X-COM Systems Enhances Spectro-X RF Signal Analysis Software
March 15, 2012 Press Release
- New features speed identification of signals in long-duration signal capture files
VA, March 15, 2012 -- X-COM Systems, LLC, a subsidiary of Bird Technologies Group, today introduced Version 3.0 of
its Spectro-X software, the industry’s most comprehensive tool designed to search for signals of interest within long-duration
recordings of signal activity in the RF and microwave spectrum. The new features in Spectro-X Version 3.0 include
a “zoom” function that lets users more easily focus on a specific point in time and frequency, and integrated pulse
search and analysis capability that allows long pulse trains to be identified based on key signal characteristics.
These enhancements complement the software’s existing carrier, wireless standard and arbitrary waveform search capabilities.
X-COM has also made numerous enhancements to the software’s user interface and has automated key functions to speed
post-processing of large data sets.
software is designed exclusively for finding and analyzing signals of interest within recordings of signal activity
captured “over the air” using signal analyzers and X-COM’s IQC-2110 with bandwidths up to 110 MHz, by X-COM’s Wideband
Acquisition Record and Playback (WARP) system over bandwidths as wide as 6 GHz, or in custom spectrum files created
in MATLAB or other third party software. It is particularly well suited for performing these tasks on signal capture
files of long duration that can be up to several days in length, a process that without Spectro-X would be extraordinarily
difficult and time-consuming.
Using its four discrete search engines, Spectro-X lets the user “home in” to
specific regions of these files in frequency, time, or both to find either standards-based signals (such as GSM, Bluetooth,
WiFi, etc.) or arbitrary waveforms. The results in both frequency and time are graphically displayed simultaneously,
eliminating the need to switch between domains. Tools within Spectro-X can then be used to further narrow the region
of interest. The new zoom-box function lets the user focus on a specific point to find signals that, for example,
are hidden beneath a legitimate signal. The portion of the file selected by the zoom function can be exported in a
file format usable by vector signal analysis software for detailed analysis of the suspect signal’s characteristics.
The new pulse search function in Spectro-X Version X offers significant benefits for users working with pulsed
signals. It allows pulse trains of any length to be searched and signals identified based on user-defined parameters
such as rise and fall times, pulse width, pulse repetition interval, peak and average power, and carrier frequency.
The pulse search function can be set to exclude “rogue” pulses or include synchronizing signals. Another feature new
to this version allows many of the capabilities within Spectro-X to be automated when post-processing very large data
sets, significantly reducing execution time.
The long-duration analysis capabilities of Spectro-X are highly
valuable for use in both commercial and defense applications. In electronic warfare (EW), Spectro-X provides a fast,
accurate way to find and identify threats from recordings made in the battlefield and analyzed on-site in near real
time or later in the lab. The software is also widely used for verification testing of radar, EW, ECM, and all types
of wireless systems to determine how they perform when subjected to actual signal conditions and for evaluating their
performance over time.
Spectro-X is also a highly effective tool for spectrum managers who must monitor activity
within broad swaths of the electromagnetic spectrum to find interferers that can degrade system performance. Spectro-X
is complemented by X-COM’s RF Editor software that allows the user to edit the data or create and insert new spectra
and waveforms and functions much like professional video editing software. It allows any waveform or slice of spectrum
to be moved anywhere among 10 tracks in the recording, creating a new recording designed to accomplish specific goals.
X-COM’s Spectro-X software is available now. A free 30-day trial version, a self-guided demo, and other technical
resources can be accessed at X-COM’s Web site, www.xcomsystems.com.
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About X-COM Systems
X-COM Systems, headquartered
near Washington, DC, in Reston, VA, was founded in 1996 and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bird Technologies Group
(BTG). The company provides advanced RF signal recording, visualization, analysis, and signal generation tools for
defense and commercial wireless companies worldwide.
About Bird Technologies Group
Bird Technologies Group (BTG), headquartered in Solon, OH, is an innovative global supplier of radio frequency
products, systems, services, and educational solutions. Combining the industry-leading brands of Bird Electronic Corporation,
TX RX Systems and X-COM Systems in one company reinforces the BTG commitment of providing a broad range of RF measurement
and spectrum capture and analysis solutions. www.bird-technologies.com.