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Anritsu disrupts market for RF VNAs with new low-cost ShockLine™ family offering unprecedented combination of value and performance

Family of remote-control 2- and 4-port VNAs ideal for testing passive devices in production, design and education


Morgan Hill, CA, 2 June 2014 – Anritsu today announced the introduction of the ShockLine™ family of Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs), which combine high accuracy, sensitivity and sweep speed with prices considerably lower than those of traditional bench-top VNAs.

The new instruments are intended for the testing of passive devices such as cables, connectors, filters, and antennas in a wide variety of engineering, manufacturing and education applications. They can perform the single-ended and mixed-mode S-parameter measurements typically required for production testing of passive devices, offering frequency coverage up to 40GHz. They can also conduct path loss characterization of complex systems. Faults in broadband devices can be easily and quickly identified using a time-domain with time-gating option.

The ShockLine VNAs mark a radical departure from conventional VNA design, since they feature no display or keypad, and are controlled remotely by computer via a LAN or other connection. A small 2U chassis allows the VNAs to easily slide into rack configurations.

The space-saving design does not, however, compromise performance. For instance, the ShockLine MS46522A VNA features a 70µs/point sweep speed, >110dB dynamic range and corrected directivity of >42dB.

As well as the MS46522A series, Anritsu is today announcing:

  • the Economy ShockLine MS46322A 2-port VNA, for measurements up to 40GHz
  • the MS46524A 4-port VNAs for differential and multi-port device testing up to 7GHz

    Prices for the new VNAs start at €10,000 for the Economy ShockLine MS46322A. The 2-port MS46522A is priced at €19,700 and the 4-port MS46524A is priced at €25,500. All are available to buy now.

    All ShockLine VNAs support SCPI command programming and have software driver support, so they can be easily integrated into most programming environments. The ShockLine series also features a powerful graphical user interface for applications in which the VNA is connected to a touchscreen monitor, keyboard and mouse. A LAN interface provides more robust control and faster data transmission compared to USB and GPIB, respectively.

    Key Features:

    Three Different Models for any Application



    1 MHz to 4 GHz
    1 MHz to 8 GHz
    1 MHz to 14 GHz
    1 MHz to 20 GHz
    1 MHz to 30 GHz
    1 MHz to 40 GHz
    >100 dB
    220 us/point
    ≥42 dB
    50 kHz to 4.5 GHz
    50 kHz to 8.5 GHz
    >110 dB
    70 us/point
    >42 dB
    10 MHz to 4.5 GHz
    10 MHz to 7 GHz
    >110 dB
    77 us/point
    >42 dB

    Anritsu is exhibiting the new ShockLine VNAs on its stand, booth 715, at the International Microwave Symposium (IMS), Tampa Bay, Florida, 1-6 June 2014.

    About Anritsu

    Anritsu Corporation ( has been a provider of innovative communications solutions for more than 110 years. The company's test and measurement solutions include wireless, optical, microwave/RF and digital instruments, operations support systems and solutions that can be used during R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed devices for design into communication products and systems. With the addition of OSS monitoring solutions it has expanded its offering to provide complete solutions for existing and next-generation wireline and wireless communication systems and service providers. Anritsu sells in over 90 countries worldwide with approximately 4,000 employees.


    Jonathan Borrill
    Director of Marketing
    Anritsu EMEA Limited
    200 Capability Green
    LU1 3LU
    Tel: 01582 433200
    Fax: 01582 731303
    Email: Jonathan Borrill

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