Keysight Oscilloscopes Overview
What is Keysight Oscilloscopes?
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.
- Get a compact instrument with zero compromise in functionality with the Keysight Streamline Series USB oscilloscopes.
Keysight Oscilloscopes is also known as InfiniiVision Series, Infiniium Series.
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What users are saying about Keysight Oscilloscopes pricing:
- "They're not cheap."
- "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."
- "Pricing always is very expensive. There's no free lunch."
- "It's very expensive because this type of equipment is not so common. For a company buying it, this is a big investment."
- "While I don't have transparency on the pricing, it works within my budget."
- "It would be good if it were a little bit cheaper, of course."
- "The cost is always a struggle. We always wish that we could do more for less."
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Signal Integrity Engineer at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Feb 21, 2019
Enables our high-speed compliance measurements for USB and display port HDMI, but GUI needs improvement
What is our primary use case?Our lab has a 16-gigahertz scope and the 64-gigahertz scope. We have some other test equipment in our labs. We have an area of equipment in the lab that we use for high-speed measurements. We use them for high-speed compliance measurements: electrical measurements of all the external interfaces, such as USB, display port HDMI, etc., which enable you to use your pen drives or connect your display. I personally run less of the measurement side now, I do more simulations, but we always correlate simulations with measurements and we need to get an accurate measurement and an accurate simulation to… more »
Pros and Cons
- "We rely on the data and we make our design calls, risk-assessment, all based on the measurements that we take with the Keysight equipment."
- "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 application on the scope."
- "I would also like to see a more detailed change-notice from version to version, what changed. If they had a more detailed description of what is changing and the reason for it, rather than just releasing, that would be good for us so we know whether or not to upgrade."
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 highest-bandwidth scope if you don't need it because it's going to cost you more and it really doesn't make any difference in your measurements. You need to see what you are trying to test and buy accordingly. In terms of a learning curve, I've been using smaller scopes for ten to 15 years so it is not an issue for me. As long as you have a basic understanding of what you are trying to see, what you…
Electrical Principal Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 20, 2019
Facilitates compliance measurements that correlate with the product specs
What is our primary use case?I'm currently using the 86100D and I've used the 86100C as well. The "D" is the most recent one so I'm using that right now. We use it for test and validation. We want to verify measurements in our lab to make sure for our current products that everything looks optimal, as per the specs. We make sure that whatever we're looking at, the scope can give us all the features to validate that product. We use it for Tx jitter measurements, compliance measurements for ten-gig SFP+, QSFP28, and QSFP+. That's where it really is helpful, to do compliance measurements that actually correlate with the… more »
Pros and Cons
- "It breaks down all the parameters that we need to look at."
- "In terms of additional capabilities, I would like to see more touchscreen and a larger screen. That would help."
- "There is room for improvement with some of the features of the scope. I would like them to make it a bit more simplistic... For example, if I want to look at what the total jitter is, they should make it simpler to find that, with different tabs."
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 the application you're looking for and what the requirements are. Of course, there's always a price budget so that's something that you have to look at. But I would highly recommend this product. It's a good product performance-wise. I've used the product for more than seven years. I've used it at different companies as well, not just my current company. We used sampling oscilloscopes and real-time scopes to make eye diagram…
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Technical Leader at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Feb 21, 2019
We are able to easily record and save our test setup
What is our primary use case?We use it for high-speed signaling, including RF. Of course, 5G is catching up and in the future it is going to converge at a certain frequency range that will benefit both sides of the industry. The signal we are measuring is primarily the internet signal through the data centers and switching routers. We are not directly measuring the RF signal, like for the 5G wireless. However, all the data from 5G is going through the backbone before translating into the digital signal, which requires much higher bandwidth to accommodate all the 5G signals. We are definitely utilizing the full bandwidth.
Pros and Cons
- "The most valuable features are its quality and reliability... The good thing about the GUI interface which is, of course, software-based, is that you can record and save your test setup."
- "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."
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 instrument available. If you can work with a company that works on the leading edge, provide them with feedback and insight, that will be helpful. You will be able to start early engagement, using a solution before anybody else has a final product. My advice would be to build a very good relationship with a testing company. The learning curve depends. In the old days it was a matter of getting used to a…
Signal and Power Integrity Technical Manager at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Comes with an effective calibration kit and a very good, graphical user interface
What is our primary use case?We use this for testing our product and also for doing major maintenance, simulation correlation. For example, we design a test for what we call our channel test vehicle. We have a simulation result according to our structure, such as a BGA footprint. Then we use the channel test vehicle, and test with Keysight VNA so we can compare the result with our simulation. For us, the solution is targeting high-speed serial, like I/O ports, things like a 25-gigabit per second signaling array. We use it for a lot of I/O components and connector cable qualification. We utilize the full bandwidth.
Pros and Cons
- "The user interface is very good, very graphical. It provides a lot of help in using and operating it."
- "Every component has a manufacturing tolerance. I hope Keysight software can help with the tolerance loss in manufacturing variance, which can be ten percent or five percent. In the real world, we cannot fire a really perfect test with very smooth impedance. I would like to see Keysight provide a solution to solve the issue of loss of manufacturing variance."
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 level. We need very high accuracy, so it's better to compare before buying from any supplier. I have been using this product for at least ten years. Already in my third year of my PhD I was using Keysight, although I don't think it was called Keysight at the time. In terms of the model I'm using currently, I don't remember the type and specific model number but…
Project Hardware Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The application utilities loaded on the scope help debug different protocols
What is our primary use case?I use it with connected devices, like IoT, in the lab to validate, verify, or design. With this scope, we are measuring: Internet signals, media signals, PCIe, USB signals, and some other low-speed serial interfaces.
Pros and Cons
- "I use the serial decoder for the serial interfaces, which helps me debug my product quickly."
- "Everybody is looking for more automation support, so that if they can incorporate more protocols. It makes it easier."
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 out of my budget, they offered to give me something like a refurbished model. This made it worthwhile because the other option I explored was way beyond my budget, and I simply could not get approval for that additional amount of money. Always reach out to the area manager or application engineer to show your interest. They are able to hook you up with the right technical application engineer…
EMI/RFI Sr. Staff Engineer at Huawei Technologies
The accuracy, embedding, and calibration system are all key features for us
What is our primary use case?We use it mostly for experimental measurements. The space we use it in is high-speed and some instances of 5G as well. But we use it mostly for high-speed serial links. We are mostly measuring signal integrity and S-parameters. We're not using full bandwidth yet. We're still at lower speeds, but very soon we may be using the full bandwidth. We use it to support connected devices as well. I can't go into details, but it's part of the internet of things. In my company we are trying to create a connected world. That is one of our main goals. There are different products located in different… more »
Pros and Cons
- "The user interface is nice. It describes the output well, so it's easy to use."
- "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 to be able to generate some data starting from the measurement data."
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 highest bandwidth for the VNA. There is a little bit of a learning curve but it's not too difficult because there is good support. I had some previous experience and it took me a few days to start and then, to get a little bit more familiar, took a few weeks. In terms of field-upgradability, there a possibility by changing the software to add new features and we want to take advantage of that. For example, I know that the VNA…
System Engineer at Inphi Corporation
Enables us to measure 100-gigabit per second PAM-4 signals
What is our primary use case?We are measuring eye diagrams of the eyes of high-speed PAM signaling. It's the primary reference for measuring the quality of our transmitted signal, so we're using it to validate that we made the correct chip and that our circuits are working as expected. They're 100-gigabit per second PAM-4 signals and they're enabling the data center and high-speed wireless connectivity. We're utilizing the full bandwidth of the product. For us, the solution is targeting 5G, high-speed serial, and embedded systems. For example, in 5G, we're using the optical, we're measuring T.Q, or some fancy optical… more »
Pros and Cons
- "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."
- "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."
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 know. There's very much a learning curve. It's hard for me to talk about it in detail because I have used the tool for over 20 years, so as it evolves, I evolve too. Since the very beginning of time I've used many different solutions for measuring, starting off with HP then finally going to Keysight. It's always been a reference measurement method. The…
Engineer at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Feb 13, 2019
It can capture the jitter very quickly and provide some statistical analysis
What is our primary use case?I'm using Keysight VNA, Oscilloscopes, and Spectrum Analyzer. The oscilloscope is mostly used for Keysight because they have a very high resolution and very high memory digs. They also can capture the signal reading at a very high signal read. We regularly go to 100 gigabits so we can capture a lot of signal for Keysight.
Pros and Cons
- "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 when you want."
- "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 we would like to do this ourselves."
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. The learning curve of the solution depends on the quality of the material. Some things take a day or two to get acclimated, and others take a year or two. I am working on some larger devices, so I don't plan on using it for IoT. Though some of our department using it for IoT, I don't have any details.
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