mmWave spectrum analyzers are ultraportable

February 16, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
Anritsu's (Kanagawa, Japan) Spectrum Master MS2760A family is presented as the first ultraportable, millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum analyzers that verify high-frequency designs, including those used in 5G and E-band applications.

Using Anritsu’s NLTL Shockline technology, the MS2760A sets a new cost, size, and performance point relative to large form factor instruments, to more efficiently advance technology development. In addition to 5G and E-band, the MS2760A significantly improves test procedures and lowers the cost-of-test in other fast-growing mmWave applications, such as 802.11ad/WiGig, satellite communications, electronic warfare, and automotive radar.

For R&D and test engineers in lab environments, the MS2760A conducts essential spectrum measurements, such as spectrum analysis, channel power, adjacent channel power, spurious emissions, and occupied bandwidth. Users can achieve accuracy “never before possible at higher frequencies”, as the MS2760A allows measurements to be taken directly at the DUT, unlike benchtop models that require expensive cables that can add loss. Its ability to conduct sweeps from 9 kHz to 110 GHz also improves measurement confidence.

Its ultraportable size also adds flexibility to production test of larger products, including those in aerospace and satellite applications. Accuracy in manufacturing environments comes with its ability to conduct continuous sweeps across the entire frequency. For field testing its ultraportable size allows it to be placed in a technician’s pocket, while its continuous sweep ability and USB-powered form factor using a tablet reduces the amount of equipment a technician must carry.

The Spectrum Master MS2760A has models to support the 32 GHz, 44 GHz, 50 GHz, 70 GHz, and 110 GHz frequencies. A 90-GHz model is also available for countries where an export license is required for analyzers above 90 GHz.