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ShockLine 4-Port Performance RF VNA MS46524B with monitor

ShockLine™ 4-Port Performance VNA

  • Simple signal integrity testing of passive multiport and differential devices
  • Advanced time domain option provides tools for signal integrity (SI) analysis
  • Industry leading dynamic range enables measurement of very low reflection artifacts
  • Excellent corrected directivity minimizes measurement uncertainty
  • SmartCal auto calibration unit reduces calibration and setup time
  • Time domain with time gating option enables TDR-like measurements
  • Modern LAN interface for remote control is faster than GPIB
  • A common GUI and SCPI interface within the Shockline Family
  • The compact 3U high chassis allows for the efficient use of rack space
  • Access loops and Bias Tee option allows maximum custom test setups

The MS46524B is a series of 4-port Performance ShockLine Vector Network Analyzers. Delivering an unprecedented level of value and performance, including best-in-class dynamic range, the Performance series lowers cost-of-test and speeds time to market in numerous testing applications up to 43.5 GHz. These applications include designing and manufacturing multi-port mobile network equipment, mobile devices, automotive cables, high-speed data interconnects and system integration components.

The MS46524B configured with option 10, 20, or 40 brings RF to microwave frequency capabilities to the Performance ShockLine family. These frequency options, combined with powerful ShockLine software, provide a cost effective solution for the most challenging, passive device testing.

For applications requiring time domain analysis, options 2 and 22 are available. Option 2 enables the MS46524B to provide real time Bandpass and Lowpass time domain functionality. Lowpass time domain enables a TDR like display with capability of showing real impedance over distance or time. Option 22 equips the MS46524B with file based Signal integrity (SI) tools for debugging SI issues and validating circuit models.

The MS46524B-010 VNA has additional options available. Options 51 and 61, Access loops and Bias Tee respectively, allow maximum flexibility for custom test setups. Access loops increase instrument noise floor and lowers the receiver compression point allowing for testing of DUTs with high dynamic range requirements. Bias Tees provide DC power for device testing that requires biasing while testing.

The MS46524B series comes in a 3U high chassis and uses the same GUI, software, command syntax, drivers, and programming environments as the rest of the ShockLine family.


Differential Devices

  • Cables
  • Connectors
  • PCBs


  • RF (FAKRA) connectors
  • Driver assistance radar


  • UE – micro coaxial RF connectors
  • UE – antennas, switches, diplexers
  • 5G network components

General Purpose

  • Passive multi-port component testing
    • Connectors
    • Cables
    • Electromechanical
    • Switches
    • Attenuators
    • Couplers
    • Filters
    • Isolators
    • Circulators
    • Radar connectors
    • Near-field and far-field antenna measurements

System Integration Applications

  • System calibration
  • Differential path-loss characterization
  • General multi-port s-parameter and time domain measurements

Simple Active Applications

  • Amplifier characterization

Wireless Power Transfer Applications

  • KQ product
  • Maximum efficiency

Optical to Electrical & Electronical to Optical Applications

  • Radio over fiber (RoF) and Digital Information Interface
    • CATV network
    • Satellite base station
    • Telephone systems
    • Photo receiver
    • Laser modulator
    • Optical transceiver

Frequency Options

Option Description
MS46524B-010 50 kHz — 8.5 GHz
MS46524B-020 50 kHz — 20 GHz
MS46524B-040 50 kHz — 43.5 GHz

Other Options

Option Description
MS46524B-001 Rack mount, adds handles and removes feet for shelf-mounting into a 19 in. universal rack
MS46524B-002 Time domain with time gating
MS46524B-022  Advanced time domain 
MS46524B-051  Direct Access Loops (Source 1, 2, 3, 4 and b1, b2, b3, b4) (For MS46524B units with Option 10 only)
MS46524B-061  Bias Tees (Port 1, 2, 3, and 4) (For MS46524B units with Option 10 only)
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