Polar, Anritsu Team for Production Testing of PCB Insertion Loss


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Polar Instruments and Anritsu Corporation have introduced a solution for the production testing of PCB insertion loss. Atlas vector network analysers (VNAs) are especially focused on material qualification and testing high-speed serial data busses at the PCB fabrication level. This combines the industry standard Atlas insertion loss test and data logging software with the Anritsu MS46524B-043 43.5 GHz VNA. The combination of industry standard Atlas test environment with Anritsu’s renowned ShockLine Vector Network Analyser technology delivers new standards in accuracy and ease of use when production testing PCBs for insertion loss at the fabrication level.

“Combining the Polar Atlas test software environment with the unprecedented value of the Anritsu ShockLine VNA brings 43GHz insertion loss testing within reach of leading PCB fabricators,” explains Terence Chew, Managing Director of Greater China operations of Polar Asia Pacific. “One of the key strengths linking Polar Atlas software with the ShockLine VNA is the delivery of a familiar measurement environment for fabricators accustomed to the Polar CITS and Atlas user interface for the test of high speed PCB characteristics during and immediately post fabrication.”

“Our collaboration will leverage the advanced technologies of the ShockLine VNAs with Polar Instruments’ measurement software to develop an efficient VNA-based solution that addresses  current and future Delta-L test needs for emerging PCB designs,” said Stan Oda, Anritsu ShockLine VNA Product Manager.

Atlas is part of a suite of signal integrity measurement, documentation and modeling tools from Polar, enabling OEM PCB specifiers and fabricators to accurately communicate PCB signal integrity requirements across the supply chain. From tools for designing and communicating layer stackup through to tools for both modeling and measuring characteristic impedance and insertion loss. Atlas for Anritsu VNA helps close the loop with the metrology side of the equation for ultra high speed signaling applications whilst Si9000e and Speedstack Si provide modeling and documentation to ensure that PCBs are produced with the highest possible yields from a high speed perspective. 

For further information please contact your local Polar office, contact details maybe found at polarinstruments.com.

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