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Rohde & Schwarz FPC1500 5kHz-1GHz Spectrum Analyzer with Tracking Generator

Rohde & Schwarz FPC1500
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R&S FPC1500 Entry-Level Spectrum Analyzer 5kHz-1GHz with tracking generator


  • FPC1500 combines the value of a spectrum analyzer, a vector network analyzer and a signal generator
  • Spectrum analyzer
    The R&S FPC is a spectrum analyzer that provides investment protection through software frequency upgrade capability. It features class-leading RF performance engineered in Germany. In addition, PC and mobile remote control options are available.
  • Vector network analyzer
    The R&S FPC is a vector network analyzer that utilizes an integrated VSWR bridge to achieve one-port vector network analysis, with a Smith chart display available. Having an integrated VSWR bridge means there is no need to mount/dismount an external bridge during test operation.
  • Signal generator
    The R&S FPC is a signal generator due to the unique independent source principle. Not only does it provide standard tracking generator functionality, it can also be used in free or coupled CW modes.
  • More resolution for better measurements
  • Lowest noise floor in its class, down to - 165 dBm (typ. with preamplifier)
  • Resolution bandwidth down to 1 Hz, 10.1” WXGA display
  • Investment protection
  • All upgrades available via keycode, no additional calibration required
  • Optional Bandwidth upgrades available for 2 GHz and 3 GHz (2 GHz upgrade required before purchasing the 3 GHz)
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Rohde & Schwarz FPC1500 5kHz-1GHz Spectrum Analyzer with Tracking Generator

Rohde & Schwarz FPC1500 5kHz-1GHz Spectrum Analyzer with Tracking Generator

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Rohde & Schwarz FPC1500 5kHz-1GHz Spectrum Analyzer
with Tracking Generator


Rohde & Schwarz FPC1500 5kHz-1GHz Spectrum Analyzer

  • RF performance engineered in Germany
  • 10.1" WXGA (1366 x 768 pixel) display - largest and highest resolution in its class
  •  Keycode upgradable to 2 GHz/3 GHz
  • Tracking generator and independent CW signal generator
  • One-port vector network analyzer with Smith chart display
  • Wi-Fi-enabled, supported by included remote control software
  • 3 year standard warranty

R&SFPC1500 combines three instruments in one:

  • Spectrum analyzer
The R&S FPC1500 base instrument has a frequency range from 5 kHz to 1 Ghz with keycode options to unlock up to 3 GHz and other features. Engineered in Germany, it provides the best dynamic range in its class. In combination with RBW settings down to 1 Hz, it resolves the finest details, which are displayed on the high-resolution 10.1" WXGA display. Wired or wireless remote control options are available free of charge.
  • Network analyzer
The R&S FPC1500 features an internal VSWR bridge that makes purchasing and mounting/ dismounting an external bridge unnecessary. S11 reflection measurements are supported, including Smith chart and DTF features.
  • Signal generator
The R&S FPC1500 not only features standard tracking generator measurements with frequency offset functionality, its signal source is independent to enable signal generator functionality. A CW signal can be set within the frequency range, or in a coupled mode to follow the center frequency setting of the spectrum analyzer mode.
Model Selection Guide
Feature R&S FPC1000 R&S FPC1500
Spectrum analyzer
One-port vector network analyzer  
Signal generator  
Internal VSWR bridge  
Independent signal source  
Silent operation
Small footprint
Low power consumption
Remote control software (free of charge)

More than a spectrum analyzer
Value of three


More than a spectrum analyzer

The perfect choice for Frequency extension using keycodes
R&D and service labs
Test automation
Professional hobbyists
Education and training

Frequency extension using keycodes

Buy what is needed, when it is needed.

Spectrum analyzer


Investment protection

The R&S FPC is future-proof thanks to the unique Rohde & Schwarz upgrade path. The base unit covers a frequency range from 5 kHz to 1 GHz, with keycode- activated upgrades available.

The R&S FPC can be upgraded by simply entering a software keycode. All options are in place and can be enabled by the user. The unique Rohde & Schwarz upgrade path eliminates the need for additional upgrade calibration.

High resolution

The R&S FPC has the largest, highest-resolution display of any entry level spectrum analyzer. More horizontal plus more vertical display size and resolution means more signal details in unprecedented clarity. This class-leading display of the R&S FPC visualizes the outstanding quality of the signal measurements.

The quality of RF measurements strongly depends on suitable resolution bandwidth settings. Finer resolution bandwidth means more resolved spectral detail. High sensitivity is critical in many applications, e.g. when measuring extremely weak signals. The R&S FPC provides an extraordinarily low noise floor of typ. -150 dBm with 1 Hz resolution bandwidth setting.

The optional R&S FPC-B22 preamplifier increases sensitivity even further, to typ. -165 dBm. While most entry level spectrum analyzers can measure up to +20 dBm (100 mW), the R&S FPC is able to measure high-power signals of up to +30 dBm (1 W).

The combination of low noise floor and high max. input power provides an exceptionally wide measurement dynamic range in the R&S FPC.
The high measurement resolution of the R&S FPC fully utilizes the 10.1" WXGA display.

Easy virtual control

Integrated wireless technology eliminates the need for network cables. The R&S FPC is Wi-Fi-enabled and wirelessly connects to Wi-Fi access points. This renders Ethernet cables, plugs, hubs and installation superfluous.

Simple and intuitive controls are game-changing trends in industry. The R&S FPC connects to R&S InstrumentView as well as to R&S MobileView remote control platforms via USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi.

R&S InstrumentView (PC software) and R&S MobileView (iOS/Android app) are powerful all-in-one remote control applications that come bundled with the R&S FPC.
Powerful all-in-one remote control applications
Feature R&S InstrumentView R&S MobileView
Easy and fast exchange of screenshots or configurations between the instrument and a remote control device  
Remote control of the instrument from any network location
Easy creation of test reports in PDF, HTML and RTF format  
Easy processing of measurement results, editing of measuring results by displaying/hiding and shifting markers or limit lines, etc.  
iOS/Android compatible  
Bundled with the R&S FPC at no extra charge

Network analyzer


Internal VSWR bridge

Due to its unique design utilizing an internal VSWR bridge, the R&S FPC1500 can perform one-port vector reflection measurements. This feature makes it possible to take impedance measurements on RF antennas or RF circuits with the Smith chart display or distance-to-fault measurements to detect faulty locations over a long RF cable.

Thanks to the built-in internal VSWR bridge, it is no longer necessary to mount/dismount an external VSWR bridge when switching between the measurement modes, e.g. from the spectrum analyzer mode to the vector network analyzer mode or vice versa.

One-port vector network analyzer S11

One-port vector network analysis is used for impedance matching on components or networks, such as antennas or filters.

Impedance matching is an integral part of RF engineering, used to adjust transmission bandwidth and balance power transmission. With its integrated VSWR bridge, the R&S FPC1500 becomes a one-port vector network analyzer that can perform all of these S11 measurements.

Another application of S11 measurements is distance-to- fault (DTF) measurement. It displays RF return loss or VSWR data versus distance. It reveals poor connections, damaged cables or faulty antennas quickly and provides information on physical distance from the calibration point to the faulty location.

Should calibration be needed to eliminate the effects of additional cables or adapters used to connect the analyzer to the device under test (DUT), the R&S ZN-Z103 automatic calibration unit performs the calibration in a single step.
R&S FPC1500 S21 scalar transmission measurement with the R&S FPC-K42 option.

Smith chart

The Smith chart visualizes the complex S11 reflection. In other words, it shows how resistive, capacitive or inductive a load is across the frequency range. With this information, it is easy to tune network components to optimize impedance matching.
R&S FPC1500 S11 magnitude measurement with the R&S FPC-K42 option.
 R&S FPC1500 Smith chart with the R&S FPC-K42 option.

Signal generator


Tracking generator

RF engineering often requires testing of passive or active RF circuits that do not produce any RF signal on their own, such as amplifiers, filters or even RF cables. A stand- alone spectrum analyzer is not sufficient here, a signal generator is required. The R&S FPC1500 features tracking generator functionality, which makes scalar transmission measurements possible, for example frequency response measurements on RF filters.

Independent signal source

The R&S FPC1500 can do even more, using its integrated signal source in an independent mode. This unique capability enables the R&S FPC1500 to act as a continuous wave (CW) signal generator. The source can be used e.g. as a LO signal for mixer measurements or as an input signal for amplifier gain measurements.

Coupled CW mode

Coupled CW is a special mode that fixes the generated CW signal to the displayed center frequency of the R&S FPC1500. Whenever a measurement requires a CW signal to follow the R&S FPC1500 center frequency, these adjustments now can be conveniently set in one step.
R&S FPC1500: signal generator signal measured in the spectrum analyzer mode.
R&S FPC1500: tracking generator measuring a filter.

Customized configurations for a wide range of applications


Modulation analysis


Modulation analysis


R&S FPC-K7 modulation analysis, including dedicated modes for analysis of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS).

Receiver mode


Receiver mode


The R&S FPC-K43 receiver mode option enables EMI debugging and includes a quasi-peak detector. Near-field probe sets are available.

Vector Network Analysis


Vector Network Analysis


R&S FPC-K42 vector network analysis enables the internal bridge for S11 reflection measurements, including Smith chart and distance-to-fault (DTF).

Advanced measurements


Advanced measurements


The R&S FPC-K55 adds measurement functions for channel power, occupied bandwidth, spectrogram display, harmonic distortion, TDMA power and third order intercept.

What's In The Box

  • FPC1500 Spectrum Analyzer with Tracking Generator
  • Power cable
  • USB cable for connection to PC 
  • Manual
  • Calibration Certificate


Rohde & Schwarz FPC1500 Specifications
Frequency range R&S FPC1500 5 kHz to 1 GHz
with R&S FPC-B2 option 5 kHz to 2 GHz
with R&S FPC-B3 option 5 kHz to 3 GHz
Frequency resolution   1 Hz
Reference frequency, internal
Aging per year   1 × 10–6
Temperature drift 0 °C to +30 °C 1 × 10–6
+30 °C to +50 °C 3 × 10–6
Achievable initial calibration accuracy   5 × 10–7
Total reference uncertainty   (time since last adjustment × aging rate) + temperature drift + calibration accuracy
Frequency readout
Marker resolution   0.1 Hz
Uncertainty   ±(marker frequency × reference uncertainty + 10 % × resolution bandwidth + ½ (span / (sweep points – 1)) + 1 Hz)
Number of sweep (trace) points   1183
Marker tuning frequency step size   span/1182
Frequency counter resolution   0.1 Hz
Count uncertainty SNR > 25 dB ±(frequency × reference uncertainty + ½ (last digit))
Frequency span   0 Hz, 10 Hz to 1 GHz
with R&SFPC-B2 option 0 Hz, 10 Hz to 2 GHz
with R&SFPC-B3 option 0 Hz, 10 Hz to 3 GHz
Span uncertainty   1 % (nom.)
Spectral purity SSB phase noise   f = 500 MHz
Carrier offset 30 kHz < –88 dBc (1 Hz), –92 dBc (1 Hz) (typ.)
100 kHz < –98 dBc (1 Hz), –103 dBc (1 Hz) (typ.)
1 MHz < –120 dBc (1 Hz), –125 dBc (1 Hz) (typ.)
Sweep time
Sweep time span = 0 Hz 100 μs to 100 s
10 Hz ≤ span ≤ 600 MHz 10 ms to 1000 s
span > 600 MHz 10 ms × span/600 MHz to 1000 s
Uncertainty span = 0 Hz 1 % (nom.)
  span ≥ 10 Hz 3 % (nom.)
Resolution bandwidths
Range -3 dB bandwidth 1 Hz to 3 MHz in 1/3 sequence
Bandwidth accuracy 1 Hz ≤ RBW ≤ 300 kHz < 5 % (nom.)
300 kHz < RBW ≤ 1 MHz < 10 % (nom.)
Selectivity 60 dB:3 dB   < 5 (nom.) (Gaussian type filters)
Video filters
Range -3 dB bandwidth 1 Hz to 3 MHz in 1/3 sequence
Display range   displayed noise floor to +30 dBm
Maximum rated input level
DC voltage   50 V
CW RF power   33 dBm (= 2 W)
Peak RF power duration < 3 s 36 dBm (= 4 W)
RF output, duration < 3 s (R&S FPC1500 only) 26 dBm (= 0.4 W)
Max. pulse voltage   150 V
Max. pulse energy pulse width 10 μs 10 mWs
Third-order intercept (TOI) intermodulation-free dynamic range, signal level 2 × –20 dBm, RF attenuation = 0 dB, RF preamplifier = off
fin = 1 GHz +7 dBm (meas.)
fin = 2.4 GHz +10 dBm (meas.)
Second harmonic intercept (SHI) RF attenuation = 0 dB, RF preamplifier = off, signal level = –40 dBm
fin = 20 MHz to 1.5 GHz –60 dBc (nom.)
Displayed average noise level dB RF attenuation, termination 50 Ω, RBW = 100 Hz, VBW = 10 Hz, sample detector, log scaling, normalized to 1 Hz
preamplifier R&SFPC1000/R&SFPC1500 = off
1 MHz to 10 MHz < –127 dBm,–135 dBm (typ.)
10 MHz to 2 GHz < –142 dBm, –150 dBm (typ.)
2 GHz to 3 GHz < –138 dBm, –147 dBm (typ.)
preamplifier R&SFPC1000/R&SFPC1500 = on (requires R&SFPC-B22 option)
1 MHz to 10 MHz < –147 dBm, –157 dBm (typ.)
10 MHz to 2 GHz < –158 dBm, –165 dBm (typ.)
2 GHz to 3 GHz < –155 dBm, –163 dBm (typ.)
Immunity to interference, nominal values
Image frequencies fin – 2 × 30.15 MHz < –70 dBc (nom.)
  fin – 2 × 830.15 MHz < –65 dBc (nom.)
  fin – 2 × 4042.65 MHz –60 dBc (nom.)
Intermediate frequencies 30.25 MHz, 830.25 MHz, 4042.65 MHz < –70 dBc (nom.)
Other interfering signals, signal level – RF attenuation < –30 dBm spurious at fin – 2021.325 MHz < –60 dBc (nom.)
Other interfering signals, related to local oscillators Δf ≥ 300 kHz < –60 dBc (nom.)
f = receive frequency
Residual spurious response input matched with 50 Ω, without input signal, RBW ≤ 30 kHz, f ≥ 3 MHz, RF attenuation = 0 dB, Wi-Fi function disabled < –90 dBm (nom.)
Level display
Logarithmic level axis   1/2/5/10/20/50/100 dB, 10 divisions
Linear level axis   0 % to 100 %, 10 divisions
Number of traces   2
Trace detectors   max. peak, min. peak, auto peak, sample, RMS
Trace functions   clear/write, max. hold, min. hold, average, view
Setting range of reference level   -130 dBm to +30 dBm
Units of level axis   dBm, dBmV, dBμV, V, W
Level measurement uncertainty
Absolute level uncertainty at 100 MHz +20 °C to +30 °C < 0.3 dB
Frequency response (+20 °C to +30 °C) 100 kHz ≤ f < 10 MHz < 1.5 dB (nom.)
  10 MHz ≤ f ≤ 3 GHz < 1 dB
Attenuator uncertainty   < 0.3 dB
Uncertainty of reference level setting   < 0.1 dB (nom.)
Display nonlinearity SNR > 16 dB, 0 dB to –50 dB, logarithmic level display < 0.3 dB
Bandwidth switching uncertainty reference: RBW = 10 kHz < 0.1 dB (nom.)
Total measurement uncertainty 95 % confidence level, +20 °C to +30 °C, SNR > 16 dB, 0 dB to –50 dB below reference level, RF attenuation auto
10 MHz ≤ f ≤ 3 GHz < 1.25 dB, 0.5 dB (typ.)
Trigger functions
Trigger source   free run, video, external
External trigger level threshold low → high transition 2.4 V
high → low transition 0.7 V
maximum 3.0 V
Tracking generator and independent source generator functions (FPC1500 only)
Frequency range R&S FPC1500  5 kHz to 1 GHz
with R&S FPC-B2 option 5 kHz to 2 GHz
with R&S FPC-B3 option 5 kHz to 3 GHz
Measurements tracking generator mode Generator is coupled to swept frequency of spectrum analyzer to perform transmission measurements. A frequency offset can be set.
independent source mode Generator is coupled to center frequency of spectrum analyzer or independent settable
Output power 2 MHz to 3 GHz 0 dBm to –30 dBm (nom.)
Frequency response 2 MHz to 3 GHz ±3 dB (nom.)
Absolute level uncertainty at 100 MHz  +20 °C to +30 °C, at –10 dBm output power ±1 dB (nom.)
Inputs and outputs
RF input
Impedance   50 Ω (nom.)
Connector   N female
VSWR 5 kHz ≤ f ≤ 1 GHz < 1.5 (nom.)
1 GHz < f ≤ 3 GHz < 2 (nom.)
Input attenuator RF input only 0 dB to 40 dB in 5 dB steps
AF output
AF demodulation types   AM and FM
Connector   3.5 mm mini jack
Output impedance   32 Ω (nom.)
Voltage (open circuit)   VRMS adjustable from 0 V to > 100 mV
External reference, external trigger
Connector   BNC, 50 Ω
Mode   ext. reference, ext. trigger
External reference required level 0 dBm
Frequency 10 MHz
External trigger threshold low → high transition 2.4 V
high → low transition 0.7 V
General data
Power supply
AC supply input specifications 100 V to 240 V AC, 50 Hz to 60 Hz, 0.6 A to 0.4 A
Power consumption   14 W (nom.)
Safety   IEC 61010-1, EN 61010-1, UL 61010-1, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 61010.1
Test mark   VDE, GS, CSA
Manual operation
Languages   Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Remote control
Command set   SCPI 1997.0
LAN interface   10/100BASE-T, RJ-45
USB   type B plug, version 2.0
Size   10.1"
Resolution   1366 × 768 pixel
Pixel errors   < 2 pixel
Speaker   internal
USB interface   type A plug, version 2.0
  number of interfaces 2
Mass memory
Mass memory   memory stick (not supplied), size ≤ 4 Gbyte, USB version 1.1 or 2.0
Data storage internal > 256 instrument settings and traces
on memory stick, ≥ 1 Gbyte > 5000 instrument settings and traces
Environmental conditions
Temperature operating temperature range +10 °C to +40 °C
storage temperature range -20 °C to +70 °C
Climatic loading relative humidity +25 °/+40 °C at 85 % relative humidity in line with EN 60068-2-30
Mechanical resistance
Vibration sinusoidal EN 60068-2-6
random EN 60068-2-64
Shock   40 g shock spectrum, in line with MIL-STD-810F, method 516.4 procedure 1, EN 60068-2-27
EMC   in line with European EMC Directive 2004/108/EC including
CISPR 11/EN 55011/group 1
class A (emission)
EN 61326 table 2 (immunity, industrial)
Dimensions (W × H × D) without feet 396 mm × 178 mm × 147 mm
(15.6 in × 7 in × 5.8 in)
including feet 396 mm × 185 mm × 156 mm
(15.6 in × 7.3 in × 6.1 in)
Weight   3 kg (6.6 lb)
Recommended calibration interval   1 year

Rohde & Schwarz FPC1500 Product Specifications Summary:
(for full specs please see the full specs tab or the data sheet)

Spectrum Analyzers/Spectrum Analyzers Template

Bandwidth Range Max3 Ghz
Bandwith Range Min5 kHz
Noise Floor-165 dBm (-165 dB)
Tracking GeneratorYes
Type(Spectrum Analyzers)Benchtop
Channel Power MeasurementYes
Marker MeasurementYes
AM/FM DemodulationYes
Screen Size (Spectrum Analyzers)10.1 IN
Power MeterNo

Test Equipment General Attributes

Warranty3 YEARS
Additional Info/Commentssome specifications require optional items
Calibration IncludedNIST Calibration
Power Supply Voltage120V/220V Universal
Safety ApprovalCSA, UL
Interfaces I/O LAN / Ethernet, USB
StorageInternal Memory, USB Flash Drive
Product Weight6.6 LBS
Product Height15.6 IN
Product Length7 IN
Product Width5.8 IN



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