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Meet the trendy Sign Hound


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Mar 22, 2024
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Bear in mind 2010? It’s onerous to imagine it was nicely over a decade in the past.

That was then​

It was a time when check and measurement gear was greater, heavier, and much more costly. Solely a handful of USB-based check gadgets had been accessible available on the market, and although curiosity was excessive, skepticism was greater. Sign Hound’s unique SA44 4.4 GHz spectrum analyzer was launched to the market throughout this time, and over time helped outline this area of interest of the electronics business by which we work, validating inexpensive USB-based check gear as correct and dependable instruments.


The unique USB-SA44 spectrum analyzer

Worth was the driving issue, with a objective to create an inexpensive different to straightforward market choices – all with out sacrificing accuracy and reliability. After all you may solely construct a tool able to sure issues at a sub-$1000 worth, however for the duties it might carry out, the SA44 did them very well, repeatedly.

It was the SA44 that helped Sign Hound acquire notoriety within the subject of check and measurement gear.

Like several know-how, time allowed for development. Parts enabling real-time evaluation dropped into the value vary focused by Sign Hound’s product improvement crew, and just a few years after the launch of the SA44, the BB60A was launched. Handheld, USB-powered real-time spectrum analyzers priced below $3000 had been merely not accessible available on the market – and neither had been reviews of their effectiveness.


Sign Hound’s unique real-time spectrum analyzer, the BB60A

It didn’t take lengthy for phrase to journey, nonetheless – not solely had been the real-time Sign Hound analyzers succesful gadgets, they had been additionally quick. This preliminary BB60 analyzer moved the needle on the efficiency potential of USB-based check gear, and for the primary time a powerful case was made for a future the place important check gear didn’t have to have an astronomically excessive price.

That is now​

Quick-forward a decade, and a wholly new sort of RF measurement machine is on the market from Sign Hound: the networkable, ultra-fast real-time RF receivers referred to as the SM-series gadgets. With the SM200 sequence tuning to twenty GHz, and the SM435 sequence tuning all the best way as much as 43.5 GHz, these new spectrum analyzers deliver a complete new degree of efficiency to the Sign Hound lineup – offering engineers and technicians with high-performance 5G and mmWave sign evaluation capabilities, all at costs far lower than competing gadgets.




A number of of the latest high-performance spectrum analyzers from Sign Hound

With installations across the globe in purposes from government-driven spectrum monitoring applications to community upkeep for worldwide telecoms, the SM-series gadgets ship on their promise of dependable, high-performance RF sign information assortment. Mix these gadgets with the highly effective Spike software program and its number of evaluation modes, or the open API for customized information processing purposes and also you’ve obtained a performant RF evaluation setup able to even essentially the most mission-critical purposes.

Talking of mission-critical, the dimensions vs. efficiency facet of Sign Hound check gear additionally proves itself in our airways, day-after-day. With the deservedly intense evaluation purposes required of constructing all number of plane – together with each airline and space-bound crafts – it’s important that each doable error level is examined in a number of methods. The brand new BB60D 6 GHz RF analyzer is the right companion in these purposes. Gentle weight, correct, and extremely configurable, the BB60D is the final word software within the engineer’s again pocket (actually – it’s that small!) for RF information assortment and evaluation – each on the bottom and within the air. The negligible weight of the BB60D is ideal for airborne evaluation. At simply 1.84 lb (.83 kg) it may be mounted on a drone, making it an ideal software for Its small type issue, and the hand held dimension makes it applicable for aerospace check environments.

The democratization of check and measurement

Sign Hound’s newest analyzers are the pure development of what Sign Hound has all the time held essential – that high-performing and correct check gear ought to present unmatched worth, accessible by each engineer. With elements getting higher, smaller, and extra highly effective yearly, the alternatives to create extra highly effective gear simply maintain opening up – for comparatively much less cash.

What does this imply for the RF engineers and technicians of the world? It means extra individuals have entry to instruments enabling measurements that, till lately, required costly, cost-prohibitive check gear. The 5G check market, for instance, has traditionally been prohibitively costly – our options now present measurements on this house for significantly much less cash. Our SM435B 43.5GHz spectrum analyzer, for instance, sells for simply over $24,000 USD. Comparable competing gadgets from different producers promote for a lot greater, with many gadgets beginning round $100,000 USD.

Correct, quick, dependable check gear that permits your price range to go farther, coupled with unmatched engineer-to-engineer buyer help – that’s what we’re all about. And opening up check and measurement alternatives for those who didn’t beforehand have entry… that’s the place we’re going.
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