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Vector network analysers cut test cost for E-band components

26 Nov 2015

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Anritsu Co. has unveiled an E-band option for its ShockLine MS46500B series of 2- and 4-port performance vector network analysers (VNAs) geared to slash cost-of-test for E-band components. With the option installed, the MS46500B series can minimise production costs and more efficiently verify the performance of high-frequency passive components such as antennas, filters and duplexers, during manufacturing, indicated the company.

In addition to the E-band frequency capability, Anritsu also introduces 20GHz and 40GHz options for the ShockLine MS46500B series. With these options, the MS46500B VNAs address the S-parameter and time-domain measurement requirements associated with microwave applications.

With the 55GHz to 92GHz E-band frequency option, the MS46500B delivers a combination of high performance and economy unprecedented in the E-band VNA market. Available in both 2- and 4-port configurations, it extends the frequency coverage of the ShockLine VNA family and makes the MS46500B ideal for testing mm-wave passive components used in 5G small cell networks, driver assistance/collision avoidance radar, near- and far-field antenna, and personal communication applications.

ShockLine MS46500B VNA series

The 20GHz and 40GHz options add power control, LRL/LRM calibration and other capabilities previously unavailable in ShockLine microwave VNAs. The MS46500B, with the microwave options, is ideal for testing components used in network equipment, automotive, signal integrity and system integration applications. The ShockLine MS46500B series is well suited for integration into measurement systems due to its typical dynamic range of 120dB to 40GHz, full remote programming capability and a small 3U rack-mountable package.

The 2-port MS46522B and 4-port MS46524B VNAs use the same software, command syntax, drivers and programming environments as the other ShockLine instruments. This powerful feature enables reuse of programme code written for ShockLine family VNAs on the E-band and microwave instruments with little or no alteration.

ShockLine software also provides a powerful GUI for manual test environments. When attached to a user-supplied touchscreen monitor, the full-featured GUI provides comprehensive capabilities, including network extraction, embedding/de-embedding networks and time domain with gating. Developing and troubleshooting test programmes is made easier with advanced marker functionality, limit lines and other features of the software.

The ShockLine MS46500B VNA series has best-in-class dynamic range of 140dB at 2GHz and typically >120dB up to 40GHz, as well as fast sweep times and maximum output power, all at an economical price, stated the company. It is one of five ShockLine series that feature 1-, 2- or 4-port models in multiple form factors. All ShockLine VNAs are designed with LAN or USB interfaces to fit any testing environment and can economically test passive devices in cost-sensitive manufacturing, engineering and education applications.

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