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Keysight’s Smart Bench Essentials is a complete lab test bench solution for small businesses, universities

31 March 2021

Design and validation solutions provider Keysight Technologies is aiming at small manufacturing businesses and university teaching labs with its recent introduction of the Smart Bench Essentials (SBE) lab bench, a portfolio of products that delivers the power of four instruments through a single graphical interface.

The portfolio is comprised of a triple-output power supply, an arbitrary function generator, a digital multimeter and an oscilloscope. As illustrated in a YouTube video, the four SBE instruments are designed to function together as a complete lab test bench solution. Benefits include a compact and stackable design with a consistent look and feel, along with a connected interface providing integrated data management and analysis capabilities.

The four instruments in the Smart Bench Essentials suite of products are designed to function together as a complete lab test bench solution. Source: Keysight TechnologiesThe four instruments in the Smart Bench Essentials suite of products are designed to function together as a complete lab test bench solution. Source: Keysight TechnologiesThe SBE suite is designed to work with Keysight’s PathWave BenchVue software for instrument configuration, PC data storage and export into standard readable formats for post-analysis work and report generation. The software enables users to quickly create automated test sequences with minimal instrument knowledge.

For university settings, Keysight has also taken into account the increased importance of remote learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic by offering two optional paths for SBE access and control. The PathWave Lab Operation for Remote Learning enables features such as web-based lab management and real-time group collaboration, allowing access for up to 50 concurrent users. The PathWave BenchVue Lab Management and Control Solution allows interconnection of all instruments via local area network (LAN) or wireless local area network (WLAN), with a configurable layout interface supporting up to 100 test benches and all types of test instruments — including non-Keysight instruments.

Specific products and features of the SBE series are:

EDU33210A Series Function Generator

  • Frequency range up to 20 MHz
  • Single- or dual-channel function generators
  • Six built-in modulation types
  • 17 waveforms to simulate typical testing applications
  • 16-bit arbitrary waveform capacity

EDU36311A Triple-Output DC Power Supply

  • Total 90 W power
  • Two electrically isolated channels of 30 V/1 A
  • One electrically isolated channel of 6 V/5 A
  • Over-voltage, over-current and over-temperature protection

EDU34450A Digital Multimeter

  • 5.5 digit resolution
  • Up to 110 readings per second for speed-critical tests
  • Internal memory for logging up to 5,000 data points

EDUX1052A/G Dual-Channel Oscilloscope

  • 50 MHz Bandwidth
  • InfiniiVision measurement technology
  • Built-in 20-MHz function generator

The SBE series is a combination of hardware and software designed by Keysight to enhance the teaching experience of educators and the learning experience of students, while also allowing engineers to put greater focus on their insights and innovation.

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