SDA-5000 Series Stealth Digital Analyzer

SDA-5000 Series Stealth Digital Analyzer
SDA-5000 Series
Stealth Digital Analyzer
Key Features
• Offers unmatched measurement performance for digital
video, data, and traditional analog services in a single
• Increases the efficiency of service calls and reduces
troubleshooting time
• Ensures HFC network integrity with the JDSU noninterfering forward and reverse sweep system compatible
with today’s digital signals
• Enables easy preparation of networks for interactive
services with a 5 to 1000-MHz, fast, sensitive spectrum
• Delivers comprehensive testing of forward and reverse
digital services including optional QAM analysis
• Ensures full in-service proof-of-performance with
automated tests
• Rugged, weather-resistant, and lightweight
In the world of high-growth subscriber services, engineers and technicians
struggle with assignments as diverse as tracking down and fixing ingress, aligning
optical nodes, and proof-of-performance. With competitive threats building,
cable operators need easy and cost-effective solutions for efficient installation,
qualification, maintenance and troubleshooting their HFC networks.
The JDSU SDA-5000 Series of Stealth Digital Analyzers provides a lightweight,
weather resistant, rugged, and affordable single instrument with the versatility to
test the latest digital services as well as the ideal device for maintaining the analog
spectrum. The SDA Series provides seamless forward and return path testing as
well as advanced digital testing. A host of invaluable extra options such as QAM
analysis and PathTrak Field View are available, enabling the SDA Series to be
customized for both the cable operator’s network technology level and budget.
The SDA builds on JDSU’s market leading RF sweep capabilities with numerous
new features that ensure engineers can cope with the changing demands of today’s
Backward compatibility with earlier JDSU Stealth and StealthTrak Series products
build on a company’s existing investment. Automated testing, new “Find and Fix”
tools, and easy-to-use graphical user interfaces ensure training time is kept to a
minimum. In addition, users familiar with a JDSU Stealth product can transfer
their existing expertise to other SDA products without additional training.
Offers single-instrument testing of all services
JDSU SDA Series testers are capable of handling a broad spectrum of interactive
testing needs including reverse sweep, multiple-user reverse testing, portable
reverse testing, reverse path noise testing, quality forward path digital services
with QAM View and in-service cable modem analysis. The SDA-5000 Series of
Stealth Digital Analyzers includes the SDA-5000, SDA-5500, and SDA-5510, each
of which provides a single-instrument “One Box” solution for engineers and
technicians. The main features include:
Analog testing
Forward and reverse non-interfering Sweep enables
easy preparation of networks for interactive services
– Non-interfering forward RF sweep
– RF level, fast scan, tilt
– In-service carrier-to-noise, hum, depth of modulation
– Fast spectrum display with CTB/CSO
– Automatic/24-hour testing (FCC and CENELEC compliant)
Return path testing
– Non-interfering reverse RF sweep
– PathTrak Field View option pinpoints return path noise
– Reverse Alignment mode prepares network for cable modem deployment
– Reverse noise feature shows accumulated noise/ingress seen at the headend
– Zero Span Spectrum mode
– DOCSIS/DAVIC compatible cable modem analysis
Sweep trace and reverse ingress sent out on
forward path telemetry to receivers
HFC under development
Field Portable Sweep
Headend Forward Sweep
Transmission (Multiuser)
SDA-5500 Sweep
Headend Reverse Sweep
Manager (Multiuser)
Forward Sweep and
Reverse Sweep
SDA 5000+OPT1
Reverse Optical Node
Optical Receiver
Reverse sweep signal sent
to SDA-5500 or SDA-5510
SDA instruments provide a comprehensive set of measurement tools that will follow the expansion of your cable network
Reverse path ingress
Advanced digital testing
– JDSU digiCheck average power
– QAM View digital analysis with modulation error ratio (MER), pre/post FEC
BER, constellation, and exclusive noise/ingress under the carrier measurement
Sweep is the right solution
Reverse Alignment mode prepares network for
cable modem deployment
The majority of all transmission errors (including digital) are found by measuring
the frequency response of the network. Every physical error in the network that
influences the transmitted signals will be revealed in the sweep trace. This means
the sweep results are independent of transmission methods and formats.
When maintaining and setting up the HFC network, the goal is to transmit all
signals with the best noise specifications and the lowest intermodulation distortion. Sweep provides the most effective and efficient tool to show the effects and
compromises of setting up the correct gain versus frequency.
Normalized sweep
Reverse ingress spectrum display
To ensure that network specifications are maintained, starting from the headend
to the subscriber, each section of the network has its own set of specifications. A
normalized sweep divides the network into easily managed sections. Each of these
network sections can be designated to an individual team or contractor and
tested to its own specifications and quality standards.
The SDA Series uses a variation of JDSU’s original market-leading Stealth Sweep
technology. Existing video carriers (analog, digital, or scrambled) are referenced
when possible, eliminating any possibility of interference to the subscriber
services. Where carriers are absent, the SDA-5500 transceiver at the headend
transmits a sweep to fill vacant spectrum areas. To remove effects of headend level
drift, the SDA-5500 transceiver monitors the levels and transmits new reference
information with every sweep. This means that if the signal levels are changing in
the headend, they will not affect the sweep response measurement. The SDA-5500
transceiver has all of the measurement capability of the SDA-5000 receiver
enabling the technician to check headend levels.
Constellation display with MER and pre/post FEC BER
The SDA Series also offers significantly faster forward sweep speed than earlier
instruments, especially in systems that include many digital signals. They can
reference 64/256 QAM signal types, removing the need to worry about subscriber
interference, or injecting sweep carriers in the guard bands.
Reverse sweep
The SDA-5000 (with option 1 installed) enables simple and practical testing of the
reverse path frequency response, regardless of the frequency (5 to 1000 MHz). It
has a built-in reverse sweep transmitter, which means externally generatedcarriers
are not required. Furthermore, the SDA-5500 transmitter and field receivers have
frequency agile telemetry, enabling them to communicate on both the forward
and reverse paths.
In-service ingress spectrum showing CTB/CSO-intermodulation problems due to analog-TV channels
SDA Series instruments enable one person to perform forward and reverse path
alignment simultaneously. The operator simply indicates which screen should be
displayed – either the response from the headend to the testpoint, or the response
from the testpoint to the headend. A reverse sweep can uncover mismatch problems, which reveal themselves as standing waves, or diplex filter roll-offs that can
severely hamper the quality of services in the reverse band.
Multiple-user reverse testing
One button, in-service C/N measurements on TDMA
return path cable modem signals (DOCSIS, EuroDOCSIS, EuroModem)
For intense reverse testing requirements, the rack mounted model SDA-5510
Headend Reverse Sweep Manager handles the reverse sweep job for up to 10 different technicians on the same cluster of nodes. Using the SDA-5510 in conjunction with the model SDA-5500 transceiver provides a full forward and reverse
sweep alignment solution. The SDA-5510 can also stand alone in remote hub sites
for dedicated reverse alignment applications.
Seeing headend/hub site accumulated ingress in the field
The reverse noise feature of the SDA-5000 enables easy reverse path noise testing.
The operator simply presses the “noise” softkey while reverse sweeping, and the
display changes to a noise/ingress response indicating the noise level over
the entire reverse path spectrum measured at the headend or hub site.
Zero span/time domain expert mode, showing the
TDMA bursty return path cable modem power ramp
of 3.5 ms
All SDA transmitters provide feedback to the field regarding the current
condition of noise and ingress in the headend, even when noise or ingress
is swamping the telemetry (Broadcast mode). A picture of the headend noise/
ingress is sent out to the SDA receiver via a special forward telemetry carrier.
QAM View ensures quality forward path digital services
For measurement and analysis of digital TV and forward modem signals, the new
digital QAM View option provides a full complement of digital quality measurements. Included is a 64/256 QAM constellation display with zoom, average digital
power level, bit error rate (BER), 21 to 35-dB modulation error ratio (MER), and
a noise margin “cliff effect” parameter. An equalizer display shows equalizer stress
and distance to fault.
Time domain view of ingress in the Zero Span mode
captures elusive ingress
In addition, an exclusive Noise mode enables technicians to see ingress/noise
under an active digital carrier. This tool is invaluable for detecting forward path
ingress otherwise hidden by conventional spectrum views.
In-service cable modem analyzer
For bursty digital signals such as TDMA technologies used on cable modems for
reverse services, the SDA-5000 offers two measurement choices. The first, a onebutton cable modem analyzer test, shows carrier-to-noise measurements quickly.
The second, an advanced zero span feature, uses a time domain display to allow
power measurements while the modem is in service. Both modes are compatible
with DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS, CBR/switched circuit telephony, and proprietary
cable modem standards.
PathTrak Field View option compares headend node
spectrum with field testpoint spectrum
Detecting ingress in the field
When detecting ingress in the field, first the operator looks at the ingress present
at the field testpoint using the spectrum display on any of the receivers and then
switches to reverse ingress/noise to see the ingress at the headend for comparison.
This time-saving procedure helps in locating sources of ingress. An adjustable
dwell time ensures that even intermittent ingress is detected. The preamp and
lowpass filter also assures that even low-level ingress is seen. The preamp and
lowpass filter on the SDA-5000 assures that ingress can be measured on devices
with bidirectional testpoints or testpoint values of 30 dB or more.
Graphical reverse testpoint compensation
PathTrak Field View option
When a network is equipped with the JDSU PathTrak Performance Monitoring
System, system technicians can benefit from the ultimate tool to combat ingress –
the PathTrak Field View option for the SDA-5000. With Field View, the SDA-5000
receives a return path headend spectrum broadcast from the PathTrak unit and
compares it with a return path spectrum at any field testpoint. The side-by-side
spectrum comparison instantly reveals to the technician whether the ingress
source is originating at the technician’s current testpoint or at a different location.
The comparative spectrum technique reduces noise/ingress troubleshooting time
dramatically, since the technician can immediately verify whether corrective
action performed in the field (local trace) results in improvement in the headend
spectrum (remote trace).
The Navigator user interface, common on all
JDSU SDA meters
Comprehensive testing
The SDA Series provides an extensive set of signal analysis features designed for
proving and improving network quality. Its key capabilities include level measurement, analog and digital signal limits, tilt measurement, scan measurement,
in-service carrier-to-noise measurement, hum measurement, modulation
measurement, and local amplifier alignment with loopback tests.
Level measurement
The single-channel level display shows both video and
audio levels (either single or dual sound/ NICAM) and
the difference between the two
The SDA instruments have a comprehensive single-channel level display with
tuned channel, video frequency and level, audio frequency and level, and the
difference between video and audio carrier levels.
Making accurate digital average power measurements is addressed with the
digiCheck measurement function. The digiCheck feature is compatible with most
non-bursty digital modulations in use today (that is, 16, 32, 64, 128, and 256
QAM, QPR, QPSK, VSB, and CAP16 ).
Analog and digital signal limits
Digital channel average power measurements can be
made using the digiCheck™ feature
Analog signal threshold limits have always been a technician’s favorite feature of
JDSU instruments. Automatic limit checks provide a quick go/no-go status for
audio and video levels. The SDA Series extends this capability with a dedicated
digital limit set that can be applied exclusively to the forward digital carriers
defined in a channel plan. By assigning separate analog and digital limits, test time
is reduced, since no calculation is necessary to determine if analog and digital level
relationships are within system specifications. Analog and digital limit capability
is available in both the Scan and Autotest modes.
Tilt measurement
Tilt is the easiest and most efficient tool for balancing amplifiers. For cable plants
requiring multiple tilt measurements, such as comparing today’s tilt measurement
with a historical record and then making an additional measurement for a new
wider channel plan, the technician simply uses markers to indicate the tilt
channels that define the new limits with the SDA Series.
Intermodulation distortion
Tilt mode performs automatic tilt calculations
between any two of nine designated carriers
Intermodulation distortion (CSO/CTB) can be automatically measured using the
CTB/CSO mode from the spectrum analyzer. CTB/CSO distortions produced by
intermodulation of analog TV carriers can degrade the signal quality of QAM
modulated signals used by digital video and cable modems.
Scan measurement
The SDA Series Scan mode provides a quick graphical view of the entire channel
plan with bars representing the video level for each channel. Both video and audio
may be displayed.
Carrier-to-noise measurement: in-service
Limit checks can be instantly viewed after identifying
channel of interest with a marker in Scan mode
Carrier-to-noise measurements (on a non-scrambled channel) is just as easy with
the SDA Series and there is no need to remove modulation from the video carrier.
No tunable preselector filter is needed.
Hum measurement: in-service
Measuring hum on a channel (non-scrambled) is as simple as pressing the
“HUM” key with the versatile JDSU SDA Series. Since the instrument is battery
powered, the measurement is independent of ground loops and is, therefore,
isolated from the line (mains). Hum is revealed as either single (60 Hz) or double
(120 Hz) horizontal bars across the video screen.
Modulation measurement
In-service carrier-to-noise
SDA Series modulation measurements include NTSC, PAL, and SECAM formats.
Demodulation of the audio is done for both AM and FM. FM is used to hear
audio distortion on the FM radio channels or the sound of the TV program. AM
is used to recognize short-wave interference signals in the reverse band.
Local amplifier alignment w/loopback tests
The SDA Series’ loopback tests enable the technician to perform frequency
response measurements of active or passive field devices. Either a CW or sweep
signal may be generated from the SDA instrument and injected to the input of a
device under test. The DUT output can then be measured by the SDA, providing
valuable information such as gain, loss, roll-off, or frequency response. The CW
loopback test is available on the SDA-5000 with option 1. The CW loopback and
sweep loopback features are available on the SDA-5000 with option 2.
Provides the right solution for varying network needs
The SDA Series includes three models with multiple extra options ensuring that
all testing needs, from portable in-the-field hub testing to rack-mounted, headend
or hub requirements are catered to. The three models are also designed to
interoperate with earlier JDSU Stealth models.
Field usage is covered by the SDA-5000. The SDA-5000 can be tailored with
various options to meet the most demanding forward and reverse sweep needs.
In-service “HUM” (PAL and NTSC compatible)
Headend/hub usage is covered by the SDA-5500 and SDA-5510. The SDA-5500
provides forward sweep and single-user reverse sweep while the SDA-5510
provide multi-user reverse sweep. Full forward and reverse sweep alignment can
be achieved by using the SDA-5510 in conjunction with the model SDA-5500
transceiver. The SDA-5510 can also be used alone in remote hub sites for
dedicated reverse alignment applications.
For networks that do not provide a practical location to install a rack mounted
SDA-5510, (that is, systems where reverse traffic is received by an ATM/
SONET/SDH network rather than returning to the headend) the SDA-5000 with
option 6 provides all the functionality of the SDA-5510, (Note: forward sweep
capability is not included with SDA-5000 with option 6).
Stealth Sweep compatibility
Depth of modulation
The SDA Series is completely sweep compatible with Stealth 3SR, 3ST, 3HRV, and
StealthTrak SSA-1000 Series instruments. The only requirement is that Firmware
version 9.3 is installed in Stealth instruments, and Firmware version 2.0 installed
in StealthTrak SSA-1000 instruments. To take full advantage of the faster forward
sweep capability, all headend and field instruments must be SDA Series.
Upgrading from Stealth to SDA
The JDSU upgrade program is designed to protect customers’ investments in test
equipment. Any model 3SR, 3ST, or 3HRV can be upgraded to the SDA Series at
any of JDSU worldwide service centers, and customers who own a model
SSA-1000 can upgrade to the SDA Series with an in-the-field Firmware change
Detailed forward/ reverse sweep graph offers
adjustable markers, scale, reference level and tilt. Users
can clearly distinguish between previous and current
sweep measurements for easy comparison on PC
StealthWare display
Extensive automated test capability
The SDA Series offers a practical user interface, which normally only requires the
push of a button to operate, and its built-in automation significantly reduces the
cost of ownership to businesses.
Automated tests can be scheduled to perform either 24-hour FCC compliance
tests, or initiated immediately to log performance at individual nodes, amplifiers,
or other testpoints. A wide range of tests can be performed automatically, including signal levels, C/N, hum, and depth of modulation. The operator designates
which tests to perform on which channels. Because these tests are non-intrusive,it
is easy to test all parameters on all channels at any time.
After a test is performed, the results can be displayed on the SDA screen.
A pass/fail indication on a variety of limits can be set for FCC/CENELEC or other
government standards, or system preferences. Data taken during any automated
test, or sequence of automated tests, can be viewed immediately with a pass/fail
indication for each of the limits. Specific stored measurement results may be
viewed on demand.
Data analysis with StealthWare
Test results can be printed directly to a serial printer or uploaded to a PC using
JDSU StealthWare, a Microsoft® Windows®-based data management package, to
store and include in custom reports. Stored sweep, scan, or spectrum screens can
be viewed on the PC and analyzed with marker movement and readout information in just the same way as on the actual instrument. A sweep graph overlay
function allows comparison of multiple RF response variations over time. Old
sweep graphs may be downloaded back into the SDA instrument for realtime
Powerful and intuitive standardized graphical displays
All measurement results are presented to the user in clear, highly informative,
summary displays. The graphics present the information the way the technician
wants to see the results, with no further interpretation required. For example,
testpoint compensation values are entered at the start of testing. Displays then
calculate actual levels automatically, minimizing field errors.
Reduced training time
With SDA Series products, all levels of instruments are familiar to the technician,
regardless of which is learned first, because the same user interface conventions
are used across all product families. The time needed for a trainee technician to
learn to use the instrument is considerably shorter than with alternative test
equipment. This means urgent upgrade projects make the most efficient use of
limited resources when SDA Series products are used.
JDSU Basic Service packages
To ensure the highest levels of support for SDA purchasers, JDSU offers the Basic
Service for instrument package. Designed to provide the foundation for
maximizing the features and usage of SDA equipment, JDSU’s Basic Service
package offers the following degrees of service and support only JDSU can
provide. This includes:
– An extended warranty of up to five years
– Annual calibration – fully traceable to meet NIST standards
These core services provide the foundation for a longer product life, help you
realize greater meter functionality and maximize your JDSU investment. Ask your
sales representative or call the JDSU Customer Care Center for more information.
Technology training
JDSU provides a comprehensive Cable Networks technology training program
designed to help you and your teams understand the changing needs of today’s
advanced networks.
Training seminars include:
– HFC basics
– Sweep and balance forward and return
– Sweep 101 “Bootcamp”
Application features
Full frequency response testing
Reverse path alignment for
new digital services
Prepare for cable
modem deployment
View return distortion and ingress
as captured at headend
Reverse path ingress troubleshooting
Handle multiple reverse path sweep
tests at one time
Proactive reverse path maintenance
Forward sweep without headend
Forward path sweep carrier
Quick scan of active channel plan
View local distortion and ingress
View and measure cable modem
carriers on return path
Test forward path digital services
CSO/CTB measurements
Amplifier checks and alignment
Local Amplifier and optical
node alignment
In-service carrier-to-noise
Analog and digital
level measurements
Depth of modulation measurements
Forward sweep mode using
headend transmission
Reverse Sweep mode
Reverse Alignment mode
Reverse ingress/noise
PathTrak Field View option
Built-in low-pass filter
and preamp, dwell time
Multiple user reverse
sweep reception
(up to 10 simultaneous users)
PathTrak Field View option
Sweepless Sweep using
carrier levels only
Forward transmission of
sweep carriers
SCAN mode w/limit check
Spectrum display
Zero Span TDMA Time
Domain mode
digiCheck and
QAM view option
CSO/CTB mode
TILT mode
CW Loopback (opt. 1 or 2)
Sweep Loopback (opt. 2 only)
C/N mode
LEVEL mode
digiCheck mode
MOD mode
Start with any
SAM-4040 or 4040D
PathTrak Field View (4040D)
A) Firmware
B) Hardware & firmware
Level measurement
Log linearity
Signal types
–40 to +60 dBmV
0.1 dB
±1.0 dB from –20 to +50°C(1,2)
±0.5 dB(1)
±0.5 dB(3)
CW, single carrier, video
(single or dual audio/NICAM), audio, digital
Uncertainty for digital carrier
additional ±0.5 dB (digital types 16/32/64/256
TDMA using Zero Span Spectrum mode)
at 280 kHz RBW
Upgrade to SDA-4040D
Field View
Dig Spectrum
Add Option 4 for: QAM View
Any Stealth can upgrade to
SDA-5000 for:
5 x faster sweep
256 QAM compatible sweep
Improved TP Comp setup
for reverse sweep
A) Firmware
B) Hardware & firmware
QAM view option
SDA-5000 units can be
purchased with,or upgraded to:
QAM View
PathTrak Field View
QAM view option
Any 3ST can be upgraded to
SDA-5000 for faster forward
sweep and digital signal
sweep compatibility
Any 3HRV can be upgraded
to SDA-5510
Stealth to SDA series –
product upgrade/replacement guide
Stealth model
SDA replacement
3SR + 3SRV option
3SR + 3SRT option
SDA-5000 with Option 1
SDA-5000 with Option 2
SDA-5000 with Option 2
(firmware only)
SDA-4040D (firmware only)
SAM 4040
5 to 1000 MHz
±10 ppm at 25°C; ±10 ppm drift over temp
±3 ppm/year aging
Resolution bandwidths
30, 280 kHz and 2 MHz
(30 kHz for CTB/CSO only)
Tuning resolution
10 kHz
Sweep resolution
250 kHz maximum
In-service measurement. Non-scrambled channels only. No
preselection required for 78 channels or less. Best dynamic
range at +10 dBmV or higher input.
≥ 52 dB(1)
< 0.5 dB
Hum measurement
In-service measurement. Carrier > 0 dBmV. Non-scrambled
channels only.
0 to 10%
< 0.2%
Depth of modulation
Assumes presence of white reference on any VITS line. Nonscrambled channels only. Audio demodulation of AM and FM
80 to 100%
< 0.5% at 85%
Audio demodulation
AM and FM Carriers
Tilt measurement
Up to nine pilot carriers or video channels with tilt and level
measurements on the highest and lowest.
Hi-lo ∆ resolution
0.1 dB
Scan mode
All video, audio, pilot carrier, and digital channel levels displayed.
Sweep mode
(SDA-5000 and 5500 only)
Frequency range
5 to 1000 MHz
Display span
User definable
Display scale/range
6 vertical divisions 1, 2, 5,
or 10 dB/division
Sweep pulse occupied bandwidth
30 kHz
±0.5 dB, normalized
(dependent on stability of referenced carriers)
Sweep rate
~1 second (78 channels, including
scrambled and digital signal types)
Channel plan templates (user editable)
China-1; China-2; France; HDTP-NL; Ireland;
Japan; Jerold; Jerold-HRC; Jerold-IRC;
NTSC-Broadcast; OIRT-D/K; PL-B/G; PAL-UK
Spectrum mode
3, 5, 10, 20, and 50 MHz
(0.3, 0.5, 1, 2, and 5 MHz/div)
Sweep rates
~1 second updates with spans of 50, 20,
10 and 5 MHz ~1.7 second updates with 3 MHz span
Display scaling and range
0.5, 1, 2, 5, and 10 dB/div
6 vertical divisions
programmable 0-25 ms
Spurious free dynamic range
60 dB3
Sensitivity without preamp
–40 dBmV 5 to 550 MHz
–35 dBmV 550 to 1000 MHz
Sensitivity with preamp
–50 dBmV 5 to 550 MHz
–45 dBmV 550 to 1000 MHz
Maximum level with preamp
+50 dBmV
Zero Span mode
Video BW
> 1 MHz, 100 kHz, 10 kHz, 100 Hz
Resolution BW
2 MHz, 280 kHz, 30 kHz
Measurement BW
1 kHz to 99 MHz
compensation programmable
Pulse measurement accuracy
nominal level in 10 µs
±2 dB from nominal in 5 µs
(> 1 MHz VBW, 280 kHz RBW)
Sweep times
100 µs to 20 s (1, 2, 5 settings)
Intermodulation distortion (CSO/CTB)
≥ 60 dB
0.1 dB
Forward transmitter
(SDA-5000 with option 2/SDA-5500 only)
Frequency range
5 to 1000 MHz
Output level
+20 to +50 dBmV adjustable
in 2 dB increments
Spectral purity
Hars –30 dBc; Spurs –35 dBc
Reverse transmitter
(Requires SDA-5000 with option 1 or 2)
Frequency range
5 to 1000 MHz
Output level
+20 to +50 dBmV,
adjustable in 2 dB increments
Spectral purity
Hars –30 dBc; Spurs –35 dBc
Frequency range
5 to 1000 MHz
FSK, 100 kHz deviation
Spectrum required
1.0 MHz vacant bandwidth
Spectral purity
Hars –30 dBc; Spurs –35 dBc
Data storage
Files stored: auto tests, tilt, channel plans, scan and forward
sweep. Also reverse sweep and reverse amp alignment on
SDA-5000 with option 1 and/or 2.Spectrum mode (regular
with max hold and CSO/CTB).Allocated on demand.The storage capability is simultaneous – more of one file type can be
“traded” for less of another. All files stored as database, not as
screen picture. (Example: typical mix of files for 78-channel
plan: 8 channel plans, 16 sweep references, 80 sweep traces,
40 scan files, 20 spectrum displays and 20 auto tests).
Display scaling
Selectable nodes
2x/second (remote trace)
~1x/second (local trace)
5/1/2/5/10/20 dB/div.
14 (selectable via PathTrak HCU)
QAM View option (opt 4)
The QAM View option can be factory installed in any new or
existing SDA Series instrument.The specifications and features
are in addition to the standard measurement features of the
SDA Series.When ordering, please specify option 4a for 8 MHz,
DVB-C, ITU-T J.83 annex A, or option 4b for 6 MHz, DVS-031,
ITU-T J.83 annex B.
Modulation type
64/256 QAM, DVB-C,
ITU-T J.83 annex A (option 4a)
64/256 QAM, DVS-031,
ITU-T J.83 annex B (option 4b)
Channel bandwidth
8 MHz (option 4A); 6 MHz (option
Upper limit
Lower limit
28 30 32
MER Reading (DB)
Measurable input range (lock range)
64 QAM
–20 to +50 dBmV (typical)
256 QAM
–15 to +50 dBmV (typical)
Frequency tuning
50 to 860 MHz (Digital QAM mode)
50 kHz
BER (bit error rate)
64 QAM Pre-FEC/options 4A and 4B
10–4 to 10–9
64 QAM Post-FEC/options 4A and 4B
10–4 to 10–9
256 QAM Pre-FEC/options 4A and 4B
10–4 to 10–9
256 QAM Post-FEC/options 4A and 4B
10–4 to 10–9
MER (modulation error ratio)
64 QAM/option 4A
22 to 35 dB
±2.0 dB
64 QAM/option 4B
21 to 35 dB
±1.5 dB
256 QAM/option 4A
28 to 35 dB
±2.0 dB
256 QAM/option 4B
28 to 35 dB
±1.5 dB
EVM (error vector magnitude)
64 QAM/option 4A
1.2% to 5.2%
±0.5% (1.2% to 2.0%)
±1.0% (2.1% to 4.0%)
±1.4% (4.1% to 5.2%)
64 QAM/option 4B
1.2% to 5.8%
±0.5% (1.2% to 2.5%)
±1.1% (2.6% to 5.8%)
256 QAM/option 4A
1.1% to 2.5%
256 QAM/option 4B
1.1% to 2.5%
QAM level measurement
Signal types
64 QAM, 256 QAM
–20 to +45 dBmV
±1.0 dB
±0.5 dB
±1.0 dB
±0.5 dB (typical)
(total SDA-5000 size with option 4)
6 x 10.5 x 4.25 in (15.2 x 26.7 x 10.8 cm)
approx. 7.7 lb (3.5 kg)
Operating temperature range
–4 to 113°F (–20 to 45°C)
(1)Typical specifications
(2)Relative to 25°C
(3)At 25°C and +20 dBmV
Out of measurement range
3 dB
Carrier to Noise Range (dB)
(SDA-5000 and SDA-5500 only)
Update rate
Measurable QAM ingress
64 QAM
–25 to –40 dBc
256 QAM
–30 to –40 dBc
±3.0 dB
Graphic display
Digital summary (including MER/EVM, pre/post FEC BER, equalizer stress, carrier offset, symbol rate) with limit/margin test
results, QAM level. IQ constellation with zoom. Adaptive equalizer display (in accordance with the DVB ERT 290 standard), frequency response, group delay. ingress/noise under the carrier.
Power source
Note: option powered from SDA Series nickel metal hydride
battery. Operating time is specified for continuous use in QAM
View mode. Option includes high-output charger.
Charge time
~4 hours
Operating time
2.5 hours continuous use (typical)
Universal AC charger/adapter
100-250 VAC, 50-60 Hz, 0.5 A
charge 15 V at 750 ma
2.0 dB Accuracy
Depth of Measurement (dB)
(without preamplification/with preselection
PathTrak Field View (opt 3 required)
MER Accuracy
Worse case condition, 64 QAM, Annex A, 6.89 MSPS
MER Actual (dB)
Serial interface
RS232; Epson, IBM, Seiko, and Diconix Printers
Input configuration
Connector type
75Ω type F female
(optional 75Ω type BNC female)
Maximum sustained voltage
AC 100V DC 140V
320 x 240 dot matrix LCD, selectable backlight
(SDA-5000 only)
6 x 11 x 3.5 in (15.2 x 27.9 x 8.9 cm)
5.1 lb (2.3 kg) (with option 1 or 2, 5.5 lb (2.5 kg))
Temperature range operating
–20 to +47°C (–4 to 117°F)
(SDA-5500 and SDA-5510 only)
19 x 5.25 x 14 in (48.3 x 13.3 x 35.6 cm)
15 lb (6.8 kg)
Temperature range operating
0 to +50°C (32 to 120°F)
Power sources
field extended-life replaceable,
nickel metal hydride 12V/3.5A-hr,
4 hours continuous use on a single charge
AC line (SDA-5000)
Charger input
100 to 250 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz, 0.5 A
Charger output
aux out 16 V at 750 mA
Charge 15 V at 750 mA
AC line (SDA-5500)
100 to 265 to 63 Hz ~100 VAC
47 to 63 Hz ~100 VA
Video Carrier Level (dBmV)
Out of measurement range
2.0 dB Accuracy
Video Carrier Level (dBmV)
Ordering information
Model SDA-5000
Forward and reverse sweep field receiver with advanced signal
analysis. Compatible with older Stealth units running Firmware
version 9.3. Includes: extended-life nickel metal hydride battery, universal charger/AC adapter, and operator’s manual
Model SDA-5500
Headend sweep transceiver: Provides forward sweep and single user reverse sweep for SDA-5000. Compatible with older
Stealth units running Firmware version 9.3. Includes: line cord,
channel plan transfer cable, and operator’s manual
Model SDA-5510
Headend reverse sweep manager: receives reverse sweep from
up to 10 SDA-5000 receivers with options 1 or 2 installed.
Compat-ible with older Stealth units running Firmware version
9.3. includes: line cord, channel plan transfer cable, and operator’s manual
SDA-option 1: reverse sweep capability for model SDA-5000
SDA-option 2: reverse sweep capability and 5 to 1000 MHz
transmitter for model SDA-5000
SDA-option 3a: PathTrak Field View interoperation for model
SDA-5000 or SDA-5500 (PathTrak HCU)
SDA-option 4a: 64/256 QAM, DVB-C, ITU-T J.83 annex A. QAM
View digital analysis including 64/256 constellation, MER,
pre/post FEC BER, and exclusive QAM ingress under the carrier
feature. Please specify option version 4a or 4b when ordering
SDA-option 4b: 64/256 QAM, DVS-031, ITU-T J.83 annex B. QAM
View digital analysis including 64/256 constellation, MER,
pre/post FEC BER, and exclusive QAM ingress under the carrier
feature. Please specify option version 4a or 4b when ordering
SDA-option 5: BNC connectors replace standard F type connectors
SDA-option 6: portable reverse sweep Manager
converts SDA-5000 to handheld version of the
SDA-5510 (does not include forward sweep capability)
SDA-PACK1: SDA-5000 with Option 2 (reverse sweep) and
Option 3a (PathTrak Field View) factory fitted
StealthWare:Windows-compatible data management software for all SDA, Stealth, MicroStealth, and CLI products
Optional accessories
SDA-CASE1: replacement soft carrying case for all
SDA instruments without QAM View option installed.
Compatible with standard and extended-life batteries
SDA-QAM CASE: replacement soft carrying case for all SDA
instruments with QAM View Option installed
SDA-NIMH: spare extended-life battery
SDA-NIMCA: universal charger/AC adapter for extended-life
nickel metal hydride battery
SDA-NIMK: extended-life battery kit. Includes extended-life
battery, universal charger/AC adapter, and soft carrying case
(SDA-CASE1) (For upgrading units without QAM View option)
CBC-2: In-vehicle charger for SDA NiMH extended life battery
only utilizing standard 12V DC automotive accessory port
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