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Compact USB Vector Network Analyzer

MS46122B
Overview

The ShockLine™ MS46122B series consists of three PC-controlled, compact vector network analyzers (VNAs) with frequency ranges from 1 MHz to 8/20/43.5 GHz. The series benefits from patented shockline VNA-on-chip technology that simplifies the internal VNA architecture at high frequencies, reduces instrument cost, and enhances accuracy and measurement repeatability.

All the members of the ShockLine MS46122B series are low-cost, full-reversing, 2-port VNAs aimed at RF and microwave applications within manufacturing, engineering, and education organizations. All three VNAs have 130 microseconds per point sweep speed and better than 100 dB dynamic range, making them suitable for a variety of device test applications including measuring passive 5G mmWave components.

These VNAs are packaged in a very compact and portable 1U chassis, are externally controlled via USB from a user-supplied PC, and powered using an external power supply brick. The ShockLine MS46122B VNA series are controlled using the same graphical user interface (GUI) and driver software as the rest of the ShockLine family of VNAs. The series does not have any on-board memory, which simplifies their use in secure applications. The combination of lower cost, small size, and good performance make the ShockLine MS46122B VNA series ideal for passive device test applications where portability and space efficiency are key.

  • Guaranteed performance to 43.5 GHz with Extended K™ ports
  • PC control takes advantage of external computer processing power and functionality
  • Compact 1U high package for efficient use of bench and rack space
  • No on-board data storage eliminates the need for data purging in secure applications
  • Time domain with time gating option enables easier and faster fault identification
  • A common GUI interface within the ShockLine family reduces switching costs between models
  • Universal Fixture Extraction (UFX) software option provides advanced de-embedding tools for test fixture extraction

Precision Automatic Calibrator Modules

Model Number Description
MN25208A 2-port USB SmartCal Module, 300 kHz to 8.5 GHz (available with connector options: -001 N(f), -002 K(f), -003 3.5 mm(f), -004 SMA(f))
MN25408A 4-port USB SmartCal Module, 300 kHz to 8.5 GHz (available with N(f) connectors)
MN25218A 2-port USB SmartCal Module, 1 MHz to 20 GHz (available with K(f) connectors)
MN25418A 4-port USB SmartCal Module, 300 kHz to 20 GHz (available with K(f) connectors)
36585K-2M K Precision AutoCal Module, 70 kHz to 40 GHz, K(m) to K(m)
36585K-2F K Precision AutoCal Module, 70 kHz to 40 GHz, K(f) to K(f)
36585K-2MF K Precision AutoCal Module, 70 kHz to 40 GHz, K(m) to K(f)
2000-1809-R Serial to USB Adapter (required for 36585 AutoCal module if control PC does not have a serial port)

Mechanical Calibration Kits

Model Number Description
3650A SMA/3.5 mm Calibration Kit, Without Sliding Loads, DC to 26.5 GHz, 50 Ω
3650A-1 SMA/3.5 mm Calibration Kit, With Sliding Loads, DC to 26.5 GHz, 50 Ω
3652A K Connector Calibration Kit, Without Sliding Loads, DC to 40 GHz, 50 Ω
3653A N Connector Calibration Kit, Without Sliding Loads, DC to 18 GHz, 50 Ω
OSLN50A-8 Precision N Male Open/Short/Load Mechanical Calibration Tee, DC to 8 GHz, 50 Ω
OSLNF50A-8 Precision N Female Open/Short/Load Mechanical Calibration Tee, DC to 8 GHz, 50 Ω
TOSLN50A-8 Precision N Male Through/Open/Short/Load Mechanical Calibration Tee, DC to 8 GHz, 50 Ω
TOSLNF50A-8 Precision N Female Through/Open/Short/Load Mechanical Calibration Tee, DC to 8 GHz, 50 Ω
OSLN50A-18 Precision N Male Open/Short/Load Mechanical Calibration Tee, DC to 18 GHz, 50 Ω
OSLNF50A-18 Precision N Female Open/Short/Load Mechanical Calibration Tee, DC to 18 GHz, 50 Ω
TOSLN50A-18 Precision N Male Through/Open/Short/Load Mechanical Calibration Tee, DC to 18 GHz, 50 Ω
TOSLNF50A-18 Precision N Female Through/Open/Short/Load Mechanical Calibration Tee, DC to 18 GHz, 50 Ω
TOSLK50A-20 Precision K Male Through/Open/Short/Load Mechanical Calibration Tee, DC to 20 GHz, 50 Ω
TOSLKF50A-20 Precision K Female Through/Open/Short/Load Mechanical Calibration Tee, DC to 20 GHz, 50 Ω
TOSLK50A-40 Precision K Male Through/Open/Short/Load Mechanical Calibration Tee, DC to 40 GHz, 50 Ω
TOSLKF50A-40 Precision K Female Through/Open/Short/Load Mechanical Calibration Tee, DC to 40 GHz, 50 Ω
TOSLK50A-43.5 Precision K Male Through/Open/Short/Load Mechanical Calibration Tee with S1P data, DC to 43.5 GHz, 50 Ω
TOSLKF50A-43.5 Precision K Female Through/Open/Short/Load Mechanical Calibration Tee with S1P data, DC to 43.5 GHz, 50 Ω

Verification Kits

Model Number Description
3663-3 N Connector Verification Kit
3668-3 K Connector Verification Kit

Cables and Adapters

Model Number Description
1091-26-R SMA(m) to N(m), DC to 18 GHz, 50 Ω
1091-27-R SMA(f) to N(m), DC to 18 GHz, 50 Ω
1091-80-R SMA(m) to N(f), DC to 18 GHz, 50 Ω
1091-81-R SMA(f) to N(f), DC to 18 GHz, 50 Ω
71693-R Ruggedized adapter, K(f) to N(f), DC to 18 GHz, 50 Ω
34NK50 Precision Adapter, N(m) to K(m), DC to 18 GHz, 50 Ω
34NKF50 Precision Adapter, N(m) to K(f), DC to 18 GHz, 50 Ω
34NFK50 Precision Adapter, N(f) to K(m), DC to 18 GHz, 50 Ω
34NFKF50 Precision Adapter, N(f) to K(f), DC to 18 GHz, 50 Ω
K220B Precision Adapter, K(m) to K(m), DC to 40 GHz, 50 Ω
K222B Precision Adapter, K(f) to K(f), DC to 40 GHz, 50 Ω
K224B Precision Adapter, K(m) to K(f), DC to 40 GHz, 50 Ω
33KK50C Calibration Grade Adapter, K(m) to K(m), DC to 43.5 GHz, 50 Ω
33KKF50C Calibration Grade Adapter, K(m) to K(f), DC to 43.5 GHz, 50 Ω
33KFKF50C Calibration Grade Adapter, K(f) to K(f), DC to 43.5 GHz, 50 Ω
34VFK50A Precision Adapter, V(f) to K(m), DC to 43.5 GHz, 50 Ω
34VFKF50A Precision Adapter, V(f) to K(f), DC to 43.5 GHz, 50 Ω
34VK50A Precision Adapter, V(m) to K(m), DC to 43.5 GHz, 50 Ω
34VKF50A Precision Adapter, V(m) to K(f), DC to 43.5 GHz, 50 Ω

Test Port Cables, Flexible, Ruggedized, Phase Stable

Model Number Description
15NNF50-1.0B Test Port Cable, Flexible, Phase Stable, 1.0 m (39”), DC to 18 GHz, N(f) to N(m), 50 Ω
15NNF50-1.5B Test Port Cable, Flexible, Phase Stable, 1.5 m (59”), DC to 18 GHz, N(f) to N(m), 50 Ω
15NN50-1.0B Test Port Cable, Flexible, Phase Stable, 1.0 m (39”), DC to 18 GHz, N(m) to N(m), 50 Ω
15LL50-1.0A Test Port Cable, Armored, Phase Stable, 1.0 m (39”), DC to 20 GHz, 3.5 mm(m) to 3.5 mm(m), 50 Ω
15LLF50-1.0A Test Port Cable, Armored, Phase Stable, 1.0 m (39”), DC to 20 GHz, 3.5 mm(m) to 3.5 mm(f), 50 Ω
15KK50-1.0A Test Port Cable, Armored, Phase Stable, 1.0 m (39”), DC to 20 GHz, K(m) to K(m), 50 Ω
15KKF50-1.0A Test Port Cable, Armored, Phase Stable, 1.0 m (39”), DC to 20 GHz, K(m) to K(f), 50 Ω
3671KFS50-60 Test Port Cable, Flexible, Phase Stable, DC to 26.5 GHz, K(f) to 3.5 mm(m), 63.5 cm, 50 Ω
3671KFK50-60 Test Port Cable, Flexible, Phase Stable, DC to 40 GHz, K(f) to K(m), 63.5 cm (25 in), 50 Ω
3671KFKF50-60 Test Port Cable, Flexible, Phase Stable, DC to 40 GHz, K(f) to K(f), 63.5 cm (25 in), 50 Ω
3671KFK50-100 Test Port Cable, Flexible, Phase Stable, DC to 40 GHz, K(f) to K(m), 1 m (38 in), 50 Ω
SC8267 1.0 m (36”), Cable, 40 GHz, K(m) to K(f), 50 Ω

Phase-Stable 18 GHz, 40 GHz, and 43.5 GHz Semi-Rigid Cables (Armored)

Model Description
3670N50-1 Test Port Cable, Armored, Semi-rigid, 30.48 cm (1 ft), DC to 18 GHz, N(m) to N(f), 50 Ω
3670N50-2 Test Port Cable, Armored, Semi-rigid, 60.96 cm (2 ft), DC to 18 GHz, N(m) to N(f), 50 Ω
3670NN50-1 Test Port Cable, Armored, Semi-rigid, 30.48 cm (1 ft), DC to 18 GHz, N(m) to N(m), 50 Ω
3670NN50-2 Test Port Cable, Armored, Semi-rigid, 60.96 cm (2 ft), DC to 18 GHz, N(m) to N(m), 50 Ω
3670K50A-1 Test Port Cable, Armored, Semi-rigid, 30.48 cm (1 ft), DC to 43.5 GHz, K(m) to K(f), 50 Ω
3670K50A-2 Test Port Cable, Armored, Semi-rigid, 60.96 cm (2 ft), DC to 43.5 GHz, K(m) to K(f), 50 Ω

Tools

Model Number Description
01-200 Calibrated Torque End Wrench, GPC-7 and Type N
01-201 Torque End Wrench, 5/16 in, 0.9 N.m (8 lbf·in) (for tightening male devices, for SMA, 3.5 mm, 2.4 mm, K, and V connectors)
01-203 Torque End Wrench, 13/16 in, 0.9 N.m (8 lbf·in) (for tightening ruggedized SMA, 2.4 mm, K and V test port connectors)
01-204 End Wrench, 5/16 in, Universal, Circular, Open-ended (for SMA, 3.5 mm, 2.4 mm, K, and V connectors)
Applications

RF and Microwave Passive Component Testing and Troubleshooting

  • RF and microwave connectors and cables
  • Electromechanical switches
  • Attenuators
  • Couplers
  • Filters
  • Isolators
  • Circulators
  • Phase Shifters

System Integration Application

  • System Calibration
  • Path-loss Characterization
  • General s-parameters and time domain measurements

Secure Area Applications

  • No data storage on unit
  • Secure external computer control through direct USB connection

Wireless Power Transfer Applications

  • KQ product
  • Maximum efficiency
Options

Frequency Options (select one frequency option only)

Option Description
MS46122B-010 1 MHz — 8 GHz, type N(f) ports
MS46122B-020 1 MHz — 20 GHz, type ruggedized K(m) ports (compatible with 3.5 mm and SMA connectors)
MS46122B-040  1 MHz — 43.5 GHz, type ruggedized K(m) ports (compatible with 3.5 mm and SMA connectors)
MS46122B-043  1 MHz – 43.5 GHz, type ruggedized Extended K™ (m) ports (compatible with standard K, 3.5 mm and SMA connectors)

Other Options

Option Description
MS46122B-002 Time Domain with Time Gating
MS46122B-024 Universal Fixture Extraction
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ShockLine UFX Option 24, Type-B Apparatus to De-Embed Fixture
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