Anritsu introduces 40 GHz handheld cable and antenna analyzer

The Anritsu Company has introduced the Microwave Site Master S820E, said to be the world’s first handheld cable and antenna analyzer with frequency coverage up to 40 GHz. The S820E offers users an industry-leading dynamic range, directivity, and durability so they can conduct highly accurate measurements during the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of microwave communications systems.

In addition, Anritsu has announced that the Site Master S820E will feature Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) measurement functionality.

With a dynamic range of 110 dB up to 40 GHz, the device is able to bring a level of performance typically only achieved with a benchtop instrument into the field to address the measurement challenges associated with modern wireless networks. Best-in-class frequency resolution of 1 Hz provides maximum frequency flexibility for users and its wide frequency coverage provides high-resolution distance resolution, so the handheld analyzer can conduct more accurate Distance-To-Fault (DTF) measurements.

A powerful processor has been designed into the S820E, allowing it to have a sweep speed of 650 us/data points, improving field productivity. The Site Master S820E also delivers the highest directivity in a handheld analyzer for maximum field accuracy. It also features RF immunity of +17 dBm, exceeding any other microwave handheld cable and antenna analyzer, so users can acquire stable, accurate measurements in the harshest RF environments.

Designed for measuring coaxial and waveguide systems, it conducts all key one-port measurements, such as return loss, VSWR, cable loss, DTF, phase, and Smith Chart. Users can also conduct two-port transmission measurements and two-port cable loss tests. The analyzer features Anritsu’s easyTest Tools that enables tests to be standardised for repeatable measurements, as well as Line Sweep Tools for simplified reporting.

Anritsu is developing VNA measurements for the S820E. The optional software will expand the measurement capabilities of the cable and antenna analyzer to include key VNA field measurements, including full-reversing two-port S-parameters and time domain with gating. A vector voltmeter and A/B ratio will also be part of the software. Instruments within their recommended calibration cycle do not need to be sent into a service center to perform these software option upgrades.

The Site Master has a four-hour battery life, providing users with the most field uptime on a single charge. It also has the largest TFT touchscreen (8.4 inches) with 800×600 resolution. An intuitive graphical user touch screen interface that includes a large alpha-numeric keyboard with a customizable EZ name matrix makes file naming fast, easy, and efficient.

The S820E has been designed to meet MIL-PRF-28800F for use in explosive atmospheres. Compact, it measures 273 x 199 x 91 (mm) and weighs only 3.0 kg. Anritsu offers full temperature coax calibration kits from -10° C to +55° C for precise field measurements. A wide calibration temperature window of +/-10 C° requires fewer calibrations in the field to maximize productivity.


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