Keysight Technologies Introduces USB Type-C™ Protocol Trigger, Decode Software


New Software Helps Engineers Verify, Debug Devices that Implement USB-PD Technology

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Dec. 2, 2015

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today introduced the industry's first oscilloscope-based USB-PD (Power Delivery) protocol decoder software with real-time triggering and protocol decode performance. The Keysight N8837A USB-PD protocol trigger and decode software provides unique protocol decoder performance that enables engineers to verify and debug Type-C interfaces that implement USB-PD.

The Type-C connector introduced the enhanced capabilities of USB-PD. The CC line in the Type-C connector is a single-ended, BMC encoded, 4b/5b signal used for PD negotiation. USB-PD is responsible for negotiating power levels, device type, connector orientation, charging infrastructure and ALT mode multiple-protocol capability. The N8837A USB-PD protocol trigger and decode software allows customers to debug and validate their power delivery contracts, charging handshaking, multi-drop communication and power/data/Vconn swap.

"The Type-C connector is positioned to be the future of serial interface communication between devices," said Dave Cipriani, vice president and general manager of Keysight's Oscilloscope and Protocol Division. "Our USB-PD protocol decode software continues Keysight's objective to help our customers meet the revolutionary Type-C technology's testing challenges with a fully-automated solution."

Additional information about Keysight's new USB-PD protocol trigger and decode software is available at Images are available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Keysight N8837A USB-PD protocol trigger and decode software can be ordered today for $3,000.

About Keysight Digital Test Solutions

Keysight's solutions for digital applications are driven and supported by Keysight experts who are involved in various international standards committees. Keysight experts are active in the Joint Electronic Devices Engineering Council (JEDEC), PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG®), Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI™) Alliance, Ethernet standards (IEEE 802.3), Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and many others. Keysight is committed to involvement in standards groups and related workshops, plugfests and seminars to ensure the right test solutions are created to meet customers' evolving needs.
About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies (NYSE:KEYS) is a global electronic measurement technology and market leader helping to transform its customers’ measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. Keysight’s electronic measurement instruments, systems, software and services are used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronic equipment. The business had revenues of $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2015. Information about Keysight is available at

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