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Anritsu VectorStar to be Part of Signatone mmWave System at IMS 2016


Industry Leaders to Showcase Integrated Test Solution That Addresses High Frequency Wafer Designs Challenges

Richardson, TX – May 23, 2016

Anritsu Company announces that its VectorStar® vector network analyzer (VNA) will be part of a high frequency measurement solution featuring the Signatone WaveLink WL-210 RF/microwave probe station and the Virginia Diode, Inc. (VDI) VNA extenders at IMS 2016 in San Francisco, May 24-26. Demonstrations of the solution will be held in the Signatone booth (#703) and showcase how the integrated system can conduct highly accurate measurements on wafers under development for millimeter wave (mmWave) applications.  

The VectorStar MS4647B was selected by Signatone for the demonstration because of the VNA’s overall performance, including the broadest frequency span (70 kHz to 70 GHz) from a single coaxial test port in one instrument, as well as superior dynamic range of up to 142 dB. Ease of use was also a contributing factor in the VectorStar being used as part of the advanced test system.  

“The test system featuring our VectorStar VNA with the Signatone probe station and VDI extenders that will be shown at IMS is an example of a solution that has the level of performance necessary for engineers to have a greater degree of confidence in their high frequency designs,” said Joe Mallon, Business Development Manager, Anritsu Company.  

“To best demonstrate the advantages of the WL-210 for high-power mmWave applications, we sought a VNA that was equally well suited for these emerging designs. At IMS, we will combine these two leading high-frequency solutions to establish a system that addresses the testing challenges faced by signal integrity engineers involved in verifying today’s complex wafers,” said Michael Hathaway, Director of Technical Sales, Signatone.

VectorStar will be used with the WL-210 probe station, which was developed specifically to eliminate the losses associated with waveguide extenders typically used in mmWave applications. Completing the system are the VDI modules that combine high test port power and exceptional dynamic range to deliver industry leading performance.

About Signatone

Signatone was founded in Sunnyvale, CA in 1968 to meet the growing need for analytical probe systems in the emerging semiconductor industry. As the market grew and evolved, so did Signatone. The challenges of wafer probing have continued to change, but the need for state of the art analytical probing tools at a fair price has remained constant. Nowhere is that more apparent than in today’s RF/mmW applications where frequency extenders, load-pull tuners, and previously unheard of frequencies are becoming commonplace. Our versatile WaveLink Series platform offers the rigidity and stability that you demand, and our modular design philosophy will allow you to extend your investment far beyond your current probing requirement. Let us help you implement your vision.

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About Anritsu

Anritsu Company is the United States subsidiary of Anritsu Corporation, a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions for 120 years. Anritsu’s “2020 VISION” philosophy engages customers as true partners to help develop wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital instruments, as well as operation support systems for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance applications. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. The company develops advanced solutions for 5G, M2M, IoT, as well as other emerging and legacy wireline and wireless communication markets. With offices throughout the world, Anritsu has approximately 4,000 employees in over 90 countries.

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Anritsu Contact:
Kim Collins
Director, Americas Marketing
Agency Contact:
Patrick Brightman
3E Public Relations

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