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RoadTests & Reviews

7 Posts authored by: Instructorman Top Member
Due to circumstances related to how I applied for, then withdrew, then won this road test, I am not able to post the actual road test in the normal manner. Instead, I will post my review here and try to recreate all the normal features of an Element 14 road test review.   First, a sincere thank you to Keysight for providing professional licenses for BenchVue spectrum analyzer, DMM, waveform generator, and universal counter applications, and for the 1 year trial license for BenchVue TestFl ...
In my previous blog post I finished by expressing my hope that I'd be able to automate the steps I manually described for loading arbitrary waveforms into the 33622A Waveform Generator using BenchVue's Test Flow application.  After some investigation it looks like I will be able to do that, however, it will not be as easy as I was led to believe.  Keysight advertises BenchVue as a platform that allows users to capture data from their instruments without using any programming.  Wel ...
I've been having loads of fun playing with BenchVue, the Pro Apps for DMMs and Function Generators, and with Keysight's BenchLink Waveform Builder Pro.  I have encountered a few hiccups, but things have gone smoothly for the most part.   My plan to capture live data streams on my oscilloscope and import them into the 33622A function generator went great last night.  I saved the captured waveforms (at 1 GSa/s) to a USB drive, then moved the USB drive to the 33622A where I used fro ...
I have been working on the background steps necessary to perform the complete Road \test of BenchVue and the pro apps I was provided.   To recap I plan to use BenchVue and the pro apps for the  34461A multimeter and the  33622A function generator along with BenchVue Test Flow to automate testing of RGB LED strings I am using a PIC18F4520 microcontroller to generate the WS2811 waveforms that control the Red Green and Blue LEDs in each of 240 devices in a 4 m long string So far I h ...
Last night I played with the pro version of the BenchVue multimeter application, without first reading any of the documentation, 'cause that's what most engineers do, right? Turns out the interface is intuitive enough and peppered with enough pop up help bubbles that I was able to do some useful work right off the bat.   As mentioned in my blog post about my plan for evaluating BenchVue, I hooked up a 4 m string of WS2811 based RGB LEDs to a PIC microcontroller platform that is programmed ...
On my electronics bench there are presently four Keysight/Aglient branded test instruments.  They are:   33622A Waveform Generator 53230A Universal Frequency Counter/Timer 34461A 6 1/2 digit Multimeter N9322C 7.0 GHz Spectrum Analyzer   All of these instruments are connected to a laptop PC via USB and Ethernet wired connections.   I have had the very good fortune to review three of the four instruments listed above for Element 14's Road Test program. Links to those rev ...
My appreciation goes out to Element 14 and to Keysight for selecting me to participate in the BenchVue RoadTest.  I am still in awe at how great a program Road Test is.  Really valuable and useful stuff for free in exchange for your honest review of the product.  Wouldn't it be great if other websites had similar programs, like say Ferrari, or your favorite airline?   A special thank you to rscasny for informing me of the selection and sending out the e-mail that contained t ...

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