Today marks a significant day in the lifespan of our Spike software. EMC Precompliance is now available as an “Analysis Mode” in the software when connected to a BB60C or BB60A spectrum analyzer. And… we hit version 3.1.0—our first major step up from Spike 3.0!
EMC / EMI Precompliance Features in Spike
Many of our users have been asking for EMC/EMI precompliance testing features for some time now, or have been creating their own solutions using our spectrum analyzers. We’re happy to finally deliver a solution for those requiring this type of analysis.
Complete with quasi-peak detector, bar meter plots, spur tables, custom frequency sweeps, path loss tables, and antenna factor tables for test calibration, Spike 3.1.0 provides a sophisticated and cost-effective solution for identifying the source of EMI in your design, as a troubleshooting aid, when coupled with Signal Hound’s BB60C real time spectrum analyzer and EMC Probes (Editor’s note – to make a radiated power emission measurement, you would ideally need a calibrated antenna).
Other Features in Spike 3.1.0
In addition to the EMC precompliance testing mode, there are a few other significant features worthy of mention in 3.1.0:
- Can now show/hide the control panels through the file menu
- Added frequency difference meter utility
- Added ability to adjust timebase of all spectrum analyzers (see the Spike manual for more information)
- Phase noise measurements will now have a reference level of -30.0 dBc/Hz instead of 0.0 dBc/Hz
- The peak left/right implementation has been improved (you can now choose the peak left/right threshold and selectivity values)
- API files have been moved to a separate download (available on the BB60C / BB60A downloads page)
Ready to get started with latest version of Spike? It’s a free download, as always!