The study purpose is to be implementing a system where a sweeping signal generator connected to a scalar network analyzer (SNA). The SNA is a less complicated that the VNA and normally much cheaper.
Between these two instruments only the cable fro synchronization between then needed. The synchronization signal is simply low frequency saw tooth signal not so sensitive for disturbance as RF signal. Therefore a very simple cable can be used.
For my part of the project is that use the PC to control the SNA and acquire the data from the SNA. The method is that connect PC with the SNA by GPIB table, then use the Labview to identify the SNA, and build the control driver, use the command code to control and acquire data from the SNA, store the data.
Source: University of Gävle
Author: Wang, Lei