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Spectrum-capture fast data recorder for RF test and measurement introduced by X-COM

RESTON, Va., 6 May 2013. X-COM Systems LLC in Reston, Va., is introducing the IQC5000A series RF spectrum capture and playback system for the capture and playback of RF and microwave signals over short or long time spans for mission-critical applications.

The IQC5000A is for defense test & measurement applications such as signals intelligence (SIGINT), electronic intelligence (ELINT), and covert surveillance, as well as commercial and defense spectrum management, and radar and wireless system testing.

Housed in an enclosure measuring 12 by 3.5 by-10.5 inches and weighing less than 10 pounds, the IQC5000A series can record and play back one or two independent channels of RF signal activity to 160 MHz in bandwidth captured at frequencies from HF through millimeter wavelengths.

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It operates from either 120/240 volts AC or 12 volts DC for field and laboratory applications. The IQC5000A can store from 500 gigabytes to 2 terabytes of signal capture data internally in removable solid-state drives, which provides dual-channel storage between 22 minutes and 1.7 days depending on capture bandwidth.

When configured using external storage of as much as 16 terabytes, it can store from 2.7 hours to 14 days of signal activity. All times are doubled for single-channel operation. The IQC5000A uses laboratory-grade signal analyzers from Agilent Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz, or Tektronix as its RF front end.

When the IQC5000A is configured as one-channel recorder, its inputs for dual-channel record serve as a mirror port, to record and stream to analysis software or another part of a larger test system.

The IQC5000A has a stable internal 10-MHz reference and an external reference is available. Two trigger inputs start recordings based on an external event and two marker inputs time-stamp events to the sample level.

For more information contact X-COM Systems online at

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