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N1019A User Defined Application for 86100D DCA-X Oscilloscopes

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Custom Automation for Your Digital Communications Analyzer

Automated testing continues to be an extremely important part of today’s engineering environment. Keysight Technologies, Inc. provides compli­ance applications such as N1012A OIF CEI 3.0 compliance application to enable automation verification and compliance of your design.

Compliance applications are targeted for the tests within the appropriate standard. During development, designers often need to characterize additional parameters or parameters for devices not governed by stan­dards. A common approach is to have the internal test development department create specific tests within complicated programming environments.

The N1019A quickly addresses these challenges through a fully customiz­able automated environment that seamlessly works with the 86100D digital communications analyzer. The designer may also control other Keysight and non-Keysight equip­ment, interface with external applica­tions like Excel and MATLAB, and access the device control software.

Transform Complexity into Simplicity

The typical communications standard has many tests and associated conditions. An excerpt from the 28G-SR specification table from the CEI 3.0 Implementation Agreement is below. The designer often uses valuable development time to create test routines when verifying operation to the standard or custom tests. These tests can be easily automated using the N1019A.

The N1019A user defined application tool enables you to quickly enter and organize your tests, set limits, configure how measurements should be made, and review results. During product development, you can return to the application that you’ve developed to run individual or suites of tests, and to add more tests. This means performing previously-repetitive test development only once, which simplifies your testing.

Many designers are already familiar with the N5467A user defined application tool that is available for Keysight real-time oscilloscopes. The N5467A has been enhanced to also work with the 86100D DCA-X digital communications analyzer and the license is available for purchase as the N1019A. The initial dialog allows the user to choose which oscilloscope platform is being used. You may develop the application on your DCA-X or computer without a license. Once you would like to run the application to perform testing, you install the N1019A license on the DCA-X or computer where the FlexDCA interface is being used.

Create a Test Suite within Minutes

Create test groups

Logically organize tests into groups which are easy to describe to customers and other users. Choose how to sequence the groups to minimize the test times. Icons for major steps streamline organizing your tests.

Develop individual tests

Rapidly develop each test through use of intuitive steps and dialogs. Individual SCPI commands, SCPI command files or subroutines provide flexibility to share tests and sequences between other tests and applications.

Accelerate test development with powerful SCPI tools

The FlexDCA interface includes intuitive tools to help you connect your equipment and computer and to greatly reduce the time needed to develop individual tests. Rather than typing SCPI commands, use the SCPI recorder to quickly capture the screen touches and button pushes you would normally perform when manually testing. You then copy individual SCPI commands into the desired test or save entire sequences for use in the N1019A.

Create a Test Suite within Minutes

Use range of variable types

Most test plans have many variables to track. The N1019A provides a wide range of text and numerical variables, mathematical functions and reserved variables for great flexibility in test configuration.

Configure test conditions

You’ll likely control how many samples are acquired, attenuation values, number of jitter patterns and other specific parameters of the test. Limit the choices to specific values or allow the user to enter their own.

Create a Test Suite within Minutes

Create test instructions

Show a picture of how each test or groups of tests should be set up and provide a list of user steps.

Control your device or other equipment

The ‘automation’ tab enables you to enter commands to control external devices or equipment, and to further sequence your tests or to control timing.

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More Features to Further Streamline Your Development

Configure device test results

Choose the title of test, set test limits from a wide range of options, configure units and format of results, and choose whether to include a screen image. The image can be only the graticule or the entire screen.

Run device test plan

From within the N1019A, you may execute an “in-tool” run of your test plan which will exercise all tests just as if they were running in the final application.

Debug each test

While developing your test application with the N1019A UDA tool, you may verify proper operation of the test sequence prior to building and installing the application. This allows you to prove each sequence works and to verify timing without interaction from other tests.

More Features to Further Streamline Your Development

View device results

Admire how well your design is working and determine which parameters need improvement. The device is measured to the limits you’ve chosen and the optional screen shot is included.

Obtain test reports

Your users and customers would like a concise summary of how the devices are working. The N1019A provides professional reports showing test configuration, summary of results and detailed results, including screen shots if selected.

More Features to Further Streamline Your Development

Create an installer

Once you have proven your tests, you may create an installer that will execute on your DCA-X or computer, wherever the license exists.

Collect statistics

The N1019A contains powerful tools to analyze the same device over many runs, or many devices over one or several runs. Viewing of aggregate results or individual results is a mouse click away.

Configure your solution in many ways

The hardware and software architecture provides wide flexibility. You may install FlexDCA and the N1019A on the mainframe, both on your PC or split between them. This enables you to use your PC for more processing power and other applications, or to have all measurement capability consolidated into a compact solution.

 

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