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VectorStarâ„¢ Opto-Electronic Network Analyzers

The VectorStar opto-electronic network analyzer (ONA) series provides specified, traceable measurements of O/E, E/O, and O/O devices operating at 850, 1310, and 1550 nm wavelengths at 40 and 70 GHz

The VectorStar ME7848A opto-electronic network analyzer (ONA) provides a modular approach to optical measurements of O/E, E/O, and O/O devices operating at 850, 1310, and 1550 nm wavelengths. There are two configurations available: the VectorStar ME7848A-100 series includes the MN4765B O/E calibration module and the VectorStar ME7848A-200 series adds the MN4775A E/O converter.

The VectorStar ME7848A-200 series provides the ability to quickly switch between O/E, E/O, and O/O measurements with specified traceable measurements established by the MN4765B O/E calibration module.

The VectorStar ME7848A ONA can be easily modified to different wavelengths by adding the appropriate MN4775A E/O converter and MN4765B O/E calibration detector. The VectorStar ME7838A-100 series can be upgraded to a 200 series by including the appropriate MN4775A E/O converter.

Spectrum Analyzer Option

The spectrum analyzer option is the world’s first single sweep spectrum analyzer that covers frequency ranges from 70KHz to 220GHz using mm-wave modules. The Spectrum analyzer option is available on all baseband VectorStar models.

The Spectrum Analyzer option (Option 49) allows for convenient spectral domain measurements of quantities such as harmonics, spurs, distortion products, and general frequency content of a variety of devices. Common measurements include harmonics, tone-based distortion measurements, some spurious measurements, and spectral occupancy tests on devices that may include multiple outputs or input-output comparisons.

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.

Opto-Electronic Features

  • Fast and accurate opto-electronic measurements — The VectorStar ME7848A 200 series ONA enables error-corrected transfer function, group delay, and return loss measurements of E/O and O/E components and subsystems.
  • MN4765B O/E calibration module — The O/E calibration module is a thermally stabilized photodiode reference standard detector that can eliminate drift over temperature. Accurate bias voltage to the photodiode is maintained internally.
  • MN4775A E/O converter — The E/O converter includes a lithium niobate (LiNbO3) modulator stabilized by a fully automatic bias controller and a tunable or fixed wavelength laser source. Excellent converter stability ensures characteristics remain consistent during measurement of opto-electronic DUT detectors and receivers.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) derived characterization — Magnitude and phase characterization of the O/E calibration module is obtained using a primary standard characterized by NIST and held in the Anritsu Calibration Lab.
  • Internal VNA de-embedding for simplified calibration — The built-in application menus provide instructions that guide the user through the set-up and calibrations required for making E/O, O/O, and O/E measurements.
  • Excellent stability and repeatability — Use of full 12-term calibration with de-embedding results in stable and repeatable measurements of opto-electronic devices using the VectorStar VNA.
  • Modularity and upgradeability — The VectorStar ME7848A ONA can be easily modified to a different wavelength by adding the appropriate MN4775A E/O converter and MN4765B O/E calibration detector. The VectorStar ME7838A 100 series can be upgraded to a 200 series by including the appropriate MN4775A E/O converter.

Spectrum Analyzer Option

  • SPA available from 70KHz to 20/40/70/110/125/145 and 220GHz. Also available for banded configuration to 1.1THz.
  • Dual SPA mode available: suitable for Mixers/Amplifier/ Harmonics /Spurious testing.
  • SPA available on all ports. User can define which port to use as SPA port.
  • Several detection types available in classical mode: Peak, minimum, RMS, Mean.
  • Various math functions can be applied on SPA mode like Min hold/max hold/ user defined equations.
  • Sources and receivers can be independently configured. Can be used as Tracking Generator.
  • For units that have a dual source, a dual drive option is available. Support for external source control also possible.
  • Phase synchronization for units with Dual source available. This feature allows users to control and configure the phase between the two sources.
  • Source and receiver attenuator available with VNA can be activated in SPA mode. Recommendation to use option 62 (with attenuator on receiver side) for measuring the spectrum content of high-power devices.
  • Software option: easy to install and upgrade existing user equipment.

Other Features

  • 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


MN4775A Electro-Optical (E/O) Converter

  • Fast and accurate opto-electronic measurements – The VectorStar MS4640B VNA series, when calibrated using the MN4765B module, enables error-corrected transfer function, group delay, and return loss measurements of E/O and O/E components and subsystems
  • Combining the MN4775A E/O converter with the MN4765B modules enables calibrated measurements of O/E O/E devices
  • The MN4775A E/O converter may be used in conjunction with the VectorStar MS4640B VNA or the ShockLine MS4652xB VNA series.
  • The MN4775A includes a laser, an optical Mach-Zehnder intensity modulator, and a variable optical attenuator to control its output power.
  • Internal circuitry provides various power and modulation configurations, as well as stabilizes overall performance

Configuration Options

  • MN4775A-0040 40 GHz modulation bandwidth and internal 850 nm laser
  • MN4775A-0070 70 GHz modulation bandwidth and internal C-band laser set to 1550 nm
  • MN4775A-0071 70 GHz modulation bandwidth and internal 1310 nm fixed laser
  • MN4775A-0072 70 GHz modulation bandwidth and both fixed 1310 nm laser and C-band laser set to 1550 nm (optically switched)

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; 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

EduPack Bundle

Making Anritsu’s leading test and measurement solutions readily available to universities and R&D institutions ensures their engineering labs are equipped with the state-of-the-art resources they need to teach students and continue their ground-breaking research using the latest technologies. The Anritsu EduPack Bundle provides students, engineers, and researchers with just that – a modular, flexible solution that is customizable based on the unique needs of the institution. The bundle comes standard with a modular VectorStar™ MS4644B 40 GHz vector network analyzer, calibration kit, active measurement suite, and Cadence AWR lite software. From there, configure the bundle to meet your specific design needs by selecting from the various options available. Whether you are designing for 5G, antennas, material measurements, etc., the Anritsu EduPack Bundle can power your innovation with the industry’s leading technologies.

Anritsu EduPack Bundle Product Brochure

Universal Test Fixture

When developing any device on a microstrip or conventional coplanar waveguide (CPW) structure, the final product does not always end up with a connectorized interface. To test the device’s response at various frequencies, engineers often use a fixture like Anritsu’s Universal Test Fixture (UTF) to conduct measurements. This gives them a structure that provides a precise connection to the DUT when no input/output connectors are available and avoids substantial errors in measurement results due to improper soldering.

Anritsu’s 3680 series UTF are highly accurate and precise fixtures that provide a repeatable solution for measuring microstrip and CPW substrate devices. Input and output connections are made to the substrate device by two spring-loaded jaws that include coax-to-microstrip/CPW launchers. The jaws accommodate substrates from 0.13 to 1.9 mm in thickness.

Anritsu Universal Test Fixture EduPack Bundle Solutions Brief

Spectrum Master™ MS276xA Ultraportable Spectrum Analyzer (9 kHz to 44 GHz)

More often than not, a spectrum analyzer is an integral part of a test bench in an education/ R&D institute and is widely used in many applications. Bundle 2 incorporates a Spectrum Master MS276xA 44 GHz ultraportable spectrum analyzer to deliver best-in-class price/performance ratio unmatched by traditional benchtop instruments. Leveraging Anritsu’s patented NLTL technology, these high-performance solutions provide leading dynamic range, sweep speed, and amplitude accuracy, while their small size allows a direct connection to almost any DUT and eliminates the need for low loss, expensive cables. This enables customers to efficiently advance their technology development while reducing time-to-market.

When paired with the VectorStar MS4644B VNA, this combination is ideal for applications requiring intermodulation distortion (IMD), harmonics, on-wafer simultaneous S-parameters, and spectrum measurements. For 5G beamforming antennas (passive and active), the Spectrum Master MS276xA becomes a very useful tool as it can measure very low-level signals and, when combined with a directional antenna, be used as a reference signal measurement tool.

Anritsu Ultraportable Spectrum Analyzer EduPack Bundle Solutions Brief

Antenna Measurement System with MilliBox Anechoic Chamber

With continued 5G antenna research, especially in the 28 and 39 GHz frequencies, having a compact antenna testing solution is ideal for universities and R&D centers. While various parameters (e.g., return loss, polarization, radiation pattern, gain, E-H plane, 2D-3D patterns, etc.) are vital for antenna measurements, the most important are antenna radiation pattern measurements as these determine how effectively an antenna radiates in comparison to an isotropic antenna. This particular measurement requires a VNA, an anechoic chamber, and software. Bundle 3 includes a portable benchtop anechoic chamber and open source software from MilliBox, and equips universities and R&D labs with a complete, cost-effective antenna measurement system.

MilliBox offers a family of modular, compact, and affordable mmWave antenna test systems. Fully compatible with the VectorStar MS4644B VNA, these systems are tailored for applications between 18 GHz and 95 GHz, include various combinations of chambers and 3D positioners, and are easy to setup and take measurements. The positioner controller software is based on an open source Python script that communicates directly with the VectorStar VNA, enabling it to take the needed antenna radiation pattern measurements. Since the software is open source code, students, teachers, and researchers can modify and customize capabilities for antenna measurements on their own, which also provides students with another valuable opportunity to develop their real-world skill set (MilliBox will provide software support).

Anritsu Anechoic Chamber Measurement EduPack Bundle Solutions Brief


Spectrum Analyzer Options:

MS4642B-049 70 kHz to 20 GHz Spectrum Analyzer option
MS4644B-049 70 kHz to 40 GHz Spectrum Analyzer option
MS4647B-049 70 kHz to 70 GHz Spectrum Analyzer option
MS4640B-049 SPA options for all broadband and banded solutions

ME7848A VectorStar ONA Configurations:

Model Description
ME7848A-0140 VectorStar 10 MHz (70 kHz opt) to 40 GHz, with 850 nm O/E calibration module
ME7848A-0170 VectorStar 10 MHz (70 kHz opt) to 70 GHz, with 1550 nm O/E calibration module
ME7848A-0171 VectorStar 10 MHz (70 kHz opt) to 70 GHz, with 1310 nm O/E calibration module
ME7848A-0172 VectorStar 10 MHz (70 kHz opt) to 70 GHz, 1310/1550 nm system (VNA and O/E module only)
ME7848A-0240 VectorStar 10 MHz (70 kHz opt) to 40 GHz, with 850 nm O/E calibration module and E/O converter
ME7848A-0270 VectorStar 10 MHz (70 kHz opt) to 70 GHz, with 1550 nm O/E calibration module and E/O converter
ME7848A-0271 VectorStar 10 MHz (70 kHz opt) to 70 GHz, with 1310 nm O/E calibration module and E/O converter
ME7848A-0272 VectorStar 10 MHz (70 kHz opt) to 70 GHz, with 1310/1550 nm O/E module and E/O convertor

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