PCIe 3.0 enhancements provide 'unmatched' analysis capability

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Test and measurement specialist, Tektronix has announced new software capabilities for its PCI Express 3.0 test solution, that it says can speed up PCIe debug and analysis.

The enhancements are for its TLA7SA08 and TLA7SA16 Logic Protocol Analyzer modules, pictured, supporting PCIe 3.0 and include an innovative Bird's Eye View option, PCIe Personalization, One Click Calibration and Auto Configuration. According to Tektronix, Bird's Eye View offers a new way to visualise information to quickly investigate PCI Express flow control problems. Its Transaction Window provides views of protocol behaviour at the packet and transaction level interspersed with physical layer activity. BEV is integrated into the transaction window and provides a view of the entire acquisition. When a potential problem is seen in the window, the user can navigate to the suspect data using the BEV and immediately identify and isolate the underlying events that are causing the problem by viewing the corresponding data in the transaction window. According to Tektronix, this analysis capability is unmatched in the industry. Dave Farrell, director of Tektronix' Digital Analysis Product Line, said: "This latest release of the PCIe Logic Protocol Analyzer software gives customers powerful tools not available anywhere else to isolate and debug PCIe flow control problems and speeds access to actionable information."