Teledyne LeCroy Announces Delivery of SPARQ Network Analyzer to Microwave Electronics Laboratory at Politecnico di Torino

Oct 16, 2012, 11:19 ET from Teledyne LeCroy

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y., Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Teledyne LeCroy is pleased to announce the delivery of a SPARQ-3004E Signal Integrity Network Analyzer to Politecnico di Torino, in Torino, Italy. The university is known around the world as a top-tier institution for engineering and architecture. The analyzer will be used in the Microwave Electronics Laboratory, where engineers and researchers have made significant contributions to network analyzer theory and design since it began studying network analyzers in 1982. Achievements include active loop technique for load tuning, generalized multiport calibration theory, and differential load-pull characterization system. 

"The SPARQ is an outstanding addition to our laboratory. Our engineering students are impressed with the SPARQ's unique method of measuring S-parameters from time domain acquisitions using broadband pulser/samplers," said Dr. Andrea Ferrero, Professor for Microwave Instrumentation and Measurement at Politecnico di Torino. "The analyzer provides a more intuitive understanding of reflections and return loss measurements as compared to a VNA, especially for signal integrity applications. The simplicity of the SPARQ and its easy and quick calibration make it the ideal tool for teaching and for use in microwave phenomena experiments. Furthermore, the true time domain measurement of the SPARQ opens a whole set of research possibilities involving non-linear device characterization with a compact and affordable instrument."

"Teledyne LeCroy is excited to have the SPARQ in use at Politecnico di Torino's microwave lab. Dr. Ferrero has played a major role in the advancement of network analyzer technology, and we are looking forward to collaborating with him on work involving the SPARQ," stated Dr. Alan Blankman, Product Marketing Manager for the SPARQ series analyzers.

Teledyne LeCroy launched the SPARQ series Signal Integrity Network Analyzers in October 2010 to meet the needs of the signal integrity engineering marketplace for quick, easy and inexpensive S-parameter measurements. The SPARQ series include models with 2-, 4-, 8- and 12-ports and with end frequency up to 40 GHz. Via S-parameter measurements, SPARQs measure return loss, insertion loss and crosstalk characteristics of passive devices, such as multi-lane differential interconnects. "E" model SPARQs include an internal calibration kit that allows users to make measurements without manually connecting to a calibration kit or expensive "ECAL" module. Since the calibration is automatic and hands-off, S-parameters can be made by any engineer, and without an expensive VNA.

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Teledyne LeCroy is a leading manufacturer of advanced test instruments that drive product innovation by quickly measuring, analyzing, and verifying complex electronic signals. The Company offers high-performance oscilloscopes, protocol analyzers, and global communications protocol test solutions used by design engineers in the computer, semiconductor and consumer electronics, data storage, automotive and industrial, military and aerospace, and telecommunication markets. Teledyne LeCroy's 48-year heritage of technical innovation is the foundation for its recognized leadership in "WaveShape Analysis"—capturing, viewing, and measuring the high-speed signals that drive today's information and communications technologies. Teledyne LeCroy is headquartered in Chestnut Ridge, New York. Company information is available at

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