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  • Maury Microwave Load Pull Systems Fully Support CMT Analyzers

    Indianapolis, IN – Maury Microwave’s IVCAD measurement and modeling device characterization software has integrated the Planar 814/1 Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) from Copper Mountain Technologies. Engineers can now use Maury’s MT981-series and MT982-series automated mechanical impedance tuners with the CMT analyzer to complete a turnkey fundamental and harmonic load pull bench from low MHz to 8 GHz.

    Click Here for Video Demonstration – Electronica 2014

    Maury’s renowned load pull software and LXI(tm)-certified, high-precision non-contacting automated impedance tuners provide algorithms and methodologies, which are complemented by the lab-grade performance of the Planar 814/1 VNA, users can achieve a lower cost, highly accurate passive, active and hybrid-active vector-receiver (VNA-based, real-time) load pull. Vector-receiver load pull is achieved by coupling the input and output a- and b-waves of the device under test (DUT) to the direct-access receivers of the 814/1. With this configuration, IVCAD is able to directly measure the source and load impedances presented to the DUT as well as the DUT’s large signal input impedance, available and delivered input power, output power at the fundamental and harmonic frequencies, transducer and power gain, power-added and drain efficiencies and more.

    The Planar 814/1 has a dynamic range of 150 dB, which ensures high-powered drive signals and low-powered harmonic signals, as well as oscillations accurately captured by the IVCAD software platform. With a source power control of -60dBm to +10dBm and resolution of 0.05dB, the 814/1 can be used to independently sweep the power (power sweep measurements, gain compression measurements) of the injected test signal for low-power devices, or can be combined with a driver amplifier for high-powered devices at a multitude of load impedances. The Planar 814/1 is the only commercial VNA which offers simultaneous low-cost and high-performance with the direct-receiver access required for today’s advanced load pull solutions. Alex Goloschokin, Managing Director of Copper Mountain Technologies, agrees, “This represents a step forward for engineering teams that need advanced load pull solutions at a lower cost, but want their system to be high performing and metrologically sound.”

    The load pull system was first debuted at European Microwave Week in Rome, Italy.

    More information on the Planar 814/1 VNA is available here and Maury Microwave tuners and load pull information is available here.

    Load Pull System with Maury IVCAD and Copper Mountain VNA

    - Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2014

  • CMT Signs New U.S. Representatives

    Copper Mountain Technologies is pleased to announce the appointment of several new Tier 1 Manufacturers Representatives in the following territories:

    Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas: Testech Inc. is headquartered in Richardson, TX, with offices in Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston, and in Edmund, OK. The Testech staff is comprised of technically educated and trained engineers with extensive experience in the RF/Microwave test and measurement industry serving the Aerospace, Defense, and Communications markets. Please visit their website at

    Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine: ProTEQ Solutions is headquartered in Nashua, NH, with multiple offices supporting the entire New England territory. ProTEQ has considerable experience in RF/Microwave test and measurement, with technical expertise in automated probing for semiconductor applications. Please visit their website at

    Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona: Aztec Enterprises is headquartered in Denver, CO, with offices in Phoenix, AZ and Salt Lake City, UT. The technical staff at Aztec have experience in RF/Microwave test and measurement, with emphasis in network and spectrum analyzer product applications serving the Aerospace, Military, and Communications markets. Please visit their website at

    All CMT Representatives are trained and available to offer demonstrations of our network analyzer solutions. Please feel free to contact them today. For a complete listing of CMT sales reps, please visit our Sales page.

    - Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

  • Our VNA users speak up!

    Low Cost High Performance VNA Reviews

    Our PC-driven vector network analyzers have become a choice of many engineers around the world in the RF and microwave industry, the wireless world, and in defense programs.

    See what our customers, including CERN, Rosenberger, and JFW are saying about their PC-driven VNAs!

    - Posted: Friday, September 5, 2014

  • Saving VNA Results in Multiple Formats, Easily

    Working with a VNA becomes more efficient when all test data is saved and recalled instantly. With a PC-driven instrument, saved results are on the machine you already operate. See how to save in various save file formats enabled with CMT analyzers, including CSV, S2P, images, documents, and printing.

    You can also find more VNA tutorial videos on our YouTube channel.

    - Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • 75 Ohm VNA Featured in Critical Comms Magazine

    Critical Comms Magazine features CMT analyzers

    This month's issue of Critical Comms magazine has featured the CMT 7530 Compact VNA, touting it as a great solution for the SATCOM industry and any other 75 Ohm applications in broadcast or wireless. The 7530 has a measurement frequency range of 20 kHz to 3 GHz and many standard features such as fixture simulation, gating. It is also fully programmable in a variety of programming protocols, including LabView and COM/DCOM compatibility.

    Click here to read the full issue.

    For more product information, you can explore the functionality of the S7530 and TR7530 in our Products area.

    - Posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Penn State ARL Compares the Planar 304/1 VNA with E8364B

    See how the Planar 304/1 Compares with Agilent E8364

    The Penn State Applied Research Laboratory has provided an unsolicited, independent report on the measurement performance of the Planar 304/1 VNA compared with an Agilent E8364B PNA. Several tests were performed by the ARL, including basic performance tests with antennas (S11 parameters), filters, and amplifiers. We invite our customers to use this report to better understand the accuracy and capabilities of a Planar VNA in a variety of test applications.

    Read the full report here.

    - Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Microwave Journal IMS Wrap-Up Includes Copper Mountain Technologies VNA Tour

    See the new products, including our VNAs, in the video wrap-up from MWJ.
    MWJ Video - Copper Mountain Technologies VNAs at IMS

    See the full post-IMS video coverage over at Microwave Journal.

    - Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • Focus Microwaves Integrates VNAs as Part of Load Pull System

    Focus Microwaves Load Pull Integration with Planar 814/1 VNA
    FOCUS HAILP is a system from Focus Microwaves for getting all the benefits of passive and active Load Pull systems in one setup. Active Load Pull is the only method that allows reaching the low internal impedance of power transistors, especially for on-wafer systems.

    So far, the new Focus Microwaves HAILP system (Hybrid Active Injection Load Pull) has integrated with the Copper Mountain Technologies Planar VNA series to offer a competitive combination of performance, accuracy, measurement speed and cost. Additionally, the HAILP system with Planar can integrate the MPT tuner series for multi-harmonic tuning.

    The system relies on the basic concept of using pre-match electromechanical tuners for tuning the impedance seen by the DUT closer to its conjugate output, then complementing with active injection, the system can tune impedances anywhere in the Smith chart (? = 1). The measurements themselves are travelling wave-base; performed using the Planar 814 VNA.

    With the introduction of pre-match tuners, the amplitude of the feedback injection signal stays within reasonable values. In traditional active systems, the power amplifier has to produce tremendous power to compensate for the strong mismatch between the injected signal and the DUT, which considerably increases the cost of the system and reduces its frequency range. HAILP and Copper Mountain Technologies bring you cost-effective, state-of-the-art measurement capabilities.

    For more information, please visit Focus Microwaves and the Planar 814/1 VNA.

    - Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • Ultra-Fast Automated Antenna System at IMS

    At IMS 2014 in Tampa, we teamed up with Diamond Engineering to show a Planar 804/1 VNA integrated into an automated antenna measurement system. Michael Hillbun with Diamond explains how his company collaborated with Copper Mountain Technologies in order to create the world’s fastest antenna measurement system with the help of a high-speed vector network analyzer. Watch the video to see it in action. See the video coverage by RF Globalnet below.

    - Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • IMS 2014 Preview

    See what Copper Mountain is up to at IMS 2014 Copper Mountain Technologies will be exhibiting and presenting at IMS MTT-S 2014 in Tampa Bay, Florida June 1-6, at Booth 645 and at ARFTG. See below for the various places to catch us:

    Highlights at the CMT booth:

    New Trigger on Point Support

    The new software releases of Planar 804/1, Planar 808/1 and S5048 VNA version 3.39 includes Point Trigger support. Point Trigger enables tight time synchronization of the analyzer sweep with external events and devices. The VNA can easily be integrated with a DMM to measure an analog Auxiliary voltage as the sweep executes. S5048 will be demonstrated with automation scripts and the new Point Trigger functionality at Booth 645.

    Automated antenna measurement

    We are proud to partner with Diamond Engineering to show the DAMS, an automated antenna measurement system that aids in precision tuning and adjustment, offering a superior solution to manual processes. Diamond Engineering Antenna System Incorporates Copper Mountain Technologies VNA

    Tuner, Duplexer, and Filter Testing

    CMT will show its PC-driven VNAs in several integrated test scenarios, featuring products from other prominent RF manufacturers. Our Planar 808/1 will be shown in concert with a microwave tuner from Focus Microwaves. Our S5048 Compact VNA will be shown with a diplexer courtesy of Reactel Other RF and Microwave manufacturers partnering with Copper Mountain.

    Also at IMS:

    Grab a Drink at the Kickoff Celebration

    On Monday night, the IMS Committee is hosting the "Monday Kickoff Celebration.” There will be music, food, cocktails and some truly unique and amazing entertainment that only Tampa can provide. Food and drinks are provided for all attendees with a badge.
    Visit the beer tent sponsored by Copper Mountain Technologies.
    In front of the convention center, the Tampa Bay Water Ski Team will entertain you with their impressive skills, high speed jumps and exciting tricks so bring your camera! The IMS 2014 committee received special permission from the United States Coast Guard for the high-flying show. You have front row seats!

    MicroApps Theater

    Applications Engineer Ben Maxson will be presenting "Wireless Infrastructure Preventative Maintenance Using a VNA" at the MicroApps Theater on Wednesday, June 4th at 16:00. This presentation will be particularly relevant to RF and Microwave engineers and technicians working in the wireless industries performing field maintenance and repair. Find the full MicroApps schedule at MTT here.


    The 83rd ARFTG Conference will be held on Friday, June 6th at the Marriott Waterside Hotel. Copper Mountain Technologies will present at Session B on the topic of new methods for verification of the residual errors of calibrated two-port vector network analyzers based on a special time-domain technique. "Estimation of Complex Residual Errors of Calibrated Two-Port Vector Network Analyzer" will be presented by Ben Maxson. See the full technical agenda for ARFTG here.

    - Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Why Develop a PC-Based VNA?

    Engineers are demanding better value, high performance, and more flexibility from the test equipment on the bench or in the field, which led Copper Mountain Technologies team to reevaluate the traditional approach to a lab-grade VNA.

    We decided to do something different.

    Our solution is a VNA that has the same performance as traditional analyzers, but off-loads all processing functions to an external PC. This results in a highly accurate, ultra compact instrument that represents a tremendous value solution unlike any other. See how:

    - Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • IMS Micro Apps

    Copper Mountain Technologies presents at the IMS MTT-S MicroApps 2014
    CMT is proud to be participating in the IMS MicroApps Theater this year for MTT-S/IMS in Tampa Bay, Florida. Applications Engineer Ben Maxson will be presenting "Wireless Infrastructure Preventative Maintenance Using a VNA" on the exhibit floor on Wednesday, June 4th at 16:00. This presentation will be particularly relevant to RF and Microwave engineers and technicians working in the wireless industries performing field maintenance and repair. A preview of the presentation:
    Wireless infrastructure encompasses a broad range of radio technologies, antennas, towers, and frequencies. Radio networks are built from this infrastructure and from mobile radios—the radios used by municipal and commercial customers to communicate over licensed frequency bands. Typical end user applications of such systems include local and regional law enforcement, highway and local maintenance dispatch, ambulance and fire service dispatch, and federal law enforcement communications. Wireless infrastructure is often remotely located and difficult to access—or may be completely inaccessible—due to adverse weather conditions. It is critical to perform regular maintenance like visual inspection and RF testing of exterior cabling and antennas, and testing and adjustment of radios and combining networks. Maintenance is performed on two types of links: the RF radio networks and the microwave links that provide backhaul.

    Traditional network analyzers are large, heavy, and intended for use in indoor engineering laboratories or production environments. For field use, a network analyzer must overcome several limitations of traditional instruments. The VNA should be compact and lightweight, as space is limited. The instrument must also be quick to start up and begin taking accurate measurements and, ideally, recall preset test confi gurations to save time. Customers typically require detailed documentation following each preventative maintenance (PM) cycle, so extracting measurement results from the VNA is vital for reporting. Finally, the VNA must be programmable, so a predefined set of test results can be automatically collected and consistently saved.
    See how these challenges can be practically addressed at the CMT presentation at the IMS MicroApps Theater in Tampa Bay on June 4th. Find the full MicroApps schedule at MTT here.

    - Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Michael Kujawa Joins CMT as Director of Business Development

    We are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Kujawa as Director of Business Development, USA, effective May 12, 2014.

    Mr. Kujawa comes to CMT with over 30 years of experience in the microwave industry, having served in technical, sales, and general management roles. Most recently he was the Sr. VP of Business Development for TRAK Microwave Corporation, a leading components and integrated systems provider serving the defense, space and commercial markets. Prior to TRAK, Michael was VP of Sales for MI-Technologies (formerly Scientific Atlanta), a global leader in antenna test and measurement systems.

    - Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Schedule a Demo at IMS 2014

    We invite you to get an individual demo at Booth 645. IMS 2014 offers technical sessions, interactive forums, plenary and panel sessions, workshops, short courses, industrial exhibits, application seminars, historical exhibits, and a wide variety of other technical and social activities, including a guest program. The Microwave Week 2014 technical program also comprises the RFIC Symposium, ARFTG Conference and WAMICON.

    IMS 2014 Copper Mountain Technologies

    - Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Looking Back at MTT 2013

    Everyone is ramping up for the MTT-S gathering of the year, IMS 2014, in Tampa Bay June 3-5. We encourage you to stop by booth #4094 to see our VNAs in action. Besides the instruments, the CMT software developers and hardware engineers will be available to answer your technical questions and discuss your product needs!

    As a throwback, see the video interview from RF Globalnet at last year's show:


    - Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Catch us at the NAB Show

    We have partnered with the Broadcasters General Store to show our vector network analyzers at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    NAB Show is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With more than 93,000 Attendees from 156 countries and 1,550+ Exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new devices in new ways.

    See the equipment at Booth C2920 April 7-10th.

    For more on how VNAs can be used in the cable industry, read our conference presentation from SCTE 2013, Validating and Troubleshooting OFDM: Considerations and Approaches by Ben Maxson, Applications Engineer.

    - Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • New File Saving Tutorial

    When working with a PC-driven VNA, the processing module is an external PC, enabled with a software package that connects the two components of the device. A great advantage to this format is that all test results can be saved within the software and instantly saved in the PC's directories. Test results like trace data, channel data, and pass/fail results can be saved, with screenshots and values, in a variety of formats including CSV files, industry-standard S2P file formats, images, documents, and printing-enabled formats.


    See more tutorials on the CMT Youtube channel.

    - Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • IWCE 2014 in Las Vegas

    Come see how PC-driven VNAs can be used for your wireless testing application at IWCE!

    We are excited to exhibit at the International Wireless Communications Expo from March 26-27th in Las Vegas, NV! Stop by Booth #4094 to demo our products, meet our team, and learn more about testing with a handheld VNAs. Our instruments are ideal for testing antennas, cables, and other RF components of wireless systems. While traditional handheld analyzers offer a partial solution, PC-based analyzers can do more.

    The R54 and R140 offer an extensive feature set, high accuracy, and low cost. Results are easily exported in CSV or Touchstone formats, and field reporting is easy with PDF, Word, or PNG files directly on your desktop, increasing tech efficiency and simplifying wireless design and maintenance.

    See our exhibitor profile here. IWCE 2014 Exhibition

    - Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • VNA Programmability Tutorial

    One of the greatest advantages of USB-based test instrumentation is its ease of programmability. The VNA application and user program run on the same PC: the laptop or PC already used in many applications. When VNAs are used in production environments, or as part of a larger test system, using automation scripts offers a great advantage in the test process. We invite you to watch the video below to learn how to develop automation scripts for your application. A lightweight windows-based program connects to the measurement module and provides a familiar interface for controlling the instrument and seeing test results.

    Our PC-driven VNAs can fit into applications needing automation – they are fully programmable by SCPI commands in many programming settings, including C++, Visual Basic, and LabView. COM/DCOM automation allows the remote control and exchange of data with the user software, allowing integration with any ATE station.

    You'll see the demo with the Planar 808 VNA, a 4-port instrument which measures 16 S-parameters, 100 kHz to 8 GHz, as well as having capability to characterize balanced devices. The Planar 808 is a PC-driven instrument, meaning that it is used in combination with any Windows PC or laptop. Explore more VNAs further by downloading their fully functional, free demo software.

    - Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • 4-Port VNA Featured in Microwave Journal

    The January 2014 issue of Microwave Journal features our 4-port VNA, the Planar 808/1, which stays true to the high performance of all our products, and offers additional features like balanced measurements. Read the feature here

    Planar 808/1 is a four-port VNA that operates with an external PC, opening a new range of possibilities for users who need highly accurate multiport instrumentation for lab, production or field use. At 19 pounds, Planar 808/1 is a more mobile and transportable solution than a traditional benchtop unit. This lab-quality VNA has an extensive feature set, multiple data saving options, and is fully programmable for incorporation in automated applications.

    Extensive Feature Set

    Planar 808/1 characterizes S-parameters in a wide variety of presentation formats. In addition to the traditional frequency domain measurements of S-parameters, it has time domain with gating, embedding and de-embedding, and frequency offset mode for mixer/converter testing.

    As a four-port VNA, the Planar 808/1 can be used to measure balanced or differential networks. The Planar 808/1 fixture simulation feature supports testing DUTs with single ended inputs and balanced outputs, balanced inputs and single ended output, and balanced inputs and outputs. Multiport analyzers are also well-suited for testing multiport DUTs such as combiners and duplexers, reducing or eliminating reconnection steps from the testing process. Unlike other four-port VNAs, the Planar 808/1 incorporates two independent generators, providing greater flexibility for advanced test scenarios.

    The Planar 808/1 is fully compatible with the ACM8000T automatic calibration module, enabling full four-port calibration with as few as four connection and four disconnection steps. Automatic calibration is particularly time-saving in production environments or other scenarios where frequent recalibration is required. Or, the Planar 808/1 can be calibrated with any commercially available 50 ? mechanical calibration kit.


    Planar 808/1 can fit into applications needing automation – it is fully programmable by SCPI commands from any programming environment supporting COM/DCOM – including C++ , Visual Basic and LabVIEW. Automation enables remote instrument control and automatic exchange of data among components in an integrated ATE station.

    Thanks to David Vye for the feature!

    - Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

  • CMT Featured in Microwaves & RF

    Copper Mountain Technologies featured in Microwaves & RF magazine

    We are very happy to be one of the companies featured in the Leaders in Microwaves issue of the magazine Microwaves & RF. We are very happy to be one of the companies featured in the Leaders in Microwaves issue of the magazine Microwaves & RF. Read the full digital issue here to see which companies and technologies to be watching in 2014! Pick up the issue will have at the following shows this year: APEC, IMS, Electronica, ECIA, Design West, EDS, and Pacific Design. to see which companies and technologies to be watching in 2014! Pick up the issue will have at the following shows this year: APEC, IMS, Electronica, ECIA, Design West, EDS, and Pacific Design.

    - Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • SPEAG Builds Handheld Materials Testing System with R140 Reflectometer

    The Planar R140 Vector Reflectometer enabled SPEAG to develop a handheld materials test system, the DAKS-3.5, which can be easily carried into different environments for dielectric testing, a feat that was impossible with traditional benchtop instrumentation.

    The DAKS System: DAKS-3.5 is a low cost, portable, and easy-to-use dielectric assessment kit system. It combines our DAK-3.5 technology with a miniature portable Vector Reflectometer (R140, Copper Mountain Technologies). The direct and rigid connection of the probe to the reflectometer without a test cable allows the probe to be moved to the medium under test after calibration, greatly simplifying measurements in the lab. The reflectometer communicates directly with the DAKS software via a USB port. Offering high accuracy, it is especially recommended for Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) compliance laboratories as the tissue simulating liquids can be measured directly and routinely inside the phantom.

    • Material characterization in the electronic, chemical, medical and food industries.
    • The portability of the system makes it ideal for use in production lines.
    • The evaluation and validation of tissue equivalent liquids prepared for SAR measurements or for MRI safety experiments.

    For more information on DAKS and other inventive RF systems, please visit Schmid & Partners Engineering (SPEAG).

    - Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • VNA Calibration Tutorial

    VNAs should be calibrated to ensure measurement accuracy when in use. CMT analyzers are compatible with most calibration kits on the market, many of which have their parameters already plugged into our operating software. This video tutorial provides an overview of the process for creating calibration calibration kits in the Copper Mountain Technologies VNA software.


    See more tutorials on the CMT Youtube channel.

    - Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • New Conference Publications on Calibration Methods

    Copper Mountain Technologies, in collaboration with subsidiary NPK TAIR, presented several papers at the 82nd Annual ARFTG Conference. The theme of the conference was Characterization, Modeling, and Design of RF and mm-Wave Devices and Circuits.

    Copper Mountain Technologies Applications Engineer Ben Maxson presented alongside Vladimir Guba of NPK TAIR. Their publications included:

    Covariance Based Uncertainty Analysis with Unscented Transformation

    Residual Errors Determination for Vector Network Analyzers at a
    Low Resolution in the Time Domain

    An Automated Method for VNA Accuracy Verification
    Using the Modified Calibration Comparison Technique

    Read all the papers presented on our Service & Support page.

    ARFTG 2013

    - Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

  • Evaluation Engineering Special Report on RF and Microwave Technologies

    Evaluation Engineering Executive Editor Rick Nelson includes Copper Mountain Technologies' vector network analyzers as part of a feature on new trends in RF and Microwave test equipment after the Autotestcon show in Schaumburg this year.

    Considering the challenges of bringing test equipment into the field, obsolescence, and data transfer challenges, many are seeking slightly different approaches to their instrumentation. PC-driven, USB-based, LXI, PXI, and handheld units offer different benefits to users, with almost all adding more flexibility.

    Bench, portable, and modular instruments are offering increasing flexibility for RF and microwave test applications... Autotestcon focused on military and aerospace test applications, but many of the products and technologies highlighted have commercial applications as well.

    Read Rick's full report here.

    Read the full RF and Microwave Special Report at Evaluation Engineering

    - Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013

  • Visit CMT at ARFTG in Columbus

    Visit Copper Mountain Technologies at the 82nd Annual ARFTG Conference in Columbus, Ohio from November 19-21. The Ohio State University is hosting the conference - this session's theme is Characterization, Modeling, and Design of RF and mm-Wave Devices and Circuits.

    Copper Mountain Technologies-affiliated engineers will be presenting the following papers: “Residual Errors Determination for Vector Network Analyzer at a Low Resolution in the Time Domain,” A. A. Savin, V. G. Guba

    “Covariance Based Uncertainty Analysis with Unscented Transformation,” A. A. Savin, V. G. Guba

    ARFTG 2013

    - Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013

  • SCTE Conference Presentation: OFDM Measurements in Cable Networks

    SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2013
    Building on a background of test and measurement expertise, Applications Engineer Ben Maxson presented at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo on the topic of OFDM validation and troubleshooting. The paper considers the future of cable network standards and the potential of OFDM in next generation of cable networks.

    In addition to VNAs, we offer several solutions for Cable and Satellite TV test and measurement here.


    With DOCSIS 3.1's standardization of OFDM, the waveform technology will for the first time be deployed onto CATV networks on a world-wide basis. With this new era of modulation will come new terminology, new measurements, and new best practices for both validating and troubleshooting services delivered over such networks.

    Since a single transport stream may be transmitted to a user via multiple, potentially adaptive modulation formats simultaneously (e.g. 256-QAM, 1024-QAM, and 64-QAM) some conventional measurements may become less relevant, such as the constellation diagram. At the same time, a need may arise for new parametric measurements, including for example proxies for latency, jitter, throughput, or packet loss.

    Of course, video and data services delivered via OFDM carriers have been deployed and tested in certain specific regions for several years (e.g. DVB-T, ISDB-T for video; MoCA and DVB-C2 for video and data). In this paper, we describe approaches taken previously in characterizing such OFDM signals' quality, and discuss pros and cons of several approaches to making OFDM measurements in next generation cable networks.

    See the full paper in our Technical Library.

    - Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

  • Prism Microwave Tells Their VNA Story

    Planar vector network analyzers have met the test and measurement needs of production labs, manufacturers, and academic institutions around the world. Their RF specialists work with our equipment and now recommend it to others.

    See how Prism Microwave use a VNA from Copper Mountain Technologies in their design and production environment. Darren, Chris and their team use network analyzers to make RF conditioning equipment like filters and amplifiers for use in cell tower applications. They were seeking high measurement accuracy, ease of use, portability, integration with existing systems and a good price from their test equipment. See how they solved their engineering puzzle with an easy to use, advanced and affordable PC-driven VNA.

    - Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • EuMW Draws Crowd in Nuremberg

    Thank you to everyone who visited the Copper Mountain Technologies booth at European Microwave Week in Nurenberg, Germany. The floor was buzzing with microwave and RF companies from around the world. See the full report on the latest in the industry from Microwave Journal here.

    David Vye reports on CMT's latest offerings:
    Copper Mountain was impressing EuMW visitors with their compact Network Analyzers and reflectometer product lines, including their R140 vector reflectometer, planar 808/1 “full-size” VNAs and 5048 compact VNA. The highly portable R140 (attached to a demo antenna) can operate in any environment without the use of a test cable and is fully programmable using COM/DCOM automation. With a frequency range up to 14 GHz, it’s an alternative to other field instruments that users wouldn’t think of leaving behind in a remote site. The new 808/1 VNA offers a high performance 4 port network analyzer with a frequency range up to 8.0 GHz. The compactness and innovative engineering behind Copper Mountain products should have engineers in the market for a cost and size friendly VNA to take a serious look at their offerings.

    Many visitors inquired about one of our new models, the Planar 808/1, a 4 port, full size VNA that offers a solution to engineers looking to measure multiport devices.
    The Copper Mountain Technologies engineers enjoyed speaking with attendees about their unique test and measurement applications. Thanks again for a great EuMW - see you next year in Roma!

    European Microwave Week 2013

    - Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013

  • Best booth at AUTOTESTCON

    Thanks to the AUTOTESTCON organizing committee for recognizing Copper Mountain Technologies as the Best Small Booth at this year's exhibition in Schaumburg, Illinois! Jeffrey Rubin and his team evaluated the show floor for booths that presented their technical products in the clearest and most comprehensive way, besides having an inviting design. Our product family and illuminated GUI projections are always a draw to attendees, and this exhibit was no different. Users walking by the booth could see our PC-driven VNAs projecting their test setup and interface on our 42" monitors that connected directly to the devices.

    One member of the committee particularly focused on the 8 foot tall antenna on which we demonstrated the use of our Planar R54 Vector Reflectometer, mimicking its use for cable and antenna testing in the field.

    We are proud of the award we claimed for our exhibit and we had a great time meeting other industry experts in test and measurement. Cheers, AUTOTESTCON!

    - Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

  • Microwave Journal Covers CMT in Autotestcon Wrapup

    Microwave Journal Editor David Vye features CMT in his wrapup of the AUTOTESTCON show in Schaumburg:

    Copper Mountain Technologies not only offers impressively compact Network Analyzers and reflectometers, the company walked off with the “Best Small Exhibition Stand” award from the Autotestcon organizers. Not to say that their booth was small - the company packed in at least three product demo stands in their well-designed space – enough room to highlight their R140 vector reflectometer, planar 808/1 “full-size” VNAs and 5048 compact VNA. The highly portable R140 (attached to a demo antenna) can operate in any environment without the use of a test cable and is fully programmable using COM/DCOM automation. With a frequency range up to 14 GHz, its an alternative to other field instruments that users wouldn’t think of leaving behind in a remote site. The new 808/1 VNA offers a high performance 4 port network analyzer with a frequency range up to 8.0 GHz. The compactness and innovative engineering behind Coper Mountain products should have engineers in the market for a cost and size friendly VNA to take a serious look at their offerings.

    Read David Vye's post here.

    - Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

  • Have a coffee on us at European Microwave Week

    RF and Microwave professionals from Europe and around the world are getting ready for European Microwave Week in Nuremburg, Germany on October 8-10th. The latest PC-driven VNAs from the Planar line will be exhibited and available for a live demo at Booth 234.

    We also invite you to have a cup of coffee, on us, on the morning of the 8th and 9th. Reception stations will be set up on the show floor and all attendees are welcome to have a morning drink. Key personnel from the Copper Mountain Technologies development team will be attending, so stop by Booth 234 to get an in-depth demonstration of our analyzers.

    European Microwave Week is truly the premier event of its kind in Europe and its conferences are set to be even more cutting edge and ground breaking in 2013 than in previous years. The European Microwave Week consists of three conferences:

    • The European Microwave Conference (EuMC) • The European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference (EuMIC) • The European Radar Conference (EuRAD)

    In addition, Exhibitor Workshops, Seminars and Round Table Forums will be an invaluable platform for leading manufacturers, institutes and industry bodies to stimulate dialogue and interaction with attendees on relevant Microwave, RF, Wireless, Defence/Security and Radar issues.

    See the full floor plan for European Microwave Week here.

    European Microwave Week

    - Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013

  • PC-Driven VNAs and Military Applications

    The theme of Autotestcon this year is ATS Innovation in the Era of Challenging Budgets. Our customers frequently tell us that budgeting is a concern, and they still have to preserve the performance requirements of their instrumentation. We strive to deliver the accuracy and extensive feature set that users demand - at a price point that better fits budgets.

    PC-driven VNAs store all test data on an external PC, so they are useful for sharing between multiple users, or even to deploy in a security-heightened area. See how a PC-driven VNA can fit budgets, increase physical security and simplify post-processing of test results.

    Come visit the newest PC-driven VNAs at Booth 814 at Autotestcon in Schaumburg, Illinois from September 16-19. We are looking forward to meeting the attendees of Autotestcon 2013, particularly to explore emerging technology in defense communications!

    Autoteston is the world’s premier conference that brings together the military/aerospace automatic test industry and government/military to share new technologies, discuss innovative applications, and exhibit products and services.

    See you at the show!

    Autotestcon 2013

    - Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013

  • CMT Featured in Evaluation Engineering

    Rick Nelson, Senior Editor of Evaluation Engineering, has featured the newly released 5048 PC-driven VNA in its product news.

    August 28, 2013. Copper Mountain Technologies has released its new 5048 vector network analyzers, adding to the company's compact VNA line. The VNAs combine a standard feature set with a compact size suitable for many applications. The latest additions to this series—the TR5048 (two-port, one-path) and S5048 (two-port, two-path) VNAs—offer magnitude and phase measurements from 20 kHz to 4.8 GHz. Like other Copper Mountain models, these new instruments also include time-domain operation with gating, fixture simulation, embedding and de-embedding, and a frequency-offset mode for mixer/converter testing.

    Each instrument is fully programmable using COM/DCOM SCPI automation. With a weight of 2.9 lbs., 5048 provides accurate measurements and a variety of analysis capabilities in the frequency and time domains. The instruments characterize S-parameters in a variety of presentation formats.

    Operated by an external PC, each VNA has 16 logical channels with up to 16 traces each. Any test results can be saved in a variety of formats for post-processing. If post-processing of the results is required, the user can save the data on the PC and carry it over into any further software application without multiple points of data transfer. The storage of VNA data on an external PC makes the device useful for sharing between multiple users, or even to deploy in a security-heightened area. Features include a 125-dB dynamic range, 200,001 measurement points, and 200-µs measurement time per point. Each VNA measures 12.8 x 16.3 x 3.8 inches.

    - Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013

  • CMT Asia at electronica India

    Copper Mountain Technologies Asia (RF Instruments Pte Ltd, Singapore) will be exhibiting at Electronica India 2013, held in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Visit Booth #1157 to see the latest instruments from the Planar VNA line.

    Electronica India is India’s and South Asia’s leading fair for electronic components, systems and applications. As the most important communication platform for the electronics industry, Electronica India displays all a specialized fair can offer with products ranging from semiconductors, sensors, relays, switched and interconnection technology to passive components, motors/drives, cables, ED/EDA, assemblies and subsystems to test and measurement technology, Displays and power supplies. With Electronica India, the entire value-added chain of the electronics industry is presented.

    Electronica India and productronica India are events in the electronics network of Messe München International. This network of electronics trade fairs includes leading regional events in Delhi, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as electronica and productronica in Munich. A total of 5.517 exhibitors and 200,000 visitors take part in these events.

    electronica India - Booth 1157

    - Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

  • See 5048 in action at Autotestcon

    Visit Copper Mountain Technologies at Autotestcon and demo our newest PC-driven VNA, 5048, which delivers a great value solution for performing magnitude and phase measurements from 20 kHz to 4.8 GHz. Get a live demo of the Planar line of VNAs at the show:

    When: September 16-19th Where: Schaumburg Convention Center, Booth 814 (Please see floor plan here).

    Appointments: If you would like a private demonstration, please let us know and we will be happy to meet with you.

    Autotestcon 2013

    See you in Schaumburg!

    - Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • New VNAs Spotlighted at IMS!

    See Alex Goloschokin talk about our newly released analyzers. The new products include the Planar R140 Vector Reflectometer, 5048 Compact VNA, and two Full Size VNAs. The Planar 808, our long-awaited four port unit from 100 kHz to 8 GHz, is also featured.

    - See more at:

    - Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013

  • CMT at European Microwave Week

    Thank you to all who visited our booth at European Microwave Week in Amsterdam, Netherlands last week. It was a great opportunity to be among the RF and Microwave community in the European region, as well as join our development team and partners from around the world.

    From left: Sergey Zaostrovnykh, VP of Engineering at Copper Mountain Technologies, Alik Shapiro, Applications Engineer at Copper Mountain Technologies, Luc Lanaerts of Mampaey Engineering, Eric Cuenin of F.I. Science, Craig Stewart of Albatron Science, Vladimir Kuznetsov of Copper Mountain Technologies, and Igor Ivaschenko of Copper Mountain Technologies.

    Copper Mountain Technologies team and partners at EuMW

    - Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • CMT Featured in Microwaves & RF

    Microwaves & RF's October issue features our Managing Director, Alex Goloschokin, as interviewed by Editor-in-Chief Nancy Friedrich. Alex discusses the origins of Copper Mountain Technologies, the technology behind Virtual Vector Network Analyzers, and future product line expansion.

    Alex says of Virtual VNAs,

    "the biggest benefits of the virtual format are a much lower price point, smaller footprint, its lightweight form factor, and operation from any external PC. All of these aspects will make our VNAs very attractive to both development labs and production environments".

    And what about the roots of the company's name?

    NF: The best known Copper Mountain in this country is in Colorado. Why did you name the firm “Copper Mountain Technologies?” And who came up with the name?

    AG: Yes, we’ve received inquiries about ski passes more than a few times! Unfortunately for those callers, our expertise is… ice hockey. Just kidding, it is actually in microwave and RF test equipment. Our company is named after a different Copper Mountain, which is located in the South Ural Mountain Ridge [in central Russia]. Chelyabinsk, home to our manufacturing facility, is located in this region. Our company’s name is a tribute to the rich history of the region. It brings together old-world craftsmanship with modern technological advancements (created by highly talented engineers and researchers—many of whom are graduates of South Ural University, a well-known engineering school).

    Click to read the full article.

    Alex Goloschokin Inside Track article

    - Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • Thanks to IEEE North Jersey Section

    The Copper Mountain Technologies team traveled to the East Coast to attend the IEEE 27th Annual Symposium and Mini-Show.

    Alik and Alex showed the full Planar line of VNAs at the show. Sam Simione, Alex Kitsis, and Otto Revak

    - Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Back from Autotestcon

    Autotestcon 2012 Banner We greatly appreciate all the visitors who stopped by our booth at Autotestcon in Aanaheim, California! The show couldn't have picked a better location, the gracious Disneyland conference center, where everyone convened to talk about the latest tech in the RF and microwave industry.

    It was a particularly great chance for the Copper Mountain Technologies team to meet with representative companies from all across the country. We displayed our R54 Vector Reflectometer, the PLANAR TR1300/1 VNA, and the PLANAR 804/1 VNA, and had a great time showing the product family's features like gating, time domain measurements, and frequency offset.

    Below, see the VNA experts assembled at the CMT booth.

    From left: Alik Shapiro of Copper Mountain Technologies, Tom Kilbourne of GTEK LLC, Aldo Guarino of GTEK LLC, Bob Tyler of Techmaster Electronics, Pete Keating of GTEK LLC, Alex Goloschokin of Copper Mountain Technologies, Mike Lynch of Techmaster Electronics, and Ted Rankin of Rankin Components.

    Special thanks to the great team at Testforce, with whom we had the pleasure of sharing a booth wall! A leader in test and measurement throughout Canada, we are grateful to work with this team, including Sami Stephan, Tony Tirelli, Evan Schuster, and Mike Caines, among others. Thank you!

    CMT and Partners at Autotestcon 2012

    - Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • Visit us at AUTOTESTCON

    The Copper Mountain Technologies team is gearing up for the AUTOTESTCON show in Anaheim, California on September 10th. Visit us at booth number 1306 and take a look at the full exhibitor list here.

    Click for full AUTOTESTCON exhibitor listing

    AUTOTESTCON is the world’s premier conference that brings together the military/aerospace automatic test industry and government/military acquirers and users to share new technologies, discuss innovative applications, and exhibit products and services. It is sponsored annually by the IEEE.

    The Theme this year is Mission Assurance through Advanced ATE.

    AUTOTESTCON will be held at the Disneyland Resort and Conference Center in Anaheim, California, on September 10-13, 2012. The TECHNICAL PROGRAM for AUTOTESTCON 2012 will be determined by the interests of those participants submitting for publication and presentation a TECHNICAL PAPER or organizing a TECHNICAL SESSION. Important Aspects of Systems Readiness

    Performance Based Logistics Health Monitoring & Diagnostics Embedded Instrumentation Support Economics Test & Support Management

    For Technical Program information contact: Michael T. Ellis, Technical Program Chairman Northrop Grumman Corp. 21240 Burbank Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA 91367 (818) 715-2944

    For other information contact: Bob Rassa, General Chairman Raytheon Company 2260 Engle Rd Fallston MD 21047 (310) 985-4962

    Sponsored by the IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement and IEEE Aerospace & Electric Systems Societies

    - Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • Back from Hamvention

    Thanks to Dayton for hosting the premier amateur radio event in the country! We had a great time speaking to true enthusiasts last weekend, discussing RF applications and pursuits. We even had a visitor pick up an R54 Vector Reflectometer right on the spot!

    Since 1952, Hamvention® has been sponsored by Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA). For many years it has been the world's largest amateur radio gathering, attracting hams from throughout the globe. It was a great time and a new experience for us, with most of the hams taking an interest in PLANAR TR1300, operating from 300 kHz to 1.3 GHz and priced to be accessible to hobbyists and professionals alike.

    See you at Hamvention 2013...

    - Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • Downloads Updates

    Numerous updates for our vector analyzers! Check out each product page to download them.

    • PLANAR R54: Installation and Demo Software have been updated to ver. 1.4
      Numerous bugfixes and improvements
      (Mar. 5, 2012)
    • PLANAR TR1300/1: Installation and Demo Software have been updated to ver. 0.7.0
      Numerous bugfixes and improvements
      COM/DCOM Programming Manual is available for download
      (Apr. 9, 2012)
    • PLANAR 304/1: Installation and Demo Software have been updated to ver. 3.22
      Numerous bugfixes and improvements
      (Apr. 9, 2012)
    • PLANAR 804/1: Installation and Demo Software have been updated to ver. 3.22
      Numerous bugfixes and improvements
      Major feature improvement: up to 500,001 points per sweep are now available!
      (Apr. 9, 2012)

    - Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • CMT Vector Reflectometer in Microwave Journal

    We are proud to have an ongoing relationship with the RF and microwave community. See our ad in this month's Test and Measurement issue of Microwave Journal, which spotlights the PLANAR R54 Vector Reflectometer as well as our entire line of virtual vector network analyzers.

    Some of the highlights of the Test and Measurement issue: Trends in Wireless Testing, cover story on Updating Aerospace and Defense ATS, and Compact Lowpass Filters.

    While you're browsing through the magazine, check out the editor-selected product feature on the PLANAR R54 right here. Thanks again to Microwave Journal for taking note of our exciting new Vector Reflectometer! For more information on the PLANAR R54, see its product page or find previous press mentions it has earned.

    See the Microwave Journal digital version here, or click the ad below.
    PLANAR R54 Vector Reflectometer in Microwave Journal

    - Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • Feature in TM World

    Watch and rate our feature in Test and Measurement World, the leading source for market news, industry trends and applications for engineers involved in electronic instrument testing and measurement! Copper Mountain Technologies' Managing Director Alex Goloschokin is interviewed about our newest vector network analyzer, the R54. Watch the video about our virtual, portable, lab quality R54 here.

    View Full News Article

    - Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011
  • Interview in EE Times

    Colin Holland with EE Times interviews Managing Director Alex Goloschokin about our powerhouse virtual analyzer, the R54, at the Productronica trade show we attended.

    Watch the EE Times video about our virtual, portable, lab quality R54 here!

    View Full News Article

    - Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011