Tektronix introduces PCI Express 6.0 test solution

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Tektronix, in collaboration with Anritsu, has introduced an intuitive new PCIe 6.0 Receiver Test Solution that will enable engineers to test PCIe 6.0 (Base) receivers and address the performance demands of high-performance systems.

Tektronix is now able to provide a cohesive PCIe 6.0 transmitter and receiver test solution that it says delivers faster test times, higher-quality measurements, and an intuitive user interface.

Data-intensive markets like artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, and data centres use PCIe as a de-facto standard, and while the recently released Gen 6.0 standard provides fast speeds to handle such workloads, testing brings a unique set of challenges for those integrating PCIe 6.0 on their devices.

PCIe receiver validation is notoriously difficult due to the sensitivity of calibrating the stressed eye signal across a high loss channel.

Tektronix’s PCIe receiver test solution is an intuitive step-by-step tool that provides link training routines for the Anritsu MP1900A BERT to ensure the receiver is tested accurately.

The Tektronix PCIe 6.0 Base Rx Solution includes the fastest 64 GT/s (PAM4) Rx calibration in the industry aided by novel algorithms that efficiently address the challenge of calibrating the Transmitter's additional pre-cursor added to the 6.0 Base specification.

The Tektronix PAMJET DSP tool provides critical 64 GT/s jitter and noise measurements with advanced instrument noise compensation. This fully automated solution leverages the first-to-market 6.0 Base Tx solution techniques and enhances the capabilities to address Receiver challenges at the latest data rate introduced by the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG).

The TekRxTest automation software provides a single control panel with the power to manage a Tektronix oscilloscope and Anritsu BERT during receiver calibration. This intuitive software wizard guides users through short- and long-channel calibration steps with ease, resulting in an accurate and repeatable calibration at 64 GT/s.

Swapnil Mane, Director of Wired Solutions for Tektronix explained, “As a founding member of the PCI-SIG working group, we are committed to our solutions evolving in step with the technology, helping our customers stay at the forefront of development.”

Building on the success of previous receiver test solutions, Tektronix and Anritsu started collaborating early for PCIe 6.0. “A combined solution integrating the Anritsu MP1900A and Tektronix DPO70000SX Real-Time Oscilloscopes delivers an innovative improvement to the market and a complete physical layer PCIe test system that can be expanded to PCIe 6.0 as the market continues to develop technologies for high-speed networks,” said Kazuhiro Fujinuma, Director of Solution Marketing Department Service Infrastructure Division for Anritsu.

Leading electronics design and automation company Synopsys collaborated with Tektronix on early validation of their PCIe 6.0 DesignWare IP, providing early-stage prototypes for Tektronix’ partnership with Anritsu.


  • PCIe 6.0 (64 GT/s) automated test solution runs on the Tektronix DPO70000SX series real-time oscilloscope and the Anritsu MP1900A BERT
  • First fully automated PCIe 6.0 Rx stressed eye calibration with the Anritsu MP1900A BERT
  • High accuracy calibration of jitter and noise by compensating the instrumentation intrinsic noise floor
  • Full short- and long-channel 64 GT/s Rx calibration completed in four hours or less
  • High-fidelity measurements using the Tektronix PAMJET DSP engine
  • Intuitive wizard-based GUI provides guidance at decision points to ensure efficiency