IoT smart devices and sensors. A large number of sensor nodes each capable of sensing and wireless communication installed in an area of interest makes a wireless sensor network. Billions of smart sensors push data to the IoT through diverse applications, including home security systems; lighting and HVAC control; utility monitoring; industrial control and automation; bridge, railway, traffic light monitoring; and various other infrastructure and environmental uses. Despite the wide difference in applications, these sensor nodes share architecture similar to wireless IoT smart devices, such as those used in the medical, health, and fitness domains.

One of the most common challenges in all sensor node design is power management. Wireless sensor nodes are often placed in hard-to-reach locations where sourcing from mains power is either inconvenient or impossible. Designers need to closely examine the power consumption associated with different operational states of the microcontroller (MCU) and the transceiver of the wireless sensor node. In a typical sensor node application, a node might sit idle for long periods of time between peak periods of activity for sensor data acquisition and wireless transmission. In other words, the power profile consists of active peaks, that are represented by tens of milliamps at maximum transmit or receive power, and long idle periods, that are characterized by quiescent current as low as tens of nanoamps.

Power = I × V

Energy = I × V × Time

Until recently, no single instrument offered the combination of low current measurement range, resolution, and speed capability necessary for these applications. The Keithley Model DMM7510 7½-Digit Graphical Sampling Multimeter will fulfill this need. The Model DMM7510 has an 18-bit sampling A-to-D converter dedicated for digitizing current and voltage at 1Megasample per second. The digitizing functions cover the same measurement ranges as the DMM’s traditional DC voltage and current functions. In other words, the instrument offers exceptional current measurement capability from 100pA to 10A with a 100kHz analog bandwidth that is suitable for both deep sleep as well as active current measurements. Although voltage is typically regulated in these applications, the Model DMM7510 is also capable of digitizing voltage from 1µV to 1000V and has a higher analog bandwidth of 600kHz. Combining the advanced waveform triggering mechanism, such as edge triggering, pulse triggering, and window triggering, you can easily capture, view, and interact with these dynamic signals on the Model DMM7510’s multi-touch display.

This application note provides an overview on how to characterize the ultra-low power consumption of a typical wireless sensor node application on the front panel of the Keithley Model DMM7510.

Measuring Ultra-Low Power in Wireless Sensor Node Applications Using the DMM7510 7-1/2-Digit Graphical Sampling Multimeter

Bluetooth Testing and Analysis

Accelerate and Simplify Test and Analysis of Bluetooth Devices

Whether you are validating a new chipset, designing a new wireless module or integrating Bluetooth into your latest design, Tektronix provides RF physical layer (PHY) testing solutions to help you get the job done right and get your design to market faster.

Our educational videos, technical papers  and products will help you understand how to validate, debug and pass Bluetooth performance or compliance tests the first time.

Internet of Things: How to Select a Bluetooth Module

The Bluetooth module is a functional component and can only function completely when embedded into a proper system. When you select a Bluetooth module for your product, there are a variety of factors to consider. In this application note learn the best way to select a Bluetooth module to address your needs.

Internet of Things: How to Select a Bluetooth Module

WLAN Testing and Analysis (IEEE 802.11) Testing and Analysis

Accelerate and Simplify Test and Analysis of 802.11 Wireless LAN Devices

Whether you are testing a new chipset, designing a new wireless module, or integrating a WLAN module into your latest design, Tektronix provides Wi-Fi physical layer (PHY) testing solutions to help you get the job done and get your design to market faster.

Check out the information below to learn more about best practices for WLAN testing, pre-compliance steps for success and how Tektronix solutions can help you pass your performance and compliance tests the first time.

802.11 Wi-Fi Testing Made Easy

Download your poster today and enjoy the convenience of seeing all Wi-Fi standards at a glance.

This poster will help you to understand and quickly reference new emerging Wi-Fi standards.

802.11 Wi-Fi Testing Made Easy

Spectrum Pre-compliance for Wireless LAN Regulatory Testing

The most common way to add wireless capability is to use a prepackaged WLAN module. While this approach greatly simplifies the process, it still has many challenges. This application note outlines the typical design cycle and potential pitfalls you may encounter.

Spectrum Pre-compliance for Wireless LAN Regulatory Testing

RF Record and Playback

Today’s Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers offer capabilities to capture and record RF data vs. time for playback and analysis. This is extremely helpful if you’re trying to find the proverbial “signal needle” in the haystack. This page discusses the solutions available to you, to help you find your signal of interest faster.

Current State for RF Record and Playback Solutions

RF recording and playback system have traditionally involved complicated system of hardware software that was both expensive and cumbersome. As technology has evolved it is now possible to put those large systems into a smaller, easier to use and less expensive package. Rather than being limited by a simple screen shot, engineers now have the ability to accurately record RF signals for long periods of time, and analyze this information in an efficient and timely manner.

Complex analysis of ECM or RADAR systems, capturing RF interference are just some of the applications that are addressed with this simple combination of hardware and software.

Tek’s Worldwide Spectrum Allocations Poster, showing the dense packing of RF and microwave allocations. A copy of this poster is available to download here.
RF record/playback system
A typical recording and playback system includes both hardware and software.

What are the components of a RF Record and Playback System?

RF record/playback systems fundamentally are composed of three different parts: receiver, storage and analysis/playback.

Receiver: modern real-time spectrum analyzer take advantage of the integrated IQ process to digitize all of the signals with the real-time span.

Storage: PC’s and laptops can be easily configured to stream recorded IQ directly to disk. You’re then able to define your own capacity based on your application.

Analysis/Playback: ideally, this is the same platform you used to collect your data so you can avoid spending large amounts of time transferring files. For instance, Tektronix enables engineers to directly analyze the recorded RF through DataVu-PC software, run on your own storage device.

Tektronix RF Record and Playback Solutions

Recording in the field and analyzing in the lab has never been easier. Depending on your application, Tektronix offers numerous Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers to help you capture large amounts of data for storage, analysis and playback. Options like the small form and tactical RSA306B, RSA500 or RSA600 units, offer low cost, high performance, field or lab use.

The robust capabilities of the benchtop RSA5100 and RSA7100 analyzers, support streaming at bandwidths up to 800 MHz. Coupled with DataVu-PC and SignalVu-PC, Tektronix offers a simple and straight-forward RF Record and Playback solution.

RF Record and Playback Solution To Analyze and Visualize
DPX density trigger activated by the “Trigger on This” allows the RSA to trigger on signals underneath other signals when separated by time or distinguished by their density of occurrence.
SignalVu-PC vs DataVu-PC
The top screen capture is a playback of a 10 GHz pulse on DataVu-PC. The second screen capture below it, is the playback of the 92.3 MHz FM channel with SignalVu-PC.

Software Analysis for your Complete RF Record and Playback solution—SignalVu-PC vs. DataVu-PC

Tektronix offers complimentary analysis software, SignalVu-PC and DataVu-PC, to support recording and playback solutions.

DataVu-PC has been specifically designed to search through long recordings to automatically identify signals of interest based on user input. It has full real-time playback of captured signals, automatic identification of pulse signal types, supports exporting IQ to industry standard formats, and supports two-channel IQ recording as well.

SignalVu-PC is designed to support playback and demodulation of captured signals. It is a full vector-signal-analysis powerhouse that’s also offers fully automatic RADAR analysis.

RF Education and Teaching

Give students the gift of RF knowledge by letting each of them experiment with signal analysis

You can now outfit your entire lab and add new, advanced RF topics for less than half the price of a conventional analyzer and change the RF horizon for your students: The tool you have been waiting for to easily teach beyond the basics. Add Vector analysis, frequency and phase trends, Wi-Fi demodulation and more.

Our smallest USB Spectrum Analyzer is full featured ( real-time 6.2 GHz) yet smaller than a paperback book! It is perfect for in-class or field demonstrations, lecture hall teaching as well as lab work.
It is customizable to allow you to build custom setups on your own PC without losing your settings, or use our API to import data directly to programs like MATLAB®.

Includes Tektronix 3 year warranty with worldwide support. See below to download technical documents and discover how our cutting edge spectrum analyzer can help you.

Introduction to Vector Network Analyzers Basics

VNA Basics

This paper discusses why VNAs are used and how they are unique compared to other RF test equipment. We’ll define S-Parameters, the fundamental VNA measurement, and how best to use them when evaluating your Device-Under-Test or DUT. We’ll review various VNA calibration techniques and show how VNA user calibrations help achieve the best accuracy possible. Finally, we’ll review typical VNA measurements such as swept frequency measurements, time domain measurements, and swept power measurements and how they’re used and why they are important.

Introduction to Vector Network Analyzers Basics

Improve Your Wireless and RF Classes with Live Signals

RSA306 Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer and SignalVu-PC

Today’s graduating electrical engineers need marketable skills which are typically not developed in undergraduate curricula. More and more educators see the value of utilizing more hands-on activities to improve a student’s understanding of communication concepts with live signals.

The RSA306 Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer and SignalVu-PC provide an affordable alternative to provide your students with theory and experience with live signals.

Improve Your Wireless and RF Classes with Live Signals

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