Keysight Track

Keysight Technologies is the world’s leading electronic measurement company, transforming today's measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. With more than 78 years of test and measurement expertise, Keysight delivers solutions in wireless communications, aerospace, defense, semiconductors, general electronics, renewable energy, automotive, and computers markets with world-class platforms, software and consistent measurement science.

Introduction to IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next mega trend that will change the way we live and work, and it is predicted to touch almost every consumer and industrial applications. The core technologies that enable the IoT are wireless communication and sensor developments, and ongoing advances in these technologies result in unique challenges including new communications standards, increased sensor integrations, and power consumption management.

The next generation of engineers will play a key role in the development of the IoT, and it is important that students to be prepared for the electronic design, test and measurement challenges needed to be solved in the industry. To fulfill that goal, students require knowledge on the basics of testing and designing an IoT system, as well as understand the entire IoT ecosystem and relate these experiences to real-world applications.

Nurturing the next generation of IoT-ready professionals

Keysight’s ready-to-teach U3801A/02A IoT Fundamentals applied courseware introduces students to IoT’s architecture, technologies, and ecosystems. It focuses on teaching practical design and test techniques, and is designed to give students the opportunity to work with industry-grade test and measurement instruments in the lab – the same instruments that they would use when they are out in the industry.

IoT Fundamentals Applied Courseware Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Understand IoT concepts and the various building blocks, applications, and ecosystems associated with IoT
  • Understand the architecture, standards, and connectivity protocols in IoT
  • Understand the workflow of hardware and software development in IoT from sensors to mobile devices
  • Set up related software modules and connectivity from an IoT node, gateway, cloud or end-user client
  • Understand high-level design and implement proof-of-concept for IoT applications with a focus in end-user applications

Topics covered:

  1. IoT Fundamentals – Introduces the fundamentals of IoT with an overview of the IoT’s architecture, technologies, and ecosystem.
  2. IoT Systems Design – Introduces design techniques, leveraging embedded systems with specific IoT examples. Start to design and develop an IoT system targeting IoT gateway and sensor network.

Each courseware comes with a training kit (comprising a development kit, IoT sensor device, XBee ZigBee® kit), lab sheets, and problem-based assignments.

Keysight’s Test & Measurement Verification Tools to Address IoT Challenges

Design Challenges Test Requirements Keysight Solution
Low-current measurements over a wide dynamic range for IoT devices
  • Dynamic power or current waveforms during different operating modes
  • Low-power or low-current measurements (sleep or standby mode)
  • Wide current measurement ranges from nA to A to cover from sleep mode to active mode
  • Total current drain measurement
  • Battery discharge operation
  • Battery capacity and lifetime
  • Battery emulation
  • Power module efficiency
  • LXI DAQ and shunt resistor
  • Digital multimeter
  • InfiniiVision oscilloscope
  • DC power analyzer and SMU module
Multi-format, cost-effective solutions for IoT wireless connectivity testing
  • Wireless connectivity testing, including demodulation analysis
  • Multi-radio interference analysis
  • Signal formats covering Bluetooth® LE, ZigBee, Z-Wave, 802.11ah/p, NFC, ASK/FSK, and GFSK
  • Basic power and frequency domain analysis for simple production test
  • USB Power Sensor and frequency counter
  • Basic signal generator, function generator and signal analyzer
Signal and power integrity analysis
  • Troubleshoot impedance mismatch between major blocks
  • Debug interference and crosstalk
  • Ripples and noise on power rails
  • InfiniiVision oscilloscope
  • ENA network analyzer

Flexible and Scalable Test & Measurement Instruments

Keysight’s USB modular instruments and handheld instruments are innovative solutions for laboratory environments and in the field. Each device provides bench instrument capabilities in an affordable, space-saving form factor. The USB modular instrument can be used as a standalone instrument or mounted in a chassis with other modules. This enables flexible configurations and quick setup in electronic functional test and troubleshooting applications.

The instruments provide an ideal platform for electronic hardware design projects to perform various test and measurement, troubleshooting, data collection, and design verification/validation tasks.

Instruments designated for the competition include:

  • U2781A USB Modular Products Chassis
  • U2741A 5½ digit USB Modular Digital Multimeter
  • U2761A USB Modular Function Generator
  • U2701A 100 MHz USB Modular Oscilloscope
  • U2352A 16-Channel 250kSa/s USB Modular Multifunction DAQ
  • E3631A 80W Triple Output Power Supply, 6V, 5A & ±25V, 1A
  • U1177A Infrared (IR)-to-Bluetooth Adapter
  • U1232A True RMS 6000 Count Handheld DMM + Bluetooth adaptor

Platform Features and Specifications

  • Ease of use
    Each Keysight USB modular product is equipped with Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interfaces for easy setup, plug-and-play, and hot swappable connectivity.

  • Flexible Standalone or Modular Capability
    The USB modular products are uniquely designed to function as a standalone or modular unit. By using the USB modular product as a modular unit, the test application can be expandable — in terms of channel count and functionality — by slotting in various modular units into the U2781A USB modular chassis.

  • Easy-to-use bundled software and the command logger function
    The Measurement Manager application software enables control and configuration of the device without any required programming. Simplifying this further is the command logger function offered in the Measurement Manager (AMM) that allows capturing of configuration commands that can be easily converted to snippets of VEE code. Other supported languages are VB, C++, and C#.