PicoVNA 106

A low-cost, professional-grade 6 GHz VNA for both lab and field use

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PicoVNA 6 GHz Vector Network Analyzer

High performance, portability and low cost

  • 300 kHz to 6 GHz operation
  • High speed of > 5500 dual-port S-parameters per second
  • > 10000 S11 + S21 per second
  • Quad RX four-receiver architecture for optimal accuracy
  • 118 dB dynamic range at 10 Hz bandwidth
  • 0.005 dB RMS trace noise at maximum bandwidth of 140 kHz
  • Half-rack, small-footprint, lightweight package 
  • PC-controlled over USB from a Microsoft Windows interface
  • Reference plane offsetting and de-embedding
  • Time-domain and port impedance transformations
  • Tabular and graphic print and save formats, including Touchstone
  • P1dB, AM to PM, and standalone signal generator utilities
  • Fully accessible, guided 8 and 12-term calibration processes
  • 6 calibration modes, including unknown through and connected DUT isolation
  • Calibration and check standards with data for confident measurements

Vector network analysis for all

Once the domain of an elite few, microwave measurement has encroached into the lives of scientists, educators, surveyors, inspectors, engineers and technicians alike. Today’s microwave measurements need to be straightforward, portable, accurate, cost-effective and easy to learn.The PicoVNA 106 is an all new, UK-designed, professional USB-controlled, laboratory grade vector network instrument of unprecedented performance, portability and value for money. Despite its simple outline, small footprint and low cost, the instrument boasts a four-receiver architecture to minimize the uncorrectable errors, delays and unreliability of internal transfer switches.

The PicoVNA 106 delivers an exceptional dynamic range of 118 dB at 10 Hz and only 0.005 dB RMS trace noise at its maximum operating bandwidth of 140 kHz. It can also gather all four S-parameters at each frequency point in just 182 μs or S11 + S21 in 95 μs. In other words, a 201-point 2-port .s2p Touchstone file in less than 37 ms or up to two .s1p files in less than 19 ms. Its low price makes it cost-effective as a deep dynamic range scalar network analyzer or a single-port vector reflectometer as well as a full-function dual-port, dual-path vector network analyzer. It’s affordable in the classroom, in small businesses and even in amateur workshops, yet capable of meeting the needs of all users up to the microwave laboratory technician and expert.

Vector network analysis everywhere

The PicoVNA’s small size, light weight and low cost suit it to field service, installation test, OEM embedded and classroom applications. With its remote automation capability, it’s also attractive in applications such as:

  • Test automation, including multiple VNA control and measurement
  • Manufacturers needing to integrate a reflectometry or transmission measurement core
  • Inspection, test, characterization and calibration in the manufacture, distribution and service center industries:
    • Electronics component, assembly and systems, and interface/interconnect ATE (cable, PCB and wireless)
    • Material, geological, life-science and food sciences; tissue imaging; penetrating scan and radar
  • Broadband cable and harness test and matching at manufacture and installation, and fault-over-life monitoring
  • Antenna matching and tuning

Software development kits, including code examples in MATLAB and MATLAB RF toolbox, LabVIEW, C, C# and Python, are all available for download from Pico Technology’s GitHub pages. Examples include multiple instrument addressing and control.

6 GHz Network Metrology Training and Metrology Kits

In the classroom, Pico supports Network Metrology education through a low-cost, potentially one-per-student classroom kit. The Network Metrology Training Kit comprises PCB based passive and active circuit and transmission line examples, calibration standards and test leads, and for Microwave Office users, the project files used in its design. Just add the PicoVNA 106 to start making and learning about network measurements and their critical role within the Design-Simulate-Implement-Measure design cycle.

Network Measurement Training Kit circuit board