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VectorStar Family of RF, µW,  mmW VNAs MS4640B Series

VectorStar Family of RF, µW, mmW VNAs

MS4640B Series
Overview

The VectorStar™ family is Anritsu's Premium VNA line, providing the highest overall performance on a modern platform. The MS4640B VectorStar VNA offers the broadest coverage in a single instrument, 70 kHz to 70 GHz. The additional two decades at the low end are even more impressive than the guaranteed 70 GHz coverage on the high end.

IMDView™ provides active menu sidebar with real time measurement display while modifying critical IMD parameters. The internal combiner option offers single connection testing of active devices for automatically switching between S parameter and IMD measurements without the need for reconnecting the DUT.

PulseView™, when combined with the innovative IF digitizing option, offers industry-leading 2.5 ns pulse resolution and 100 dB dynamic range with no compromises or trade-offs due to varying duty cycles. PulseView provides real time display of pulse measurements while dynamically modifying pulse parameters for immediate design validation.

DifferentialView™, when combined with the dual internal source option, offers real time display analysis of differential devices, drivers, and components while actively modifying phase and magnitude relationships of the internal dual sources.

The noise figure option is based on a cold source technique for improved noise figure measurement accuracy. VectorStar is the only VNA platform capable of measuring noise figure from 70 kHz to 125 GHz and available with an optimized noise receiver for measurements from 30 GHz to 125 GHz. Additionally, VectorStar is the only VNA that offers a Differential Noise Figure option for characterizing the noise figure of differential devices.

For broadband applications, the ME7838 Series offers superior performance and coverage spanning a range from 70 kHz to 110 GHz, 125 GHz and 145 GHz in a single coaxial test port. The Anritsu developed Non-linear Transmission Line mmWave module is compact while providing high performance up to 145 GHz.

The Anritsu MS4640B Vector Network Analyzer offers a new level of performance for device modeling engineers struggling to accurately and reliably characterize their devices, for R&D engineers pushing the last fraction of a dB out of their state-of-the-art designs, and for the manufacturing engineer trying to maximize throughput without sacrificing accuracy. Backed by a 3-year warranty and the most responsive sales support team, the MS4640B is the VNA of choice for the discerning engineer.

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  • Broadest frequency span from a single coaxial test port covering 70 kHz to 70 GHz in a single instrument and 70 kHz to 145 GHz in the Broadband configuration. Extendable to 1.1 THz
  • Universal Fixture Extraction (UFX) software option provides advanced de-embedding tools for test fixture extraction.
  • IMDView™ software coupled with the internal combiner option offers the ability to switch from S parameters to IMD measurements in a single connection
  • Highest performance pulse measurements— PulseView™ offers 2.5 ns pulse resolution with 100 dB dynamic range
  • 4-port single-ended or balanced measurements using DifferentialView™ analysis
  • Internal trace-based eye diagram option provides the ability to display Time Domain, S-Parameters, and Eye Diagram analysis with active sweep updates
  • Superior Dynamic Range - up to 142 dB
  • High available power - up to +14 dBm
  • Best test port characteristic performance - up to 50 dB in Directivity
  • Best time domain analysis
  • Fast and accurate optoelectronic measurements from 70 kHz to 40, 70 GHz and 110 GHz, at 850, 1060, 1310 and 1550 nm wavelengths, using MN4765B O/E Calibration module

VectorStar Users Site

The VectorStar Users Site is a location where you can obtain Software, O/S Patches, and needed Utilities for your VectorStar instruments.

The following are various published works that have utilized the VectorStar vector network analyzer to conduct their measurements. These papers are the property of their authors who have given Anritsu permission to post these.

3D Smith charts scattering parameters frequency-dependent orientation analysis and complex-scalar multi-parameter characterization applied to Peano reconfigurable vanadium dioxide inductors
Mueller, Andrei A. et al; nature.com Scientific Reports, 04 Dec 2019

A novel reconfigurable CMOS compatible Ka band bandstop structure using split-ring resonators and Vadandium Dioxide (VO2) phase change switches
Muller, Anrei A. et al; Infoscience EPFL scientific publications, 22 Aug 2019

Radio-Frequency Characteristics of Ge-Doped Vanadium Dioxide Thin Films with Increased Transition Temperature
Muller, Anrei A. et al; ACS Applied Electronic Materials, 16 Apr 2020

Anritsu has partnered with the following industry-leading companies to provide a variety of proven material measurement capabilities that are compatible with the VectorStar and ShockLine vector network analyzer families.

Material Measurements

Compass Technology Group logo
Compass Technology
Choose from off-the-shelf or custom-designed RF material measurement systems able to measure material properties from 100 MHz to 90 GHz. These solutions include: focused beam, resonant cavity, waveguides, spot probes, free space measurement systems, and more.

Anritsu and Compass Technology Group Material Measurements Solutions
Compass Technology Group VectorStar Integration [video]
KEYCOM Characteristic Technologies logo
Keycom Technologies
Select from a variety of material measurement solutions that leverage various methods including: resonator, frequency change, probe type, co-axial tube and waveguide type S-parameter, free space, capacitance, epsilometery, and more.

Anritsu and Keycom Material Measurement Solution
Swiss to 12 logo
SWISSto12
Providing hardware and software technology capable of measuring: solid samples; soft sample and foam; liquid samples and powder; thin films; dielectric coatings and multilayer materials; alumina plate; and more.

Anritsu and SWISSto12 Material Measurement Solution
Options

Key Configuration Items:

MS4642B VNA, 10 MHz — 20 GHz, 2-port, K(male)
MS4644B VNA, 10 MHz — 40 GHz, 2-port, K(male)
MS4647B VNA, 10 MHz — 70 GHz, 2-port, V(male)
Option 001  Rack Mount 
Option 002 Time Domain with advanced capabilities
Option 007 Receiver Offset with Multiple Source Control for frequency-translated measurements
Option 021 Universal Fixture Extraction
Option 031 Dual Source
Option 032 Internal Combiner
Option 035 IF Digitizer
Option 036 Extended Memory (Must be purchased with Option 35)
Option 041 Noise Figure
Option 042 PulseView™
Option 043 DifferentialView™
Option 044 IMDView™
Option 046 Fast CW 
Option 047
Eye Diagram
Option 048
Differential Noise Figure
Option 053 External ALC leveling
Option 05x Direct Access Loops for total measurement flexibility
Option 06x Active Measurement Suites with 2 or 4 attenuators
Option 070 70 kHz Low-end Frequency Extension for an unprecedented frequency coverage
Option 08x Broadband/Milllimeter Wave Interface
MN469xC 4-port Test Sets, K and V for 70 kHz to 70 GHz multi-port solutions
MN4765B Optical VNA measurements O/E Calibration Module. Options available for 40, 70 GHz and 110 GHz, at 850, 1060, 1310, and 1550 nm wavelengths
Software
AWR Connected™ to Anritsu VectorStar AWR Microwave Office Connected - View Full Size

Anritsu's VectorStar Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) uniquely combines design and measurement by including NI AWR Design Environment™ software as a standard feature within the instrument, as a separate application on your desktop.

You now have access to all of the design tools essential for high-frequency IC, PCB, and module design at your fingertips, right on your VNA, including:

  • Linear circuit simulators
  • Electromagnetic (EM) analysis tools
  • Integrated schematic and layout
The integration of high-frequency design tools within high-performance VNAs is the way of the future - but it's available today, only from Anritsu and AWR.
Library
IMAGES
VIDEOS
Mixer Conversion Loss Measurement

Mixer Conversion Loss Measurement
Using an external signal generator

Demonstration of UFX Option 21 and Its Advantages

Demonstration of UFX Option 21 and Its Advantages
Type-B network extraction

Differential Noise Figure Measurements

Differential Noise Figure Measurements
Analyze differential devices
Extract out differential errors
Characterize the system

Differential Noise Figure Option

Differential Noise Figure Option
Correlated method
Uncorrelated method
Combiner method

mmWave-SpectrumAnalysis-onWafer

VNA and Spectrum Analysis
Measurements up to 110 GHz
Simultaneously, combining VNA,
NLTL, Ultraportable SpA

EDA-Cafe

DesignCon 2017 EDA Café Interview
Sanjay Gangal interviews Joe Mallon, Business Development Manager of Anritsu at 2017 DesignCon Conference.

Introducing Cutting-edge Pulse Measurement Capability with Anritsu's new VectorStar B Series VNAs equipped with PulseView

Pulse Measurement Capability
Testing radar sub-systems and components. On-wafer device characterization. Analysis tools.

VectorStar VNAs deliver Out of this world accuracy

Out of This World Accuracy
VectorStar delivers new standard in broadband performance, on-wafer active and passive devices

Vector Network Analysis for Components and Subsystems

Vector Network Analysis
4 port solution, high performance multi-frequency gain compression, easy set up, fast measurement