R&S® ZNB/ZNBT
Vector Network Analyzers
Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
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Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
Test & Measurement
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R&S® ZNB/ZNBT
Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V2.60 (Compared to V2.56)
1 Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
Version V2.70 of the R&S ZNB/ZNBT firmware provides the following changes:
New features
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New "Extended Time Domain Analysis" option R&S ZNB-K20 / R&S ZNBT-K20
Product improvements
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Protection against data loss in case of improper shutdown (power loss, accidental
hard power off etc.)
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"Automatic Harmonic Grid" functionality for "Time Domain Analysis" option
R&S ZNB-K2 / R&S ZNBT-K2
Bug fixes
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Coupled markers in Time Domain moved unexpectedly
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For generator levels below the possible range the message "Generator Level out of
range. Reduce output power" was displayed
Downgrade to a FW version < 2.40
In order to downgrade the FW from a version ≥ 2.40 to a version < 2.40, it is required
to uninstall the "R&S ZNBC Compass Webserver" using the Windows 7 "Programs and
Features" control panel before proceeding with the installation.
Software version
► To check your R&S ZNB/ZNBT firmware version, press "Help > About...".
1.1 V2.60 (Compared to V2.56)
New features
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Parallel measurements with R&S ZNBT: arbitrary drive port order
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Support of 3rd generation RFFE board R&S ZN-B15 Var. 03 with current and voltage measurement
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Support of Power Sensors R&S NRP8S/18S (requires R&S NRPxxS/SN Firmware
Version 15.12.01.01 or newer)
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Limit lines defined in "dB Mag" format can now also be checked in polar diagrams
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Complex traces (Smith, Polar) can be limited to a user-defined "Display Circle"
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New "Favorites" softtool tab and menu to manage favorite recall sets
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Complementary isolation measurement for manual transmission normalization calibrations ("Trans Norm" & "Trans Norm Both")
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"Cal Off" analysis in "Calibration Manager" dialog: the "Channel Properties" now
indicate mismatches between current channel settings and the settings that were
used during calibration.
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R&S® ZNB/ZNBT
Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V2.60 (Compared to V2.56)
Currently the analysis is limited to settings related to Parallel Measurements with
Frequency Offset and Frequency Sweep Mode.
New remote control features
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Remote control of GUI elements
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DISPlay:MENU:KEY:TOOL:CATalog? lists the available softtool tabs,
DISPlay:MENU:KEY:SELect allows to activate them
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DISPlay:MENU:KEY:ACTion:CATalog lists the available dialogs,
DISPlay:MENU:KEY:EXECute allows to open them
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Keysight-compatible command
SYSTem:CORRection:WIZard[:IMMediate] MAIN | CKIT to open the
"Calibration > Start Cal" softtool tab or the "Calibration Kits" dialog.
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Queries CALCulate<Chn>:DATA? and CALCulate:DATA:TRACe? now also
support reading uncorrected ratios
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Remote command SYSTem:COMMunicate:RDEVice:SMATrix:SCAN for auto
detection of switch matrixes, corresponding to "Scan Instruments" function of
"External Matrices" GUI dialog
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Parallel calibration of multiple channels using channel-specific calibration types.
This a remote-only feature, which can be activated using the new command
[SENSe:]CORRection:COLLect:CHANnels:MCTYpes
Product improvements
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The connector type of a logical port can now also be specified from the GUI
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Improved GUI responsiveness in large multiport configurations
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Enhanced power control at end of sweep
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Parallel Measurements with Frequency Offset: improved AGC Mode "Auto"
Bug fixes
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Driver file for external generator HP83620A
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Parallel measurement with frequency offset: CAL flag
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Switch matrix routing optimization: "Precision" mode didn't work correctly
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External switch matrix R&S ZN-Z85:
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No warning was displayed in case the USB connection was lost
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False warning message "Current sweep range is not covered by available data
of matrix" for frequencies between 8.5 GHz and 20 GHz
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Marker format R+jX yields wrong coordinates for special balanced port configurations
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Mixer Meas Wizard didn't set generator flag for external LO generator
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Error in calibration unit wizard for calibrations with multiple port assignments and
multiple channels
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Wrong calculation of transmission coefficents when invoked from "Power Meter
Transmission Coefficients" dialog
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R&S® ZNB/ZNBT
Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V2.52 (Compared to V2.50)
1.2 V2.56 (Compared to V2.54)
New features
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Swept mode for linear frequency sweeps (both non-segmented and segmented)
Product improvements
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Commands TRIGger:CHANnel<Ch>:AUXiliary<n> no longer require the
R&S ZNB/ZNBT to be equipped with the Handler I/O interface R&S ZN-B14/
R&S ZNBT-Z14
1.3 V2.54 (Compared to V2.52)
New features
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Parallel measurements on multiple DUTs (with or without frequency offset) for
R&S ZNB
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Parallel measurements on multiple DUTs with frequency offset for R&S ZNBT
Product improvements
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Improved AGC mode "Auto"
Bug fixes
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Missing documentation for remote command
[SENSe<Ch>:]CORRection:OFFSet<PhyPt>:DFComp[:STATe]?
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Missing hint in documentation:
commands TRIGger:CHANnel<Ch>:AUXiliary<n> are only available if the
R&S ZNB/ZNBT is equipped with the Handler I/O interface R&S ZN-B14/
R&S ZNBT-Z14
1.4 V2.52 (Compared to V2.50)
Bug fixes
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Firmware installation problems
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Missing reboot after firmware installation
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Mixer Meas Wizard didn't set generator flag for internal LO ports
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"RF Off All Channels" button inoperable
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Power spikes on power sweeps
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Missing documentation for "Power Reduction at Sweep End" feature
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R&S® ZNB/ZNBT
Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V2.40 (Compared to V2.30)
1.5 V2.50 (Compared to V2.40)
New features
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Support for power meters R&S NRP-Z41/61/71
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Support for external switch matrix R&S ZN-Z85
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Automatic calibration via GUI: "Detect Ports & Start Cal" in one go
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Additional hide/show options for traces (acessible via softtool and context menu of
trace list)
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Resizable "Sweep Info" dialog to see the current sweep status at a glance
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New "Multiple Peak" marker search: detection and tracking of multiple local minima/maxima
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Complementary isolation measurement for manual TOSM calibration
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Configurable instrument message display: information popups can be globally disabled or limited to certain message types (Info, Warning, Error, Remote Error)
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Trace specific default marker format
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Optional power reduction at end of sweep
New remote control features
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Keyword STATe now optional in command DISPlay[:WINDow<Wnd>][:STATe]
Product improvements
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Improved power supply fan control for R&S ZNBT
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Improved masking of stimulus info at the GUI
Bug fixes
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Remote command MMEMory:STORe:CORRection did not automatically append
the .cal extension to the specified cal group file name; as a result those cal
groups were not added to the cal pool
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Incomplete description of command CALCulate<Chn>:DATA
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In multiport scenarios (more than 4 test ports) the measured S parameter could not
be selected by mouse click (in the related "Numeric Editor")
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False alarm when connecting a power meter R&S NRP-Z61 (error "current firmware version 4.17 < required firmware version !")
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Stability measurements: softpanel buttons "μ1 21", "μ2 21" and "K 21" created
wrong traces
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R&S ZNB20: Global properties were not saved on shutdown via standby key
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R&S ZNBT: When multiple DUTs were measured in parallel, "export snp" was only
available for DUT 1
1.6 V2.40 (Compared to V2.30)
New features
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New balanced measurement parameter: Common Mode Rejection Ratio
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Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V2.40 (Compared to V2.30)
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Firmware installer packages (MSI files) are now signed with R&S certificates
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Touchstone file export: configurable whitespace insertion
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R&S ZNBT mini display now indicates status levels OK, INFO (general errors),
WARNING (setting errors) and ERROR<id> (boot errors, HW errors)
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Port activation "on request": disabled ports are automatically activated (as singleended ports), if a trace requires them
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"Bandfilter Search" for arbitrary scalar traces
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R&S ZNBT: support for new Handler I/O option R&S ZNBT-Z14
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New zoom logic: diagram-specific instead of trace-specific zooming, i.e. all traces
of a diagram are displayed with the same zoom factor
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New "Fixture Simulation Input" data access to import/export S-Parameter traces
between "Offset" application and "Fixture Simulation" modelling; this allows to
apply alternative fixture simulation models to the same measured data.
This feature is available via remote control only; see section "New remote control
features" below.
New remote control features
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Command [SENSe:]CORRection:COLLect:AUTO:CKIT:PORTs:ADD now also
allows to modify an existing characterization (i.e. to recharacterize selected ports)
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New parameter for command SYSTem:SHUTdown to allow for additional shutdown/
restart operations: Shutdown FW, Restart FW, Shutdown Windows, Restart Windows
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New FSIData ("Fixture Simulation Input") data access point in
CALCulate<Ch>:DATA:CALL
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New data format UCData to read wave quantity traces as "uncalibrated data" in
commands CALCulate<Chn>:DATA and CALCulate:DATA:TRACe
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New optional <RecallSet> parameter in command CALCulate:DATA:ALL to
get result data for a particular recall set (not necessarily the active one)
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New remote commands CALCulate:LIMit:FAIL:ALL,
CALCulate:LIMit:CIRCle:FAIL:ALL and CALCulate:RIPPle:FAIL:ALL
to query limit violation results for a particular recall set
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New command DIAGnostic:PRODuct:OPTion:INFO to query for installed software options
Product improvements
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Improved calibration behaviour: after a successful calibration an uncalibrated port
is only disabled if it is not used by a measurement, i.e. if it is not required by any
trace of the related channel
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Draggable vertical divider in "Calibration Manager" dialog
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Speed and memory optimization for multiport measurements
Bug fixes
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Sometimes no error message was displayed when a save to file operation failed
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R&S ZNBT: Parallel measurement of multiple DUT's was disabled at the GUI if
option R&S ZNBT-K4 was not installed
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Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V2.30 (Compared to V2.20)
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Wrong display of limit lines during power calibration if a non-zero "Cal Power Offset" was specified
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Wrong labeling of the origin in polar diagrams
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Some minor problems in marker search
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Manual "adapter removal" calibration wasn't possible if waveguide standards were
involved
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Wrong calculation of the quality factor for bandfilter searches with bandwith ≠ 3 dB
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In Time Domain mode delta markers lost their position when switching between
Time and Distance scaling
Removed Features
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LAN management of calibration units was removed
1.7 V2.30 (Compared to V2.20)
New features
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Support of RFFE/GPIO board (R&S ZN-B15) on R&S ZNB, including RFFE read
operations
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New averaging mode "Moving Average" using simple moving averages of the real
and imaginary parts
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New "Fixture Simulator" switch to disable and (re-)enable the configured deembedding, embedding, balanced ports, and port impedance settings for a particular
channel
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Support for new multiport calibration unit R&S ZN-Z154
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Bandfilter search: a new system setting defines how the center frequency is calculated (geometric or arithmetic mean of the band edge frequencies)
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New GUI font
New remote control features
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New remote command CALCulate:RIPPle:DISPlay:RESult:ALL[:STATe]
to configure the display of ripple check info fields ("Show Results All Traces" GUI
function)
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New remote commands CALCulate<Ch>:DATA:CHANnel:ALL and
CALCulate<Ch>:DATA:CHANnel:DALL to read all traces or data traces of a particular channel, respectively
Product improvements
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LAN settings of a switch matrix can be read and modified from the analyzer GUI
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Calibration metadata
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Cal Kit:
For each port the name of the used calibration kit is stored with the calibration.
If available, this information is displayed by the "Calibration Manager" and can
be queried remotely.
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Time of calibration:
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R&S® ZNB/ZNBT
Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V2.20 (Compared to V2.10)
The calibration manager now displays this timestamp in local time instead of
UTC. At the remote interface both UTC and local time can be queried.
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Performance optimizations for multiport measurements
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Performance optimizations for multichannel measurements
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Manual calibration with cal kits R&S ZV-Z1xx: as characteristic data are not available for these cal kits, the calibration wizard no longer diplays the corresponding
information message
Bug fixes
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With more than 4 ports, double-clicking the "TRACE > Meas > S-Params > SParameter" text field didn't open the on-screen keyboard
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Occasionally logical ports were not correctly assigned
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Wrong display of power during calibration with segmented sweep
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Temporary GUI freeze when moving the marker towards the boundary of the
sweep range using a fast turn of the rotary knob
1.8 V2.20 (Compared to V2.10)
New features
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64 bit software for R&S ZNB/ZNBT
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More that 2 GB RAM supported
New R&S ZNB/ZNBT are shipped with 8 GB RAM, an Upgrade Kit for older
instruments will be available soon
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No more sweep point limitations in multiport scenarios with full n-port calibration
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Port set de-/embedding: deembedding and embedding of 2m-port networks
(m=2,3,4) via Touchstone files
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New print option: hardcopy of diagram area, preserving layout and colors ("real
screenshot")
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For complex traces (Smith, Polar), trace statistics can be calculated for resistances
and conductances (in addition to voltages)
New remote control features
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New remote commands to handle cal kit data in Agilent format:
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[SENSe:]CORRection:CKIT:DMODe allows to toggle between ZVR compatible (el. length) and Agilent (delay) modelling
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[SENSe:]CORRection:CKIT:<StandardType>,
[SENSe:]CORRection:CKIT:<StandardType>:WLABel and
[SENSe:]CORRection:CKIT:<ConnType>:<StandardType> interpret/
return the delay parameter according to the selected modelling
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[SENSe:]CORRection:CKIT:STANdard:DATA returns the parameters of a
calibration standard in either of the two modellings
New remote command SYSTem:DISPlay:CONDuctances to set the "Conductance in Embedding Networks" flag
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Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V2.10 (Compared to V2.00)
Product improvements
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All de-/embedding networks created via SCPI can be displayed and edited at the
GUI
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R&S ZNBT virtual hardkey panel is now ON by default
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Remote limit check: automatic recalculation of violation state (queried using
CALCulate<Chn>:LIMit:FAIL? or CALCulate:CLIMits:FAIL) whenever a
relevant setting is changed; same logic as the GUI
Bug fixes
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Sweep time could not be changed using rotary knob
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Default cal kits could be modified via remote interface
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Limit line violations were indicated although they occurred outside the sweep range
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Hardcopies created using HCOPy[:IMMediate] exhibit truncated grids and blackened areas
1.9 V2.10 (Compared to V2.00)
New features
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New faceless multiport analyzer R&S ZNBT
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Support of R&S ZNBT8 with all available hardware and software options
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Parallel measurement of multiple DUTs
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New remote command SYSTem:INFO:CONTrast to set the contrast level of
the mini display
Support for new "Device Control" interface card (hardware option R&S ZNB-B12 /
R&S ZNBT8-B12), providing a PCIe and a Direct Control interface
New remote control features
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New command MEMory:CATalog:COUNt returns the number of loaded recall sets
Bug fixes
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"File name" input field was missing in "Save" dialog
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For multi-channel setups, SMARTer Cal could not be selected in "Mixer Meas Wizard"
Changed Calibration Behavior in FW Version 2.10
In contrast to previous releases, after a successful calibration (system error correction
or power calibration) uncalibrated ports are now disabled in the related channel(s).
If only one of the physical ports forming a balanced port is uncalibrated, the balanced
port is dissolved and only the uncalibrated (single-ended) port is disabled.
A port is uncalibrated, if it neither has a valid system error correction, nor a valid power
calibration.
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R&S® ZNB/ZNBT
Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V1.95 (Compared to V1.94)
1.10 V2.00 (Compared to V1.95)
New features
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RFFE and GPIO interfaces (new option R&S ZN-B15)
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Out of the box support for new calibration kit R&S ZV-Z129
New remote control features
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New command MMEMory:LOAD:CKIT:SDATa:WLABel to load cal kit characterization data from Touchstone files; similar to existing command
MMEMory:LOAD:CKIT:SDATa but supports cal kit addressing by label
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New commands
[SENSe:]CORRection:CKIT:<OnePortStandardType>:WLABel:SDATa and
[SENSe:]CORRection:CKIT:<TwoPortStandardType>:WLABel:SDATa to
read back the cal kit S-parameter data previously loaded using
MMEMory:LOAD:CKIT:SDATa:WLABel or MMEMory:LOAD:CKIT:SDATa
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New command DIAGnostic:DUMP:SIZE to set the level of detail of the dump
files created in case of firmware exceptions
Product improvements
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Improved error logging: if a channel was removed from a loaded recall set because
its applied calibration is not available in the cal pool, a corresponding message is
written to the error log
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Support for connector type SMA
Bug fixes
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Wrong DC port numbers in menu "Trace > Meas > DC" (with option R&S ZNB-B81)
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UNDO sometimes didn't restore a valid calibration
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Missing display updates for certain power meter traces
1.11 V1.95 (Compared to V1.94)
Product improvements
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Support of Shift JIS character encoding at remote interface
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Faster AGC filters
Bug fixes
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When measuring multiple Y- and Z-parameters in parallel, sometimes the traces
got messed up
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In presence of memory traces and markers, switching between regular and segmented sweep could crash the VNA application
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R&S® ZNB/ZNBT
Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V1.93 (Compared to V1.91)
1.12 V1.94 (Compared to V1.93)
New remote control features
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New commands to delete memory traces:
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CALCulate<Ch>:PARameter:DELete:CMEMory deletes all memory traces
in the selected channel
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CALCulate:PARameter:DELete:MEMory deletes all memory traces in all
channels (same functionality as "Delete all Mem" function in manual control)
New options:
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R&S ZNB4/8-B52/B54 extends the dynamic range of a R&S ZNB4 or R&S ZNB8 to
140 dB (typically 150 dB) for full 2-port calibrated measurements; B52 applies to 2port, B54 to 4-port models.
Product improvements
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Support of new calibration unit R&S ZN-Z51; in particular, characterization data
can be stored to and read from a microSD card inserted at the R&S ZN-Z51
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Support of new switch matrix unit R&S ZN-Z84
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Remote control: optimized selection of active trace, resulting in much faster reselection
Bug fixes
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Sporadic spikes on S-parameter traces
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Manual calibration: cal kits with multiple Throughs weren't properly handled
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Manual TOSM calibration: silent fallback to UOSM (due to missing Through characterization or missing gender of Through standard) produced inaccurate calibration results
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Time domain traces (R&S ZNB-K2): display of stimulus values was truncated when
R&S ZNB-K19 (Frequency Resolution 1 mHz) was active
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Balanced ports: incorrect measurement of single-ended S-parameters for constituent physical ports
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GUI language selection wasn't possible
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Automatic calibration: cal unit state after calibration was undefined (not preserving
the last measured calibration standard, as it was the case until firmware V1.91)
1.13 V1.93 (Compared to V1.91)
New features
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Support for R&S ZNB20 with 4 test ports (order no. 1311.6010.64)
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Calculation of differential mode imbalance of a DUT with balanced input and output
ports, connected to a balanced test port and two single-ended test ports
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Touchstone file export with renormalization according to port-specific impedances
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Additional information (comments) in exported Touchstone Files:
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port-specific renormalization information (if applied)
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Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V1.91 (Compared to V1.81)
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VNA identification
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timestamp
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headings for included data tables
UTF-8 support at remote interface
Product improvements
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Firmware exception handling: automatic creation of dump files with configurable
level of detail
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Alternative GUI presentation of "capacitor in parallel with resistor" circuit blocks in
lumped de-/embedding networks: resistances can be displayed and specified as
conductances
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Measurement of imbalance parameters on 2-port VNAs with connected switch
matrices
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Error bit for connected external switch matrices in the
STATus:QUEStionable:INTegrity:HARDware register
Bug fixes
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A single "Undo"/"Redo" sometimes executed multiple actions
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Inverse ON/OFF logic in remote command
SENSe:SEGMent:POWer:GAINcontrol:CONTrol
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Excessive measurement time when both single-ended and balanced S-parameters
are displayed
1.14 V1.91 (Compared to V1.81)
New features
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New 2-port calibration type: Adapter Removal
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Redefined S-Parameters due to freely definable physical ports (reference receiver,
measurement receiver, generator)
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Balanced ports: display single-ended S-parameters for the constituent physical
ports within the same channel
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Support of CalUnit ZN-Z151
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Embedding/Deembedding:
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4-port de-/embedding networks for arbitrary port pairs
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Ground Loop De-/Embedding
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Differential Match Embedding
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GUI redesign
New remote control features
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New commands
CALCulate<Ch>:TRANsform:VNETworks:BALanced:
DEEMbedding<LogPt>:PARameters:DATA<Cmp>
CALCulate<Ch>:TRANsform:VNETworks:BALanced:EMBedding<LogPt>:
PARameters:DATA<Cmp>
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Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V1.91 (Compared to V1.81)
CALCulate<Ch>:TRANsform:VNETworks:SENDed:DEEMbedding<PhyPt>:
PARameters:DATA
CALCulate<Ch>:TRANsform:VNETworks:SENDed:EMBedding<PhyPt>:
PARameters:DATA
to define an embedding/deembeding network from S-Parameter traces provided in
IEEE 488.2 block data format (as opposed to existing
MMEM:LOAD:VNETworks:BALanced|SENDed:EMBedding|DEEMbedding commands that load these traces from Touchstone files located at the R&S ZNB's file
system).
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New command MMEMory:CKIT:INFO to query basic information about a cal kit
defined in a cal kit file
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New commands to load cal kit data
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by name, label and gender from the pool:
[SENSe<Ch>:]CORRection:COLLect:CKIT:LOAD
–
by gender from file: [SENSe<Ch>:]CORRection:COLLect:CKIT:INSTall
plus complementary command
[SENSe<Ch>:]CORRection:COLLect:CKIT:PORT<PhyPt> to verify the loaded data
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New command SYSTem:PRESet:REMote[:STATe] to "Align *Rst to User
Defined Preset"
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Parameter <ConnectorType> is now optional in
–
[SENSe:]CORRection:CKIT:CATalog
–
[SENSe:]CORRection:CKIT:LCATalog
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Logical Port numbers in DC and Power Added Efficiency measurements
(CALCulate<Ch>:PARameter:MEASure,
CALCulate<Ch>:PARameter:SDEFine)
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Additional system error correction properties ACAL, SPORt, TSTamp, TVNA, MVNA
and MTESt can be queried in
[SENSe<Ch>:]CORRection:DATA:PARameter<Sfk> and
[SENSe<Ch>:]CORRection:DATA:PARameter<Sfk>:PORT<PhyPt>
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Additional power calibration properties TSTamp, TVNA, MVNA and MTESt can be
queried in SOURce<Ch>:POWer:CORRection:DATA:PARameter<Wv>
Product improvements
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Logical ports:
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free assignment of logical port numbers to balanced or unbalanced ports
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"Use Default" flag to toggle between default and renormalized port impedance(s)
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Revised time gating mathematics for step response calculation
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Fixture Compensation (length/loss):
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"Direct Compensation" data can be saved to and loaded from file
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Compensation can be toggled ON/OFF (per port)
Switch Matrices:
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Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V1.91 (Compared to V1.81)
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Calibration using 6- or 8-port cal units now arranges physical ports in ascending order
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Info dialog now also covers configured switch matrices. In particular, for
mechanical matrices the current relay switch counts are reported (if supported
by the matrix)
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"Used" switch matrices can be deleted (with automatic test port renumbering)
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Memory management: after completing a full n-port calibration for a large number of ports, the number of sweep points is automatically decreased to prevent
out of memory errors
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On creation of a new setup, if the current memory consumption is too high (> 800
MB), existing setups are automatically closed (with confirmation dialog)
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Trace data import: S-parameter traces can be "auto distributed" to related diagrams
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New flags to control the execution behavior of certain remote commands
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Various GUI enhancements:
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"Trace Statistics": a restricted "Evaluation Range"" is indicated in the "Trace
Statistics" info field
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Streamlined trace data import/export
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Calibration unit selection (GUI): model variant displayed in GUI labels (new
label "<model>-<variant>::<serial #>")
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Frequencies can be displayed with a fixed unit (Hz, kHz, MHz, GHz, THz) instead
of an automatically selected one (default)
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Reference Impedances: when switching from single-ended to balanced mode, the
reference impedances of the balanced port (differential/common mode) are calculated from the reference impedances of its constituent physical ports
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Sliding Match standards: improved GUI handling
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Limit lines: limit violations in dB are checked and visualized also for traces other
than "dB Mag"
Bug fixes
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Switch matrix calibration: excessive port checks (and resulting matrix switches)
during auto-detection of port connections eliminated
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DC measurements: source port (driving port) can now also be set from the GUI
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Limit lines: display for 1-point sweeps
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Memory traces: progress bar no longer displayed
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Trace data export in Touchstone (*.s<n>p) file format now also works with de-/
embedding enabled
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Moving a marker with the rotary knob no longer suspends trace updates
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User preset file: output power control during PRESET
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Define limit line from trace: offset granularity was too coarse
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Trace data export involving multiple channels (via "Export snp Free Configuration")
didn't work as expected
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Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V1.80 (Compared to V1.70)
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For external generators, an "RF Off" in the "Port Settings" dialog didn't always
switch the RF power off (instead the configured "Sweep End" action was performed)
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For power meter traces, trace math with "Result is Wave Quantity" was disabled
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For frequency sweeps, the step size couldn't be set to a value below 9kHz
1.15 V1.81 (Compared to V1.80)
Bug fix
Missing channel bits in segmented sweeps
1.16 V1.80 (Compared to V1.70)
New features
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Support for R&S ZNB40
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IF gain control: the optimum settings in "AGC Mode: Manual" can be determined in
a "Learn Sweep" preceding the actual measurement
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"Mixer Meas Wizard" for streamlined mixer measurement setup, complementing
the existing mixer definition by an intuitive measurement parameter selection and
customized SMARTerCal assistance
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Selectable target format (magnitude, phase, ...) in marker target search
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Shift limit lines in x and y direction without having to redefine the constituent line
segments
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MultiCal support now also for automatic calibrations (Cal Unit):
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Multiple automatic system error corrections on the same channel
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Wizard-guided setup and simultaneous data acquisition for multiple automatic
system error corrections
–
Multiple automatic SMARTerCals
Embedding and Deembedding: new "Shunt L, Shunt C" circuit model for 2-port networks
New remote control features
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New command
[SENSe:]CORRection:COLLect:AUTO:ASSignment:DEFine:TPORt:
DEFault to create the default port assignments for an automatic calibration, relying on auto-detection of port connections
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New command
[SENSe:]CORRection:COLLect:AUTO:ASSignment:ALL:COUNt to get the
total number of port assignments of all calibrations in MultiCal scenarios
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New command [SENSe:]CORRection:COLLect:AUTO:CKIT:PORTs:ADD to
extend an existing calibration unit characterization
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Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V1.70 (Compared to V1.63)
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New remote commands
CALCulate<Ch>:TRANsform:VNETworks:SENDed:EMBedding<PhyPt>:
PARameters:G<Cmp> and
CALCulate<Ch>:TRANsform:VNETworks:SENDed:DEEMbedding<PhyPt>:
PARameters:G<Cmp> to handle conductances in single-ended embedding/deembedding circuit models
Product improvements
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Marker/Target Search: a search range can now also be assigned to the reference
marker
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Channel Manager: sweep mode and measurement state of a channel can now also
be set in the Channel Manager dialog
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Info fields in diagrams: the font size of an info field (e.g. for marker position or limit
line pass/fail display) is adjusted according to the available display space
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Optional Auto Averaging of calibration sweeps
Bug fixes
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Intermodulation measurements: "Fit Frequency Range" did not work correctly for
intermodulation products of order > 3
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Better performance of file dialogs when accessing network drives
1.17 V1.70 (Compared to V1.63)
New features
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Support for external switch matrices R&S ZV-Z81 and R&S ZV-Z82:
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Auto-detection, registration and remote operation of matrices connected via
USB or LAN
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Guided RF connection setup
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Multiple path handling during calibration and measurement
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Configuration of matrix port properties just as easy as configuration of native
VNA port properties
–
Redesign of various GUI widgets to support the increased number of ports
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Full n-Port Calibration with reduced number of through connections
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Automatic calibration with multiple port assignments
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Characterization of CalUnits with more than 4 ports (R&S ZV-Z58 and R&S ZVZ59)
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MultiCal support:
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Multiple manual system error corrections on the same channel
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Wizard-guided setup and simultaneous data acquisition for multiple manual
system error corrections
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SMARTerCal with complementary power flatness calibration
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"Save sweep data" for system error corrections can be activated via system setup
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"Showroom Mode": load a user-defined recall set whenever the device is (re-)started or the PRESET key is pressed
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Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V1.63 (Compared to V1.62)
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"Clear Test" function for limit tests (line, circle, ripple)
New remote control features
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Existing command SOURce<Ch>:LPORt<LogPt> now allows to assign logical port
numbers to single-ended ports
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SENSe:CORRection:COLLect:AUTO:CKIT:PORTs creates CalUnit characterizations with manual port assignment
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Existing command SENSe<Ch>:CORRection:DATA:PARameter<Sfk> can now
query individual settings
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SOURce<Ch>:POWer<PhyPt>:CORRection:DATA:PARameter<Wv>:COUNt
queries the number of available power calibrations,
SOURce<Ch>:POWer<PhyPt>:CORRection:DATA:PARameter<Wv>:COUNt
queries the respective settings
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SYSTem:COMMunicate:RDEVice:PMETer<Pmtr>:SPCorrection[:STATe]
enables/disables the built-in S-parameter correction on certain R&S®NRP-Z power
sensors
Product improvements
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Improved user assistance for automatic calibrations (Cal Unit)
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"Preset User Cal": load a user-defined calibration whenever the PRESET key is
pressed
Bug fixes
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For certain polar diagrams the "Draw Circle" softtool did not display the correct unit
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Limit lines disappeared during minimization/maximization of diagrams
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Sorting behavior in tables after cell editing
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Better performance when moving the zoom rectangle in "Overview Select" mode
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"Print to File..." rendered some markers invisible
●
Marker couldn't be moved with the rotary knob when its current position was out of
the frequency range
●
TRM calibration with sexless cal kits didn't work
1.18 V1.63 (Compared to V1.62)
Bug fixes
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Due to a timing conflict in accessing the internal instrument specific information,
this information might possibly get corrupted.
It is strongly recommended to install the firmware version 1.63 in order to fix this
issue.
In case the firmware shows the message "Error reading instrument serial number. "
it needs recovery in a R&S service center.
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Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V1.60 (Compared to V1.50)
1.19 V1.62 (Compared to V1.61)
Bug fixes
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Mixer measurement with sweeping LO and interpolation did not work.
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Command CALCulate<Ch>:PARameter:DEFine:SGRoup could not be used
repeatedly with the same port numbers.
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MMEMory:LOAD:LIMit (ENA parser command) did not work.
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Problems with measurement and cal unit calibration for a very large number of
sweep points (100000).
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Problems with new (2nd) calibration with a different start or stop frequency setting.
1.20 V1.61 (Compared to V1.60)
New features
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"Adjust Time Gate" function, moves the time gate in the opposite direction when
the offset parameters are changed. This allows measurements at variable offset
but fixed time gate position.
Bug fixes
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Measurement with more than one power meter did not work.
●
Marker info fields on printed hardcopies were misplaced or invisible.
●
Some error messages contained wrong characters and were hard to read.
●
Calibration unit characterization with different connector types did not work.
●
Calibration unit characterization required consecutive ports starting with port 1.
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Calibration for frequency conversion measurements (option R&S ZNB-K4) at frequencies < 100 kHz was incorrect.
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Missing GUI for receiver attenuator settings (options R&S ZNB<n>-B31/32/33/34).
1.21 V1.60 (Compared to V1.50)
New features
●
Direct access to the function "Repeat previous cal" in calibration soft tool (softkey
added).
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Calculation of filter quality factor based on selectable bandwidth different to 3 dB.
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Overview window for zoomed traces.
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Support for R&S SGMA signal generator.
New remote control features
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Definition of diagram and their positions including nested layouts:
DISPlay:LAYout:APPLy, DISPlay:LAYout:DEFine,
DISPlay:LAYout:EXECute, DISPlay:LAYout:JOIN.
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Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V1.50 (Compared to V1.40)
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Circle test for limit checks in Smith and Polar diagrams:
CALCulate<Chn>:LIMit:CIRCle...
etc.
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New command [SENSe<Ch>:]SWEep:DWELl:POint ALL | FIRSt, defines
whether a delay time is inserted before all partial measurements or before the first
partial measurement only.
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New command SOURce<Ch>:POWer:CORRection:IMODulation:PORT,
selects the source port for the receiver power calibration with intermodulation measurement.
New options
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R&S ZNB-K19, "1 mHz Frequency Resolution".
This option enhances the frequency resolution to 1 mHz. In order to utilize the
higher frequency resolution set "Decimal Places" for unit "Hz" to "12" in the "Setup/
System Config/User Interface" dialog.
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R&S ZN-B14,"Handler IO".
Product improvements
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Frequency axis (RF, IF, LO) selectable in mixer mode.
Bug fixes
●
The bandwidth setting of segmented sweep did not work in firmware V1.50.
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The settings "Channel / Mode / LO< RF" and "Channel / Mode / LO > RF" were
interchanged, also the SCPI command settings SENSe:FREQuency:SBANd
POSitive and NEGative. This is fixed now. However, if you use the command in
your programs and it works correctly you have to change the setting to the correct
values now.
1.22 V1.50 (Compared to V1.40)
New features
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Circle test for limit checks in Smith and Polar diagrams.
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Fixture Compensation to correct the measurement result for effects of a test fixture.
●
Support of separate AGC (Automatic Gain Control) settings per drive port, receiver
port and segment.
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Support of ENA parser emulation.
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Wizard for scalar mixer measurements.
New remote control features
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Scpi commands for split display:
DISPlay:LAYout <mode> and DISPlay LAYout:GRID <rows>, <cols>.
New options
●
R&S ZNB-K14, "Intermodulation Measurements"
Product improvements
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Correct sorting of numerical values in tables.
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Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V1.40 (Compared to V1.31)
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Drag&Drop for table lines and rows if applicable. An arrow in the upper left corner
indicates the feature.
●
Drag&Drop for markers from the soft tool into the diagram
●
Additional marker symbols
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Creation of CalKits with the same name, e.g. for CalKits with various serial numbers.
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"SCal" instead of "Cal" is indicated with "SMARTerCal"
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Characterization of the CalU: Support of any combination of CalU-port.
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Reference lines is moved using the triangle.
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Fixed output format for SNP export.
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Context sensitive help for tabs and dialogs with QTabWidgets.
●
Restrictions for Remote desktop removed, e.g. no administrator mode necessary.
●
New command for "Averaging Mode"
●
Support of generator Hittite HMC-T2240.
●
Trace progress bar in remote control
1.23 V1.40 (Compared to V1.31)
New features
●
Scalar power calibration (including reference receiver calibration, flatness calibration, measurement receiver calibration)
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Characterization wizard for R&S calibration units
●
Smarter Calibration (combination of system error correction and power calibration
at one port). Smarter calibration is also supported on calibration units R&S ZV-Zxx.
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Automatic adjustment of calibration sweep ranges in frequency conversion measurements
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Multi-chanel system error correction (manual control and cal unit)
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Touchscreen lock in order to prevent inadvertent entries
●
"External Tools" softtool panels, gives access to pre-installed applications.
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"TRACE > TRACE CONFIG > Trace Data > s1p Active Trace..." button; stores the
active trace to a Touchstone (*.s1p) file.
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User-defined softkeys in the remote screen
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Averaging modes "Reduce Noise" and "Flatten Noise"
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Sweep symbols on the trace indicate the progress of the sweep.
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Hardkeys may open the first tab of a softtool panel or the last used tab.
New remote control features
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Support for HiSLIP protocol for TCP-based remote control
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Command CALCulate<Chn>:DATA:NSWeep extended to retrieve several consecutive sweep results.
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Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V1.30 (Compared to V1.20)
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Commands CALCulate<Chn>:DATA:CALL? and
CALCulate<Chn>:DATA:CALL:CATalog?; return all S-parameter traces in the
active channel or in the active system error correction.
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Commands [SENSe<Ch>:]CORRection:CDATa:PORT<PhyPt>,
[SENSe<Ch>:]CORRection:DATa:PARameterPORT<PhyPt>,
[SENSe<Ch>:]CORRection:POWer:DATA:PORT<PhyPt>,
[SENSe<Ch>:]CORRection:STIMulus:PORT<PhyPt>,
SOURce<Ch>:POWer:CORRection:DATA:PORT<PhyPt>, designed to handle
calibration data for frequency conversion measurements.
New options
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R&S ZNB-K4, "Frequency Conversion Measurements"
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R&S ZNB-B1, "Bias Tees"
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R&S ZNB-B2, "Internal Second Source"
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R&S ZNB-B4, "OCXO Frequency Reference"
●
R&S ZNB-B81, "DC Inputs", provides DC voltage and power added efficiency
(PAE) measurements.
Product improvements
●
If a front panel key or a key in the hardkey bar is pressed repeatedly, the analyzer
switches between the different softtool tabs.
●
The source port for wave quantities and ratios is always indicated in the trace list.
●
Tapping a trace in a diagram activates the trace (equivalent to tapping the trace
line).
1.24 V1.31 (Compared to V1.30)
Issues fixed
●
Inadvertent switchover of measurement results
●
Incorrect external generator control via the "Modify Cal Power" dialog
1.25 V1.30 (Compared to V1.20)
New features
●
Support for external power meters and generators
New remote control features
●
Status registers for external power meters and generators (bits no. 10 and 11 of
the STATus:QUEStionable:INTegrity:HARDware register).
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New command
SYSTem:COMMunicate:RDEVice:AKAL:PREDuction[:STATe], enables
power reduction during an automatic calibration.
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Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V1.20 (Compared to V1.14)
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New commands CALCulate<Ch>:PARameter:DELete:CALL and
CALCulate<Ch>:PARameter:DELete:ALL, delete several traces.
Product improvements
●
"Search" tab in the Help system, allows you to search for a character string (full
text search).
●
Segmented frequency sweep with point-based x-axis
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New user color setting "Colorize Trace when Failed"
●
Windows Explorer is accessible from all file dialogs.
1.26 V1.20 (Compared to V1.14)
New features
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Ripple limits and ripple test (e.g. for checking whether the passband ripple of a filter is within acceptable limits)
●
Embedding/deembedding of virtual networks (single-ended or balanced)
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S-Parameter Wizard; facilitates the configuration of a standard S-parameter measurement
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LXI support
●
Additional settings for user color schemes in the "Define User Color Scheme" dialog, e.g. "Use Trc Color for Limit Lines"
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New toolbar icon "New Ch + Tr", adds a new trace with new channel settings
●
Show/hide the toolbar
New remote control features
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Commands INITiate:CONTinuous:ALL and INITiate[IMMEdiate]:ALL,
start a single sweep (sequence) in all channels.
The remote language setting "ZBABT" ensures compatibility with network analyzers of the R&S ZVA/B/T family.
●
New command [SENSe:]SWEep:COUnt:ALL, defines the number of sweeps in
single sweep mode for all channels.
●
Commands CONFigure:CHANnel<Ch>:MEASure[:STATe] and
CONFigure:CHANnel<Ch>:MEASure:ALL[:STATe], deactivate the sweep in a
particular channel (speed gain for the remaining channels)
●
New commands CALCulate...STATe:AREA, move various info fields to nine
predefined positions within the diagrams.
●
New commands SYSTem:DISPlay:BAR:..., display or hide control bars and
panels.
●
New commands SYSTem:IDENtify... and SYSTem:OPTions..., customize
or reset the identity and option strings of the instrument.
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New SYSTem:COMMunicate:RDEVice:AKAL:...? queries, return the characterizations stored on a calibration unit and their properties.
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Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V1.10 (Compared to V1.00)
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New command SYSTem:COMMunicate:RDEVice:AKAL:SDATa?, returns the
complex characterization data for a particular standard from a cal unit characterization.
●
New command CALCulate:DATA:TRACe? '<Trace name>', FDATa |
SDATA | MDATa | NCData, returns the trace data of an arbitrary (not necessarily the active) trace.
●
New command CONFigure:CHANnel<Ch>:TRACe:CATalog?, queries the
traces in a particular channel <Ch>.
●
New commands CONFigure:TRACe:WINDow? <'Trace name>' and
CONFigure:TRACe:WINDow:TRACe? <'Trace name>', query the window and
trace number of a particular displayed trace.
●
New command [SENSe:]CORRection:COLLect:LOAD:SELected, loads calibration data from a cal group file.
Product improvements
●
Nine different positions for info fields (instead of 6)
●
Re-numbering of diagrams when a diagram is deleted
●
Progress monitor for automatic calibration with calibration unit R&S ZV-Z5x
●
The title bars of closed softtool panels keep being displayed and can be used to reopen the softtools any time.
●
Improved drag and drop functionality for markers; single markers can be deleted.
1.27 V1.14 (Compared to V1.13)
The new firmware provides support for a new type series of the internal flash memory.
1.28 V1.13 (Compared to V1.12)
Measurements below 25 MHz have been improved. To achieve full performance below
25 MHz without user calibration, the instrument needs to be serviced if it was delivered
with firmware V1.12 or earlier.
1.29 V1.12 (Compared to V1.10)
Some bugs have been fixed.
1.30 V1.10 (Compared to V1.00)
New features
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Calibration kit management (load, modify, and store calibration kit data).
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Release Notes for Firmware V2.70
V1.10 (Compared to V1.00)
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"Calibration Manager" dialog, stores system error correction data to the cal pool
and assigns stored correction data to channels.
●
Graphic zoom; see chapter "Operating the Instrument > Using the Graphic Zoom"
in the Getting Started manual or in the Help system of your R&S ZNB.
This feature is also available in remote control.
●
Various drag and drop features for efficient manual control; see chapter "Operating
the Instrument" in the Getting Started manual or in the Help system.
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Firmware Update
2 Firmware Update
Upgrade versions of the analyzer firmware are supplied as single setup files *.msi.
Administrator account
You need administrator rights to install a new firmware version. Refer to the Getting
Started manual for details.
To perform a firmware update,
1. Copy the setup file to any storage medium accessible from the analyzer. This may
be the internal hard disk, an external storage medium (USB memory stick, external
CD-ROM drive) or a network connection (LAN, GPIB bus).
2. In the Windows® Explorer, tap the setup file twice (or double-click with a mouse)
and follow the instructions of the setup wizard.
Setup files can be stored and installed again. The default drive name of the internal
hard disk is C:. External storage devices are automatically mapped to the next free
drive, i.e. D:, E: etc.
Factory calibration
A firmware update does not affect the factory calibration.
External accessories
Calibration units must be disconnected during a firmware update.
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