PC-controlled VNAs offer coverage up to 40 GHz

October 10, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Anritsu has added to its ShockLine family of Vector Network Analysers (VNAs) with the MS46122A series, that incorporate Anritsu’s shock line VNA-on-a-chip technology. MS46122A low-cost full-reversing 2-port VNAs are packaged in a very compact 1U chassis, and are optimised for ultra-cost-sensitive test applications in manufacturing, engineering, and education.

The MS46122A series includes the first compact VNAs with frequency coverage up to 20 GHz and 40 GHz, respectively. A third model in the ShockLine series covers 1 MHz to 8 GHz. The MS46122A ShockLine VNAs offer peak performance in key areas, such as speed, trace noise, stability, and dynamic range. The analysers minimise test times and maximise throughput, for testing passive devices such as cables, connectors, filters, and antennae.

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 suitable 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. Because they are only 1U high, the MS46122A ShockLine VNAs save valuable rack space and are ideal for space-constrained test environments.

Similar to all the other members of the ShockLine family, the MS46122A VNAs feature the advanced ShockLine Graphical User Interface (GUI) software, which brings extensive test capabilities to the small footprint test solution. A GUI and productivity enhancing features enables fast debugging and manual testing of passive RF and microwave devices in engineering and educational environments. The VNAs can be used in automated environments via IVI-C drivers in most popular application development environments such as LabVIEW, LabWindows, MATLAB, C# and .NET.

Anritsu; www.anritsu.com