The votes are in. Business-to-Business publisher WTWH Media, LLC, has announced the winners of the 2019 Leadership in Engineering Achievement Program (LEAP) Awards, a design engineering product competition honoring the most exciting new products in a host of technology areas: Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Materials, Analog Electronics, Connectivity, Embedded Computing, Fastener Technology, Hydraulics, Industrial Automation, Mechanical, Motion Control, Pneumatics, Power Electronics, Software, Switches & Sensors, and Test & Measurement.
Taking top honors in the Test & Measurement category this year is the FPC1500 spectrum analyzer from Rohde & Schwarz. R&S says it is the only entry-level spectrum analyzer on the market with the value and capabilities of a three-in-one instrument – a spectrum analyzer, vector network analyzer and a signal generator. Featuring a frequency range of 5 kHz to 1 GHz, the R&SFPC1500 can be upgraded to 2 GHz or 3 GHz frequency.
In addition to being able to measure RF signals, it is also an RF signal generator and features a tracking generator and independent continuous wave (CW) signal generator. The R&SFPC1500 spectrum analyzer also includes a one-port vector network analyzer with Smith chart display, a signal generator, internal voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) bridge, independent signal source, and resolution bandwidth settings down to 1 Hz.
The R&SFPC1500 includes a 10.1-in-wide XGA (WXGA) display (1366 x 768 pixel), is Wi-Fi-enabled and includes a remote control capability. The spectrum analyzer is compatible with iOS, Android and PCs and features low noise floor and high maximum input power.
The R&SFPC1500 starts at under $3,000 USD and runs around $5,000 to $6,000 fully configured with the spectrum analyzer, vector network analyzer and signal generator, unlike competing spectrum analyzers in the market. The R&SFPC1500 is said to have the largest, highest-resolution display of any entry-level spectrum analyzer, allowing for more horizontal and vertical display size and resolution to provide more signal details in unprecedented clarity.
Congratulations to Rohde & Schwarz and to the other winners of this year’s competition.