Anritsu has launched the ShockLine MS46131A USB vector network analyzer (VNA) that supports measurement frequencies up to 43.5 GHz.
With 8 GHz and 20 GHz models also available in the series, the MS46131A brings cost and efficiency advantages to measuring antennas and other 1-port 5G devices at sub-6 GHz, as well as in the 28 GHz and 39 GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) bands.
Engineers can connect the very lightweight and compact MS46131A directly to the device under test (DUT), eliminating the need for interconnect cables. Engineers will gain from the reduction in test costs and improvement in measurement stability.
Engineers can configure the MS46131A VNA for each user session on a port-by-port basis. A single PC can control up to two 1-port instruments for convenient dual site testing. They can easily move units between test setups, depending on the required port count. Anritsu has enhanced production uptime, as 1-port VNAs can be easily replaced, if needed, to keep test stations operational.
The MS46131A requires 12V power supply beyond the USB connection to the external control PC running ShockLine software. The main advantage of the external PC is that it makes test data more secure, as all the measurement results are stored on the PC, rather than the VNA.
The test and measurement company said that the MS46131A is suited for confidential testing environments due to this level of security. Analysis and documentation are also simplified, as there is no need to transfer data off the onboard instrument memory.