Tektronix has launched the TTR500 Series USB Vector Network Analyser (VNA), which is a USB-based radio frequency (RF) test instrument. The TTR500 Series delivers an unmatched combination of low price and performance, and has a 40 per cent lower cost than alternatives capable of matching its 122 dB dynamic range and 6 GHz frequency range. It also includes advanced features such as the new VectorVu-PC analysis software and the built-in bias tee for testing active devices in this category. The TTR500 series comes with an easy-to-use user interface for conducting common tasks. Moreover, its small and compact form factor eliminates the need to use a shared VNA.

The TTR500 series offers a full 2-port, 2-path S-parameter VNA for measuring passive/active components, antennas and ma­t­c­­­­­­­­­­­­hing networks, RF modules, test cables, adapters, etc. Its speci­f­i­­c­a­­­­t­ions include a 100 kHz to 6 GHz frequency range, a 122 dB dy­n­­a­mic range, less than 0.008 dB trace noise, and -50 to +7 dBm output power. An important feature of the TTR500 is the built-in bias tee that is accessible on both ports and allows active devices, such as am­plifiers, to be easily direct current (DC) biased. Moreover, the TTR500 works with any Windows PC or laptop and comes with a set of accessories including a rugged carrying case, rackmount kits, rugged phase-stable cables, attenuators, adapters and calibration kits.

According to Tektronix, the innovative architecture and disaggregated design of the TTR500 achieves the same level of performance as a benchtop VNA, but at 40 per cent lower cost and one-seventh the size and weight of units with a comparable performance. This new architecture also reduces the component count and complexity, resulting in more reliability as compared to benchtop VNAs.