Anritsu has introduced an E-band option for its ShockLine MS46500B series of 2- and 4-port performance vector network analyzers (VNAs) that addresses the market need to lower cost-of-test for E-band components. With the option installed, the MS46500B series can reduce production costs and more efficiently verify the performance of high-frequency passive components, such as antennas, filters, and duplexers, during manufacturing.
In addition to the E-band frequency capability, Anritsu also introduced 20-GHz and 40-GHz 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 55-GHz to 92-GHz E-band frequency option, the MS46500B delivers a combination of high performance and economy. Available in both 2- and 4-port configurations, it extends the frequency coverage of the ShockLine VNA family and makes the MS46500B suitable 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.
The new 20-GHz and 40-GHz options add power control, LRL/LRM calibration, and other capabilities previously unavailable in ShockLine microwave VNAs. The MS46500B, with the microwave options, is suitable for testing components used in network equipment, automotive, signal integrity, and system integration applications. The ShockLine MS46500B series is particularly well suited for integration into measurement systems, due to its typical dynamic range of 120 dB to 40 GHz, 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 feature enables reuse of program code written for ShockLine family VNAs on the E-band and microwave instruments with little or no alteration.
ShockLine software also provides a graphical user interface (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 programs is made easier with advanced marker functionality, limit lines, and other features of the software.
The ShockLine MS46500B VNA series has dynamic range of 140 dB at 2 GHz and typically >120 dB up to 40 GHz, as well as fast sweep times. 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.