BenchVue 3.5 Software Update for Instrument Control, Test Automation, & More

Keysight Technologies recently released BenchVue 3.5, which is an intuitive platform for the PC that provides multiple-instrument measurement applications, data capture, and solution applications. Programming or separate instrument drivers are not required.

When you connect an instrument to your PC over LAN, GPIB or USB, the instrument is automatically configured for use in BenchVue. With the BenchVue Test Flow app, you can quickly create automated test sequences. BenchVue 3.5 also features new apps that support signal generators, universal counters, and Keysight’s FieldFox Series of handheld analyzers.

BenchVue’s features and specs:

  • Expandable apps that provide instrument control with plug and play functionality
  • Data logging for instruments (e.g., digital multimeters, power supplies, oscilloscopes, and FieldFox analyzers
  • Rapid test automation development and analysis
  • Three-click exporting to common data formats (e.g., .csv, MATLAB, Word, and Excel)

BenchVue 3.5 software is available free of charge. Upgrades to extend BenchVue’s functionality are also available and are priced accordingly.

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Keysight Announces New Precision SMU Series Software Control Options

Keysight Technologies now offers a variety of different software control options for its B2900A Series Precision Source/Measure Units (SMUs). With the low-cost or free software options, you can access a variety of capabilities to support basic voltage and current sourcing up through full characterization of devices and materials using an intuitive GUI.Keysight b2900 smu

With a B2900A software control option, useyou don’t need to create a software measurement environment. This reduces development and evaluation times, making the B2900A SMUs well suited university educators, circuit designers, and R&D engineers.

The software control options for the B2900A SMUs include:

  • EasyEXPERT group+, which provides powerful IV parametric characterization for a wide range of devices and materials. The software is currently utilized in Keysight’s high-end precision current-voltage analyzer products (e.g., the B1500A, B1505A and E5270B/E526xA).
  • BenchVue, which enables benchtop integration of B2900A SMUs (as voltage/current sources) with a wide variety of other Keysight instruments, such as oscilloscopes and meters.
  • B2900A Quick I/V Measurement software, which permits easy measurement setup and execution on a Windows-based PC via a user-friendly GUI. This control option supports all B2900 precision instrument family products, including SMUs, low-noise sources and electrometers, and works on multiple interfaces (LAN, USB and GPIB).
  • Graphical Web Interface, which allows any Java-enabled web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer) to control B2900A SMUs over the LAN. Because special software is not required, this control option enables quick measurements on the fly.

The new control options for the B2900A SMUs are now available. The basic one-channel precision SMU model for the benchtop (B2901A) starts at $5,000.

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Hands-On Test Instrument Workshop Tour

Keysight recently announced it is running hands-on, test instrument workshop for design and test engineers.The workshop series (February 2–June 24) will be held in the United States and Canada.

The workshop is intended to focus on top test challenges with seminars and instructors leading demonstrations and lectures. Attendees can use high-performance and general-purpose oscilloscopes, RF signal analyzers and sources, RF network analyzers, AC/DC power analyzers, and bench instrumentation.

Workshop highlights include:

  • Power Integrity and Analysis Using Oscilloscopes and Power Analyzers
  • RF Transmitter/Receiver Measurements
  • Faster and Simpler Design Validation/Characterization

In addition, attendees will receive a course completion certificate and will be entered into a drawing for a free U1273A 4.5 digit, OLED display hand-held digital multimeter with a U117A Bluetooth adapter.

 

More information about the free workshop and registration, visit www.keysight.com/find/testdrive.

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USB 3.1 Gen 2 Protocol Trigger and Decode Software

Keysight Technologies’s new oscilloscope-based USB 3.1 Gen 2 10-Gbps protocol decode software features real-time triggering and protocol decode performance.Keysight 8821

Intended to help you verify and debug devices that implement the 128b/132b encoding technology, the Keysight N8821A USB 3.1 protocol trigger and decode software enables you to quickly see protocol decode, search with protocol-level triggers, and use time-correlated views to troubleshoot serial protocol problems back to timing or signal integrity.

Additional information about Keysight’s new N8821A USB 3.1 protocol trigger and decode software is available at www.keysight.com/find/n8821a.

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Software for Automated PAM-4 Pre-Compliance Testing, Reporting

Keysight Technologies recently announced new measurement application software for quickly and accurately measuring and quantifying pulse amplitude modulation with four amplitude levels (PAM-4) signals. The software is used with the Keysight S-Series, 90000A, V-Series, 90000 X- and Z-Series real-time oscilloscope platforms and the 86100D DCA-X Infiniium sampling oscilloscope. The new Keysight N8836A PAM-4 analysis software (for S-Series, 90000A, V-Series, 90000 X- and Z-Series oscilloscopes) and the new N1085A PAM-4 analysis software (for 86100D oscilloscopes) provide comprehensive characterization of electrical PAM-4 signals based on the Optical Internetworking Forum’s Common Electrical Interface (OIF-CEI 4.0) proposed 56G interfaces, and the IEEE 400 Gigabit Ethernet (P802.3bs) standard.PAM4 Keysight

 

The N8836A and N1085A PAM-4 measurement applications for S-Series, 90000A, V-Series, 90000 X- and Z-Series real-time oscilloscopes and 86100D DCA-X Series sampling oscilloscopes deliver measurements such as: linearity and output voltage measurements including level separation mismatch ratio (RLM); eye width (EW) and eye height (EH); jitter measurements including even-odd jitter and clock random jitter; and differential and common mode return losses performed using a Keysight time domain reflectometer (TDR) or VNA.

The N8836A and N1085A software applications cost $2,500 each.

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Next-Generation 6½, 7½ Digit Performance Digital Multimeters

Keysight Technologies recently announced the availability of two Truevolt Series digital multimeters (DMMs)—the 34465A DMM (6½ digit) and the Keysight 34470A DMM (7½ digit). The new DMMs help engineers visualize measurement data in multiple ways, quickly obtain actionable information, and easily document their results. Truevolt DMMs’ advanced graphical capabilities, such as trend and histogram charts, enable you to achieve greater insights faster. Both models offer three acquisition modes: continuous running for typical measurements, data logging for easier trend analysis, and a digitizing for capturing transients.keysight truevolt

The Keysight 34465A DMM offers engineers a new, higher-performance 6½ digit class of DMM, and provides higher speed, better accuracy and more memory. The 7½ digit 34470A DMM is a new product category of DMMs for Keysight and provides even greater resolution and accuracy, a requirement for today’s most challenging devices. Both DMMs offer deeper memory for data storage than previous generation DMMs. They also provide the ability to measure very low current, 1 µA range with picoamp resolution, for measurements on very low power devices.

Most DMMs show results on a low-resolution numeric display. With the Keysight Truevolt Series, engineers get a 4.3″, high-resolution color display to view numerical readings, measurement trends, histograms and statistical data. They also can save and recall their measurement states and display preferences.

The DMMs Easy File Access feature provides simple USB connectivity between the Keysight Truevolt DMMs and a PC using standard USB media transfer protocol. In addition, the DMMs include drag and drop measurement data capability, adjust instrument settings, and the ability to send screen images to PC applications without additional software.

BenchVue lets engineers control, capture and view Keysight’s DMMs simultaneously with other Keysight bench instruments and with no additional programming. With a single click, engineers can transfer data to a PC via USB, LAN or GPIB for additional viewing and analysis.

Real signals are never clean or noise free. They often have an AC component from power line noise or other environmental noise such as electromagnetic interference. How well a DMM deals with these extraneous factors and eliminates them from the true measurement makes a big difference to its accuracy. Using patented analog-to-digital converter technology, Keysight Truevolt Series DMMs account for measurement errors created by these common factors, so engineers can be confident in their measurements.

  • Keysight Truevolt DMMs have less than 30 percent of the amount of injected current attributed to the meter compared with DMMs made by other vendors.
  • In typical measurement situations, input currents create measurement errors, adding voltages to DMM results. Truevolt DMMs take care of input bias current. Other vendors’ DMMs offer 20 percent less performance (some are too noisy to get reliable measured results).
  • In the 6½ and 7½ digit class of meters, only Keysight uses digital direct sampling techniques to make AC rms measurements. This results in a true RMS calculation and avoids the slow response of analog RMS converters used in all other vendor’s 6½ and 7½ and digit DMMs, allowing for crest factors up to 10 without additional error terms.
  • The new 7½ digit 34470A DMM has the best combination of speed and resolution as well as greater accuracy and better linearity, offering the best value in its class.

Keysight Truevolt Series DMMs are currently available. The 34465A costs $1,395. The 34470A is $2,890.

Two Source/Measure Units for N6700 Modular Power Systems

Keysight Technologies recently added two source/measure units (SMUs) to its N6700 Series modular power systems. The N6785A two-quadrant SMU is for battery drain analysis. The N6786A two-quadrant SMU is for functional test. Both SMUs provide power output up to 80 W.

The two new SMUs expand the popular N6780A Series SMU family by offering up to 4× more power than the previous models. The new models offer superior sourcing, measurement, and analysis so engineers can deliver the best possible battery life in their devices. The N6785A and N6786A SMUs allow engineers to test devices that require current up to 8 A, such as tablets, large smartphones, police/military handheld radios, and components of these devices.keysight N6700

The N6780A Series SMUs eliminate the challenges of measuring dynamic currents with a feature called seamless measurement ranging. With seamless measurement ranging, engineers can precisely measure dynamic currents without any glitches or disruptions to the measurement. As the current drawn by the device under test (DUT) changes, the SMU automatically detects the change and switches to the current measurement range that will return the most precise measurement.

When combined with the SMU’s built-in 18-bit digitizer, seamless measurement ranging enables unprecedented effective vertical resolution of ~28-bits. This capability lets users visualize current drain from nA to A in one pass. All data needed is presented in a single picture, which helps users unlock insights to deliver exceptional battery life.

The new SMUs are a part of the N6700 modular power system, which consists of the N6700 low-profile mainframes for ATE applications and the N6705B DC power analyzer mainframe for R&D. The product family has four mainframes and more than 30 DC power modules, providing a complete spectrum of solutions, from R&D through design validation and manufacturing.

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New ENA Vector Network Analyzer Advances Performance & Speed

Keysight Technologies recently announced the E5080A ENA vector network analyzer (VNA), which offers a valuable combination of RF measurement performance and speed, enabling a  10× improvement in test time. The new ENA uses the Keysight PNA- and PXI-Series software architecture, making it easier for engineers to take measurements across multiple Keysight VNAs. The ENA also offers a large color touchscreen display with fast access to basic measurements.Keysight-E5080A-image002_high

The E5080A sets the new standard in RF component testing for R&D and manufacturing environments. The E5080A offers comprehensive functionalities for measuring active and passive component such as amplifiers, mixers, antennas, and cables, including balanced DUTs.

Compared to the popular E5071C ENA, the E5080A offers performance advantages including more than 10 dB wider dynamic range (typically 147 dB) and up to 10× faster measurement speed in real-world test scenarios. These enhancements improve precision and throughput in the testing of RF components such as filters with deep rejection bands.

Keysight is the first VNA vendor to provide a software platform that spans benchtop and PXI-based VNAs. This universal platform uses the best attributes and capabilities of the ENA and PNA families and delivers familiar functionality across all Keysight VNAs. With the new touch-based GUI capabilities, including tabbed softkeys and drag-and-drop operations, the E5080A streamlines measurement flow and helps engineers get better results in less time.

The E5080A ENA series vector network analyzers are available now worldwide. The analyzer can be configured with two or four ports and frequency coverage from 9 kHz to 4.5, 6.5, or 9 GHz. Prices are as follows:

  • E5080A-245 2-port test set, 9 kHz to 4.5 GHz with bias tees: $31,695
  • E5080A-265 2-port test set, 9 kHz to 6.5 GHz with bias tees: $35,219
  • E5080A-295 2-port test set, 9 kHz to 9 GHz with bias tees: $39,619
  • E5080A-445 4-port test set, 9 kHz to 4.5 GHz with bias tees: $52,070
  • E5080A-465 4-port test set, 9 kHz to 6.5 GHz with bias tees: $54,402
  • E5080A-495 4-port test set, 9 kHz to 9 GHz with bias tees: $57,728

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High-Bandwidth Oscilloscope Probe

Keysight Technologies recently announced a new high-bandwidth, low-noise oscilloscope probe, the N7020A, for making power integrity measurements to characterize DC power rails. The probe’s specs include:

  • low noise
  • large ± 24-V offset range
  • 50 kΩ DC input impedance
  • 2-GHz bandwidth for analyzing fast transients on their DC power-rails KeysightN7020A

According to Keysight’s product release, “The single-ended N7020A power-rail probe has a 1:1 attenuation ratio to maximize the signal-to-noise ratio of the power rail being observed by the oscilloscope. Comparable oscilloscope power integrity measurement solutions have up to 16× more noise than the Keysight solution. With its lower noise, the Keysight N7020A power-rail probe provides a more accurate view of the actual ripple and noise riding on DC power rails.”

 

The new N7020A power-rail probe starts at $2,650.

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