HP 8510 network analyser

Paul Koning paulkoning at comcast.net
Fri Jul 8 09:27:46 CDT 2016

> On Jul 8, 2016, at 12:15 AM, Brent Hilpert <hilpert at cs.ubc.ca> wrote:
> So a friend tells me there's a maybe-abandoned HP 8510 Network Analyzer in the hallway of the engineering building of the univ. he works at.
> I presume it's a unit like this, as he says it's over a metre tall:
> 	http://www.ece.lsu.edu/emdl/facilities/network%20analyser.html
> I figure its a little too far large and too far away from my needs to take it on, but out of curiousity does anyone know offhand what processor they used in these?
> (I haven't looked in depth online).
> Cursory guess is its mid-90s technology.

That sounds right.  I have an HP catalog from 1993, which lists very similar bits, an 8510 display unit and the 8515 and 8517 S-parameter test sets.  So I'd guess this is a slightly later followup model.   List price of that day, FYA, $36500 for the 8510C, and $41400 for the 8515A (slightly more for the 8517 due to the higher top frequency).

Something that's going to be obvious to some but possibly not to all: "network analyzer" is short for "vector network analyzer", an electronic component measuring device.  It has nothing to do with computer data networks.


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