An affordable but highly accurate software-defined vector network analyzer (VNA) provides high-resolution S-parameter measurements from 125 MHz to 6 GHz. The compact model 6a analyzer is designed for network operation, with the possibility of controlling and displaying results from multiple VNAs on a single personal computer (PC)—each VNA being identified by its own IP address. Ideal for production environments requiring multiple test stations, this VNA maintains a high dynamic range even at fast sweep rates, making it well suited for testing a range of passive components, such as antennas, attenuators, cables, and filters. Typical dynamic range at a sweep rate of 45 kHz is 72 dB at the lowest frequencies and 56 dB at 6 GHz. The typical dynamic range at a sweep rate of 2 kHz improves to 84 dB at 125 MHz and 69 dB at 6 GHz. The VNA’s open, flexible application programming interface (API) software provides the freedom to create custom sweep patterns to fit any production test requirements.
AKELA, Inc., 5551 Ekwill Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93111; (805) 683-6414, www.akelavna.com