Test kit from Microlease is toolbox for automotive development

Today’s vehicles demand a growing number of electronic control units (ECUs) and sensors, higher data rate serial buses and a broad range of wireless connectivity options. Technology brings navigation, telematics, protection, climate control and infotainment functions for comfort and safety. To address the industry’s progression, test equipment sourcing specialist, Microlease, introduces the Automotive Tool Box.

It draws on the company’s experience of serving the automotive electronics sector and its inventory. Engineers will be able to rapidly gain access to test technology, to meet performance and budgetary requirements, while keeping to development deadlines.

The kit includes Keysight’s 6000X series of oscilloscopes (when supplied with software optimised for such tasks). It can be used to examine these high speed bus protocols. There is also the Rohde & Schwarz ZNB series of network analysers to test physical connections.

For hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), to test on-board charger, power inverter, DC/DC converter and battery pack, there are analysers, like Yokogawa’s WT3000 or the Newton PPA-5530, as well as high power sources like Keysight’s N8900 series.

Electromagnetic compliance (EMC) testing is addressed with Teseq’s NSG-5600 automotive EMC test system, its NSG-437 ESD simulator and the Keysight MXE-N9038A compliance tester.

As communication resources in vehicle cabins expand (with Bluetooth, WLAN and NFC wireless protocols, as well as LTE/LTE-Advanced mobile technology, often being featured), the company allows engineers to attend to RF test requirements, Keysight’s EXG and MXG signal generators, complemented by its N90X0B series of signal analysers may be among items to be specified. There might be a demand for more specific communication testers, such as the CMW-500 or CMU-200 from Rohde & Schwarz, advises the company.

Instrumentation to undertake the relevant testing of automotive radar for safety functions, such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane change assistance and forward collision warning, is in the form of ZNB network analysers from Rohde & Schwarz, Keysight’s PSG/EXG/MXG signal generators, and its Infiniium oscilloscopes.

“The constant evolution of technology is having a major impact on how testing is carried out. The array of rental and financial solutions offered by Microlease have proved to be a highly effective way of deploying test equipment as and when it is needed, while simultaneously mitigating financial risk upfront investment and benefiting from a high degree of flexibility. These aspects are of increasing value in this changing economic climate,” states George Acris, marketing director of Microlease.



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