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Anritsu Introduces Microwave USB Power Sensor With Coverage up to 26 GHz Over 60 dB Dynamic Range

MA24126A Extends Anritsu’s USB Power Sensor Line and Provides Users With Measurement Flexibility and Expanded Triggering Capabilities.


Morgan Hill, CA – December 9, 2009 – Anritsu Company introduces the MA24126A Microwave USB Power Sensor that can make highly accurate power measurements from 10 MHz to 26 GHz over 60 dB of dynamic range. The sensor employs a “dual path” architecture that provides True-RMS measurements over a broad frequency range and a dynamic range of 0.1 µW to 100 mW (-40 dBm to +20 dBm), allowing engineers and field technicians to conduct average power measurements on CW, multi-tone, and digitally modulated signals used in all major cellular and microwave point-to-point (P2P) bands, as well as aerospace and defense applications.

The MA24126A has built-in internal and external triggers, so the sensor can conduct multi-slot measurements of TDD waveforms used in GSM, WiMAX, and TD-SCDMA. The triggering capability also allows the sensor to conduct burst power measurements of periodic and non-periodic waveforms. Its ability to handle +33 dBm of power makes the MA24126A ideal for conducting high crest factor signal measurements.

Precise average power measurements of modulated signals are assured due to the sensor design, which stores all calibration data directly in the sensor, so all necessary corrections, such as frequency and temperature, are done inside the microprocessor of the sensor. Also, the return loss of the instrument are optimized to maintain high accuracy. All standards used to calibrate the sensor are directly traceable to NIST, making the MA24126A well suited for aerospace and defense applications.

Versatile, the MA24126A can be used with Anritsu’s award-winning handheld analyzers, including the new E-series Site Master™ family, BTS Master™, Spectrum Master™, and VNA Master™. It also is compatible with the MS271xB Economy Microwave Spectrum Analyzers.

The MA24126A can be used as a standalone test solution when connected to a Windows-based PC via Anritsu’s PowerXpert™ 2.0 data and analysis software. PowerXpert provides a front panel display that turns a PC into a highly advanced power meter. It allows users to drag gates and fences using a mouse, for interactive measurement capability. The software also supports simultaneous display of up to eight different sensors, and screen shots can be saved in popular image formats.

Field technicians can use the MA24126A with a compatible handheld analyzer to verify base station and microwave P2P transmitter output power, as well as simultaneously monitor the power of several antennas on a continuous basis. The high performance of the MA24126A also allows it to be a cost-effective production test alternative for microwave component and subsystem manufacturers, system integrators, and base station and handset manufacturers.

The MA24126A has a delivery of 2 to 3 weeks ARO.

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. Following its acquisition of NetTest in 2005, it has expanded its offering to provide complete solutions for existing and next-generation wireline and wireless communication systems and service providers. Anritsu sell in over 90 countries worldwide with approximately 4,000 employees.

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

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