Keysight Technologies Introduces Type-C Test Fixtures With Industry’s Highest Signal Integrity
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Keysight Technologies Introduces Type-C Test Fixtures With Industry’s Highest Signal Integrity

Fixture Helps Engineers Verify, Debug Devices that Use Type-C Connector Technology

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 22, 2015 — Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today introduced the industry’s highest-signal-integrity Type-C test fixtures for high-speed differential bus probing. The Keysight N7015A high-speed test fixture provides best-in-class performance up to 30 GHz of bandwidth, enabling engineers to verify and debug USB 3.1 Gen 2 designs and designs using other high-speed signal standards that support the Type-C connector.

More demands are being made on PCs, tablets and other consumer electronics, creating the need for faster data transfer and higher power delivery. With high-speed data rate support, the ability to support multiple industry-standard high-speed protocols, and a power delivery infrastructure with up to 100 watts, the Type-C connector is set to be a key feature in many upcoming products.

The N7015A Type-C high-speed test fixture separates out four lanes of high-speed protocol signals for signal measurement or injection and sends low-speed power and control line signals to a secondary fixture, the Keysight N7016A Type-C low-speed signal access and control fixture. The flexible fixture kit provides high-signal-integrity access to signals and enables engineers to probe the USB 3.1 device and host upstream and downstream ports. The N7016A low-speed Type-C fixture manages power and control lines from the N7015A to support termination requirements and test configuration as well as connection to a third-party power delivery controller.

“Type-C is the future of connection technology in consumer electronics, and it has far reaching implications,” said Dave Cipriani, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s Oscilloscope and Protocol Division. “Our Type-C test fixtures are just the first piece of a larger, automated Type-C testing solution Keysight is developing to help our customers meet this revolutionary technology’s testing challenges.”

The N7015A fixture is reversible, meaning that engineers can flip the plug 180 degrees without affecting testing. It is designed so users can place two fixtures side by side or stacked one on top of the other. Whether connected side by side or stacked, the fixtures meet the minimum spacing allowed in the specification. The fixture’s durable design ensures multiple connections and disconnections without failure in an active test environment.

While the N7015A fixture has the highest signal integrity, it also comes with an S-parameter model that can be used to de-embed signal loss up to 30 GHz, giving engineers more accurate measurements of their device’s behavior. Designers can use the Type-C connector with technologies such as USB, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt and MHL. Keysight offers approved compliance test software for all of these technologies.

The N7016A Type-C low-speed signal access and control fixture is connected to the N7015A fixture through a captive Type-C cable, which conveys CC1, CC2, Vbus, SBU1, SBU2 and ground signals. It allows engineers to break out the USB 3.1 signals from downstream USB devices for system diagnosis and control. The fixture also allows for signal probing with a high-impedance passive probe for in-depth signal analysis.

The N7016A Type-C low-speed fixture requires the installation of a software controller. It comes with free controller software that can be installed on a PC or Infiniium oscilloscope.

Additional information about Keysight’s new Type-C fixtures is available at and Product images are available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Keysight Type-C test fixtures can be ordered today at the prices listed below. Limited shipments will begin in December 2015.

Model       Description       Price
N7015A with Opt. 016 Type-C test fixture including high-/low-speed fixtures $12,000
N7015A Type-C test fixture including high-speed fixture only $10,000
N7016A Type-C low-speed signal access and control fixture only $5,000

Keysight's Digital Test Standards Program

Keysight's solutions for digital applications are driven and supported by Keysight experts who are involved in various international standards committees. Keysight experts are active in the Joint Electronic Devices Engineering Council (JEDEC), PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG®), Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI™) Alliance, Ethernet standards (IEEE 802.3), Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and many others. Keysight is committed to involvement in standards groups and related workshops, plugfests and seminars to ensure the right test solutions are created to meet customers' evolving needs.

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) is a global electronic measurement technology and market leader helping to transform its customers’ measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. Keysight’s electronic measurement instruments, systems, software and services are used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronic equipment. The business had revenues of $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2014. Information about Keysight is available at

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