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Vector Network Analyzer provides up to 24 test ports.

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May 12, 2014 - Covering frequency range from 9 kHz to 8.5 GHz, R&S ZNBT is equipped with 4 test ports, but depending on application requirements, can be expanded to 24 ports. When fitted with maximum number of ports, analyzer is capable of determining all 576 S-parameters of 24-port DUT. Product does away with loss introduced by matrix switches, making it possible to deliver measurements with instrument's full dynamic range of 130 dB, output power level of 13 dBm, and low trace noise.

Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co

Muhldorfstraße 15, -, Germany

Original Press Release

The R&S ZNBT from Rohde & Schwarz - the First Vector Network Analyzer Offering 24 Test Ports

Press release date: April 29, 2014

Rohde & Schwarz has released the world's first network analyzer with 24 integrated test ports: the R&S ZNBT. The instrument allows users to characterize devices under test with multiple test ports and enables production lines to maintain high throughput by measuring multiple DUTs in parallel. The R&S ZNBT also offers the high RF performance of a two-port network analyzer at each of its test ports.  
  
Munich — Rohde & Schwarz has added the R&S ZNBT to its portfolio of multiport network analysis solutions. The instrument covers the frequency range from 9 kHz to 8.5 GHz, and the base model is equipped with four test ports. Depending on application requirements, the analyzer can be enhanced to include 24 ports. The R&S ZNBT is primarily used in the development and production of active and passive multiport components such as frontend modules for multiband mobile phones.   
  
When fitted with its maximum number of test ports, the R&S ZNBT is capable of determining all 576 S-parameters of a 24-port DUT. It requires no switching, and therefore carries out multiport measurements faster than switch matrix-based multiport systems. For example, the R&S ZNBT can cover all 576 S-parameters at 201 frequency points in less than 260 ms. That is 10 times faster than the R&S ZNB and R&S ZN-Z84 switch matrix solution from Rohde & Schwarz, which is already high-speed. The latter requires more than 2.7 s for this measurement. Alternatively, the R&S ZNBT can also measure multiple DUTs in parallel. Previously, users had to operate several network analyzers in parallel to achieve such high throughput.   
  
The R&S ZNBT also does away with the loss introduced by matrix switches, making it possible to deliver measurements with the instrument's full dynamic range of 130 dB, a high output power level of 13 dBm and low trace noise. This makes multiport measurements with the R&S ZNBT highly stable, reproducible and precise.  
  
The network analyzer has no display – a space-saving feature that is especially beneficial in automated production. It can be controlled via an external monitor, mouse and keyboard or via an external touchscreen. It features the same intuitive operation as the R&S ZNB, and all of its functions can be accessed in no more than three operating steps. As a result, defining even complex multiport measurements is just as fast and easy as configuring conventional two-port measurements. Automatic multiport calibration units from Rohde & Schwarz save users time when calibrating multiport test setups.  
  
The R&S ZNBT multiport vector network analyzer is now available from Rohde & Schwarz. For more information, visit www.rohde-schwarz.com/product/znbt.
  
Press contacts:  
Europe (headquarters): Christian Mokry, Phone: +49 89 4129 13052, E-mail: press@rohde-schwarz.com   
North America: Pam Sanders, Phone: +1 410 910 7908, E-mail: pam.sanders@rsa.rohde-schwarz.com   
Asia Pacific: Wen Shi Tong, Phone: +65 6 307-0029, E-mail: WenShi.Tong@rohde-schwarz.com   
  
Contacts for readers:  
Customer Support Europe, Africa, Middle East: Phone: +49 89 4129 12345, E-mail: customersupport@rohde-schwarz.com   
Customer Support North America: Phone: +1 888 837 8772, E-mail: customer.support@rsa.rohde-schwarz.com   
Customer Support Latin America: Phone: +1 410 910 7988, E-mail: customersupport.la@rohde-schwarz.com   
Customer Support Asia: Phone: +65 65130 488, E-mail: customersupport.asia@rohde-schwarz.com   
Customer Support China: Phone: +86-800-810-8228 or +86-400-650-5896, E-mail: customersupport.china@rohde-schwarz.com   
  
Rohde & Schwarz  
The Rohde & Schwarz electronics group is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcasting, secure communications, and radiomonitoring and radiolocation. Founded 80 years ago, this independent global company has an extensive sales network and is present in more than 70 countries. It has around 9300 employees and achieved a net revenue of EUR 1.9 billion (USD 2.5 billion) in fiscal year 2012/2013 (July 2012 through June 2013). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany.  
  
All press releases, including photos for downloading, are available on the Internet at http://www.press.rohde-schwarz.com.

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