As the world becomes more electronically connected, testing is getting more complex. The considerable number of potential emitters of electromagnetic interference (EMI) in autonomous cars, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and 5G phones require new tests to new standards. The pressure to pass compliance testing and receive certification has never been greater. Faster testing and faster troubleshooting are in high demand.
Engineers need to deal with the complexities of electromagnetic compliance (EMC) requirements because of the side effects of closely spaced electronic devices. They must evaluate their designs for quality and functional safety by meeting or exceeding regulations.
To accelerate EMC testing that produces accurate and repeatable results, Keysight Technologies has opened a new Regulatory Test Laboratory in Penang, Malaysia to deliver accredited EMC testing services for manufacturers of electronic devices and mission-critical industries across wireless communications, IIoT, automotive, healthcare and medical applications.
“On average, 40% of first-time compliance tests fail. The failure to pass a compliance test causes a minimum delay of three to four weeks. With our EMC Test Lab and EMC test experts, companies can jump-start their schedule by validating their EUT (equipment under test) to standards and
regulations earlier in the design process. Our experts know why and how to make measurements.” Said Niels Faché, vice president of Service Portfolio, Global Services at Keysight. "Keysight's compliance and testing laboratories around the world and now in Asia, offer expertise and emerging technologies that can help our customers validate designs and accelerate time to production."
Ambient-free measurement environment
Located in Malaysia’s high-tech industry centre, the Regulatory Test Lab in Penang joined similar testing facilities operated by Keysight in California in the US and in Boelingen, Germany.
The new testing facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art 10-metre semi-anechoic chamber, which
provides an ambient-free measurement environment with a dual-antenna system. The fully automated door allows easy access to bring larger products and even vehicles inside the chamber.
The facility also uses CISP- compliant highspeed PXE with time-domain scan functionality and state-of-the-art software, providing fast, accurate testing. Furthermore, it generates fast and accurate automated test reports, which is in contrast with 90% of test houses that struggle to generate good-quality test report, according to Keysight. Engineers often spend up to two months finalising the report after completing a test.
Other benefits that the Regulatory Test Laboratory deliver, include:
- Engineers and technicians who can review EMC test plans, testing and standard operating procedures, to help ensure that testing is performed correctly the first time.
- Tailored testing solutions to help customers meet deadlines with state-of-the-art software automation that enhances process efficiency, analyses results and reduces testing cycles, resulting in reduced test costs.
- Proven technologies that help ensure equipment conforms to regulations and standards with pre-compliance/compliance testing and certifications.
"We are committed to helping customers with our comprehensive solutions, even during difficult times," said Gooi Soon Chai, president of Keysight's electronic industrial solutions group "We recognise that COVID-19 is creating a variety of challenges for existing and new manufacturing customers, and believe that this facility, and the myriad of services it can provide, will support these customers through even the most demanding situations."
As a technology company, Keysight’s target market includes engineering companies, enterprises, mobile network operators, and governments. The company claimed all 25 of the top technology companies use its solutions.
In wireless, it was one of the first to market 5G solutions, demonstrate 5G data rates greater than 4 Gbps over the air, offer narrowband IoT test solutions, and enable International Mobile Telecommunications-2020 progression. For its cloud and data centre customers, Keysight has developed a comprehensive public and private cloud visibility solutions.
Keysight is a leader in the areas of automotive and IoT, with more than 88 solutions launched since 2015 including e-Call, C-V2X, RTS, cell formation, and charge and discharge. The company’s automotive R&D centres in the United States, Germany, Malaysia, Japan, and China serve customers around the globe.