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Real User
Signal Integrity Engineer at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Feb 21 2019

What is most valuable?

Obviously, it needs to be able to handle accuracy of measurements. Good customer support is very important, especially when there are new versions of the applications that run on these scopes and we… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Every product that we sell goes through a regular set of testing. Keysight is our main test vendor so we're using all of their equipment for all high-speed measurements. We rely on the data and we… more»

What needs improvement?

They have some software applications but their GUI is not the best. They need to improve on that. I think their software team needs to put in a little bit more work on how they are presenting the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I don't see the price lists, but our company does get some discounts. I don't think we buy it for the full price. Depending on your relationship with the company, I think Keysight does have different… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We typically get demos. Keysight personnel will come down and show us some new stuff they might be working on or what we might be interested in. They sometimes loan us some of the equipment so that we… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you know what speeds you are trying to test. Ask them for a demo. Ask them for some correlation data, some other products that they have measured. Ask for good pricing. Don't go for the… more»
Real User
Electrical Principal Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 20 2019

What is most valuable?

What I do like is the customer service, and the ability for the product to give a very clear indication of what we're trying to look at it. It breaks down all the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

There was a case where I was running a simulation of a channel, the transmit channel from the switch to the connector. In simulation, my eye measurement looked great. I… more»

What needs improvement?

The user interface is great right now. I think they could improve it slightly, make it a bit more user-friendly. Although it is user-friendly, a bit more would make it… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing can be improved a bit. They try to make the pricing competitive but I think there are times that the competitors have good pricing. If Keysight can work on the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We talked with the vendor regarding PAN4 applications, regarding the new technologies that have been coming out. They suggested what we could do to improve and what we… more»

What other advice do I have?

Study what you're looking at. Analyze. See if the tool is applicable to what you are trying to measure. You have to do your own research and see if the solution matches… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Tektronix and LeCroy were on our shortlist. The reason we chose Keysight is that they are the most widely-used tools out there and we've been using them for a long time… more»
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Real User
Technical Leader at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Feb 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are its quality and reliability. The type of instrument they make is pretty much the industry standard and trustworthy. They align R&D and design their equipment well… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The most important thing is to correlate with the simulation, and Keysight scopes have long been known for doing that pretty well.

What needs improvement?

Something I'd like to see is much better documentation and some good examples. That would be very helpful for a new user to get better at using the new test equipment. Otherwise, procedure-wise, the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing always is very expensive. There's no free lunch.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We went with Keysight because of the brand name, quality, and I've been using it for a long time, since I was a graduate student. They have always been good in the midrange testing instruments and I… more»

What other advice do I have?

Moving forward to the next-generation of design, the support from testing is very important because you could end up in a situation that you are working on something where there is no testing… more»
Real User
Signal and Power Integrity Technical Manager at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 19 2019

What is most valuable?

It's very convenient because once we set up everything, we just queue our test plan and then are able to do whatever we want: embed with the key size and the PLOTS auto fix removal. And it has a good calibration kit. It's very convenient to… more»

What needs improvement?

I wish they would improve the Embed function in the current product because, as the frequencies go up, we see a lot of diversity because of effects in the test feature. So I hope they will provide better technology to solve the test feature… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's very expensive because this type of equipment is not so common. For a company buying it, this is a big investment.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We went with this solution because with our high speed, and the rates going up, we definitely need more high-speed equipment and that goes with this equipment. This is a very high, cutting-edge area. For our industry, we have a cutting-edge… more»

What other advice do I have?

Review case studies from the manufacturers' data sheets and compare their price and their performance. In the high-speed area there are a lot of data that need to be considered, such as your dynamic range for the equipment and the noise… more»
Real User
Project Hardware Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 19 2019

What is most valuable?

The application utilities loaded on the scope help debug different protocols. I like the Keysight user interface very much. It's based on the PC model. So, that's why we are using the PC all the time… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The DDR Utilities that I have used on the scope speed up my debugging process. Similarly, I use the serial decoder for the serial interfaces, which helps me debug my product quickly.

What needs improvement?

Everybody is looking for more automation support, so that if they can incorporate more protocols. It makes it easier. People are always going for higher bandwidth and better probing solutions. It… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

While I don't have transparency on the pricing, it works within my budget.

What other advice do I have?

It's a very nice product. Whatever feature that I was looking for, it was within my budget. It was affordable. I can upgrade it later, if necessary. Plus, if something with an initial option was going… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Keysight, Tektronix, and Anritsu. We trialed Keysight and learned about the tool. We learned that we would be able to make use of it in the way that we were envisioning, and it supports… more»
Real User
EMI/RFI Sr. Staff Engineer at Huawei Technologies
Feb 19 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features include the * accuracy * embedding * calibration system. Also, the user interface is nice. It describes the output well, so it's easy to use.

How has it helped my organization?

We have done some measurements and also correlated with simulation and we were able to obtain a good match, so that's a good indication of the accuracy.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the possibility of interacting with the software, new features for software post-processing. For example, once you're done measuring, it would be nice… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It would be good if it were a little bit cheaper, of course.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We didn't switch. Even in my previous company we were also using the same type of instrument, the same company. It was a little bit different application, different model… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would certainly recommend that colleagues use the same solution for their application. I don't remember at the moment which model we're using, but it's the one with the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The product is really satisfying. There are very few companies that they do the same, so there are not too many competitors. Keysight is very well known in the industry… more»
Real User
System Engineer at Inphi Corporation
Feb 19 2019

What is most valuable?

The user interface has never been better. They improved it a few years ago with a more modern oscilloscope interface and it's easier to use, even for more junior people in our lab.

What needs improvement?

I would like be able to measure multi-lane simultaneously. Right now, the high-performance jitter solution measures one signal. I would like to capture many at the same time. The room for improvement is the cost. It's always too expensive… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The cost is always a struggle. We always wish that we could do more for less.

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to get the demos because everyone's application tends to be different. Sometimes it's the fixturing, or sometimes you realize some things in particular that make a difference for your needs. It's hard, just in theory, to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

At our particular company, there's a very decent volume agreement between Keysight and my corporation, so that influences a lot. But we also extensively use the Tektronix as well as the LeCroy. We did do trials/demos of the products on our… more»
Real User
Engineer at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Feb 13 2019

What is most valuable?

The user interface is very user-friendly. You can use a lot of functions in their scope and will provide them for you. You can update the scope's software by asking Keysight to update the software… more»

How has it helped my organization?

They changed a lot of the workflows, especially for the statistical analysis. They provided simplicity in the design, and we can ask for we want in futures designs. The statistical analysis is very… more»

What needs improvement?

Signalling integration has room for improvement. I would like more customized functions, so we can do the programming and definitions ourselves. There is an automation flow to capture this signal, and… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have always used Keysight.

What other advice do I have?

We always are sharing this solution with our peers and colleagues. The solution is targeting high-speed serial applications. For high-speed signal designs, you need to get the eye diagram beautiful… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Most people use Keysight. but some people use Tektronix, Teledyne, or Rockworth, because they have other needs. For example, Teledyne provides more high resolution scope, and for Rockworth, their… more»
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More engineers are switching to Keysight oscilloscopes because they help you:

  • Get your products to market faster with award-winning oscilloscopes that offer the fastest update rates, the deepest memory, the industry’s only capacitive touch screen, and the most oscilloscope software options.
  • Produce the highest-performing products with measurements you can trust thanks to oscilloscopes with industry-leading signal integrity and the largest selection of oscilloscope probes.
  • Achieve the lowest cost of ownership with multiple instruments in one mainframe and easy upgrades.
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