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Fairport, NY, USA: Saelig Company, Inc., has introduced
the Pico Technology PicoVNA 106 Low-Cost Vector Network Analyzer - an economical
USB-controlled, professional-grade 300 kHz to 6 GHz Vector Network Analyzer (VNA)
with excellent performance, portability, and affordability. Despite its small size and low
cost, its full-function, minimal-error, 'Quad RX' four-receiver architecture supports both
8- and 12-term calibration without the uncorrectable switching errors, delays, and unreliability
of traditional three-receiver designs. The instrument supports convenient calibration methods
such as 'enhanced isolation correction' and 'unknown thru.'
The PicoVNA 106 has a dynamic range of up to 118 dB at 10 Hz and only 0.005 dB
RMS trace noise at its maximum bandwidth of 140 kHz. It can gather all four S-parameters
at just 190usec per frequency point, so a 500 point 2-port S2P Touchstone file (compatible
with many test, math, view and EDA simulation tools) is captured in less than 1/10 sec.
This performance compares with other full-function VNAs that are more than four times as expensive.
The PicoVNA 106 is even cost-effective as a high-dynamic-range scalar network analyzer where
phase measurements are not needed, or even as a single-port vector reflectometer. The product
also includes bias-Ts for the convenient injection of a bias or test stimulus. The PicoVNA
106's software two utilities address gain compression (P1dB) and AM to PM. Both of these use
a port power sweep at each test frequency, with both measurements extracted using second-order
The PicoVNA 106 is supplied with Microsoft Windows-compatible software to support a full
range of plot formats for a scalar or vector view of dual or single-port parameters. These
can be saved or exported in various graphic and tabular formats including Touchstone. The
software includes Fourier transformation to the time domain, adding convenient distance-to-fault
capability and pulse response determination. In all cases nominal impedance transformation
(10 ohm to 200 ohm) is available, mathematically or using port matching pads, with
limit tests on the Cartesian plot formats.
Today's engineers don't have time to become microwave specialists. They need a straightforward,
accurate, fast, portable and low-cost measurement instrument, and ideally one that can support
developing applications such as 5G, IoT, radar, and tissue and materials imaging. Pico Technology's
expertise in compact USB instrumentation, combined with its experience with high-performance
sampling oscilloscopes and time domain reflectometry, has created a VNA that can characterize
high-frequency interfaces, devices, multi-path interconnect and antennas. The PicoVNA 106's
remote automation interface suits test automation needs, or as a reflectometry or transmission
measurement module for embedded installations. Test environments include broadband interconnect,
cable and harness, antenna, component or subsystem assembly, installation and fault over life,
in the manufacturing, calibration, distribution and service industries.
Made by Pico Technology, Europe's award-winning test and measurement manufacturer, the
new PicoVNA 106 Vector Network Analyzer is available now starting at $5995 from Saelig Company,
Inc. their USA technical distributor. For detailed specifications, free technical assistance,
or additional information, please contact Saelig 888-7SAELIG, via email:
or visit www.saelig.com.
About Saelig Company, Inc.
Founded in 1988 in Rochester, New York, Saelig is a North American distributor with a growing
reputation for finding and sourcing unique, easy-to-use control and instrumentation products
and related active components, for use in a variety of industries. Products lines are continuously
added from sources across the globe, and are offered at highly competitive prices, accompanied
by full in-house technical support, exceptional customer service, and fast delivery. For full
details of available product lines, please visit
Saelig Company, Inc.
71 Perinton Parkway
USA Toll-Free: (888) 7-SAELIG
Tel: (585) 385-1750
Posted July 21, 2017