Hopefully this update finds you doing alright during this interesting time in history. The Signal Hound team (and families) are all well and good, adjusting to the current state of normal as best we can.
A large part of our staff continues to work remotely, including our software developers who have just released some new—and much requested—Spike features.
Spike spectrum analyzer software for Linux is here
Our Spike spectrum analyzer software is now compatible with the Linux OS, particularly 64-bit Ubuntu 18.04 (Spike was developed and tested on 18.04 LTS, hence the focus on this specific distribution). The Linux version of Spike contains the full feature set of the Windows variant, providing a 1:1 experience for those familiar with using Spike on Windows. Spike for Linux supports our BB60 and SM200-series real-time RF spectrum analyzers.
The launch of Spike for Linux is a big step forward for Signal Hound, now expanding our user base to include those working with and developing RF analysis applications on the Linux platform. Until now, Linux users wanting to work with our real-time RF spectrum analyzers could connect to the devices via API, but those wanting to use Spike needed to integrate a Windows-based PC into their workflow, which isn’t an ideal solution (or even possible) in most situations.
Spike for 64-bit Linux offers the same powerful features as the Windows version, including real-time analysis, digital demodulation analysis, EMC precompliance testing features, interference hunting capabilities, phase noise measurements, 802.11 WLAN modulation analysis, and spectrum emission masks, among several others.
Learn more about Spike, and download the software for free
The VSG60 Software is now on Linux too
We have released the waveform generation software for our VSG60 vector signal generator in a Linux-compatible version as well.
Also developed for Ubuntu 18.04, the Linux variant of the VSG60 software offers the same features as the current Windows version of the application, providing RF professionals working on the Linux platform access to an affordable RF signal generator capable of producing a large number of signals and waveforms.
Previously, the VSG60 was accessible to Linux-based developers via the device’s API, but now the full signal generation application is available to those working on 64-bit Linux, enabling push-button waveform capabilities for a larger user-base.
Learn more about the VSG60, and download the software for free
Now, add in Bluetooth LE waveform generation for IoT development on Windows and Linux
With the release of the VSG60 software for Linux, we also added in the ability to generate Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) waveforms on both the Windows and Linux variants of the software.
For those working with Bluetooth LE signals (any IoT developers in the audience…?) the addition of this waveform should be enticing. The ability to generate this innovative signal on a low-cost signal generator like the VSG60A lowers the barrier of entry to Bluetooth-based hardware and application development, enabling a wider pool of talented developers to create and build the devices connecting our world.
I would like to build up a stand-alone tracking generator and spectrum analyzer using Raspberry Pi -4 as the computer.
I would like to know if the Linux compatible Spike spectrum analyzer software supports my USB-SA44B and USB-TG44A analyzer / tracking gen set.
Hi Michael. No, the Linux version of Spike does not support the SA44B or TG44A – only our BB60C and SM200 analyzers.
When do you think you will support Linux version fo Spike that works with SA44B
Also, will Spike for BB60C run with Ubuntu Server, or does it need Ubunti Desktop?
I just today installed it on 18.04.4 LTS server, but I had to install a desktop environment (LXDE via lbuntu-core) and the QT framework (qt5-default) and got Spike running, but I’m troubleshooting some USB issues.
The SG60 software seems to be running fine, though.
Great info Jon… thanks for this.