Livingston tailors test instruments for automotive developers

July 22, 2016 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
To enable automotive electronics developers mastering the challenges of an increasingly heterogeneous and complex in-car environment, procurement specialist Livingston has bundled up a number of application-specific measurement instruments to offer it as Automotive Tool Box.

This bundle of rental instruments embraces a range of test and analysis instruments from renowned manufacturers and covers numerous functions. The offering is based on Livingston’s long-standing experience in the area of automotive electronics; users can benefit from the extensive stock of this company. With the Automotive Tool Box, developers get quick access to the test and measurement technology they need in a cost-effective and flexible way, helping them to meet the performance and budget requirements and getting their projects done in shorter time.

 

The Automotive Tool Box is addressing all aspects of modern automotive development. For measurements related to CAN, LIN, FlexRay, MOST and Ethernet data buses, the box contains the Keysight 6000X oscilloscopes along with the software required to investigate high-speed bus protocols. The Rohde & Schwarz ZNB network analyzer is ideal to test connections at the physical level.

 

Instruments like Yokogawa’s WT3000 and Newton PPA-5530 along with Keysight’s N8900 power supply enable developers to get granular in electric powertrain components such as on-board chargers, DC/DC converters or batteries.

 

Another area where intensive and complex testing is required is Electromagnetic Compliance (EMC). This area is addresses within the Automotive Tool Box by instruments like the Teseq NSG-5600 Automotive EMC test system along with the NSG-437 ESD simulator. The Keysight MXE-N9038A Compliance tester rounds off the field in the EMC area.

 

For test and measurement tasks in the communications space, the bundle contains Keysight’s EXG and MXG signal generators as well as the N90X0B signal analyzer series. If required, users can also obtain more specific communications testers like the CMW-500 or CMU-200 from Rohde & Schwarz.

 

Safety functions like adaptive cruise control (ACC), blind spot detection and forward collision warning require automotive radar systems, typically transmitting in the 80GHz frequency range. Such applications can be tested with Rohde & Schwarz’ ZNB Network Analyzers and Keysight’s PSG/EXG/MXG signal generators and the Infiniium series of oscilloscopes.