In a move designed to radically shake-up the RF VNA market Anritsu has announced the introduction of the ShockLine family of Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs). The new device combines high accuracy, sensitivity and sweep speed but at prices as much as 75% lower than those of traditional bench-top VNAs.
Seen by Anritsu as filling a significant gap in the market for functional basic devices the new instruments are intended for the testing of passive devices such as cables, connectors, filters, and antennas in a wide variety of engineering, manufacturing and education applications.
They can perform the single-ended and mixed-mode S-parameter measurements that are typically required for production testing of passive devices, offering frequency coverage up to 40GHz. They can also conduct path loss characterization of complex systems. Faults in broadband devices can be easily and quickly identified using a time-domain with time-gating option.
“The ShockLine VNAs mark a radical departure from conventional VNA design,” explained Jonathan Borrill, the company’s Director of Marketing. “They feature no display or keypad, and are controlled remotely by computer via a LAN or other connection. A small 2U chassis allows the VNAs to easily slide into rack configurations.”