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Bench-top performance handheld convenience.
The PSA Series 5 is the latest and highest performance true handheld RF spectrum analyzer from Aim-TTi.
It complements the existing PSA Series 2 by offering a significantly expanded feature set similar to that found
on analyzers costing several times as much, combined with a frequency capability up to 6 GHz.
The PSA Series 5 is sufficiently small and lightweight to fit comfortably into the hand - unlike most other so-called handheld spectrum analyzers. A removable screen protector and sun-shield combines with rubberised buffers top
and bottom to enhance its use in the field.
High resolution colour display
The 4.3” TFT display provides a wealth of detailed information. Colour is used to clearly distinguish between multiple traces, markers and limit lines. The touch-screen uses a three row hierarchical menu system to provide fast and intuitive control of the many functions.
Battery operation of more than three hours
The PSA Series 5 operates from a Li-ion rechargeable battery that can provide more than three hours of continuous operation. If switched off to conserve power, it returns to normal operation within a few seconds of switch-on with all data retained. It can also be set to switch off automatically after a set time from the last action. For continuous bench top operation it can be powered from its AC adaptor which also recharges the batteries in less than 3 hours.
Unlimited data storage
With nearly 2GB of internal memory, the PSA Series 5 can store thousands of waveforms, instrument set-ups, or complete screen images. With option U02 installed, it can also log tens of thousands of results and make use of compensation tables and limit patterns. All files can be saved with either default file names or with user defined
names using the alpha-numeric keypad. USB Flash drives can be used to copy and backup data, or transfer it
to a PC for analysis.
Alternatively a USB device interface is included for direct connection to a PC for file transfer.
The casing of the PSA Series 5 includes rubberised buffers top and bottom to help resist knocks and scratches.
The tilt stand can be moved to the top of the instrument to act as a screen protector when in transit. In this mode it can also act as a sun-shield when in the field.
Comfortable to hold
With a width of only 92mm (3.6”) and a weight of only 560 grams (20 oz) the PSA fits comfortably into the hand.
Touch-screen or hard-key control
The instrument is normally operated using its touch screen. The three-row hierarchical menu system provides rapid intuitive access to all functions. Additional hard keys are provided for marker movement and for shortcuts to major functions. Alternatively, all of the functions can be operated with just the hard keys by using the five way navigator
in a tab-enter-jog mode.
On pressing the power button, the instrument comes to life almost instantly, with the first sweep available within just a few seconds.
Transfer files to PC
A USB host connector enables USB Flash drives to be connected for additional storage or for cable-less file transfers. A USB device connector is also provided which enables direct connection to a PC for bi-directional file transfer.
See more detail
The large TFT display of the PSA Series 5 shows a wealth of information. It makes use of colour to clearly distinguish the traces (live, view and reference) from the markers, limit lines and graticule. Detailed set-up information is shown above the graticule with marker readout and further status below.
The PSA Series 5 incorporates extensive on-screen help information. This can be automatically selected to relate to the current menu hierarchy.
Full status display
Instant access is provided to a multi-page status screen that shows the complete status of the instrument including detailed system information.
In addition to the RF input, the analyzer includes connectors for DC power, USB host, USB device, trigger in/out, and audio out.
Audio de-modulation can be accessed via the built-in speaker or external phones.
A genuinely hand-held instrument
Some manufacturers have stretched the term handheld to cover any battery powered instrument with a ‘flat’ format.
Some of these are more than twice the width of an average hand, and weigh as much as a brick. Not so the PSA Series 5. The small size fits perfectly into the hand and the low weight of only 560 grms (20 oz) allows it to be carried anywhere.
Unlike some other spectrum analyzers which can take up to a minute to initialise, the PSA Series 5 starts instantly, with the first sweep available within a few seconds of switching on.
Typical ‘hand-held’ spectrum analyzer 26 cm x 17 cm, weight >2kg
PSA Series 5 : 19 cm x 9.2 cm, weight < 0.6kg
Around one third of the size and one quarter of the weight !
Screen Protector and Sun Shield
When on the move and operating out of doors, the tilt stand can be unclipped from the back of the instrument and attached at the front. This protects the screen during transport, and can act as a sun shield when viewing conditions are difficult. When no longer required it can be re-attached to the rear where it stows out of the way until needed.
Equally at Home on the Bench
The PSA Series 5 will find plenty of applications on the bench as well as in the field. It’s low cost enables every engineer to have access to a spectrum analyzer whenever they need one. For continuous bench-top operation, the supplied AC line adaptor powers the instrument as well as charging it. The rigid tilt stand angles the instrument at about 40 degrees to the horizontal.
Intuitive menu system
Ease of use was a major consideration in the design of the PSA Series 5. The menu system provides rapid access to five menu groups, each of which has up to five sub menus, each with their own function keys. Function keys perform direct actions or create pop-up menus or dialogue boxes. Frequencies can be set by direct numeric entry, or by a digit increment system. Centre, Start and Stop can be stepped by any chosen increment. Span can be zoomed in a 1-2-5 sequence. Single key shortcuts include Set to Peak, Set to Marker and Set between Markers (Start=M1, Stop=M2). Frequency presets enable fast changes between frequently used sweep ranges.
Full status display
In addition to the extensive on-screen status information, a single button press reveals the complete set-up of the instrument as a screen listing.
Context sensitive Help
Context based Help is instantly available for each menu function from the Status/Help hard key. Alternatively help for any function can be selected from a topics list.
Live, View and Reference traces
A view trace and reference trace can be displayed in addition to the live trace using contrasting colours for clarity. Any number of traces can be saved to memory and rapidly recalled to the screen. Trace states are saved in addition to the traces and can be recalled separately.
Smart marker movement
Dual markers provide an on-screen readout of frequency and level including difference values. The markers can be set to specified frequency values, scrolled across the screen, or set to automatically find peaks. A peak tracking mode is also provided which will track the highest peak in the sweep despite changing frequency. Marker amplitude readout can be in graticule units (dBm or dBµV) or in linear units (mV or µW).
A marker position frequency counter is incorporated for accurate measurement of signal frequencies. The counter can be applied to either marker Resolution is adjustable down to 10Hz.
Fully variable RBW and VBW
Resolution bandwidth is manually variable between 300Hz and 10MHz in a 1:3:10 sequence. Alternatively Auto RBW can be selected to match the RBW to the span. Video bandwidth is also variable over the same range, or can be set to track to the RBW with a useable selectable offset if required.
The vertical resolution of 10dB per division can be expanded to 5dB, 2dB or 1dB with panning over the full dynamic range.
1dB step attenuator
Reference level can be set in 1dB steps between -40dBm and +20dBm (67dBµV to 127dBµV).
Trace write modes
In addition to the normal mode, the trace can be set to display Peak-hold, or a Multisweep Average.
When in Peak-hold or Average modes, dual display traces can be selected enabling the processed and unprocessed traces to be seen simultaneously.
The screen illustration shows the Peak Hold trace in yellow along with the current sweep in green.
Zero span audio demodulation
The PSA Series 5 includes a zero span mode with both AM or FM audio demodulation. The audio signal, with
variable volume and selectable low-pass filter, is available from the builtin loudspeaker or from a standard 3.5mm jack socket. With Option U02 installed, waveform demodulation can also be selected.
Extensive data storage
The PSA Series 5 can store almost unlimited amounts of data using its 1.8GB of internal memory supplemented, if necessary, by USB Flash drives.
The filing system can store trace and state files, screen images, set-up files, logging files*, limit patterns* and compensation tables*.
Files are stored under either default file names, or userchosen file names entered from an alpha-numeric keypad.
Files are time-stamped from the real-time clock, and can be listed by date or name. The illustration is a truncated version of the real screen image which can list 20 files simultaneously. Each directory can contain up to 999 files.
*Logging files, limit patterns and compensation tables are only available with Option U02 - see the provided Datasheet.
PSA Manager is a Windows* based program that provides additional capabilities for the PSA Series 5.
It is available free of charge.
It can display trace files, and can be used to back up and manage set-up files and other parameters. However, its more sophisticated capabilities are apparent when Option U02 is installed within the instrument.
It can then be used to create limit patterns, channel markers and compensation table files, using numeric editing, import from .csv files, or via its graphical editor. Scan-mode files and Log files created within the instrument can be viewed and analyzed. * Windows is a trademark of Microsoft inc.
PSA-Manager is compatible with all versions of Windows (32 bit and 64 bit) from Windows XP upwardsWorkshop4 includes four development environments, for the user to choose based on application requirements or even user skill level.
Data export and transfer
USB device and host connectors are provided enabling the PSA Series 5 to be linked directly to a PC for file transfer, and for the connection of USB Flash drives for data transfer or storage.
Trace files have a standard comma separated value (.csv) format which can be imported into other applications such as Excel or MathCad.
Screen images are stored as standard bit-maps that can be manipulated and printed using a PC as well as being recalled to the PSA screen.
- PSA6005 spectrum analyzer
- Universal voltage mains adaptor/charger
- USB connection lead
- Spare stylus
- BNC converter for trigger input
- Multi-language Short Guide
- Full users manual (English only)
- Support CD containing PDF versions of manuals and support software.
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