Keysight M9710A AXIe Digitizer Startup Guide

Keysight M9710A AXIe Digitizer Startup Guide
Keysight M9710A
AXIe High-Speed Digitizer
4 channels, 10-bit, up to 10 GS/s,
DC up to 2.5 GHz bandwidth
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be observed before using this product
and any associated instrumentation.
This product is intended for use by
qualified personnel who recognize
shock hazards and are familiar with the
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possible injury. Read and follow all
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maintenance information carefully
before using the product.
If this product is not used as specified,
the protection provided by the
equipment could be impaired. This
product must be used in a normal
condition (in which all means for
protection are intact) only.
exceed safe handling conditions which
can cause discomfort or burns if
touched. In the event of a module
exceeding the full temperature range,
always allow the module to cool before
touching or removing modules from
Keysight products are designed for use
with electrical signals that are rated
Measurement Category I and
Measurement Category II, as described
in the International Electrotechnical
Commission (IEC) Standard IEC 60664.
The types of product users are:
Most measurement, control, and data
Responsible body is the individual or
I/O signals are Measurement Category I
group responsible for the use and mainand must not be directly connected to
tenance of equipment, for ensuring that
mains voltage or to voltage sources with
the equipment is operated within its spehigh transient over-voltages.
cifications and operating limits, and for
Measurement Category II connections
ensuring operators are adequately trained.
require protection for high transient
Operators use the product for its intended over-voltages often associated with
function. They must be trained in electrical local AC mains connections. Assume all
safety procedures and proper use of the
measurement, control, and data I/O
instrument. They must be protected from
connections are for connection to
electric shock and contact with hazardous Category I sources unless otherwise
live circuits.
marked or described in the user
Maintenance personnel perform routine
procedures on the product to keep it oper- Exercise extreme caution when a shock
ating properly (for example, setting the line hazard is present. Lethal voltage may
voltage or replacing consumable materbe present on cable connector jacks or
ials). Maintenance procedures are
test fixtures. The American National
described in the user documentation. The Standards Institute (ANSI) states that a
procedures explicitly state if the operator
shock hazard exists when voltage levels
may perform them. Otherwise, they should greater than 30V RMS, 42.4V peak, or
be performed only by service personnel.
60VDC are present. A good safety
Service personnel are trained to work on
live circuits, perform safe installations, and
repair products. Only properly trained service personnel may perform installation
and service procedures.
Operator is responsible to maintain safe
operating conditions. To ensure safe
operating conditions, modules should
not be operated beyond the full
temperature range specified in the
Environmental and physical
specification. Exceeding safe operating
conditions can result in shorter
lifespans, improper module
performance and user safety issues.
When the modules are in use and
operation within the specified full
temperature range is not maintained,
module surface temperatures may
practice is to expect that hazardous
voltage is present in any unknown
circuit before measuring.
Operators of this product must be
protected from electric shock at all
times. The responsible body must
ensure that operators are prevented
access and/or insulated from every
connection point. In some cases,
connections must be exposed to
potential human contact. Product
operators in these circumstances must
be trained to protect themselves from
the risk of electric shock. If the circuit is
capable of operating at or above 1000V,
no conductive part of the circuit may be
switching cards directly to AC mains.
When connecting sources to switching
cards, install protective devices to limit
fault current and voltage to the card.
Before operating an instrument, ensure
that the line cord is connected to a
properly-grounded power receptacle.
Inspect the connecting cables, test
leads, and jumpers for possible wear,
cracks, or breaks before each use.
When installing equipment where
access to the main power cord is
restricted, such as rack mounting, a
separate main input power disconnect
device must be provided in close
proximity to the equipment and within
easy reach of the operator.
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product, test cables, or any other
instruments while power is applied to
the circuit under test. ALWAYS remove
power from the entire test system and
discharge any capacitors before:
connecting or disconnecting cables or
jumpers, installing or removing
switching cards, or making internal
changes, such as installing or removing
Do not touch any object that could
provide a current path to the common
side of the circuit under test or power
line (earth) ground. Always make
measurements with dry hands while
standing on a dry, insulated surface
capable of withstanding the voltage
being measured.
The instrument and accessories must
be used in accordance with its
specifications and operating
instructions, or the safety of the
equipment may be impaired.
Do not exceed the maximum signal
levels of the instruments and
accessories, as defined in the
specifications and operating
information, and as shown on the
instrument or test fixture panels, or
switching card.
When fuses are used in a product,
replace with the same type and rating
for continued protection against fire
Do not connect switching cards directly hazard.
to unlimited power circuits. They are
Chassis connections must only be used
intended to be used with impedanceas shield connections for measuring
limited sources. NEVER connect
circuits, NOT as safety earth ground
If you are using a test fixture, keep the
lid closed while power is applied to the
device under test. Safe operation
requires the use of a lid interlock.
Interference-Causing Equipment
Standard (ICES-001). It also identifies
the product is an Industrial Scientific
and Medical Group 1 Class A product
(CISPR 11, Clause 4).
Instrumentation and accessories shall
not be connected to humans.
Before performing any maintenance,
disconnect the line cord and all test
To maintain protection from electric
shock and fire, replacement
components in mains circuits –
including the power transformer, test
leads, and input jacks – must be
purchased from Keysight. Standard
fuses with applicable national safety
approvals may be used if the rating and
type are the same. Other components
that are not safety-related may be
purchased from other suppliers as long
as they are equivalent to the original
component (note that selected parts
should be purchased only through
Keysight to maintain accuracy and
functionality of the product). If you are
unsure about the applicability of a
replacement component, call an
Keysight office for information.
No operator serviceable parts inside.
Refer servicing to qualified personnel.
To prevent electrical shock do not
remove covers. For continued
protection against fire hazard, replace
fuse with same type and rating.
South Korean Class A EMC Declaration.
This equipment is Class A suitable for
professional use and is for use in
electromagnetic environments outside
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electrical/electronic product in
domestic household waste. Product
Category: With reference to the
equipment types in the WEEE directive
Annex 1, this product is classified as
“Monitoring and Control
instrumentation” product. Do not
dispose in domestic household waste.
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This symbol indicates product
compliance with the Canadian
This symbol indicates the instrument is
sensitive to electrostatic discharge
(ESD). ESD can damage the highly
sensitive components in your
instrument. ESD damage is most likely
to occur as the module is being
installed or when cables are connected
or disconnected. Protect the circuits
from ESD damage by wearing a
grounding strap that provides a high
resistance path to ground. Alternatively,
ground yourself to discharge any builtup static charge by touching the outer
shell of any grounded instrument
chassis before touching the port
This symbol on an instrument means
caution, risk of danger. You should refer
to the operating instructions located in
the user documentation in all cases
where the symbol is marked on the
This symbol indicates the time period
during which no hazardous or toxic
substance elements are expected to
leak or deteriorate during normal use.
Forty years is the expected useful life of
the product.
This symbol denotes a hot surface. The
side cover of the module will be hot
after use and should be allowed to cool
for several minutes.
To prevent electrical shock, disconnect
the Keysight Technologies instrument
from mains before cleaning. Use a dry
cloth or one slightly dampened with
water to clean the external case parts.
Do not attempt to clean internally. To
clean the connectors, use alcohol in a
well-ventilated area. Allow all residual
alcohol moisture to evaporate, and the
fumes to dissipate prior to energizing
the instrument. Contents
Documentation Map
M9710A AXIe High-Speed Digitizer Introduction
Step 1: Unpack and Inspect the Module
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Precautions
Inspect for Damage
Return a Module for Service
Step 2: Verify M9710A Shipment Contents
Step 3: Install the Software
System Requirements
Hardware Requirements
Install the Software
Keysight IO Libraries Suite (IOLS)
Instrument Software
Step 4: Install the Module
M9710A Front Panel Features
Front Panel Connectors
Front Panel LEDs
Step 5: Verify Operation of the M9710A Module
Keysight Connection Expert
Driver Graphical Interface: MD2 Soft Front Panel
Perform a Verification of the M9710A (optional)
Requirements for Verification
Required Hardware
Operational Verification Procedure
Documentation Map
Documentation Map
Keysight M9710A Startup Guide
M9710A AXIe High-Speed Digitizer Introduction
M9710A AXIe High-Speed Digitizer Introduction
The scope of this Startup Guide is to detail the processes of receiving and installing
the Keysight M9710A AXIe High-Speed Digitizer, installing the required software, and
verifying basic module operation.
If you have any questions after reviewing this information, please contact your local
Keysight representative or contact us through our website at
Related Documentation
If you have run the Keysight MD2 software installer on your PC, this Startup Guide
and the related product documentation listed below have been installed to your hard
These documents are also available for download from the Keysight Technologies
Description and location
Startup Guide
Includes procedures to help you to unpack, inspect, install (software and hardware), perform
instrument connections, verify operation, and troubleshoot your product. Startup Menu >
Keysight MD2 Digitizer > Startup Guides
User Manual
Provides in-depth information and reference material specific to your digitizer product. Startup Menu > Keysight MD2 Digitizer > Users Manuals
Data Sheet
In addition to a detailed product introduction, the data sheet supplies full product specifications. Startup Menu > Keysight MD2 Digitizer > Data Sheets
Soft Front Panel (help system)
Provides information on the use of the driver Soft Front Panel.
Startup Menu > Keysight MD2 Digitizer > MD2 SFP Help
IVI Driver reference (help system)
Provides detailed documentation of the IVI-COM and IVI-C driver API functions, as well as
information to help you get started with using the IVI drivers in your application development environment. Startup Menu > Keysight MD2 Digitizer > AgMD2 IVI Driver Help
LabVIEW Driver reference (help
Provides detailed documentation of the LabVIEW G driver API functions.
Startup Menu > Keysight MD2 Digitizer > LabView Help
Keysight M9710A Startup Guide
M9710A AXIe High-Speed Digitizer Introduction
Follow the Startup Sequence
This Start-Up Guide is intended to lead the user through the four steps of product
installation as summarized in the diagram below. An optional fifth step shows how to
perform an operational verification of the M9710A AXIe High-Speed Digitizer.
Step 1: Unpack and Inspect
Step 2: Verify Shipment
Step 3: Install Drivers and Software
Step 4: Install Modules
Closely follow the startup process flow in this document. Deviating from the
sequence can cause unpredictable system behavior, damage your system, and
may cause personal injury.
Keysight M9710A Startup Guide
Step 1: Unpack and Inspect the Module
Step 1: Unpack and Inspect the Module
The module is shipped in materials which prevent damage from static. The
module should only be removed from the packaging in an anti-static area
ensuring that correct anti-static precautions are taken. Store all modules in antistatic envelopes when not in use.
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Precautions
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can
damage or destroy electronic
components. Use a static-safe work
station to perform all work on electronic
assemblies. The figure (left) shows a
static-safe work station using two types
of ESD protection: conductive tablemat and wrist-strap combination, and
conductive floor-mat and heel-strap
combination. Both types, when used
together, provide a significant level of
ESD protection. Of the two, only the
table-mat and wrist-strap combination
provides adequate ESD protection when used alone. To ensure user safety, the
static-safe accessories must provide at least 1 MΩ of isolation from ground.
DO NOT use these techniques for a static-safe work station when working on
circuitry with a voltage potential greater than 500 volts.
Inspect for Damage
After unpacking a module, inspect it for any shipping damage. Report any damage to
the shipping agent immediately, as such damage is not covered by the warranty (see
warranty information at beginning of this document).
To avoid damage when handling a module, do not touch any exposed
components or connector pins.
See for information on preventing damage to
your Keysight equipment.
Keysight M9710A Startup Guide
Step 1: Unpack and Inspect the Module
Return a Module for Service
Should it become necessary to return a module for repair or service, follow the steps
1. Review the warranty information shipped with your product.
2. Contact Keysight to obtain a Return Material Authorization (RMA) and return
address. For assistance finding Keysight contact information, go to (worldwide contact information for repair and
3. Write the following information on a tag and attach it to the malfunctioning equipment:
Name and address of owner. A P.O. box is not acceptable as a return address.
Product model number (for example, M9710A).
Product serial number. The serial number label is located on the top cover of the
module. The serial number can also be read from the Soft Front Panel interface,
but only after the hardware is installed.
Description of failure or service required.
4. Pack the module in its original ESD bag and packing carton. If the original carton is
not available, use bubble wrap or packing peanuts and place the instrument in a
sealed container and mark the container “FRAGILE”.
5. On the shipping label, write ATTENTION REPAIR DEPARTMENT and the RMA number.
If any correspondence is required, refer to the product by serial number and
model number.
Keysight M9710A Startup Guide
Step 2: Verify M9710A Shipment Contents
Step 2: Verify M9710A Shipment Contents
The following items are also included with your M9710A AXIe High-Speed Digitizer
Part Number
AXIe High-Speed Digitizer.
Keysight MD2 High-Speed Digitizer Software & Product Information DVD.
Keysight IO Libraries Suite.
Startup Guide in hard copy.
Certificate of Calibration.
Form-determining recalibration due date.
ROHS (China addendum).
Cable, BNC (male) to MCX (male), 1 m.
Keysight M9710A Startup Guide
Step 3: Install the Software
Step 3: Install the Software
System Requirements
Windows 10 (32 or 64-bit), all versions
Linux Kernel 2.6 or higher (32 or 64-bit),
Windows 8.1 (32 or 64-bit), all versions
Debian-8, Ubuntu-16.04, CentOS-7
Windows 7 SP1 (32 or 64-bit)
1 GHz 32-bit (x86), 1 GHz 64-bit (x64),
no support for Itanium64
As per the minimum requirements of the
chosen distribution
1 GB minimum1
As per the minimum requirements of the
chosen distribution
Available disk
2.5 GB available hard disk space, includes2:
100 MB
1.5 GB for Keysight IO Libraries Suite
1 GB for Keysight MD2
Minimum of 1024 x 768, 96 or 120 DPI
No display required
Use a supported version of Internet Explorer; see
Distribution supplied browser
1 On older PCs with minimum RAM, installation can take a long time when installing the IO Libraries
Suite and the .NET Framework.
2 Because of the installation procedure, less disk space may be required for operation than is required for
installation. The amount of space listed above is required for installation. The .NET Framework Runtime
Components are installed by default with most Windows installations, so you may not need this amount
of available disk space.
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Step 3: Install the Software
Hardware Requirements
AXIe chassis (Keysight M9502A 2-slot, or M9505A 5-slot chassis recommended).
Host Controller:
Remote PC Host Controller, or AXIe Embedded Controller:
- Embedded Controller
- Keysight M9536A or M9537A1 AXIe Embedded Controller.
- Remote Controller
- A PC running one of the above operating systems.
(Recommended models are: HP Z420, HP Z440, or Dell T5810)
- For Laptop PC's: A Keysight M9045B ExpressCard Adaptor x1, with cable.
- For Workstations: A Keysight M9048A Desktop Adaptor x8, with cable.
1 When using M9537A, the chassis (M9502A 2-slot or M9505A 5-slot) firmware has to be updated to the
latest version (available at, or from or, click on Product Support Center > Drivers,
Firmware & Software taband select AXIe Chassis Firmware).
Install the Software
If the Keysight MD2 software is installed on your computer, first uninstall the
Keysight MD2 software from the Control Panel > Programs and Features before
installing the Keysight MD2 High-Speed Digitizer Software.
Keysight IO Libraries Suite (IOLS)
The Keysight IO Libraries Suite (IOLS) contains the Keysight Connection Expert. This
software is included with your shipment (CD part number E2094-60003), and is also
available at This software must be installed first.
For Keysight IO Libraries Suite, the recommended version is indicated on MD2
Driver DVD or on
1. From the Keysight IOLS CD (E2094-60003) browser launch the installer.
2. Follow the installer prompts to install the IO libraries.
Instrument Software
The Instrument software, which includes device drivers (IVI-C, IVI-COM) and
documentation is delivered with your shipment (part number M9700-10001) or can be
downloaded from
Keysight M9710A Startup Guide
Step 3: Install the Software
Version 2.2 or higher of the Keysight MD2 High-Speed Digitizer Software is
1. From the Keysight MD2 High-Speed Digitizer Software & Product Information
DVD launch the installer.
2. Follow the installer prompts. Choose a "Complete" installation to install all software and documentation, or a "Custom" installation to select from a listing of
components and other features.
3. After installation is complete, please shut-down the PC.
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Step 4: Install the Module
Step 4: Install the Module
M9710A supported AXIe chassis configurations:
In a M9502A 2-slot chassis, two M9710A could be used.
In a M9505A 5-slot chassis, five M9710As could be used.
In a M9514A 14-slot chassis, up to thirteen M9710As could be installed.
The empty slots must be closed using Y1221A AXIe Filler Module.
In any case, the remaining slots should be filled either with another instrument,
or with an AXIe slot filler
The M9710A hardware does not support "hot-swap" operations. Before installing
the module into the chassis, power-off the chassis to prevent damage to the
1. Make sure that the power cord is plugged-in to establish earth ground but the
chassis power is Off (Standby).
2. Position the chassis so that there is ample space between the chassis fan intake
and exhaust vents.
3. If you are using an embedded controller, this must normally be installed in slot 1 of
the chassis. In this case install the M9710A in slot 2 or higher.
If you are using M9537A AXIe Embedded Controller, the chassis (M9502A or
M9505A) firmware has to be updated to the latest version (available at, or from or, click on Product
Support Center > Drivers, Firmware & Software > AXIe Chassis Firmware).
4. To insert the module into a chassis:
a. Align the module's board edges with the chassis guide rails and push it forward into the chassis. Note: that it is the circuit board, not the metal cover
plate which must be inserted into the rails. The module should slide in easily, if it does not, withdraw it and re-check the alignment.
b. Locate the extraction handles at either end of the module. Extend the ends
of both handles by pulling them inwards towards each other; the plastic
ends will slide out by about 1 cm. Then put the handles into the extracted
position by pivoting them outwards until they are perpendicular to the front
panel as shown in the diagram below.
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Step 4: Install the Module
c. Slide the module completely into the chassis. When the module's connectors contact the chassis backplane you will feel some resistance, and
the extraction handles will begin to move inwards. Now you may press the
handles inwards and towards the front panel until the module is completely
d. Slide the plastic ends of the extraction handles outwards and tighten the
captive retaining screws at both ends of the module.
5. Install filler panels in any unused slots. Missing filler panels may disrupt necessary
air circulation in the chassis.
6. If you are using a remote controller, with an interface such as the M9045B or
M9048A, connect the cable from the chassis to the PC host, as per the instructions that came with the interface.
7. Power up the chassis. It is often necessary to wait until the chassis and its modules have completed their start-up sequence before proceeding to power-up the
host controller.
8. Reboot or power-up the PC host. Check the module front panel indicators - after
the boot process the STATUS LED should be green, and no other LEDs lit.
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Step 4: Install the Module
M9710A Front Panel Features
Please note that analog Input IN 1 to IN 4 have a maximum voltage limitation of
±1.5 Vmax while using the default 1V full scale range (±0.5 Vmax if using 0.25V
Front panel of M9710A.
Front Panel Connectors
SMA female
The analog signal inputs, which are DC-coupled and 50 Ω terminated.
The input full scale ranges are selectable:
IN (1 - 4)
Maximum Input
0.25 V
±0.5 Vmax
±1.5 Vmax
MCX female
External reference clock input, AC coupled and 50 Ω terminated. It can accept a
100 MHz signal from -3 to +3 dBm.
SMA female
External clock input. AC coupled and 50 Ω terminated, signal level: +5 to +15
dBm. (Please refer to product user manual or datasheet for supported
frequency values).
MCX female
These external trigger inputs are DC-coupled, 50 Ω terminated. The trigger
level range is ±5 V.
MCX female
Trigger Out signal. User selectable from several functions.
USB Mini
Not currently supported.
USB Mini
Not currently supported.
I/O 1, 2
MCX female
User configurable Input / Output signal. 3.3 V CMOS and TTL compatible.
TRG 1, 2, 3
Digitizer can usually work with signals present at the external reference and
clock inputs (REF IN and CLK IN). However, to ensure the best performance, or if
the calibration is found to be unreliable, it is recommended to remove such
signals when working with internal clock.
Keysight M9710A Startup Guide
Step 4: Install the Module
Front Panel LEDs
Indicator Purpose
Hot Swap
Out Of Service
DPU status
STATUS Instrument
Normal operating mode
Blue, blinking
ATCA bus is ready
ATCA bus is not ready
DPU FPGA is not configured
White, blinking
Firmware initialization in progress
Green, blinking
Software initialization in progress
Orange, blinking
Warning (see note below)
Red, blinking
Error (see note below)
If warning or error status is observed, please try the following steps:
Power-cycle the chassis (If using a PCIe expansion chassis, observe the power
sequence requirements)
If the error persists please contact Keysight technical support
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Step 5: Verify Operation of the M9710A Module
Step 5: Verify Operation of the M9710A Module
Keysight Connection Expert
The intention of this step is to verify correct operation of the newly installed module.
Run Keysight Connection Expert by clicking the task bar icon
, and select
Connection Expert.
The list of installed modules is displayed. The instrument properties may be viewed by
clicking on the desired instrument from the list on the left.
Review the configuration data and then click on Start soft front panel to launch the
MD2 Soft Front Panel. This will provide control of the module for calibration, test and
other operational verification procedures.
If the module does not appear in the Keysight Connection Expert, first try the
Rescan button. If that does not work, restart your PC or embedded controller and
restart Keysight Connection Expert again.
Keysight M9710A Startup Guide
Step 5: Verify Operation of the M9710A Module
Driver Graphical Interface: MD2 Soft Front Panel
The Keysight MD2 SFP (Soft Front Pannel) is a graphical interface for High-Speed
Digitizer Instrument Drivers that enables the control of any supported digitizers.
The MD2 SFP can be launched from Keysight
Connection Expert, directly from the Windows
Start Menu > Keysight MD2
Digitizer>Keysight MD2 SFP.
The Connection window opens with the selection of the digitizer to monitor. After
selecting your digitizer, click Connect. For details, please refer to MD2 SFP Help.
Example of display after running a high-speed digitizer acquisition with the MD2 SFP (Acquisition parameters depends
on your digitizer).
Keysight M9710A Startup Guide
Step 5: Verify Operation of the M9710A Module
Perform a Verification of the M9710A (optional)
Requirements for Verification
The correct operation of the M9710A may be verified by the use of a simple
application which carries out several performance checks on a signal acquired from
an external Function Generator.
Required Hardware
An external signal source is required. Almost any sine wave or function generator
capable of generating a signal with an amplitude of 300 mV rms into 50 Ω at a
frequency of 1 MHz may be used.
RF Analog Signal Generator
e.g. Keysight N5181B
1x BNC - SMA cable
50 Ω Coaxial BNC(m) to SMA(m) cable (100 cm)
1x Keysight 1250-1476 Adaptor
Type N(m) to BNC(f) adaptor
Operational Verification Procedure
Do not exceed the maximum voltage level at the INPUT connector
(±1.5 Vmax DC)
1. Configure the RF Generator to produce a Sine signal with a Frequency of 1.0
MHz, an Amplitude of 300 mV rms (+2.55 dBm).
2. Connect the Signal Generator output to the IN 1 connector, and turn on the output.
3. For Windows users, launch the AgMD2Verify utility from
Windows Start Menu > Keysight MD2 Digitizer > AgMD2Verify.
A command shell window will open.
Select the instrument PXI address, then Press any key to start the test.
For Linux users, the AgMD2Verify utility is installed by the md2-verify pack under
/usr/bin/AgMD2Verify. After installation, you can launch AgMD2Verify or
Keysight M9710A Startup Guide
Step 5: Verify Operation of the M9710A Module
AgMD2Verify <PXI_address>, specifying the PXI address in case of multiple
instruments, e.g.:
--$ AgMD2Verify <PXI51::0::0::INSTR>
4. The screen capture below shows the result of a successful verification:
AgMD2Verify checks the version of the Control FPGA firmware. If the version is
not up-to-date, the tool will automatically propose to update the firmware using
the "Firmware Update Utility". Once the Control FPGA firmware has been
updated successfully, please power off your computer and restart it again for the
update to take effect. You may then proceed with the AgMD2Verify utility as
described in this section.
If a Problem is Found
1. Verify that you have made all configuration settings as shown above.
2. Verify that the RF generator is ON and producing the desired signals at the end
of the cable. This can be done with an oscilloscope.
3. Verify that the problem is reproducible.
4. Contact Keysight technical support for assistance. Contact details may be
found at:
Keysight M9710A Startup Guide
Keysight M9710A Startup Guide
This information is subject to change
without notice.
© Keysight Technologies 2016
Edition 1, January, 2016
Printed In USA
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