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Vector Network Analyzer Extension Heads

Solicitation Number: extension_heads
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Location: Acquisition Management Division
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Added: Jan 20, 2011 3:32 pm Modified: Feb 11, 2011 8:50 amTrack Changes

The U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is soliciting for capability statements from all interested parties who can supply a pair of 750 GHz - 1050 GHz vector network analyzer extension heads to NIST in Boulder, Colorado. The NAICS code for the proposed acquisition is 334515, Instrument Manufacturing for Measuring and Testing Electricity and Electrical Signals, and the Small Business size standard is 500 employees. The Request for Quotes is planned to be announced in the spring of 2011 with an award anticipated for early summer, 2011. The estimated price range of this project is $250,000 to $500,000.00.

NIST is requesting examples of related work performed in the last five years and measurement data showing the ability to meet the technical specifications below from potential offerors.

Extension heads

Minimum System Requirements:
Full 2 Port S-Parameter Banded Waveguide Frequency Range Coverage: 750 GHz - 1050 GHz WM 250 (WR 1.0)
(Coverage from 850 GHz to 1050 GHz is acceptable, but additional consideration will be given to vendors that can provide coverage over the full frequency range 750-1050 GHz.)

Minimum usability criteria:
The VNAs and extension heads shall be deployable in multiple measurement arenas including rectangular-waveguide and on-wafer measurement setups.
It is anticipated that the Waveguide Frequency Extenders will be placed in several different configurations including on-wafer probe stations. Vendors shall provide cabling necessary to allow the frequency Extenders to be placed in a typical probe station.
The Waveguide Frequency Extender Heads shall support full transmit & receive, and the systems shall be capable of measuring forward and backward waves on any port with any port excited.

Minimum Support Software and Hardware:
Must, in conjunction with the Agilent PNA-X, support full vector S-parameter measurement and calibration.
(1) A nominal calibration kit containing two WM-250 test ports, two flat shorts, and two loads. Kit must contain calibration artifacts with dimensional measurements traceable to a national laboratory.
Full enclosures shall be provided for each extension head.
Three year manufacturer's warranty for parts and repair.

Frequency Extension Head Capabilities:

Waveguide Band (GHz) 750-850 850-1050
Dynamic Range (dB)** 40 50
Magnitude Stability (± dB)** 1.2 0.8
Phase Stability (± deg)** 15 10

Port-match, directivity and linearity specifications are not required but will be given additional consideration.

Due to the newness of units operating in this band, nominal expectations are listed. These should not be considered minimum requirements, these are goals for performance.

Additional consideration will be given to offerors whose quotations state that these goals will be exceeded.

Stronger consideration will be given to offerors whose quotations provide measurement data demonstrating that these goals will be met.

Strongest consideration will be given to offerors whose quotations provide measurement data demonstrating that these goals will be exceeded.

Frequency doublers or other equipment:

Add support for NIST's 20 GHz Rhode and Schwarz ZVA network analyzers and optical links.
If required, add this support for the 20 GHz local oscillator support supplied by Rhode and Schwarz ZVA network analyzers and optical links. Additional consideration will be given for proposals providing measurement data demonstrating that all specifications for the extension heads can be met with the analyzers and links.

All interested parties shall submit a written response package no later than Friday, February 22, 2011, at 12:00 p.m. local time. Submissions are to be addressed to the following:

Jennifer Malcolm, Contract Specialist
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
U.S. Department of Commerce
325 Broadway (MC 194) Building 21
Boulder, CO 80305-3325
(303) 497-6320

Alternatively, submissions can be emailed to


100 Bureau Drive, Building 301, Room B129, Mail Stop 1640
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-1640
Jennifer L. Malcolm
Phone: 3034973764