RF-Catcher Platform - Portable RF Capture & Playback
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Portable RF Capture & Playback
RF-Catcher Starter Kit

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The most compact RF Capture & Playback device and spectrum analyzer. Covering a frequency range from 70 MHz up to 6 GHz, RF-Catcher can Record & Play real-time RF bandwidth of up to 55 MHz.

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Applications

  • Chipset, STB/TV field test debugging (a great tool to support your pre-sales team)
  • Handy demonstration setup: bring real RF sources into your laptop
  • Radio/TV Broadcast/Telecom RF troubleshooting
  • Test automation (CLI): plan & trigger capture/playback tasks
  • Telecommunications Regulation Agencies validation tool

 

Benefits

  • Compact, easy & simple usage: no need for RF experts to capture field RF signals (ex: DAB/FM, TV broadcast, Satellite broadcast, Wi-Fi,…), your sales force can do it for you anywhere in the world
  • RF sources stored on a PC: easy to duplicate/transfer between headquarter and regional sites
  • Non proprietary IQ files; IQ file format converter available in the Application Suite

RF-Catcher allows experimentation of a wide range of signals including Radio (FM, DAB…), TV broadcast (DVB-T/T2, C/C2, ISDB-T/Tb, etc…), cellular, Wi-Fi, up to satellite signals (DVB-S/S2). The RF-Catcher is equipped with LNB control for frequency down conversion of Ku/C bands.
The integrated GNSS receiver provides precise location information; KML file, metadata, NMEA compatible.
Portable and compact, the RF-Catcher is used along with a PC through USB3 connectivity. The RF-Catcher is compact, robust, lightweight (600g) and cost-effective: your technicians and engineers can bring it everywhere in their hand bag

Record & Play real-time RF bandwidth

Frequency range: 70 MHz up to 6 GHz

Bandwidth: up to 55 MHz

Suitable for: radio (FM, DAB…), TV broadcast (DVB-T/T2, C/C2, S/S2, ISDB-T, etc…), cellular, Wi-Fi

Non proprietary IQ file format

Portable (600g) and Self-Powered

Connected via USB 3.0 with the RF-Catcher application running on the PC

MS Windows 7/8/8.1/10 OS support (x64)

IQ capture records: stored on the PC internal hard disk (SSD)

PC minimum requirements: Core i5/i7, 4GB of RAM, USB 3.0 connectors, SSD storage

AUTOTEST tool for PC performance check: loss free bandwidth capacity for capture & play

 

RF-Catcher software application

Easy to use & responsive: high degree of parameterization for measures

Spectrum analysis: FFT type and size, frequency markers, power in-band

WATERFALL SECTION: bursts & transients detection (Wi-Fi, 4G, …)

RF capture: variable acquisition bandwidth up to 55 MHz, variable gain, automatic gain setting (AGC), rolling buffer mode

RF playback: variable attenuation

Status indicators for IQ sample transfer over USB 3.0: ADC loss, LNB loss, In Band saturation, Out of Band saturation

DC offset removal

Optional applications for RF-Catcher Platform

Application Suite for RF-Catcher Platform

– More details on the RF-Catcher Full Application Suite product page (see related product below)

ATSC 3.0 LabMod Application: configure and create IQ files, play real ATSC 3.0 RF signals

– More details on the ATSC 3.0 LabMod product page (see related product below)

Trigger Mode

Two or more RF-Catcher can be chained to ensure synchronized RF capture & playback

Automatic RF recording on EdgeProbe alarm detection

Test Coverage & Drive Testing

Internal GPS/GLONASS receiver

RF signal power measurement and GPS location in report files (Google Earth compliant)

Satellite Capture

The integrated LNB controller allows DVB-S/S2 IF signal capture

Radio Capture & Playback

FM record & playback, complete FM spectrum display

DAB, DAB+ record & playback (TPEG, Infotraffic, HD-Radio)

GPS/GLONASS Signal Capture & Playback

Capture & playback the GPS/GLONASS signal from active GPS antenna and via an active GPS splitter

Test Automation

Command Line Interface version provided

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • 2x RF inputs, 2x RF outputs for RF Capture & Playback (SMA/F connectors)*
  • Variable bandwidth from 1 up to 55 MHz
  • Automatic filtering: harmonic suppression for playback, out of band signal suppression for capture
  • RF reception:
  • • Status indicators: USB connection / IQ sample loss / In band saturation (ADC) / Out of band saturation (LNA)
  • • FFT display: Spectrum measurements: FFT resolution, FFT markers insertion / Averaging functions: RMS, min/max hold / FFT window functions: rectangular, Hamming, Blackman, Hann…
  • • Signal waterfall plot (three-dimensional spectra)
  • • Power in band measurement
  • Trigger mode for synchronized capture/playback between several devices
  • RF capture: variable gain, automatic gain setting (AGC), rolling buffer mode
  • RF playback: variable attenuation
  • Lightweight and compact 163 x 115 x 32 mm, 600 g, 3 W typical power consumption
  • Connected to PC via USB3.0 connectivity (SuperSpeed) (USB2 backward compatible, but with lower performances due to limited USB2 bitrate)
  • IQ files stored on the PC: 12 Msps sample rate, 170 min of record = 512GB
  • Nonproprietary IQ file format, compatible by Matlab software
  • Integrated GNSS (GPS, GLONASS) receiver: KML file, metadata, NMEA protocol
  • Compatible MS Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (x64 versions only)
  • *Both input/output connectors cannot be used at the same time

RX MODE - Frequency

  • Frequency band
  • 70 MHz to 6.0 GHz

  • Frequency resolution
  • 1 kHz

  • Real-time bandwidth
  • 1 MHz to 55 MHz

  • RBW (Resolution bandwidth)
  • 30 Hz (for 2 MHz) to 210 kHz (for 55 MHz)

Noise

  • Noise Figure
  • < 8 dB

  • Phase Noise at 10 kHz
  • *

  • 1200 MHz
  • -91.3 dBc/Hz

  • 3200 MHz
  • -85.2 dBc/Hz

  • 5000 MHz
  • -82 dBc/Hz

  • Noise Floor / Sensitivity
  • -110 dBm

IF Band

  • ADC resolution
  • 12-bit

  • Sampling rate
  • 61.44 Msps max

RF Input Characteristics

  • Input Dynamic Range
  • -110 to 0 dBm

  • Input Level Resolution
  • 1 dB

  • Max Peak power*
  • 0 dBm

  • Max DC input*
  • ± 15 V

  • *Absolute maximum ratings
  • *

Gain Range (1dB step)

  • 800 MHz
  • 0 to 74 dB

  • 2300 MHz
  • 0 to 73 dB

  • 5500 MHz
  • 0 to 65 dB

IIP3

  • 1200 MHz
  • 7.2 dBm

  • 3200 MHz
  • 8.4 dBm

  • 5000 MHz
  • 15.2 dBm

Storage

  • 512 GB @ 12 Msps
  • 170 min

  • 512 GB @ 24 Msps
  • 85 min

  • 512 GB @ 40 Msps
  • 50 min

TX MODE - Frequency

  • Frequency band
  • 70 MHz to 6.0 GHz

  • Frequency resolution
  • 1 kHz

  • Real-time bandwidth
  • 1 MHz to 55 MHz

Phase Noise at 10 kHz

  • 1200 MHz
  • -91.3 dBc/Hz

  • 3200 MHz
  • -85.2 dBc/Hz

  • 5000 MHz
  • -82 dBc/Hz

RF Output Characteristics

  • Attenuation range
  • 0 to 89 dB

  • Amplitude resolution
  • 0.01 dB

  • Power output
  • 5 dBm max

  • Max DC output
  • ± 15 V

INTERFACES

  • RF input
  • 1x SMA-type female – 50 Ω 1x F-type female – 75 Ω (up to 2 GHz)

  • RF output
  • 1x SMA-type female – 50 Ω 1x F-type female – 75 Ω (up to 2 GHz)

  • 1PPS/Trigger input
  • 1x SMA-type female – 50 Ω

  • Trigger output
  • 1x SMA-type female – 50 Ω

  • 10MHz
  • 1x SMA-type female – 50 Ω

  • GPS
  • 1x SMA-type female – 50 Ω

  • Power & Data
  • 1x USB3 B-Type

  • Auxiliary power
  • 1x USB3 B-Type

PHYSICAL

  • Dimensions
  • 163 x 115 x 32 mm / 6.4 x 4.5 x 1.2 in

  • Weight
  • 600 g

  • Power supply
  • USB self-powered

  • Auxiliary power
  • USB connector (additional power supply for satellite captures using LNB controller)

  • Power consumption
  • 3 W

ENVIRONMENT

  • Operating temperature
  • -20°C to +55°C

  • Storage temperature
  • -20°C to +70°C

PC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Core i5/i7 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • USB 3.0 connectors
  • SSD for storage (Solid State Drive)

RF-Catcher Starter Kit comes bundled with:
– RF-Catcher HW device
– RF-Catcher Application* software: GUI, CLI

*MS Windows 7/8/8.1/10 OS support (x64)

Default Warranty
Standard: 1 YEAR Hardware Warranty and Basic Helpdesk (HW RMA)

Optional Support Services
Advance HW + SW 1/3/5 YEAR including:
– Advance Replacement: hardware warranty with replacement before reception of faulty unit
– Software Upgrade: access to all software updates & upgrades
– Priority HelpDesk: priority access to the support helpdesk for any question on product usage, problem request, and change/improvement requests

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5 out of 5
(1 Customer reviews)
  1. 5 out of 5

    :

    Amazing tool which allow us to record all over Europe multiple technologyes and playback them in Lab in an easy way.
    FM & DAB are our use of this tool.

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