RF Spectrum Analyzers Add SCPI Compatibility

Signal Hound has added SCPI compatibility to its spectrum analyzers via its Spike software. Spike provides control of all Signal Hound spectrum analyzers using a common Graphical User Interface (GUI) and offers advanced signal analysis measurements and displays.


SCPI, “Standard Commands for Programmable Instruments”, specifies a programming language that is designed for controlling test instruments. It provides a common syntax, command structure, and data interchange format which can be used across multiple SCPI compatible test and measurement instruments. Commands are hierarchical using easily understood English based instructions. SCPI is intended to give the test system programmer a standardized environment for writing test instrument automation scripts, reducing implementation time by eliminating the need to learn a new proprietary software syntax.

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Signal Hound spectrum analyzers, which are controlled by the Spike software, can be remotely operated by sending SCPI commands to Spike via a TCP/IP link. You can connect and interface the Spike software through any VISA implementation or any programming language that allows SOCKET programming. Spike’s current set of SCPI commands covers the most common spectrum analyzer/receiver functions within the Spike software. The Signal Hound SDK includes example programs using SCPI to automate the Spike software for several measurement procedures. These programs can provide a basis on which customers can build custom programs for automating Signal Hound products.


The SCPI functionality for Spike is available immediately, at no cost, as part of the Spike software (V 3.2.0) download. For greater enlightenment, checkout the Spike SCPI programming manual and examples.

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