LeCroy Corporation has announced the availability of 8- and 12-port models of the SPARQ series of signal integrity network analyzers. The SPARQ makes S-parameter measurements quickly and is a fraction of the price of Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs). With the SPARQ models, signal integrity engineers have a product for characterizing crosstalk in multi-lane differential structures.
The 8- and 12-port SPARQ units are extensions to the SPARQ series of signal integrity network analyzers launched in September, 2010. SPARQ is designed specifically for signal integrity applications, and uses state-of-the-art TDR/TDT techniques to measure the S-parameters of passive devices.
SPARQ users can connect the SPARQ to their DUT and PC, which runs the SPARQ application. After configuring the measurement by setting the number of ports, points and end frequency, the measurement is started by simply clicking “Go”.
The SPARQ automatically calibrates in only about 1 minute using the built-in OSLT calibration kit.