News release

Date: 14th December 2010

Rohde & Schwarz UK supplies vector network analyser to test waveguide components to 500GHz

Rohde & Schwarz UK supplies vector network analyser to test waveguide components to 500GHz

Fleet, UK, December 9, 2010 - Rohde & Schwarz delivers millimeter wave test equipment to Flann Microwave (Bodmin, UK), a leading supplier of waveguide components and systems used in research, communications, radar and security applications. Flann acquired the 50 GHz R&S ZVA vector network analyser in June, subsequently taking delivery of millimeter-wave converter heads that enable the company to test to 220 GHz. This represents the highest frequency test capability known within any UK commercial company to date.

Flann’s waveguide portfolio stretches from low frequency waveguides in the 1 GHz range to high frequency devices in the 220 GHz region and beyond. The latter are used by customers involved in microwave standardisation and also for the calibration of high frequency vector network analysers. The vector network analyser from Rohde & Schwarz significantly expands Flann Microwave’s test capability, facilitating the design, measurement and verification of the company’s wide range of waveguide components. With converter heads available to 500 GHz, Rohde & Schwarz’ products enable Flann to respond to a growing demand for products and systems at higher frequencies, including VNA calibration and verification kits up to 500 GHz.

Commented Ian Crane, Chief Technical Officer at Flann Microwave: “Expanding our test capability to 500 GHz gives us a distinct commercial edge. We are already seeing enquiries for high frequency applications driven by news of our advanced test set-up.”

“We are delighted to have been selected by Flann Microwave to help establish their high frequency test capability”, said Steve Edwards, T&M Sales Manager at Rohde & Schwarz UK. He added: “The millimeter application area is an exciting growth opportunity for Rohde & Schwarz and we plan to continue to expand our product offerings at these frequencies.”

Among Flann Microwave’s key requirements were high dynamic range and the ability to provide continuous frequency coverage up to 220 GHz and above. The R&S ZVA vector network analyzer portfolio was designed to meet demanding measurement applications, including filter measurements requiring a high dynamic range. Their waveguide heads cover an exceptionally wide frequency range, whilst the R&S ZVA vector network analyser gives customers the flexibility to operate it outside standard specified frequency ranges when necessary.

Noted Jamie Lunn, Vector Network Analyser Product Manager at Rohde & Schwarz UK: “The wide dynamic range of the R&S ZVA combined with low phase noise provides ample headroom for devices that would previously have been difficult to gain measurement insight into, such as Flann Microwave’s 500 GHz Rotary Vane Attenuator, which requires measurements to be made down to -100 dB.”

Highly integrated, the R&S ZVA vector network analyzer is a single box solution that is offered with a particularly wide range of frequency converters that are manufactured by Rohde & Schwarz in-house. This ensures that the converter heads are optimised to suit Rohde & Schwarz instrumentation, whilst customers benefit from a one-stop solution for purchase, servicing and support.

To find out more about the vector network analyser portfolio from Rohde & Schwarz, please visit

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Rohde & Schwarz
Rohde & Schwarz is an independent group of companies specializing in electronics. It is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcasting, radiomonitoring and radiolocation, as well as secure communications. Established more than 75 years ago, Rohde & Schwarz has a global presence and a dedicated service network in over 70 countries. It has approx. 7400 employees and achieved a net revenue of € 1.3 billion in fiscal year 2009/2010 (July 2009 to June 2010). Company headquarters are in Munich, Germany.

Flann Microwave:
For over four decades, Flann Microwave Ltd. has been a market-leading designer and manufacturer of antennas, precision microwave components and test and measurement products operating between frequencies of 1 to 170GHz. Flann has built an international reputation for high-performance, high-quality waveguide components and systems up to 500GHz. For more information, visit

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