Powerful and flexible capability: Basic measurements are built in, and you can add packages as needed.
Consistent results: Use in design to simulate and analyze signals, in the lab to characterize prototypes, and in production and support to operate equipment remotely.
Supports multiple platforms: FlexDCA ships in every DCA-X frame, or install it on a PC for standalone use or to control a DCA-M.
Keysight’s N1010A FlexDCA is the software that runs Keysight’s digital communication analyzer (DCA) family of sampling oscilloscopes (also known as equivalent-time oscilloscopes). A DCA is an instrument that helps visualize and analyze the analog properties of high-speed signals such as those used in wireline telecom and data center links.
FlexDCA is installed at the factory on DCA-X mainframes but can also be installed on a PC to control a DCA-M or remotely control a DCA-X.
In addition to the data acquisition and basic measurement capabilities the N1010A FlexDCA software provides, Keysight offers a large selection of software tools with powerful capabilities:
N1010100A, research and development package for the FlexDCA sampling oscilloscope software: This package is intended for R&D engineers who want to characterize their designs and gain more insight into why a signal deviates from the expected performance.
N1010200A, manufacturing package for the FlexDCA sampling oscilloscope software: This package focuses on cost of test in optical transceiver manufacturing applications with capabilities such as RapidEye and FlexEye that enhance measurement speed and flexibility. It includes measurements such as TDECQ.
N1010300A, signal integrity package for the FlexDCA sampling oscilloscope software: This package adds powerful tools to measure impedances, transfer characteristics, and S-parameter calculations to the basic TDR / TDT measurements.
For a mapping of legacy FlexDCA feature-based options to each of the software packages available and a summary of system requirements and supported instruments, click here for software package details.
Keysight offers a variety of compliance and debug applications for DCA-X and DCA-M platforms for use by validation and verification engineers:
DCA compliance applications: Leveraging FlexDCA SW Packages, these software applications save time and money. They automate PHY-level characterization of key parameters outlined in standards such as Ethernet (IEEE 802.3) and OIF-CEI (CEI-4.0).
Keysight offers a software development kit (SDK) for production test applications that reduces the test time for optical PAM4 designs such as 400G and 800G transceivers:
N1094BS1A, PAM4 measurement SDK: This software reduces test time for optical transceiver test by disaggregating signal acquisition and PAM4 analysis compute tasks onto different physical or virtual machines (no FlexDCA software packages required).