The Rohde & Schwarz R&S FPC1500 spectrum analyzer.

The Rohde & Schwarz R&S FPC1500 spectrum analyzer combines three RF test instruments

  • Rohde & Schwarz completes its family of FPC spectrum analyzers with the FPC1500 model covering frequencies up to 3 GHz.
  • This compact instrument integrates in the same housing a spectrum analyzer, a vector network analyzer and a CW signal generator.
  • According to the German manufacturer, it is the first spectrum analyzer on the market to combine the three most commonly used RF instruments in a single device.

The R&S FPC1500 spectrum analyser combines a one-port vector network analyser with an internal VSWR bridge, an independent CW (Continuous Wave) signal generator and a tracking generator.

Spectrum analyzer
The base model of the R&S FPC1500 covers a frequency range from 5 kHz to 1 GHz. The frequency range can be extended up to 3GHz and other measurement functions can be activated by code after the device is acquired. Upgrades are activated by the user without the need for calibration.

This analyzer has a noise floor level of -150 dBm (typ.), which can be extended to -165 dBm (typ.) with an optional code activatable preamplifier. It allows RF signal measurements up to +30 dBm (1 W).
The R&S FPC1500, with a 10.1″ (1366×768 pixels) display, has a measurement resolution of 1 Hz (RBW).

Network analyzer
With its internal VSWR bridge, the FPC1500 can perform reflection measurements. It can measure the impedance of antennas or RF circuits by displaying the Smith diagram or measure the distance of a fault to identify its position on an RF cable. Mount and dismount of an external VSWR bridge is not necessary when switching from spectrum analyser mode to network analyser mode.

Signal generator
The tracking generator integrated in the R&S FPC1500 allows scalar transmission measurements on passive and active RF components that do not produce their own RF signal, such as amplifiers, filters or RF cables. The FPC1500 can also operate as an independent continuous wave (CW) signal generator. It also offers a coupled CW mode that couples the CW signal generated to the center frequency displayed on the analyzer.