MCA3000 Microwave Analyzer

Feature-rich Tools for Precision Measurements

Offering up to 40 GHz measurements, the Tektronix MCA3000 Microwave Analyzer Series packs many different functions into one feature-rich instrument. The integrated power meter and two additional timer/counter channels offer you even more test functionality than other microwave analyzers on the market. With unprecedented resolution, you can capture very small frequency and time changes. And with the industry's most comprehensive analysis modes, including measurement statistics, histograms, and trend plots, you have the tools you need to quickly and accurately analyze your signal.

Models in the MCA3000 Microwave Analyzer Series: 

Model Max Frequency Channels Time Resolution Frequency Resolution List Price Configure and Quote
MCA3027 27 GHz 3 100 ps 12 digit US$9,300 Configure & Quote
MCA3040 40 GHz 3 100 ps 12 digit US$13,700 Configure & Quote



12 digit/s frequency resolutionSee small changes in frequency with industry-leading frequency resolution.
100 ps time resolutionAccurately capture signal details with industry-leading single-shot time resolution.
Multi-parameter displayRead critical auxiliary measurement values displayed with your main frequency, time, or phase measurement to quickly asses your device's performance.
Trend Plot modePlot measurement trends and graphically identify the extent of drift and intermittent events.
Histogram modeDiscover stability or noise problems by viewing results as a histogram.
Statistics modeView multiple statistical values such as average, min, max, standard and Allan deviation to see how your signal is changing.
Integrated power meterMeasure frequency and power with a single connection, enabling you to analyze variations in signal power with 0.01 dBm resolution @ 100 ms acquisition time.
Optional TimeView™ softwareTransform your timer/counter into a modulation domain analyzer and see frequency changes over time to truly characterize your device's performance.
USB and GPIB portsEasily connect to a personal computer for further analysis or into an ATE system with the back-panel USB and GPIB ports; an emulation mode for legacy timer/counters further simplifies integrating into an existing ATE system.
PC ConnectivityControl your timer/counter, log data, and simply transfer and document your results with the included copy of NI LabVIEW SignalExpress software.


Accessory Description
ACD4000 Soft Carrying Case

Hard Carrying Case

RMU2U Rackmount Kit
Data Sheet Software Package / Software Option Description Configure and Quote
View Datasheet TVA3000 TimeView Modulation Domain Analysis Software Configure & Quote
Instrument Options
HSHigh stability OCXO timebase, 5 X10-8
USUltra high stability OCXO timebase, 1.5 X-8



Measurement Statistics, Histograms and Trend Plot Analysis Modes

Being able to observe signal integrity, jitter or even drift issues in frequency measurements is a critical component of testing. In this 6-page application note, learn how the integrated Statistics, Histogram and Trend Plot modes in Tektronix FCA and MCA Series Timer/Counter Analyzers simplify the calculation of measurement statistics when analyzing a device.

Compatibility Mode For FCA3000, FCA3100 and MCA3000 Series How-to Guide

This How-to Guide describes how to make a seamless drop-in replacement when using the unique "compatibility mode" of the FCA/MCA Series.


MCA3000 Series vs. Anritsu MF241Xc Series Fact Sheet

Side-by-side comparison on important features like ease of use, key specifications, extended analysis features and more.

MCA3000 Series vs. Agilent 53150A/51A/52A Series Competitive Fact Sheet

Side by side comparison of Tektronix vs. Agilent

MCA3000 Microwave Analyzer Related Information

Testing an Oscillator: Easy with NEW Timer Counters

This Application Note explores techniques and tips for using the FCA3000/3100 for fast, accurate measurements of precision oscillators in both design and production environments.

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