What is our primary use case?
We're using the N5227A 67-gigahertz analyzer for signal integrity applications, the passive components.
The solution is targeting the high-speed application space for us. Since we design components, primarily connectors, it needs to be high-speed to meet all the demands a standard connector company would need to meet, like a Tyco or Amphenol.
We are measuring standard step signals, full signals. We are utilizing the full bandwidth of the product.
How has it helped my organization?
It does everything that's fundamental for SI design in general. I'm not really sure how to explain how it improved anything other than that it does exactly what I need it to do. I don't really need to add or subtract anything from what's already available.
What is most valuable?
It does everything:
- time domain
It does everything that I need it to with the PLTS software and the network analyzer software.
What needs improvement?
The user interface can be buggy at times. But I'm an engineer, I figure out how to get around them pretty easily so that's not that much of a concern. It allows me to do everything I need to do.
I would like to see better post-processing data utility tools like a de-embedding.
For how long have I used the solution?
One to three years.
How are customer service and technical support?
Technical support is pretty responsive, pretty decent.
If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?
We didn't have a previous solution.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
What other advice do I have?
Be aware that there are other solutions out there that are cheaper. And if you're willing to put in the extra work to make up for the disparity between the products, I think it can be done.
There was a learning curve, but only in so far as I needed to be more familiar with signal integrity design in general. They do offer a lot of resources available to budding SI engineers. As soon as you get the basics down, you get the gist of how to use their equipment.
Our solution is field-upgradable. We plan on upgrading it, probably within the next five to ten years.
I would rank the product at seven out of ten. It does everything I need it to do, but it is really expensive and I think there are alternatives out there that I could choose that would be cheaper. But we already have the product.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.