Copper Mountain Technologies Debuts New High-Performance VNAs
INDIANAPOLIS, May 19, 2015 — Copper Mountain Technologies (CMT) introduced a new series of high-performance
vector network analyzers (VNAs) designed to efficiently handle advanced test applications at the 2015
International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in Phoenix on May 17-22. The Cobalt series, which presently features
the C1220 and C1209 models, offers an unmatched price-performance combination for S-parameter measurement
between 100 kHz and 20 GHz.
To achieve high performance and an affordable cost, the design and production of Cobalt VNAs incorporates
several new proprietary manufacturing and test approaches. Innovative new test grade coaxial connector
technology for internal interconnect and tighter tolerances contribute to Cobalt's exceptional metrological
accuracy. Advanced electromagnetic modeling optimizes the 20 GHz Cobalt's ultra-wideband directional coupler
design, and new production methods for precision airstrip lines give the directional couplers extraordinary
stability, both over temperature and over very long intervals of time.
In addition, Cobalt's hybrid dual-core DSP+FPGA signal processing engine, combined with new frequency
synthesizer technologies, propel Cobalt's measurement speed to among the most advanced instruments in the
industry, and well past the achievements of any cost-competitive products. These extremely fast measurement
speeds and compact design make Cobalt VNAs optimal for engineers looking for fast production and BTS filter
tuning applications without requiring a lot of space.
The top-of-the-line C1220 analyzer boasts a frequency range of 100 kHz to 20 GHz. It offers a typical
dynamic range of 145 dB, an output power adjustment range of -60 dBm to +10 dBm, and measures up to 500,001
measurement points per sweep. C1220 can reach a measurement speed of 10 microseconds per point and has
dimensions of 14.8" x 16.3" x 5.5" (376 x 415 x 140 mm).
The C1209 features many of the same technical specifications and is capable of analyzing the frequency
range from 100 kHz to 9 GHz. With dimensions of 14.8" x 8.3" x 3.7" (377 x 210 x 95 mm) and a weight of just
4.8 kg, the smaller C1209 is about a "half rack" in width.
Like all VNAs in the Copper Mountain Technologies portfolio, Cobalt VNAs are PC-driven, meaning the design
separates the measurement module from the processing module so that its proprietary software can offload
processing of the measurement results to an external PC. This allows for improved processing power, better
display capabilities and more reliable performance. Copper Mountain Technologies also offers customers a wide
range of standard features that include time-domain with gating, fixture simulation (embedding and
de-embedding) and frequency offset mode for mixer/converter testing.
About Copper Mountain Technologies
Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Copper Mountain Technologies has transformed vector network analyzers
(VNAs) with its affordable, lab-grade test systems that provide fast, highly accurate measurements from
portable designs. Well-suited for a variety of RF and microwave applications from 20 kHz to 20 GHz, these VNAs
offload their processing functions to an external PC for easy data management and analysis. Copper Mountain
Technologies also backs each of its VNAs with expert service and support for customers around the world.
Copper Mountain Technologies
3905 Vincennes Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268 USA
Posted May 19, 2015