R&S®ZVA Vector Network Analyzers

High performance up to 110 GHz with up to four test ports
Group delay measurement on devices with embedded LO using option R&S ZVA-K9 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 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 is an ideal choice for demanding measurements in the lab and in production – from filter measurements requiring maximum dynamic range to linear and nonlinear measurements on amplifiers and mixers as well as on receivers and transceivers.

Features & Benefits

  • High measurement throughput
  • Ergonomic user interface
  • Easy and error-free calibration

Specifications

Specification
Number of test ports 2 or 4
Frequency range up to 110 GHz
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Key Facts

  • 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 is an ideal choice for demanding measurements in the lab and in production – from filter measurements requiring maximum dynamic range to linear and nonlinear measurements on amplifiers and mixers as well as on receivers and transceivers.

The R&S®ZVA has set milestones for the most challenging applications:

  • First VNA with four internal sources up to 67 GHz for fast two-tone measurements on amplifiers and mixers
  • First VNA up to 67 GHz that generates phase-coherent signals
  • First VNA with IF bandwidths up to 30 MHz for pulsed measurements on amplifiers and mixers up to 110 GHz

Instrument concept

The R&S®ZVA contains one source per each pair of ports. In addition four source models are available for R&S®ZVA24 and R&S®ZVA40. TheR&S®ZVA67 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

Features & Benefits

  • High measurement throughput

    • Short measurement times due to fast synthesizers, wide IF bandwidths and high dynamic range
  • Ergonomic user interface

    • More than 100 traces and channels
    • Measurement wizard for easy setup of multiport and balanced measurements
  • Easy and error-free calibration

    • Versatile calibration techniques for test fixtures as well as for coaxial and on-wafer applications
    • Automatic calibration with calibration unit
  • Quick and reliable measurements on mulitiports and balanced components

    • Virtual and true differential mode for linear and nonlinear testing of differential components
  • Linear and nonlinear amplifier and mixer measurements

    • Simultaneous measurement of noise figure and S-parameters
    • Wide power sweep range for small and large signal analysis in one sweep
    • Second internal source for fast hot S22, IMD and mixer measurements
    • Phase and group delay measurements of the conversion loss on mixers and converters with and without LO access
    • Conversion loss measurement of converters with up to three conversion stages
    • Intermodulation measurements on mixers
  • Options to enhance flexibility, power and dynamic range

    • Direct access to the generators and receivers for 30 dBm output power and 150 dB dynamic range
    • Time domain with linear prediction for increased resolution
  • Convenient handling of pulse profile measurements

    • Easy setup of pulse profile measurements with 12.5 ns time resolution and up to 30 MHz measurement bandwidth
  • Measurements on active devices made easy

    • Extension unit for the R&S®ZVA with integrated combiner, pulse modulators and harmonic filters

Specifications

For R&S®ZVA50/67/110 see below

R&S®ZVA8 R&S®ZVA24 R&S®ZVA40
Number of test ports 2 or 4
Frequency range 300 kHz to 8 GHz 10 MHz to 24 GHz 10 MHz to 40 GHz
Number of test points per trace 1 to 60001
Measurement bandwidths 1 Hz to 1 MHz (with option: up to 30 MHz)
Max. number of internal sources 2 4 4
Operating system Windows XP Embedded
Dynamic range at 10 Hz measurement bandwidth:
Between test ports typ. 140 dB typ. 135 dB typ. 140 dB
With direct receiver access typ. > 145 dB typ. > 145 dB typ. > 150 dB
Power range typ. 15 dBm typ. 18 dB typ. 18 dB
With direct receiver access typ. > 60 dB typ. > 58 dB typ. > 58 dB
Measurement time per test point < 3.5 μs (at 1 MHz measurement bandwidth)
Data transfer time (for 201 measurements 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 (with no more than 2001 points)
Switching time between instrument setups < 10 ms (with no more than 2001 points)

R&S®ZVA50 R&S®ZVA67 R&S®ZVA110
Number of test ports 2 or 4 2 (base unit
R&S®ZVA67:
4 ports)
Frequency range 10 MHz to 50 GHz 10 kHz to 67 GHz 10 MHz to 110 GHz
Number of test points per trace 1 to 60001
Measurement bandwidths 1 Hz to 1 MHz (with option: up to 30 MHz)
Max. number of internal sources 2 4 4 (base unit
R&S®ZVA67)
Operating system Windows XP Embedded
Dynamic range at 10 Hz measurement bandwidth:
Between test ports typ. 140 dB typ. 140 dB typ. 130 dB
With direct receiver access typ. > 150 dB typ. > 145 dB N/A
Output power at test port typ. 18 dB typ. 18 dB typ. 8 dB
Power range typ. > 58 dB typ. > 58 dB typ. > 38 dB
Measurement time per test point < 3.5 μs (at 1 MHz measurement bandwidth)
Data transfer time (for 201 measurements 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 (with no more than 2001 points)
Switching time between instrument setups < 10 ms (with no more than 2001 points)
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