How Keysight gets prepared for the connected, electric vehicle

November 14, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
The cars of the future, as many in the industry agree, will be powered by electricity and will be constantly online via wireless connections. The road to get there is paved with many technical challenges. At the Productronica trade show, measuring instrument manufacturer Keysight demonstrated how it is preparing for this future.

The challenges are enormous - but the temptations for future market growth are at least as great. Benoit Neel, Vice President and General Manager of Keysight's European organization, sees growing data volumes, higher bandwidths in communications, and the increasingly densely packed boards of the electronics industry, which have more and more features, as some of the challenges. “The innovation takes place in many places at the same time," Neel describes the situation.

On the side of the temptations is above all the enormous market growth that is expected in the most diverse areas of electronics. The Internet of Things is one of these, with an expected market volume of 470 million dollars by 2020. Neel regards the networked car as a special case within the IoT (see Fig. 1).

Within all these tempting markets, Keysight places particular emphasis on the energy and automotive sectors - and the resulting intersection. In the current year, Keysight has developed more than 50 products for this topic area in its R&D centers in Silicon Valley and in Germany and launched them on the market worldwide. At the Productronica Keysight presented some more.


Temptating markets: Keysight intends to get a piece of them

With the development of several devices to verify the standard conformity of BroadR-Reach, 100Base-T1 and 1000-Base-T1 devices, Keysight is responding to the growing prevalence of Ethernet data connections in the car. In some cases, it is the world's first commercial offers in their respective sectors. For the first time, they provide full conformity testing for BroadR-Reach, 100BaseT1 and 1000Base-T1 transmitters. Also referred to as "World's First", Keysight refers to the possibility of achieving 100 percent test coverage at the data link level in accordance with BroaR-Reach and 100Base-T1 definitions. Bit error rates can also be measured and verified with this device. The solutions presented simplify the setup and interpretation of the results of validation tests on the layers PHY, PMA and PCS, according to Keysight.