The PicoVNA Network Metrology Training Kit and NI/AWR Microwave Office Connected Partnership

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22 September 2019
Category: RF products

Adding significant functionality and value to their low-cost, high-performance Vector Network Analyzer, PicoTechnology proudly announce that they have joined the NI/AWR Connected Partner community.

The PicoVNA Interface wizard integrates and tightly couples highly affordable Vector Network Measurement within the market-leading Design–Simulate–Implement process flow of Microwave Office and the AWR Design Environment. Component, system and subsystem measurements become available, controllable and displayed inside the Office workspace.   Real-world measurements are available for one-click transfer to plots for direct comparison with simulated data or to your project files for use within simulation.

Features at a glance

Control and view PicoVNA output from inside your design environment
One-click measurement transfer to new or existing project data files or plots
Fast, convenient comparison of ideal, modelled and measured component data
Simulation with measured component or subsystem data
Extend measured data to zero hertz for passive component simulation at DC
Active device measurement and plotting of Max. Stable and Available Gain, K-Factor and B1

A powerful education and training alliance

Ask yourself the question: Can there be any more effective and rewarding learning experience than completing an entire design cycle? 

Unfortunately, the high costs of microwave network measurement have for many compromised that experience in the classroom. However, the more affordable PicoVNA 106, 6 GHz, full-function, professional-grade vector network analyzer, partnered with Microwave Office, could change the game.

Add to that mix the newly available Network Metrology Test Kit from Pico Technology. Low-cost, potentially a per-student item, the kit includes active and passive circuit elements and all the low-cost calibration standards and test leads that are needed to partner the PicoVNA 106 in classroom microwave network measurement.  This PCB-hosted kit was designed within Microwave Office. DUT elements can be modified by students and the kit is supplied with the MWO project design file for immediate engagement with any of the available circuit elements at any point in their design cycle.

Either within MWO or used stand-alone with the PicoVNA 106, this single integrated teaching accessory supports teaching objectives around reflection and transmission measurements, S-parameters and standard measurement quantities. These can be presented and interpreted as log, linear, phase, real, imaginary, polar and Smith chart, with derived quantities group delay and time domain transmission and reflection. Additionally, by including an active broadband amplifier element, nonlinear compression measurements such as P1dB and AM to PM phase due to amplitude modulation can be explored using the PicoVNA 106’s built-in measurement utilities.

Pricing

PicoVNA 106

PicoVNA 106 6 GHz USB vector network analyzer

PQ189  $5995  €5085  £4205

Network Metrology Training printed circuit accessory MWO project file and carry case

PQ186  $469  €399  £329

Network Metrology Training kit and carry case

Incl: PQ189 training PCA, PQ190 SMA(f) training SOLT kit, 2x N(m)-SMA(f) inter-series adaptor, 2x TA312 60cm SMA(m-m) test lead, TA177 SMA wrench. MWO project file.

$829  €699  £579

Software

PicoVNA 2 instrument control GUI and DLL.

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PicoVNA Interface wizard for NI/AWR Design Environment

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For further information or free of charge software download visit www.picotech.com.

Pico Technology is the leading supplier of USB-controlled instrumentation, with products spanning oscilloscopes, data loggers, signal sources and network analysis. Pico is UK headquartered and offers global distribution and support from offices in the UK, Texas and Shanghai.