Powerful, Versatile, and
Cost-Effective.

The ThinkRF WSA5000 Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer is a
groundbreaking combination of performance and versatility at a
price that makes it a true game changer.


WSA5000


The Power You Need

The WSA5000 RTSA has all the power you expect from a traditional lab spectrum analyzer.

  • 100 kHz to 8 GHz with frequency extension to 20 GHz
  • Multiple analog instantaneous bandwidths in one device: 100 MHz, 40 MHz, 15 MHz, 100 kHz
  • 100 dB+ dynamic range
  • Wideband RF digitization at 125 million samples per second


The Features You Want

The WSA5000 RTSA has all the features you want
to get any job done.

  • Flexible 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface for direct connection to laptop or network access without any additional hardware
  • DSP filtering and decimation
  • Real-time FPGA triggering for detection of elusive, time-varying signals
  • Waveform recording and playback
  • Open APIs for use with Python, MATLAB, C/C++
  • Standard protocols SCPI & VRT to facilitate quick integration and interoperability
  • Interface with external digitizers for real-time bandwidth of up to 160 MHz


One Device,
Unlimited Potential

Performance and versatility to meet your needs – no matter what the application.

  • Spectrum Analysis
  • LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 3G wideband signal analysis
  • Automated Test Equipment (ATE)
  • Spectrum monitoring
  • Research and development
  • RF test and measurement


Contact Us!

Looking for more information or ready to buy? Get in touch!
You can reach us by email at info@thinkrf.com or by phone
at +1 (613) 369-5104.

Try It Yourself!

Interested in the WSA5000 RTSA? Try a live demo from your computer now! Simply install the software and connect to
one of our in-house WSA5000 RTSA devices.

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High-End Features
Without A High-End Price

Get the reliable, high-end performance you need – without a high-end price tag. The WSA5000 Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer (RTSA) includes all the standard features you expect from a spectrum analyzer as well as powerful features such as real-time triggering.
All starting at $3,500.


Easy To Set Up, Easy to Use

The WSA5000 RTSA is designed to get you working quickly. Our software will run on almost any Windows PC so you won’t have to spend time or money upgrading your computer. Simply install the software and connect your device through the ethernet connection and you’re ready to get started. And with the WSA5000′s simple and intuitive user interface you’ll be using your new device in no time.

High Speed Ethernet Connection

Connect to your WSA5000 device wherever you are. Whether you want to connect directly to your computer, within the lab from a test rack or from across the world – The WSA5000 RTSA’s high speed ethernet connection gives you the flexibility you need.


Real-Time Triggering

The WSA5000 RTSA features real-time triggering so you can accurately analyze modern wideband signals such as 802.11ac, 4G/LTE, Bluetooth, & more.



For a copy of this information you can download the WSA5000 RTSA datasheet in the “Downloads” tab.

Tuning and Bandwidth
Frequency Range 100kHz to 20 GHz
Tuning Resolution with digital downconversion 1 Hz
Maximum instantaneous bandwidth 10 MHz; 40 MHz; 100 MHz
Real-time Frequency Threshold Triggering
FFT size 1024
Minimum duration for 100% probability of detection 8.2 μs
Frequency resolution 122 kHz
Frequency Reference
Internal/External (optional) 10 MHz
Internal 10 MHz oscillator stability +/- 0.5 ppm or +/- 2.5 ppm
External Amplitude 1.5 V pk-pk min, 3.3V pk-pk max
Phase Coherence Multichannel synchronization can be achieved either by distributing the 10 MHz reference output from one unit to another in the chain or by distributing a 125 MHz reference generated in a master unit.
RF PLL Phase Noise at 2 GHz (using internal 10 MHz reference)
Frequency Offset 1 kHz 10 kHz 100 kHz 1 MHz 10 MHz
RF PLL Phase Noise (dBc/Hz) typical -95 -100 -110 -140 -150
Internal RF PLL
Lock Time < 100 μs
Loop Bandwidth 40 kHz
IF Baseband
System IF 0 or 35 MHz
IF frequency range (to 3dB bandwidth) 0 to 55 MHz
ADC Specifications
Wideband Sampling Rate 125 MS/s
Narrowband Sampling Rate 300 kS/s
Resolution 12 or 24 bits
Displayed Average Noise Level (typical)*
500 MHz -163 dBm/Hz
1000 MHz -164 dBm/Hz
2450 MHz -157 dBm/Hz
4000 MHz -141 dBm/Hz
5500 MHz -145 dBm/Hz
7500 MHz -136 dBm/Hz

*The displayed average noise level is degraded via software in the RTSA application to enable smoother band-to-band transitions.

Maximum RF Input Level
Maximum Safe RF Input Level With Attenuation (in) +10 dBm
Maximum Safe RF Input Level With Attenuation (out) -10 dBm
Gain Control
Maximum front-end gain +10 dBm
Narrowband IF gain selectable in 1dB steps -10 to +30 dB
Maximum Wideband IF attenuation selectable in 1 dB steps 0 to 30 dB
Time-Triggering
External pulse-based trigger level threshold +2 V min, +3.3 V max
Data retrieval I/Q time series data
Maximum number of 32-bit samples stored @ 125 MS/s 32 MS
Timing uncertainty 8 ns
Continuous Real-Time Data Recording
DDR3 system memory 128 MB
Maximum acquisition time @ 125 MS/s 250 ms
Maximum Instantaneous Bandwidth
Triggered, block mode, discontinuous streaming 100 MHz
Software-defined radio processing
Data retrieval I/Q time series data
Decimation factor 4 to 512
Digital low-pass filter CIC + FIR
Tuning resolution 1 Hz
Front Panel Connectors
Antenna input SMA-F
10 MHz reference clock input and output SMA-F
GPIO 25-pin male D-Subminiature
USB Mini USB
Ethernet RJ-45
Physical
Power Supply +12 VDC
Power Consumption 18 W
Operating Temperature Range 0°C to +50°C
Storage Temperature Range -40°C to +85°C
Enclosure Dimensions 11.7 (L) x 6.5 (W) x 2.1 (H) inches
Electromagnetic Compatibility
This device complies with FCC Part 15 Emissions Class A, Industry Canada RSS-310, CISPR22, CISPR24, RoHS/RoHS 2, RSS-Gen and ETSI Emissions EN 55022.


WSA5000 RTSA Technical Overview

WSA5000 RTSA Detailed Hardware Overview