Keysight extends calibration services to non-Keysight equipment

Keysight 50 GHz extension to M9393A signal analyzer
Telecom testing solutions company Keysight Technologies has extended its One-Stop Calibration Services, to include non-Keysight equipment.

The announcement made yesterday reinforced the efforts of the US-based technology company to support complete test systems.

The One-Stop Calibration Services claim to provide ongoing accuracy and availability of test assets, as well as electrical, physical, dimensional and optical equipment from virtually any manufacturer.

This will help the engineers to develop, deploy and maintain test systems at a lower cost.

With latest test systems having to work on many instruments integrated of different form factors from multiple vendors, including PXI and AXIe instruments applied with traditional benchtop instruments, the service claims to simplify the process.

Such instruments also require services for random onsite setup, maintenance and repair, which can be addressed by One-Stop Calibration Services which cover more than 100,000 products, including non-Keysight benchtop, PXI and AXIe instruments.

“We recognize that test systems are a key resource for a business and a growing percentage of test systems incorporate PXI and AXIe instruments,” said John Page, president, Services Solution Group, Keysight Technologies.

The company has expanded its offering of high-performance PXI and AXIe instruments and reference solutions, which can now be used in a wide range of applications, including 5G, PA/FEM and digital interconnect test, to increase test speed, improve accuracy and reduce the overall footprint, claims the release.

The new products will deliver unrivaled RF, microwave and digital measurement expertise in the PXI and AXIe instrument form factors. Also, the reference solutions deliver proven hardware and software test configurations for critical applications, including 5G, EW threat simulations and digital interconnect test.

The M9019A PXIe 18-slot Gen 3 chassis, controller, I/O components and external PC option provide the highest system bandwidth on the market, while also providing two times more system bandwidth than a typical Gen 2 chassis, with the external PC option removing the limitations on PC selection imposed by closed PXIe systems.

Also using the Open Gen 3 platform, customers can select an external PC or controller, to meet their requirement.

The 4-slot M9421A PXIe vector transceiver (VXT) and the M9111A PXIe high-speed source/measure unit (SMU) improves test throughput, reduces the overall footprint, and are built for production test and design validation of next-generation PA/FEMs. The new PXIe VXT and SMU will be the part of Keysight’s RF PA/FEM characterization and test reference solution.

With a frequency range of 60 MHz to 6 GHz, with modulation and analysis bandwidth up to 160 MHz, the VXT supports FPGA-accelerated measurements and includes software that supports analog demodulation, noise figure and a broad range of cellular and wireless connectivity formats.

The SMU changes voltage, stabilizes and accurately measures micro-Amps, in a time below 1 ms, which is 20 times speedier than the previous-generation, stand-alone Keysight SMUs, and is a fraction of the size.

The new Digital Interconnect Test reference solution claims to be the world’s fastest cable tester and features the PXI VNA with full cross-bar s-parameter calibration of 32-ports up to 26.5 GHz. The PLTS software offers complete domain analysis with a convenient production test interface.

The company’s revenue fell 1 percent from a year earlier to $731 million for its quarter ending in April 2016, with net income down by 8 percent to $88 million.

Vina Krishnan
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