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Vector network analysers cover up to 40GHz

10 Oct 2014

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Anritsu Co. introduces the MS46122A series as the latest addition to its portfolio of ShockLine vector network analysers (VNAs). Featuring the company's patented shock line VNA-on-a-chip technology, the MS46122A low-cost full-reversing 2-port VNAs come in a very compact 1U chassis, and are engineered for ultra-cost-sensitive test applications in manufacturing, engineering and education environments.

The MS46122A series includes the world's first compact VNAs with frequency coverage up to 20GHz and 40GHz, respectively. A third model in the ShockLine series covers 1MHz to 8GHz. The MS46122A ShockLine VNAs claim to offer best-in-class performance in key areas such as speed, trace noise, stability and dynamic range. The analysers reduce test times and maximise throughput, making the VNAs well suited for testing passive devices such as cables, connectors, filters and antennas, detailed the company.

Externally controlled via USB from a user-supplied PC, the MS46122A VNAs do not contain an embedded computer or solid-state drive. Since there is no on-board data storage and all information is saved on an external user-supplied computer rather than the VNA, the MS46122A is geared for secure area operation.

The symmetrical design of the package creates flexibility and convenience when rack mounting, as the VNAs can face front or back, Anritsu stated. Because they are only 1U high, the MS46122A ShockLine VNAs save valuable rack space and are aimed at space-constrained test environments.


Similar to all the other members of the ShockLine family, the MS46122A VNAs feature the ShockLine GUI software, which brings extensive test capabilities to the small footprint test solution. Together with a variety of productivity enhancing features, the VNAs enable fast debugging and manual testing of passive RF and microwave devices in engineering and educational environments, continued the company. The VNAs can be used in automated environments via IVI-C drivers in application development environments such as LabVIEW, LabWindows, MATLAB, C# and .NET.

In addition to the MS46122A, the ShockLine family consists of the ShockLine MS46522A series, Economy ShockLine MS46322A 2-port VNA for measurements up to 40GHz, and the MS46524A 4-port VNAs for differential and multi-port device testing.

The ShockLine MS46122A series has a starting price of $11,950.

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