R&S®ZVA Vector Network Analyzers

High performance up to 110 GHz with up to four test ports
Simplified test setup using R&S®ZVAB-K30 noise figure measurement option Signal integrity – calibrating a 4-port network analyzer (part 1 of 4) Signal integrity – measuring rise time using a true differential signal (part 2 of 4) Signal integrity – measuring differential impedance vs. distance (part 3 of 4) Signal integrity – measuring time domain skew between two lines on a differential transmission (part 4 of 4) Millimeter wave measurements in one sweep with the R&S®ZVA110 presented at EuMW 2012 Single connection active device characterization (SCDC) with R&S®ZVA presented at EuMW 2012 Intermodulation measurements on mixers with a 4-port R&S®ZVA67 presented at EuMW 2011 Satellite measurements without LO access presented at EuMW 2013   Level-controlled passive intermodulation (PIM) measurements presented at EuMW 2013

Key Facts

  • Linear and nonlinear amplifier and mixer measurements
  • Noise figure measurements
  • Pulse profile measurements with 12.5 ns resolution
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Brief Description

The R&S®ZVA series are high-end VNAs with up to four sources for sophisticated measurements up to 110 GHz.

Specifications

Specification
Number of test ports two or four
Frequency range up to 110 GHz
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Key Facts

  • First VNA
    • With four internal sources up to 67 GHz for fast two-tone measurements on amplifiers and mixers
    • With generation of four phase-coherent signals up to 67 GHz
    • With IF bandwidths up to 30 MHz for pulsed measurements on amplifiers and mixers up to 110 GHz
  • Linear and nonlinear amplifier and mixer measurements
  • Noise figure measurements
  • Pulse profile measurements with 12.5 ns resolution
  • True differential measurements for reliable characterization of active devices with balanced ports
  • High output power typ. > 15 dBm
  • Wide dynamic range typ. > 140 dB
  • High measurement speed < 3.5 μs per test point
  • Wide IF bandwidth: 1/5/30 MHz
  • Versatile calibration techniques: TOSM, TRL/LRL, TOM, TRM, TNA, UOSM
  • Automatic calibration units
  • Phase and group delay measurements on mixers with and without LO access
  • Frequency range: 300 kHz to 8 GHz (R&S®ZVA8), 10 MHz to 24/40/50/67/110 GHz (R&S®ZVA24/40/50/67/110)

Brief Description

The R&S®ZVA series are high-end VNAs with up to four sources for sophisticated measurements up to 110 GHz. They are an ideal choice for demanding measurements on active and passive components and modules, which require high performance and wide versatility. The frequency range of the high-frequency models can be extended up to 500 GHz.

Instrument concept

The R&S®ZVA contains one source for each pair of ports (67 GHz has one source per port). A special switch arrangement allows parallel signal output, i. e. signals can be output to the DUT via all ports at the same time. In addition, direct generator and receiver access is provided optionally. This concept offers many advantages with regard to measurement speed and functionality.

The above design features make the R&S®ZVA an analyzer of unprecedented performance and functionality, which is especially true for the four-port model. Following are a few highlights:

  • Use of the second source as an LO for fast mixer measurements
  • Generation of a swept two-tone signal for fast intermodulation measurements versus frequency or power
  • True differential measurements on balanced DUTs
  • Parallel signal output and measurement at the test ports for measuring two or more DUTs simultaneously.
  • Direct generator / receiver access (option) enabling the following, for example:
    • Loop-in of preamplifiers into generator paths
    • Loop-in of attenuators into the receiver paths
    • Connection of external test setups, e.g. power amplifiers, or use of analyzer as a multichannel receiver, e.g. for antenna measurements

Specifications

Number of test ports two or four
Internal sources 2 (4-port models), 4 (67 GHz modell with 4 ports)
Frequency range: 300 kHz to 8 GHz ( R&S®ZVA 8)
10 MHz to 24 GHz ( R&S®ZVA 24)
10 MHz to 40 GHz ( R&S®ZVA 40)
10 MHz to 50 GHz ( R&S®ZVA 50)
10 MHz to 67 GHz (R&S®ZVA 67)
10 MHz to 110 GHz (R&S®ZVA 110)
Dynamic range at 10 Hz measurement bandwidth:
Between test ports typ. >140 dB
With direct receiver access typ. >145 dB
Dynamic range at 1 Hz measurement bandwidth with direct receiver access:
typ. >150 dB
Output power at test port: >13 dBm, typ. 15 dBm
Power sweep range: >50 dB, typ. 60 dB
IF bandwidth:
Standard 1 Hz to 1 MHz
With R&S ® ZVA-K17 option 5 MHz (10 MHz with restrictions)
With R&S ® ZVA-K7 or R&S ® ZVA-B7 options 10 MHz (30 MHz with restrictions)
Number of channels, diagrams, traces:
Number of test points per trace: 1 to 60001
Measurement time per test point:
At 1 MHz IF bandwidth <3.5 µs
At 5 MHz IF bandwidth (with R&S ® ZVA-K17 option) <2.0 µs
Sampling time per test point:
At 1 MHz IF bandwidth 1.8 µs
At 5 MHz IF bandwidth (with R&S ® ZVA-K17 option) 430 ns
Measurement time (201 test points): 4.5 ms
Operating system: Windows XP Embedded
Data transfer time (201 test points):
Via IEC/IEEE bus <2.9 ms
Via VX11 over 100 Mbit/s LAN <1.3 ms
Via RSIB over 100 Mbit/s LAN <0.7 ms
Switching time:
Between channels <1 ms
Between instrument setups <10 ms

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