World’s first PCI Express test solution with multivendor oscilloscope support

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Anritsu Corporation has developed what it says is the world’s first PCI Express test solution with multivendor oscilloscope support.

It is exhibiting its Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A series and Compliance Test Solution, developed in collaboration with Granite River Labs (GRL) and Teledyne LeCroy, at the PCI-SIG Developers Conference 2018 starting June 5, 2018 in the US.

The test solution supports both PCI Express transmitter and receiver tests using automation software for the MP1900A. It is also designed to enable connection of customers’ oscilloscopes with the MP1900A by supporting real-time oscilloscopes from the three main manufacturers. This permits automation of complex receiver tests required for evaluating devices in accordance with the PCI Express standards, Anritsu explains. While automated testing cuts the previous 10 hours required for manual testing to “almost no time”.

The next PCI Express Gen5 standard increases the transmission speed from 16 to 32 GT/s, and is expected to be adopted for use as the internal interface in equipment such as transmission devices, servers and storage used mainly in data centers. Due to the increased speed, customers need to either upgrade or replace both their bit error rate tester (BERT) and oscilloscopes while taking items such as performance and price into consideration.

To solve this problem and help hold-down capital expenditure by eliminating costly upgrades and equipment replacement., Anritsu has partnered with GRL and Teledyne LeCroy to develop a PCI Express test solution. This is based on the combination of automation software supporting BERT measurements up to PCI Express Gen5 transmission speeds using Anritsu’s MP1900A and customers’ own oscilloscopes.

The MP1900A is a wideband BERT with high-quality waveforms and high input sensitivity to implement high-reproducibility tests for evaluating not only PCI Express devices, but also high-speed serial devices, such as 400 GbE.

Anritsu adds that MP1900A BERT has “excellent” cost-performance due to its “easy” expandability supporting next-generation standards, including PCI Express Gen5 and PAM.