Anritsu Company announced a collaborative agreement with Milliwave Silicon Solutions, Inc. whereby the VectorStar™ vector network analyzers (VNAs) are compatible with the MilliBox mmWave anechoic chambers and positioners. With the agreement, the inherent advantages of the VectorStar platform and MilliBox chambers are consolidated for more efficient measurements on high frequency passive antennas, including phase array.

Dedicated software allows the VectorStar VNA to easily and reliably integrate with the MilliBox mmWave anechoic chamber and positioners. The solution provides a cost-effective benchtop test system for high frequency mmWave and E-Band applications, including 5G, aerospace and automotive radar. The size and cost benefits of the configuration make it well-suited for applications that can’t support large anechoic chambers, including education and R&D.

Due to the VectorStar’s best-in-class dynamic range, the integrated solution produces highly stable measurements. Additionally, the compact, high-frequency mmWave modules of the VectorStar further reduce the bench footprint of the system. The VectorStar premium VNA line provides the highest overall performance on a modern platform. It also offers the broadest frequency coverage in a single VNA.

MilliBox mmWave anechoic chambers are cost-effective test tools specially designed for mmWave over-the-air measurements. The mini-chambers comfortably fit on a lab benchtop and are built of modular construction, allowing for several configurations to address differing needs with 70 cm to 200 cm far-field measurement positions. The price and size of MilliBox chambers make them optimal for real-life engineering work where daily iterations are needed. Several mmWave positioner versions are available to accommodate different DUT size and weight requirements.