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Anritsu adds new tools to VNA families

Anritsu has introduced new options for its VectorStar and ShockLine vector network analyzers (VNAs) as it looks to address the test needs of signal integrity engineers.

The VectorStar Eye Diagram and ShockLine Advanced Time Domain (ATD) options are part of the company's expanding SI capabilities and will provide engineers who specialise in this field with both improved tools to conduct channel diagnostics and model validation of high-speed digital circuit designs.

“As data rates continue to increase, signal channel characterization becomes increasingly challenging. The result is that VNAs are becoming more of a staple in the measurement of signal integrity, however, additional capabilities in processing and visualizing data are also beneficial. For these reasons, more tools have been added to the VectorStar and Shockline VNA families that can help signal integrity engineers be more efficient in analyzing their designs,” explained Dr. Jon Martens – Fellow at Anritsu.

The VectorStar and ShockLine VNA families provide complementary capabilities that will enable SI engineers to address measurement requirements across a wide range of applications.

VectorStar is Anritsu’s highest performance VNA product line and is often used by SI engineers with very demanding design requirements. For example, some designers want their test systems to be able to include up to the 5th harmonic of their system clock. VectorStar offers 2- and 4-port broadband configurations from 70 kHz to 70 GHz, 110 GHz and 145 GHz with a single coaxial connection, supporting the latest digital data rates, including 25/28 Gbps and 43 Gbps.

The ShockLine VNA family, while offering improved levels of performance, provides less capability at a lower price for less demanding SI applications, however this makes it better suited for lower data rate systems or manufacturing applications.

According to Anritsu with the introduction of the VectorStar Eye Diagram and ShockLine ATD options, engineers will now have a more complete set of tools to meet SI design and channel modeling requirements. Whether the application calls for the highest levels of performance or good levels of performance at a lower price offered through the ShockLine family.

Neil Tyler

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