Home PC Based VNA 300KHz to 6 or 8.5GHz Pico Technology PicoVNA 106 6GHz Vector Network Analyser

Pico Technology PicoVNA 106 6GHz Vector Network Analyser

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Product Code:
60720
Manufacturer: Pico Technology
£5,165.00 £6,198.00

The Pico Technology PicoVNA 106 is a professional USB-controlled, laboratory grade vector network analyser VNA of unprecedented performance, portability and affordability. Small in size to allow portability and low cost, the instrument boasts a ‘Quad RX’ four-receiver architecture to eliminate the uncorrectable errors, delays and fragility of three-receiver designs with internal transfer switches. 

Now available the new PicoVNA 108 offers 300 kHz to 8.5 GHz operation with an exceptional dynamic range of 124 dB at 10 Hz (118 dB for the PicoVNA 106.

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New from Pico Technology, the market leaders in USB oscilloscopes, a professional-grade, low-cost 6GHz VNA for both lab and field use. With all these advantages, the PicoVNA 106 is ideal for field service, installation test and classroom applications. Its remote automation interface extends its use to applications such as:

  • Electronics component, assembly and system, and interface/interconnect ATE (cable, PCB and wireless)
  • Material, geological, life-science and food science tissue imaging or penetrating scan and radar applications
  • Inspection, test, characterisation or calibration in the manufacture, distribution and service center industries
  • Broadband cable and harness test at manufacture, installation and fault over life
  • Antenna matching and tuning

The PicoVNA 106 offers exceptional dynamic range of 118 dB and only 0.005 dB RMS trace noise at its maximum operating bandwidth of 140 kHz. It can also gather all four s-parameters at every frequency point in just 190 µs; in other words a 500 point 2-port .s2p Touchstone file in less than one tenth of a second. The cost is so low that the PicoVNA 106 could even be used as a cost-effective high-dynamic-range scalar network analyzer! It's affordable in the classroom, small business and even amateur workshop, yet capable in the microwave expert's laboratory.

Additional Information:

  • 6 GHz and 8.5 GHz models Available
  • 300 kHz to 6 or 8.5 GHz operation
  • High speed, up to 5500 dual-port S-parameters per second
  • > 10 000 S11 + S21 per second
  • Quad RX four-receiver architecture for best accuracy
  • Up to 124 dB dynamic range at 10 Hz bandwidth
  • 0.005 dB RMS trace noise at a maximum bandwidth of 140 kHz
  • Half-rack, small-footprint, lightweight package
  • Reference plane offsetting and de-embedding
  • Time domain and port impedance transformations
  • Up to 4 live + 4 memory traces on dual y-axis display channels
  • Save on trigger for high-speed device profiling (PicoVNA 108)
  • Dual-frequency mixer measurements with VSWR correction (PicoVNA 108)
  • Phase meter, P1dB, AM to PM, and stand-alone signal generator utilities
  • Male and female SOLT and automated E-Cal calibration standards
  • Guided 8/12-term, SOLT, TRL, and TRM calibrations including unknown-through
  • Confident measurement based on traceable data for all calibration and check standards

Making vector network analysis accessible

Today's microwave measuring instruments need to be straightforward, accurate, portable and affordable. No longer restricted to specialists, they are now used by scientists, educators, surveyors, inspectors, engineers and technicians in radio and gigabit data applications. Now Pico Technology has applied its expertise in microwave sampling oscilloscopes and time domain transmission and reflectometry to bring you a USB vector network analyser.

The PicoVNA 106 is a professional USB-controlled, laboratory grade vector network instrument of unprecedented performance, portability and affordability. Despite its small size and low cost, the instrument boasts a ‘Quad RX’ four-receiver architecture to eliminate the uncorrectable errors, delays and fragility of three-receiver designs with internal transfer switches. 

‘Quad RX’ four-receiver architecture

In a VNA a swept sine-wave signal source is used to sequentially stimulate the ports of the interconnect or device under test. The amplitude and phase of the resultant transmitted and reflected signals appearing at both VNA ports are then received and measured. To wholly characterise a 2-port device under test (DUT), six pairs of measurements need to be made: the amplitude and phase of the signal that was emitted from both ports, and the amplitude and phase of the signal that was received at both ports for each source. In practice this can be achieved with a reasonable degree of accuracy with a single source, a transfer switch and two receivers; the latter inputs being switched through a further pair of transfer switches. Alternatively three receivers can be used with an additional input transfer switch or, as in the PicoVNA, four receivers can be used. Using four receivers eliminates the receiver input transfer switch errors (chiefly leakage and crosstalk) that cannot be corrected. These residual errors are always present in two- and three-receiver architectures and lead to lower accuracy than that of the Quad RX design.

Additional Information

Specification
Frequency Range 300kHz - 6GHz
SSB phase noise(typical) < -80dBc/Hz @ 10kHz carrier offset
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