Software release eliminates instrument programming for custom automated tests

October 21, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Keysight Technologies has issued a software update that supports rapid development of prototype custom test sequences with no programming; accelerate test understanding through visualising multiple measurements simultaneously; and speeds documentation and analysis of results by logging data, screen images and system state.

The latest version of BenchVue software updates the PC software application that provides multiple-instrument measurement visibility and data capture that eliminates the need for instrument programming.

Version 3.0 of BenchVue introduces a capability that allows for custom creation of simple automated tests. The new Test Flow app features an intuitive drag-and-drop interface that allows for rapid prototyping of test sequences. The app combines the power of a sequencer with the data capture and analysis tools of BenchVue. The new 3.0 release also features the addition of a Network Analyser app along with additional model support. This brings the total number of supported instruments to over 300. BenchVue 3.0's internal architecture allows for independent updates and downloads of individual applications. Application software releases are no longer tied to BenchVue platform releases.

BenchVue aims to advance the way engineers interact with their instruments and their entire bench from initial connection to completing their analysis. Users plug an instrument into their PC over LAN, GPIB or USB and the instrument is automatically configured for use in BenchVue. No programming or separate instrument drivers are required. Data capture and export are accomplished with just a few clicks, keeping engineers focused on the measurement task at hand. BenchVue's features include:

Data logging for digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, data acquisition units, spectrum and network analysers, power supplies and power sensors

Plug and play functionality for instrument control of all supported instruments, including waveform select and output control for function generators

A mobile application to free engineers from their bench, enabling them to remotely monitor and respond to tests

One-click screen capture with annotation for fast documentation

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