DSA815 and DSA815-TG 
High Performance Spectrum Analyzers

Compact, light weight spectrum analyzers with Digital IF Technology for reliable performance that is required by demanding RF applications.

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  • All-Digital IF Technology
  • 9 kHz to 1.5 GHz Frequency Range
  • Min. -161 dBm Displayed Average Noise Level (Typ.)
  • Min. < -98 dBc/Hz @ 10 kHz Offset Phase Noise
  • Level Measurement Uncertainty < 0.8 dB
  • Up to 7.5 GHz Tracking Generator (DSA815-TG)
  • Advanced Measurement Functions (Optional)
  • EMI Filter & Quasi-Peak Detector Kit (Optional)
  • VSWR Measurement Kit (Optional)
  • PC Software (Optional)
  • Optional RF TX/RX Training Kit
  • Optional RF Accessories (Cable, Adaptor, Attenuator, Bridge …)
  • Complete Connectivity: LAN (LXI), USB Host & Device, GPIB (Opt.)
  • IIII [+] Read More
    • Unique widescreen display, friendly interface and easy-to-use operations
    • Distinguish the two nearby signals clearly with the 100Hz RBW
    • Compare the spectrums when change the RBW settings with different color trace
    • Zero span to demodulate the AM signal/li>
    • Readout the Spectrum Peak values with the Peak table function
    • Measure lower than -130dBm signal with the standard Preamplifier
    • -80dBc/Hz @10 kHz offset Phase Noise
    • EMI Kit(EMI Filter & Quasi-Peak & Pass_Fail)
    • The GUI to control the RF Demo Kit (Transmitter) directly
    • 8 Inch WVGA (800×480) Display
    • Compact Size, Light Weight Design


  • Measure spectral purity of multiplex signals
  • Modulation characteristics of FM and pulse-modulated signals
  • Percentage of modulation of AM signals
  • Interpret the displayed spectra of pulsed RF emitted from a radar transmitter.


Rigol’s DSA815 spectrum analyzer redefines the product category by setting new standards for performance and price. The DSA815 features a unique widescreen display, compact design and easy-to-use interface and operations, making it ideal for benchtop or field apps in RF and wireless testing and production. The new spectrum analyzer offers the ability to measure smaller signals using our digital IF filter, which allows for smaller bandwidth settings and reduces displayed noise levels. The DSA815 also distinguishes between signals with a frequency difference as little as 100 Hz.   The DSA815 includes a wide range of standard functions including AM/FM demodulation and a preamplifier. In addition, Rigol offers great options including an EMI filter and quasi-peak detector kit and a 1.5 GHz tracking generator.
IIII [+] Read More (Benefits of Rigol’s all digital IF design)
  • The ability to measure smaller signals: on the basis of this technology, the IF filter enables smaller bandwidth settings, which greatly reduce the displayed average noise level.
  • The ability to distinguish between small signals by frequency: using the IF filter with the smallest bandwidth setting it is possible to make out signals with a frequency difference of only 10 Hz.
  • High precision amplitude readings: this technology almost eliminates the errors generated by filter switching, reference level uncertainty, scale distortion, as well as errors produced in the process of switching between logarithmic and linear display of amplitude when using a traditional analog IF design.
  • Higher reliability: compared with traditional analog designs, the digital IF greatly reduces the complexity of the hardware, the system instability caused by channel aging, and the temperature sensitivity that can contribute to parts failure.
  • High measurement speed: the use of digital IF technology improves the bandwidth precision and selectivity of the filter, minimizing the scanning time and improving the speed of the measurement
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  • Specifications
Model: DSA815  Spectrum Analyzers
Display: 8” TFT LCD, 800 * 480, 64 k
Frequency: 9 kHz to 1.5 GHz
Frequency Resolution: 1 Hz
Internal Frequency Reference
Reference Frequency: 10 MHz
Accuracy: ± [(time since last adjustment × aging rate) + temperature stability + calibration accuracy]
Initial calibration accuracy: <1 ppm
Temperature Stability: <2 ppm, 0℃ to 50℃ , reference to 25℃
Aging Rate: <2 ppm/year
Frequency Readout Accuracy
Marker Resolution: span/(sweep points-1)
Marker Uncertainty: ± (frequency indication × frequency reference uncertainty +1% × span + 10% × resolution bandwidth + marker resolution)
Marker Frequency Counter
Resolution: 1 Hz, 10 Hz, 100 Hz, 1 kHz, 10 kHz, 100 kHz
Uncertainty: ± (frequency indication × reference frequency accuracy + counter resolution)
Frequency Span
Range: 0 Hz, 100 Hz to maximum frequency of instrument
Uncertainty: ±span/ (number of sweep points – 1)
SSB Phase Noise
SSB Phase Noise:
Carrier Offset 10 kHz: <-80 dBc/Hz, nominal
Carrier Offset 100 kHz:<-100 dBc/Hz, typical
Resolution Bandwidth (-3dB): 100 Hz to 1 MHz, in 1-3-10 sequence
Bandwidth (-6dB): 200Hz, 9kHz, 120kHz, 1 MHz
RBW Uncertainty: <5%, nominal
Resolution Filter Shape Factor:
<5, nominal (6dB: 3dB)
Video Bandwidth (-3dB): 1 Hz to 3 MHz, in 1-3-10 sequence

Amplitude, DANL and DANL (Normalized to 1 Hz)

Measurement Range
Range: fc ≥ 10 MHz
DANL to +20 dBm
Maximum rated input level
DC Voltage: 50 V
CW RF Power: attenuation = 30 dB | (+20 dBm (100 mW) )
Max. Damage Level: +30 dBm (1 W)
Displayed Average Noise Level (DANL)
DANL (Preamplifier Off)
100 kHz to 10 MHz: <-90 dBm, <-110 dBm typical
10 MHz to 2.5 GHz: <-110 dBm + 6 × (f/1GHz) dB, <-115 dBm typical
DANL (Preamplifier ON)
100 kHz to 1 MHz: <-110 dBm, <- 130 dBm typical
1 MHz to 1.5 GHz: <-130 dBm + 6 × (f/1GHz) dB, <-135 dBm typical
Displayed Average Noise Level (DANL) (Normalized to 1 Hz)
DANL (Preamplifier Off)
100 kHz to 10 MHz: <-110 dBm,, <-130 dBm (typ.)
1 MHz to 5 MHz: <-110 dBm + 6 × (f/1GHz) dB, <-115 dBm typical
5 MHz to 1.5 GHz <-110 dBm + 6 × (f/1GHz) dB, <-115 dBm typical
DANL (Preamplifier ON)
100 kHz to 1 MHz: <-130 dBm,, <-150 dBm typical
1 MHz to 1.5 GHz: <-150 dBm + 6 × (f/1GHz) dB, <-155 dBm typical

Frequency Response and Tracking

Frequency Response (fc≥100 kHz, attenuation = 10 dB, relative to 50 MHz, 20ºC to 30 ºC)
(Preamplifier Off)
100 kHz to 1.5 GHz: <0.7 dB
(Preamplifier ON)
100 kHz to 1.5 GHz: <1.0 dB
RBW Switching Uncertainty
  relative to 1 kHz RBW
  <0.1 dB
VSWR: 300 kHz to 1.5 GHz: <1.5, nominal
RF Input: 50 Ω, nominal, N female connector
TG Out: 50 Ω, nominal, N female connector
Trigger In: BNC female, 5 V TTL level, nominal trigger voltage
USB: A Plug – host,
B Plug – USB Device
VGA: VGA compatible, 15-pin mini D-SUB
Tracking (for DSA815-TG)
RF Input
Frequency Range: 100 kHz to 1.5 GHz
Output Level: -20 dBm to 0 dBm
Output Level Resolution: 1 dB
Output Flatness: relative to 50 MHz | ±3 dB (nom.)
Sweep Time Range: span≥100 Hz: 10 ms to 1500s
Zero Span: 20 μs to 1500 s
Sweep Time Uncertainty: zero span (sweep time setting value >1 ms): 5% (nom.)
Trigger Functions
Trigger Source: Free Run, Video, External
External Trigger Level: 5 V TTL level, nominal
USB: host: A plug | Device: B plug
LAN: 10/100 Base , RJ-45
(with opt. USB-GPIB)
IEEE 488.2
Power Voltage: 100 V to 240 V, nominal, 45 Hz to 440 Hz
Power Consumption: Typical 35 W, Max 50 W with all options
Temperature Range: Operating: 5 ℃ to 40 ℃, ≤95% rel. humidity -30-40°C – ≤75% rel. humidity
Storage: -20 ℃ to 70 ℃
Storage: flash disk (internal), USB storage device (not supplied)
Dimensions: 361.6 mm × 178.8 mm × 128 mm, (14.2 in × 7.0 in × 5.0 in)
Weight: 4.25 kg (9.4 lb)