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Introduction to VNA Basics
Benchtop performance at a surprising price
The TTR500 Series rivals the leading benchtop competition, at 40% lower price! It delivers better RF performance on key parameters like dynamic range and includes a built-in Bias Tee you may have paid extra for in the past. The new TTR500 Series VNA gives you all the capability and performance you need in a 6 GHz 2-port VNA at a price you can afford. Why settle for less?
Frequency Range: 100 kHz up to 6 GHz
Dynamic Range: Greater than 122 dB
Trace Noise: Less than 0.008 dBrms
Output Power: -50 to +7 dBm
Who uses Vector Network Analysers?
RF design and validation engineers use VNAs to validate their design simulations.
Manufacturing engineers assemble and test RF components and devices based on a certain set of specifications. Vector Network Analyzers are used to quickly and accurately validate the performance of the RF components and devices.
Education professionals train the next generation of engineers with standard industry test instrumentation.
VNA Application Examples
Antenna matching and tuning
Radio Frequency (RF) cable and connector measurements
75 Ohm characteristic impedances
Automated production testing
Performance, Size, Reliability, affordability. Choose four
Smart innovations, reduced cost and size
The TTR500 Series VNA tightly integrates six RF receivers and two RF sources into a proprietary ASIC. With its innovative architecture and patented technology, the TTR500 Series VNA achieves the same level of performance as a benchtop VNA, but at 40 percent lower cost and one-seventh the size and weight of units with comparable performance.
Integrating RF capabilities into the ASIC provides higher reliability
13 watt power draw means no noisy fan, low energy consumption
Patented DSP for dynamic range improvement
3-year standard warranty
Learning curve? There is none
It's simple. Our industry-standard interface allows you to spend less time getting up to speed, so you'll have more time to test your design. The VectorVu-PC software delivers a traditional look and feel for controlling and calibrating the instrument with any Windows PC or laptop. For automated test systems, programmatic support is offered for common legacy VNAs for easy integration into existing test systems.
Run VectorVu-PC in offline mode to analyze stored data
Output file format compatible with common EDA simulation tools
SCPI command compatible with common legacy VNA
Ease of Use - Automatic Bandwidth Measurements
Have your own Vector Network Analyzer
Gone are the days of having to roll around a shared VNA. The TTR500's small, compact form factor and low price enables your company to have one on every engineer’s bench, improving efficiency and uptime. In education, an affordable vector network analyzer allows more students to get hands-on time with standard industry test instrumentation.
No need to rent or borrow VNAs, adding time and expense to projects
Small enough to slip into a briefcase or desk drawer
Share VNA displays, teach new concepts and review progress over PC networks
PC-based architecture (USB 2.0) provides convenient accessibility to your captured data
The next USB instrument, from the company that knows it best
Building on the success of our real-time USB spectrum analyzers, we’ve brought the same innovation and trusted form factor to the TTR500 Series VNA. The USB link separates measurement acquisition from analysis, providing a variety of benefits.
Upgrade quickly to the latest computer technology by simply replacing the PC
Choose the best display size for your application: tablet, laptop or external monitor
Use your own personal copy of VectorVu-PC, and keep your presets, file structure, and other settings just as you like them
Convenient file sharing using standard Windows networking for applications such as EDA tools
Improved reliability by removing common source failures – displays, control knobs, and processors
See How This New VNA Stacks Up
In this article, by Chris Demartino published in "Microwaves&RF", December 2017, a bandpass filter measurement example is presented to demonstrate what this new VNA can do.
Tek’s Vector Network Analyzer: How Does It Compare?
A wide variety of engineering disciplines use Vector Network Analyzers (or VNAs). Engineers involved in product development use VNAs at numerous stages in the design process. Component designers use VNAs to verify performance. System designers use VNAs to verify that system performance meets their subsystem and system specs. No matter the discipline, engineers turn to VNAs when they need to measure the inherent RF characteristics of passive or active devices.
We’ve put Tek’s TTR500 up against another industry VNA to see how well it performs. Check out this video.
Watch how quick and easy it is to calibrate the TTR500 Vector Network Analyzer to ensure you get accurate measurements.
Watch this video to see how to measure bandwidth and start and stop frequency of a Band Pass filter using the TTR500 Vector Network Analyzer.
Watch how easy it is to apply Port Extensions using the TTR500 Vector Network Analyzer.
Watch this video to see how easy it is to take a Gain Measurement of an Amplifier using the built-in Bias Tee of the TTR500 Series Vector Network Analyzer.
Phase and Group Delay Measurements can be used to determine if there is distortion in your device or network of devices. See how easy it is to make these measurements using the TTR500 Vector Network Analyzer.
RF Component Troubleshooting and Design Validation
Those who design, build, and manufacture RF components such as filters, cables, mixers, connectors, antennas, amplifiers and attenuators, need a powerful VNA to validate and troubleshoot to highly precise specifications. The TTR500 VNA is capable of fully characterizing the performance of both passive and active RF components up to 6 GHz, with more than 122 dB of dynamic range.
100 kHz to 3/6 GHz frequency range
More than 122 dB dynamic range
Measure both passive and active components
Built-in bias tee included standard
Antenna Matching and Tuning
Minimize costly signal reflections by testing for impedance mismatches or discontinuities in your system. The TTR500 VNA is capable of measuring all four 2-port 2-path S-parameters in SWR, and complex impedance format. With its recognizable user interface, you can easily click, drag, couple, or decouple markers to smith charts or other traces, for easily analyzing measurements.
Measure full 2-port S-parameters in SWR and impedance formats
Smith chart markers in impedance, admittance, phase, real, imaginary
Click, drag, couple or decouple markers for analyzing measurments
If you’re integrating an off-the-shelf antenna with a wireless module, you’re need to ensure that the impedance of the antenna matches the impedance of the wireless module. Mismatch can result in reduced data packets, signal range and wasted battery life.
In this video, we show you how to improve the design and verify the performance of the antenna matching circuit placed between the antenna and wireless transceiver module, using the TTR500 Network Vector Analyzer.
Ideal for Education
Don’t let the small form-factor fool you. Designed with a robust, industry-standard user interface, more than 122 dB dynamic range, and up to 6 GHz frequency range, the TTR500 VNA is the perfect instrument for preparing the next class of engineers. And with its extremely affordable price, more students can have hands-on time with a real-world instrument.
Full suite of 2-port 2-path VNA capabilities
Industry-standard and recognizable user interface
Import/export S-parameters in Touchstone (sNp.) file format
An offline mode well suited for out-of-lab assignments
See datasheet for a complete list
Complete line of affordably priced accessories
Tektronix offers a variety of robust accessories to simplify your shopping for the complete VNA solution. Accessories available include a rugged carrying case, rack mount kits, rugged phased-stable cables, attenuators, adapters and calibration kits.
Wide variety of calibration kits
Rugged, phase stable cables in a variety of sizes and types
Adapters, coaxial, 50 Ohm with a variety of connector sizes and types
VectorVu-PC vector network analysis software is the analysis engine for the TTR500A Series VNA
Enabling you to:
Perform live network analyses on your PC when connected to the TTR503A or TTR506A over USB2.0
Perform offline analyses of saved data and Touchstone (.sNp) files when not connected to an instrument
Perform automated testing via a SCPI programming interface compatible with many legacy VNA instruments.