R&S ZVL Vector Network Analyzer


R&S®ZVL Vector Network Analyzers

Brief Description

The R&S®ZVL is a cost-efficient, powerful, and portable network analyzer in the compact class, and is therefore ideal for use in development, production, and service. It is the only instrument to combine the functions of a network analyzer, spectrum analyzer, and power meter in a single box, and will thus tremendously increase your work efficiency.


Key Facts

  • Optional spectrum analysis and digital communications standards
  • Bidirectional test set for displaying all four S-parameters
  • R&S®ZVL3-75: 75 Ω vector network analyzer for TV and CATV measurements
  • Multitrace display for displaying all relevant parameters
  • Distance-to-fault measurement for detecting cable faults
  • Time domain analysis
  • USB connector for R&S®NRP-Z power sensor series for precise power measurements
  • Internal battery and 12 V DC operation
  • Small, compact, lightweight and portable (< 7 kg)

Features & Benefits

  • Full one-port (OSM), full two-port (TOSM), and one-path two-port calibration
  • Measurement of S-parameters, impedance, admittance, and stability
  • Output of results as Smith chart, inverted Smith chart, magnitude and phase, polar diagram, real, imaginary, group delay, VSWR
  • Unlimited number1) of traces and channels; overlay display of traces also of different channels in a single diagram
  • Trace evaluation: max, min, peak-to-peak, RMS, mean, standard deviation, electrical length, phase delay
  • Bandpass filter evaluation in terms of center frequency, bandwidth, ripple, quality factor, attenuation, etc.
  • Optional spectrum analyzer functionality (R&S®ZVL-K1) with full network analyzer capability available at the same time

1) Limited by available RAM capacity


Network Analysis

Frequency range

9 kHz (typ. 5 kHz) to 3 GHz/6 GHz/13.6 GHz

Measurement time (201 test points at 100 kHz IF bandwidth, with normalization calibration)


Data transfer time (201 test points)


Via RSIB over 100 Mbit/s LAN

1.5 ms

Dynamic range at 10 Hz measurement bandwidth (20 MHz to 3 GHz)

>115 dB, typ. 123 dB (ZVL3,ZVL6)
> 100 dB, typ. 105 dB (ZVL13)

Output power range

–50 dBm to 0 dBm, typ. –60 dBm to +10 dBm (ZVL3, ZVL6 and ZVL3-75)

Measurement bandwidths

10 Hz to 500 kHz in 1/2/5 steps

Trace noise

< 0.005 dB (rms above 10 MHz)

Receiver step attenuators (maximum nominal input power)

0 dB to 30 dB

Number of channels, diagrams, traces


Number of test points per trace

2 to 4001

Operating system

Windows XP Embedded

Weight (without battery)


1) Limited by available RAM capacity


 Spectrum Analysis (R&S®ZVL-K1 option)

Frequency range

9 kHz to 3 GHz/6 GHz/13.6 GHz

Frequency uncertainty

1 × 10–6


With R&S®FSL-B4 option

1 × 10–7

Resolution bandwidths




300 Hz to 10 MHz in 1/3 steps, 20 MHz at zero span


With R&S®FSL-B7 option

(1 Hz) 10 Hz to 10 MHz in 1/3 steps

Video bandwidths

10 Hz to 10 MHz

I/Q demodulation bandwidth

20 MHz

SSB phase noise at 500 MHz

typ. –103 dBc (1 Hz) at 10 kHz carrier offset

Displayed average noise level



Without preamplifier at 1 GHz

<–140 dBm (1 Hz)


 With preamplifier at 1 GHz

<–156 dBm (1 Hz), typ. –163 dBm (1 Hz)

Third-order intercept (TOI)

>+5 dBm, typ. +12 dBm


max/min peak, auto peak, rms, quasi peak, average, sample

Level measurement uncertainty (95% confidence level)

<0.5 dB