R&S®ZNL Vector Network Analyzer

Model: R&S®ZNL

Brief description

Measurement equipment for RF applications must fulfill high quality standards. Instruments should be easy to use and offer a high versatility

Brief description

Measurement equipment for RF applications must fulfill high quality standards. Instruments should be easy to use and offer a high versatility. Fast measurements and reliable performance are crucial. With the R&S®ZNL, Rohde & Schwarz exceeds these expectations and offers even more: vector network analysis, spectrum analysis and power meter measurements are unified in one single, compact instrument making the R&S®ZNL a universal all-rounder.

Key facts

  • Frequency range from 5 kHz to 3 GHz (R&S®ZNL3) or 5 kHz to 6 GHz (R&S®ZNL6)
  • Two-port vector network analyzer for bidirectional measurements
  • Universal instrument concept:
    • Vector network analyzer
    • Fully integrated spectrum analyzer option (for R&S®ZNL3)
  • Display of power meter measurements
  • Wide dynamic range of typ. 130 dB
  • Output power range from –40 dBm to typ. + 3 dBm
  • Measurement bandwidths from 1 Hz to 500 kHz
  • Fast measurements, i.e. 16.7 ms for 401 points (100 kHz IFBW, 200 MHz Span, 2-port TOSM (SOLT))
  • Compact size and low weight (6 kg to 8 kg)
  • Optional battery pack available
  • Windows 10® operating system

Features & Benefits

  • The 3-in-1 analyzer: compact vector network analyzer
    • Solid RF performance
    • Versatile features, like calibration unit support, for production and lab
    • Time domain and distance to fault
    • Compact 3 in 1 instrument
    • Remote controllable with LAN and GPIB option
  • The 3-in-1 analyzer: fully integrated spectrum analyzer
    • Integrated hardware for solid RF performance
    • Spectrum mode
    • Analog demodulation
    • Digital demodulation
  • The 3-in-1 analyzer: RF power meter
    • Precise power measurements
  • User interface with multi-touch screen
    • Clear menu structures for efficient operation
    • Wide 10.1" display for convenient operation
    • Integrated PC
    • All-in-one display of different measurement modes with MultiView feature
  • Fully portable – go anywhere
    • Battery and DC supply to power the instrument where needed
    • Accessories to prepare the instrument for usage in the field


Network analysis
Frequency range R&S®ZNL6 5 kHz to 3 GHz
  R&S®ZNL3 5 kHz to 6 GHz
Dynamic range   >120 dB (spec.); typ. >130 dB
Output power   0 dBm (spec.); typ. + 3 dBm
Trace noise   <0.0035 dB (spec.); typ. < 0.0005 dB
Measurement speed
Sweep time 401 points, 2-port TOSM, 200 MHz span, 100 kHz IFBW 16.7 ms
Data transfer
  IEC/IEEE, 201 points typ. 3 ms
  HiSLIP over 1 Gbit/s LAN typ. 2.5 ms
Measurement parameters   Sxy; wave quantities, ratios, impedance parameters (Zxy); attmitance parameters (Y); stability factors
Display graphs   dB mag, phase, Smith, polar, SWR, unwr phase, lin. mag, inv. Smith, real, imag, delay
Calibration procedures   reflection normalization open or short, reflection OSM(OSL), enhanced reflection normalization OM or SM; transmission normalization (response calibration), transmission normalization both (response calibration), one path two ports, TOSM (SOLT)
Measurement data points VNA mode 1 to 100 001
  SA mode 101 to 100 001
IFBW   1 Hz to 500 kHz, in steps of 1/1.5/2/3/5/7
Spectrum analysis
Frequency range R&S®ZNL3-B1 5 kHz to 3 GHz (resolution 1 Hz)
Displayed average noise level (DANL) RF attenuation 0 dB <-140 dBm (spec.); typ. <-150 dBm
Phase noise 1 GHz, 10 kHz offset <-103 dBc (1 Hz); <-108 dBc (1 Hz)
Max. signal analysis bandwidth with option R&S®FPL1-B40 40 MHz
Third-order intercept point (TOI) 300 MHz ≤ fin ≤ 3 GHz >16 dBm (spec.); typ. >20 dBm
Second harmonic intercept (SHI) 900 MHz ≤ fin ≤ 1.5 GHz 70 dBm (nom.)
General data
Limit lines VNA mode single, segmented, upper limit, lower limit
Channels within one VNA setup no limitation
Channel setups   max 14 setups
Traces VNA mode no limitation
  SA mode 6
Markers VNA mode 10 + ref. marker (per trace) SA mode
  SA mode 16
Operating system   Windows 10
Display   26.4 cm (10.1"), diagonal WXGA color LCD with touchscreen
Dimensions (W × H × D)   408 mm × 186 mm × 235 mm (16.06 in × 7.32 in × 9.25 in)
Weight depending on configuration 6 kg to 8 kg (13.23 lb to 17.64 lb)

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