planar tr1300/1
Vector Network Analyzer
Frequency range: 300 kHz – 1.3 GHz
Measured parameters: S11, S21
Wide output power adjustment
range: -55 dBm to +3 dBm
>130 dB dynamic range
Measurement time per point: 150 µs per point
Up to 4 logical channels with 8 traces each
COM/DCOM compatible for LabView
and automation programming
Time domain and gating conversion included
Fixture simulation
Frequency offset mode, including vector
mixer calibration measurements
Up to 10,001 measurement points
Multiple precision calibration methods
and automatic calibration
Real Performance, Real Value.
CMT analyzers take advantage of breakthrough advances in RF technology as well as
the faster processing power, larger display, and more reliable performance of an external
PC, while also simplifying maintenance of the analyzer.
Our VNAs are made with high standards. Every instrument is lab-grade quality, with
a wide dynamic range, low noise floor, high resolution sweep, and a variety of other
advanced features. The metrology of the Planar TR1300/1 delivers real measurement
accuracy and reliability.
Cost Effective
CMT VNAs are flexible, easy to maintain, and are well-suited for lab, production, field,
and secure testing environments. With every bit of performance of traditional analyzers,
but at a fraction of the cost, now every engineer and technician can have a highly
accurate VNA.
Planar TR1300/1 VNA | Data Sheet
The Planar TR1300/1 VNA is an S-parameter
vector network analyzer designed for operation
with an external PC. It connects to any
Windows-based computer via USB and delivers
accurate testing and measurement through
a platform that can keep up with constant
advancements as well as be remotely accessed.
Planar TR1300/1 is designed for use in the
process of development, adjustment and testing
of various electrnonic devices in industrial
and laboratory facilities, including operation
as a component of an automated measurement
system. Planar TR1300/1 is designed for
operation with an external PC (not supplied
with the analyzer). The following product
brochure outlines the various features that are
standard on the device. To learn more about the
software functions and capabilities, download
our demo software from the RFI website.
Front Panel
Port 1
Port 2
PORT1 50
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PORT2 50
LED Indicator
for Power On
Rear Panel
Power cable
12 V
Reference frequency
output connector
# 0200 2 12
Ref Out
1 0 MHz
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Measurement Capabilities
Measured parameters
S11, S21
Number of measurement channels
Up to 4 independent logical channels: each logical channel is
represented on the screen as an individual channel window.
A logical channel is defined by such stimulus signal settings
as frequency range, number of test points, or power level.
Data traces
Up to 8 data traces can be displayed in each channel
window. A data trace represents one of such
parameters of the DUT as S-parameters, response
in time domain, or input power response.
Memory traces
Each of the 8 data traces can be saved into memory
for further comparison with the current values.
Data display formats
Logarithmic magnitude, linear magnitude, phase,
expanded phase, group delay, SWR, real part,
imaginary part, Smith chart diagram and polar
diagram display formats are available.
Dynamic Range
Typical dynamic range of 135 dB is achieved through
the entire frequency range (at 10 Hz IF bandwidth). Seen
here is the maximum dynamic range achieved when using
IFBW 10 Hz and an output power level of 3 dBm.
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Planar TR1300/1 VNA | Data Sheet
Sweep Features
Sweep type
Linear frequency sweep, logarithmic frequency
sweep, and segment frequency sweep occur when
the stimulus power is a fixed value. Linear power
sweep occurs when frequency is a fixed value.
Measured points per sweep
Set by the user from 2 to 10,001.
Segment sweep features
A frequency sweep within several independent user-defined
segments. Frequency range, number of sweep points, source
power, and IF bandwidth should be set for each segment.
Source power from –55 dBm to +3 dBm with resolution of
0.05 dB. In frequency sweep mode, the power slope
can be set to up to 2 dB/GHz for compensation of
high frequency attenuation in connection wires.
Sweep trigger
Trigger modes: continuous, single, or hold.
Trigger sources: internal, manual, external, bus.
Trace Functions
Trace display
Data trace, memory trace, or simultaneous
indication of data and memory traces.
Trace math
Data trace modification by math operations:
addition, subtraction, multiplication or division
of measured complex values and memory data.
Automatic selection of scale division and
reference level value allow the most
effective display of the trace.
Electrical delay
Calibration plane moving to compensate for
the delay in the test setup. Compensation for
electrical delay in a device under test (DUT) during
measurements of deviation from linear phase.
Phase offset
Phase offset is defined in degrees.
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Frequency Scan Segmentation
The VNA has a large frequency range with the
option of frequency scan segmentation. This
allows optimal use of the device, for example, to
realize the maximum dynamic range while
maintaining high measurement speed.
Power Scanning and
Compression Point Recognition
The power sweep feature turns compression
point recognition, one of the most fundamental
and complex amplifier measurements, into
a simple and accurate operation.
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Mixer/Converter Measurements
Scalar mixer / converter measurements
PORT1 50
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Mixer Under Test
PORT2 50
The scalar method allows the user to measure only the
magnitude of the transmission coefficient of the mixer and
other frequency translating devices. No external mixers
or other devices are required. The scalar method employs
port frequency offset when there is a difference between
the source port frequency and the receiver port frequency.
Scalar mixer / converter calibration
This is the most accurate method of calibration applied
for measurements of mixers in frequency offset mode.
The OPEN, SHORT, and LOAD calibration standards
are used. An external power meter should be connected
to the USB port directly or via USB/GPIB adapter.
Vector mixer / converter measurements
The vector method allows the measurement of both the
magnitude and phase of the mixer transmission coefficient.
This method requires an external mixer and an LO common
for both the external mixer and the mixer under test.
Vector mixer /converter calibration
This method of calibration is applied for vector
mixer measurements. OPEN, SHORT and
LOAD calibration standards are used.
Automatic frequency offset adjustment
The function performs automatic frequency offset
adjustment when the scalar mixer / converter
measurements are performed to compensate for
internal LO setting inaccuracy in the DUT.
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Planar TR1300/1 VNA | Data Sheet
Time Domain Measurements
This function performs data transformation from
frequency domain into response of the DUT to various
stimulus types in time domain. Modeled stimulus types:
bandpass, lowpass impulse, and lowpass step. Time
domain span is set by the user arbitrarily from zero to
maximum, which is determined by the frequency step.
Windows of various forms are used for better tradeoff
between resolution and level of spurious sidelobes.
Here, built-in time domain analysis
allows the user to detect a physical
impairment in the antenna feeder.
Time domain analysis allows
measurement of parameters of SAW
filters such as the signal time delay,
feedthrough signal suppression.
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Time Domain Gating
This function mathematically removes unwanted responses
in the time domain, which allows the user to obtain
frequency response without influence from fixture elements.
This function applies reverse transformation back to the
frequency domain after cutting out the user-defined span in
time domain. Gating filter types: bandpass or notch. For a
better tradeoff between gate resolution and level of spurious
sidelobes the following filter shapes are available:
maximum, wide, normal and minimum.
Applications of these features include, but are not limited to:
measurement of SAW filter parameters, such as filter
time delay or forward transmission attenuation.
Limit Testing
Limit testing is a function of automatic pass/fail judgment
for the trace of the measurement results. The judgment is
based on the comparison of the trace to the limit line set
by the user and can consist of one or several segments.
Each segment checks the measurement value for
failing either the upper or lower limit, or both. The
limit line segment is defined by specifying the
coordinates of the beginning (X0, Y0) and the end
(X1, Y1) of the segment, and type of the limit. The
MAX or MIN limit types check if the trace falls
outside of the upper or lower limit, respectively.
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Planar TR1300/1 VNA | Data Sheet
This function allows the user to mathematically simulate
DUT parameters by virtually integrating a fixture circuit
between the calibration plane and the DUT. This circuit
should be described by an S-parameter matrix
in a Touchstone file.
This function allows the user to mathematically
exclude the effect of the fixture circuit connected
between the calibration plane and the DUT from the
measurement results. This circuit should be described
by an S-parameter matrix in a Touchstone file.
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Planar TR1300/1 VNA | Data Sheet
Port Impedance Conversion
This function converts the S-parameters measured at
the 50 port into values, which could be determined
if measured at a test port with arbitrary impedance.
S-Parameter Conversion
The function allows conversion of the measured
S-parameters to the following parameters:
reflection impedance and admittance, inverse
S-parameters, and conjugation.
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Data Output
Analyzer State
All state, calibration and measurement data can
be saved to an Analyzer state file on the hard disk
and later uploaded back into the software program.
The following three types of saving are available:
State, Calibration, and State & Calibration.
The program allows the user to save the current state
configuration for further recall. A state configuration
includes signal source parameters, data traces,
memory traces, markers, calibration, etc.
Trace Data CSV File
The Analyzer allows the use to save an individual trace data
as a CSV file (comma separated values). The active trace
stimulus and response values in current format are saved
to *.CSV file. Only one trace data are saved to the file.
Trace Data Touchstone File
The Analyzer allows the user to save S-parameters to
a Touchstone file. The Touchstone file contains the
frequency values and S-parameters. The files of this format
are typical for most of circuit simulator programs.
The *.s2p files are used for saving the S11 and
S21 parameters of a 2-port, 1-path device.
The *.s1p files are used for saving S11 and
S22 parameters of a 1-port device.
Only one (active) trace data are saved to the file.
The Touchstone file saving function is
applied to individual active channels.
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Planar TR1300/1 VNA | Data Sheet
Screenshot capture
The print function is provided with the preview feature,
which allows the user to view the image to be printed
on the screen, and/or save it to a file. Screenshots can be
printed using three different applications: MS Word, Image
Viewer for Windows, or the Print Wizard of the Analyzer.
Each screenshot can be printed in color, grayscale,
black and white, or inverted for visibility or ink use.
The current date and time can be added to each capture
before it is transferred to the printing application,
resulting in quick and easy test reporting.
Measurement Automation
COM/DCOM compatible
Planar TR1300/1 software is COM/DCOM compatible,
which allows the unit to be used as a part of an ATE station
and other special applications. COM/DCOM automation
is used for remote control and data exchange with the user
The Analyzer program runs as COM/DCOM server.
The user program runs as COM/DCOM client. The
COM client runs on Analyzer PC. The DCOM client
runs on a separate PC connected via LAN.
LabView compatible
The device and its software are fully compatible with
LabView applications, for ultimate flexibility in
user-generated programming and automation.
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Planar TR1300/1 VNA | Data Sheet
Accuracy Enhancement
One-path two-port calibration
Calibration of a test setup (which includes
the VNA, cables, and adapters) significantly
increases the accuracy of measure-ments.
Calibration allows for correction of the errors
caused by imperfections in the measurement
system: system directivity, source and
load match, tracking and isolation.
Method of calibration performed for
reflection and one-way transmission
measurements, for example for measuring
S11 and S21 only. It ensures high accuracy
for reflection measure-ments, and mean
accuracy for transmission measurements.
Calibration methods
The user can select one of the predefined
calibration kits of various manufacturers
or define own calibration kits.
The following calibration methods of
various sophistication and accuracy
enhancement level are available:
reflection and transmission
full one-port calibration
one-path two-port calibration
Reflection and transmission
This is the simplest calibration method;
however, it provides reasonably low
accuracy compared to other methods.
Factory calibration
The factory calibration of Planar TR1300/1
allows for reduction of measurement error in
reflection and transmission normalization.
Full one-port calibration
Method of calibration performed for
one-port reflection measurements.
It ensures high accuracy.
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Mechanical Calibration Kits
Electronic Calibration Modules
Electronic, or automatic, calibration
modules offered by CMT make the
analyzer calibration faster and easier
than traditional mechanical calibration.
Defining calibration standards
Different methods of calibration
standard defining are available:
standard defining by polynomial model
standard defining by data (S-parameters)
Error correction interpolation
When the user changes any settings
such as the start/stop frequencies and
number of sweep points, compared to
the settings at the moment of calibration,
interpolation or extrapolation of the
calibration coefficients will be applied.
Planar TR1300/1 VNA | Data Sheet
Supplemental Calibration Methods
Power calibration
Power calibration allows more stable maintainance of the power level setting at the
DUT input. An external power meter should be connected to the USB port directly.
N1.1 Calibration Kit
The N1.1 calibration kit is suitable for calibration of the Planar TR1300/1 and other
vector network analyzers in the frequency range up to 1.5 GHz. While the VNA
can be used with any calibration kit on the market suitable for its specifications,
the N1.1 is recommended as an economy option for basic calibration.
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Planar TR1300/1 VNA | Data Sheet
Impedance 50 Ω (75 Ω connectors via adapters)
Test port connector N-type, female
Number of test ports 2
Frequency range 300 kHz to 1.3 GHz
Full CW frequency accuracy ±5x10 ̄ 6
Frequency setting resolution 1 Hz
Number of measurement points 2 to 10,001
Measurement bandwidth 10 Hz to 30 kHz (with 1/3 step)
Dynamic range (IF bandwidth 10 Hz) 130 dB, typ. 135 dB
Accuracy of transmission measurements (magnitude / phase)¹
+10 dB to +13 dB 0.2 dB / 2°
-50 dB to +10 dB 0.1 dB / 1°
-70 dB to -50 dB 0.2 dB / 2°
-90 dB to -70 dB 1.0 dB / 6°
Accuracy of reflection measurements (magnitude / phase)¹
-15 dB to 0 dB 0.4 dB / 4°
-25 dB to -15 dB 1.5 dB / 7°
-35 dB to -25 dB 4.0 dB / 22°
Trace stability
Trace noise magnitude 0.002 dB rms
(IF bandwidth 3 kHz)
Temperature dependence
(per one degree of temperature variation) 0.02 dB
Effective directivity 45 dB
Effective source match 40 dB
Directivity (without system error correction) 18 dB
Match (without system error correction) 18 dB
1 applies over the temperature range of 73°F ± 9 °F (23°C ± 5 °C) after 40 minutes of warming-up, with less than 1 °C
deviation from the one-path two-port calibration temperature, at output power of -10 dBm, and 10 Hz IF bandwidth.
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Power range -55 dBm to +3 dBm
Power accuracy ±1.5 dB
Power resolution 0.05 dB
Match 28 dB
Damage level +26 dBm
Damage DC voltage 35 V
Noise level (defined as the rms value
of the specified noise floor, IF bandwidth 10 Hz) -127 dBm
Measurement time per point 150 µs
Output reference signal
Output reference signal level
at 50 Ω impedance 3 dBm ± 2 dB
«OUT 10 MHz» connector type BNC female
Atmospheric tolerances
Operating temperature range +41 °F to +104 °F (+5 °C to +40 °C)
Storage temperature range -49 °F to +131 °F (-45 °C to +55 °C)
Humidity 90% at 77 °F (25 °C)
Atmospheric pressure 84 to 106.7 kPa
Calibration Frequency
Calibration interval 3 years
External PC system requirements
Operating system Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
CPU frequency 1 GHz
RAM 512 MB
Power supply
Power supply AC circuit (via adapter) 110-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Power consumption AC circuit 10 W
Power supply, external DC
Power consumption, external DC
Dimensions (L x W x H)
9-15 V
11.2 x 5.6 x 1.6 in
3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)
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