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Pico Technology introduces 8.5 GHz VNA

PicoVNAs are all-new, UK-designed, professional USB-controlled, laboratory grade vector network analyzers of unprecedented performance, portability and value for money. Despite their simple outline, small footprint and low cost, the instruments boast a four-receiver architecture to minimize the uncorrectable errors, delays and unreliability of internal transfer switches.

High performance made affordable

The PicoVNA 108 delivers an exceptional dynamic range of 124 dB at 10 Hz and less than 0.006 dB RMS trace noise at its maximum operating bandwidth of 140 kHz. The instruments can also gather all four S-parameters at each frequency point in just 189 μs or or S11 + S21 in less than 100 μs. In other words, a 201 point 2-port .s2p Touchstone file in less than 38 ms or up to two .s1p files in less than 20 ms. Their low price makes them cost-effective as deep dynamic range scalar network analyzers or single-port vector reflectometers as well as full-function dual-port, dual-path vector network analyzers.

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Key specifications

  • 300 kHz to 6 or 8.5 GHz operation
  • High speed of up to 5500 dual-port S-parameters per second
  • Over 10000 S11 + S21 per second
  • Quad RX four-receiver architecture for optimal accuracy
  • Up to 124 dB dynamic range at 10 Hz bandwidth
  • 0.005 dB RMS trace noise at maximum bandwidth of 140 kHz
  • Half-rack, small-footprint, lightweight package
  • PC-controlled over USB from a Microsoft Windows interface
  • Reference plane offsetting and de-embedding
  • Time-domain and port impedance transformations
  • Tabular and graphic print and save formats, including Touchstone
  • Save on trigger for high-speed device profiling
  • Dual-frequency mixer measurements with VSWR correction
  • P1dB, AM to PM, and standalone signal generator utilities
  • Guided 8- and 12-term and absolute power calibration processes
  • 6 calibration modes, including unknown through and connected DUT isolation
  • Calibration and check standards with data for confident measurements

Vector network analysis everywhere

The PicoVNAs' small size, light weight and low cost suit them to field service, installation test, OEM embedded and classroom applications. With their remote automation capability, they are also attractive in applications such as:

  • Test automation, including multiple VNA control and measurement
  • Manufacturers needing to integrate a reflectometry or transmission measurement core
  • Inspection, test, characterization and calibration in the manufacture, distribution and service center industries:
    • Electronics component, assembly and systems, and interface/interconnect ATE (cable, PCB and wireless)
    • Material, geological, life-science and food sciences; tissue imaging; penetrating scan and radar
  • Broadband cable and harness test and matching at manufacture and installation, and fault-over-life monitoring
  • Antenna matching and tuning

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Software Development Kit

Software development kits, including code examples in MATLAB and MATLAB RF toolbox, LabVIEW, C, C# and Python, are all available for download from Pico Technology’s GitHub pages. Examples include multiple instrument addressing and control. 

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