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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.

Spike RF spectrum analyzer software for Linux
Waterfall display during a sweep in Spike
Spike, spectrum analyzer analysis software for Linux
Spectrum Emission Mask with a Bluetooth Signal in Spike, running on 64-bit Linux

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.

Digital demodulation in Spike spectrum analyzer software for Linux
The VSG60 software generating a QAM signal for real-time analysis in Spike on Ubuntu 18.04

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.

Vector signal generator software for Linux
Bluetooth LE waveform configuration with a Signal Hound VSG60A on 64-bit Linux

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.

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Cory Allen

Cory is a writer and marketing specialist in the RF and test industry, and worked as Signal Hound's marketing director from 2014-2021.

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